This album presents Raffi as he has always been: happy, optimistic, and curious. He is as in tune with the very young ones around us as ever. I liked 'Mama Loves It', of course, with the good manners and happy family routines, and even my husband agreed that 'On Hockey Days' was good (the whole family agreed this was the best song on the album, but we are a hockey-loving family.) My children did a double-take with 'This Land Is Your Land', because of course Raffi is Canadian and while I didn't notice anything awry I realized after the kids pointed it out that he was talking about Canadian geography. Good, I told my kids. You need to understand my land, too. It's also your heritage land. Raffi is all about inclusion and reprises the American version during the track as well so my silly boys needn't have woried about it. We've got a teaser for you here:
Reading some of Raffi's notes about this album brought me a deeper appreciation of his music, especially Pete's Banjo. (Pete Seeger helped me work through my angst at moving to the suburbs and he will always be special to me.)
Starting your children in the world with Raffi starts them off with joy and peace. I'm glad I started my musical life with Raffi and I'm glad a whole new generation of littles can do the same.