No question about it, they aregiants. "Here Comes Sience," the newest children's
music release from Brooklyn's international rock legends, They
Might Be Giants, is gigantic by all scientific measurements.
As it is with most music from TMBG, their signature melodies and
highly energized arrangements stand front and center. As I listened
to song after song, it became apparent that "Here Comes Science"
proves it is possible to create engaging and educational songs
around the theme of science. I have heard dozens of CDs in this
children's music sub-genre, and a couple are fabulous (search for
Lucas Miller's I Am A Supa-Dupa-Pupa), but I have yet to find one
as exciting as this project.
What a fabulous way not only to introduce kids to
science but also to help them begin to understand the importance of
science in everyday life, in everything we are and in everything
A couple of days later I watched the DVD. Wow! Every song is
brought to animated life and the end result is a vivid, extremely
creative and wonderfully educational video. The best part? It is
fun and at the same time, our kids are being fed a musical diet
with substance and style.
Many songs stand out on "Here Comes Science." Because they are
well-constructed songs (memorable, melodic and full of interesting
musical twists) they really stand on their own as songs. But these
songs take on a whole new life when they are rendered in video on
the DVD. It was immediately apparent that when these songs go
visual, a much deeper understanding of the song's content comes
into focus. It is like a scientific happening right before our
eyes-what was somewhat abstract (the songs on the CD left to our
own imagination) becomes concrete (visual realizations that support
the context of the lyrics but also lead the viewer into deeper
One more important aspect of these songs that almost goes
unnoticed is that all the songs are relatively short. Too many
artists and producers just go on and on for way too long. These
guys know how important it is to get in, say what you are going to
say and get out.
"Here Comes Science" was obviously designed to help kids get
excited about science. So here is what you should do: Go out right
now and buy two copies-one for your child and another copy for one
of your child's teachers. "Here Comes Science" can be a wonderful
shot in the arm for any classroom struggling to find ways to engage
students in meaningful science concepts.
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