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Samba Snap

by Rita Kirsch

PARENTS' CHOICE GOLD AWARD: "Highest production standards, universal human values, unique individual quality." ORIGINAL SONGS + more. Sing! Dance! Play! Ages 0-7. LYRICS ENCLOSED. Produced by Rita Kirsch & Bill McKinney.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let's Rock
1:31 $0.99
2. (Candy Cow talks #1)
0:13 $0.99
3. Samba Snap
2:13 $0.99
4. Silly Circus
2:01 $0.99
5. (Candy Cow talks #2)
0:07 $0.99
6. No More Chocolate
2:47 $0.99
7. Apples and Bananas
1:24 $0.99
8. (Candy Cow talks #3)
0:31 $0.99
9. Walking
3:02 $0.99
10. Keep on Clapping
1:26 $0.99
11. Baby Bumblebee
0:50 $0.99
12. The Ocean Song
2:37 $0.99
13. Dinosaur
1:18 $0.99
14. Three Carrot Cha Cha
2:50 $0.99
15. Waddle Like a Duck
1:47 $0.99
16. Counting
1:56 $0.99
17. Going to Kentucky
1:22 $0.99
18. Talented Mouse
2:13 $0.99
19. Popcorn Rap (spoken)
1:04 $0.99
20. Uncle Joe
1:45 $0.99
21. Boat Train
2:10 $0.99
22. Hula from Hawaii
2:12 $0.99
23. Let's Rock (Reprise)
1:01 $0.99
24. (Candy Cow talks #4)
0:14 $0.99
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Album Notes

Parent's Choice Foundation, the country's oldest and most respected non-profit consumer guide to children's media, gave 'Samba Snap' a Gold Award. The Gold Award winners are "...the highest quality, most appealing products, with the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality." In 1998 when 'Samba Snap' won, Silver Awards were given to albums by Sesame Street and Disney.


"I love your CD 'Samba Snap.' I use it all the time. I am a special ed teacher who specializes in movement education for pre-school children. Many of my students who have little response to anything respond to the rhythm or the lyrics. Also my grandson (3½ years) asks for your CD the minute he gets in the car. He sings along with every song. His favorite is 'No More Chocolate!!'"
Penny Baker, Movement Education Specialist
Melrose Elementary School
Los Angeles, California

"I put Adam (10 months old) in his crib and he is so entertained by your CD, I can clean his room. And my husband and I dance around to it too!"
Adriana Vlasic, Parent
Participant in Rita's parent-child music classes

"I play your songs every day for my 5 and 6 year old students. We sing and dance along. The other teachers have seen how much fun we're having and they all want to buy a copy too!"
Sharon Maddin, Kindergarten Teacher
First Impressions School
West Bloomfield, Michigan

"...excellent quality recording."
James Van Valkenburg, Violist
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

"That's a great album! I'm recommending 'Samba Snap' to my internet group of pre-school teachers all across the USA and in Canada. I especially like the songs where you're telling us what motions to do. Very age appropriate. We really appreciate it!"
Barbara DeWitt, Pre-School Director
Redford, Michigan

"The kids at Storytime love 'Samba Snap.' I would like to buy an additional copy for the library to circulate."
Joy Wong, Youth Librarian
Blair Memorial Library
Clawson, Michigan

"Whenever I put my daughter, Briana, in her car seat, she began to chant: 'Rita, Rita, Rita', until your CD started to play. One year later, she still asks to hear it, not just in my car, but in grandma's car too!"
Lianne Shaw, Parent


This album is for children ages birth to 7, and for parents, teachers, librarians, and care givers who work with young children. It has 15 original songs and 4 old favorites featuring a variety of musical styles including folk songs, chants, and rock. Words from foreign languages are easy to learn in "Counting" (Italian, Hindi, Japanese, Swahili) and "Hula from Hawaii." Many songs have the directions for creative movement in the lyrics. Some songs have spoken parts so people who can't carry a tune will be able to participate too. There are a lot of "call and response" (repeating) parts, so the material can be used immediately without memorization or practice! LYRICS ARE ENCLOSED.

A satisfying feeling is created by opening and closing with the song, "Let's Rock." The first time you hear the song it has "hello" verses. At the end, it has "goodbye" verses. Puppet Candy Cow adds to the fun by popping up here and there, asking to help, singing, and being silly. When the album ends, she asks, "Can we play Side One Again?" And children are asking to hear it over and over and over again!

This CD represents more than 5 years of work. For 4 years I wrote songs and tested them at home day cares, parent/child music classes, birthday parties, schools, and libraries. Then it took about a year and a half to record. Fortunately I got to work with Bill McKinney. His engineering skills, singing, creativity, silly voice on track 4, and musicianship (lead guitar, bass, drums) are a huge part of this CD's success. I can never thank Bill enough and I am still amazed each time I listen to his voice and musical talent. Phil Turkington adds incredible piano playing on tracks 1, 12, and 23. And I am glad that my wonderful son Andrew is a part of this project too. So, from all the gang:
Bill McKinney, Phil Turkington, Andrew Kirsch, Candy Cow and me...

Background: Rita's song 'No More Chocolate' is included on the audio cassette "If We Dare to Care," a collection of Michigan's favorite children's recording artists to benefit the prevention of child abuse, with narration by Isiah Thomas.

Rita plays ukulele, guitar, and autoharp. She has had training in drama, voice, dance, creative writing, puppetry, and foreign languages. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated from Wayne State University. Rita is the creator and instructor of the SONGS & PUPPETS parent/child classes at The Community House in Birmingham and at Troy Parks and Recreation. She is a member of the International Ventriloquists' Association. Rita and her puppet Candy Cow have been performing delightful concerts for more than 10 years at schools, libraries, and birthday parties. Please contact Rita for booking information...or if you have any questions...or if you want to say hi.

e-mail: rckirsch@comcast.net

Candy Cow says: "This is my favorite CD!"




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Cindi Rosner-Kelly

The best $15 I ever spent!
The best $15 I ever spent!

Laura Zatkin

We should get one for the house and one for the car.
I feel like we should get one for the house and one for the car because my kids are constantly saying: Where's Rita's CD?

Pauline Combs

We really love it!
We listen to it every minute in the car. We really love it!

Lynn Apel

My daughter's favorite CD.
This is my daughter's favorite CD. My older boys (5 and 7) love it too. We listen to it all the time.