Happy Beach by Perry Springman and family is a lighthearted, bubbly music album for kids. The Springmans are a homeschooling family from British Columbia who decided to take their dad’s experience as a musician combined with the enthusiasm of their 4 kids, and made-up bedtime stories to put together a fun album that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
They sent me a copy of their album to review. Since the best time for us to check out music is when we are in the van driving somewhere, I felt it would be a great place to listen. I popped in the CD which a car full of kids ranging from 2 through 13. The first song on the CD is Chimichanga (see the video below).
Sometimes, music for and by kids can sound pretty….. childish. But I found this album to be well-made and not that hokey kid sounding. Perry is the vocal leader, with the kids as additional voices, except for a few songs where the kids take the lead. They do a great job of singing in key, and you can hear that they really enjoy what they are doing.
This album includes songs about relatable things – learning to say no to bad things, loving parents, cleaning up, hanging out with their dog, sleeping, and more. We really like the cleanup song. The kids thought the reference to picking up a dirty diaper downright hilarious, and as these countdown songs tend to do – encouraged a speedy tidy up time when we tried it one afternoon. These songs carry Christian values and comments within them, referencing God frequently, although often subtly. It’s not an in-your-face style of music, but one that permeates an everyday faith through life songs.
The Song List:
- The 3 Minute Clean-Up
- Unh-Uh, No Way
- My Ukelele
- Me and Buddy
- Why Does the World Have Slivers?
- Bouncy Bouncy
- Mommy & Daddy
- Happy Beach
I think one of the biggest compliments I can offer about this album is that while listening to it, we went through a drivethru and I turned it off for a minute. Both the little ones started begging for it to be put back on! Overall, we enjoyed it and have decided that we are going to keep it in the van for our fun music. I think this music will be a good way to keep car trips fun and help quell the temptation to fighting in the back seat.
On the non-music side, I am impressed by this family who decided to follow their passions and interests in music, turned it into a family band with their own album, who tour around and share that music with others. Homeschooling is awesome because it allows families like the Springmans to do adventures like this!
Find out more about the Springmans, samples of the music, and their live events at their website: My Happy Beach.