About three years ago a friend and I were blubbering on about our mutual appreciation for Andrew Peterson when she asked me if I knew about the children's music to which he has contributed. She sang its praises and sent me off with instructions to watch "Tractor, Tractor" on YouTube, and well, here we find ourselves. Since then we've been listening to various Slugs & Bugs albums in the van repeatedly and have yet to grow tired of them! Randall Goodgame, the genius lyricist and eclectically-skilled musician behind it all, has a major gift and is using it well.
I'm not being compensated for this article or anything; I just truly love Slugs & Bugs!
Here's why I love Slugs & Bugs and think you should vigorously consume this music as soon as possible:
1) There's a time to be silly and a time to be serious...and somehow a time to be both.
It always surprises me how Randall Goodgame navigates all this beautifully. Some songs are based purely on sweet scripture (such as "Masterpiece"), some songs are 100% goofy and have nothing to do with anything ("Mexican Rhapsody"), and some songs are a little bit of both, such as "God Made Me", which sings of baby seals and how Jesus makes us new. These songs glorify God with their reverence and their lightheartedness, like how Dracula and Frankenstein teach us the Ten Commandments.
2) They don't get old.
This morning when I was picking up my kids from Sunday School, I heard Steve Green songs in the background...I listened to the same exact songs 20 years ago when I was four, and they still sound pretty good! The words, of course, are still 100% relevant. Timeless treasure. I would venture to say that Randall Goodgame is the next Steve Green...combined with the silly-song prowess of Larry the Cucumber?
Anyway, I've heard some trendy kids music, even well-made music, that is so flashy and pop-sounding that in ten years it will make everyone's ears bleed. I don't think Slugs & Bugs will be lame in twenty years, especially since the first album came out in 2007 and still rocks hardcore.
I think the main reason that I can manage to listen to the same children's CD every day for weeks on end---even if the kids aren't in the car---is because they're so well-done. Musically diverse, lyrically beneficial (or at the very least worthy of giggles), full of themes such as adoption or being strengthened by raisins...and in my opinion, each album is even better than the last!
3) My kids truly love this music.
Our family has been enjoying Slugs & Bugs since my kids were ages 2, infant, and not-yet-existent. Now they're 4, 3, and 1, and at an even better age to giggle and sing along than ever. I can't count how many times they've referenced the Bible verses or asked me to sing them one of the sweet lullabies...or how many times they've requested the Alien song. The older kids are even well on their way to memorizing the names and order of every book in the Bible!
A couple weeks ago we went to a Slugs & Bugs concert---I didn't know anyone even did concerts aimed at little people!---and my children were so enriched and grateful for the experience.
I hope I'm not exaggerating the awesomeness of Slugs & Bugs, but this music is genuinely a gift to our family and I praise God often that such awesome resources for discipleship and family bonding are available to me. I have amassed my collection mostly by buying directly through the website, but now is a great time to get some albums because there's currently a Slugs & Bugs Kickstarter campaign!
They're seeking to make a Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible Vol. 3 and a second Christmas album and, as a stretch goal, a third silly-song album! I think I was a backer on the first day and I recommend you do the same before the campaign ends on March 28th.
Anyway, I just wanted to take the time to recommend Slugs & Bugs because I have pretty strong views about how important it is to feed yourself and your kids with excellent music, and these albums definitely fit the bill! Check them out!
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My name is Hope.
I'm 25, married to a former skater dude, and raising little people ages 5, 3, 1, and not-yet-born. I like lime green and sarsaparilla, and I wear my Crocs until they melt. (Florida problems.)
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