The Second Line Scarf Activity Songs – Reviews

CD - The Second Line Scarf Activity Songs

The Second Line Scarf Activity Songs
By Johnette Downing

Product Details

  • Genre: Kids/Family: General Children’s Music
  • Release Date: 2003
  • CD: 14 Songs
  • UPC #687066577921

Reviews

“Best of 2003”

Sarah Geist Rosen, Nick Jr. Magazine

“New Orleans native Johnette Downing whips up a savory jambalaya of blues- and Dixie-flavored tunes inspired by the Crescent City’s “second lines,” or street parades. The easy to follow scarf-waving instructions (“Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around”) in both the lyrics and the liner notes are designed to get kids shakin’ their tail feathers. Even when kids don’t feel like playing along, they’ll get a kick out of just listening to these practically percolating rhythms.”

Moira McCormick, Family Fun Magazine

“Parenting Picks! Downing’s vocal directions lead little listeners down a colorful path of 14 well-crafted songs that encourage movement with scarves-a New Orleans parade tradition.”

Suelain Moy, Parenting Magazine

“New Orleans native Johnette Downing whips up a savory jambalaya of blues- and Dixie-flavored tunes inspired by the Crescent City’s “second lines,” or street parades. The easy to follow scarf-waving instructions (“Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around”) in both the lyrics and the liner notes are designed to get kids shakin’ their tail feathers. Even when kids don’t feel like playing along, they’ll get a kick out of just listening to these practically percolating rhythms.”

Moira McCormick, Family Fun Magazine

“Scarf devotees rejoice! Johnette Downing has served upa a wonderful smorgasbord of 12 original scarf activity songs in this, her fifth recording, already a winner of three national awards. Remaining there to her Louisiana music traditions, the style of these songs are mostly jazz or zydeco. The instruments, which include guitar, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer, trumpet, clarinet, and others, are performed professionally and with enthusiasm. The tunes are simple and in the middle octave range, making it easy to follow along with Johnette’s sultry alto voice. “The Second Line” is a line of people following a street band, and waving their scarves or hankies in the air to the beat of the music. “Shake Your Scarves,” “Scarves Up and Down and Around,” and “Scarves on Your Laps: have simple enough actions to use with babies and toddlers, with a parent’s assistance. The rest of the songs can be used successfully with older preschoolers and early elementary children. “The Sacroiliac” has children standing back to back and passing a scarf to each other in various ways. “Thread the Needle” is a variation on “London Bridge Is Falling Down.” “Flitter Flutter” has children imitating bird and bug movements. “Crazy Eights” invites youngsters to make figure eights in the air, around their arms, between their knees, etc. “WOW” has participants forming the letters “w-o-w” with their scarves. “Rhythm in the Scarves” offers dance movements while dancers punctuate the rhythm with their scarves. “Circus Parade” asks children to line up and parade around while balancing, juggling, and twirling their scarves. This album will be a very useful resource in libraries, physical education classes and daycare settings.”

Beverly Bixler, School Library Journal

“In New Orleans, the “second line” refers to the crowd that marches joyfully behind the band during celebrations, often waving scarves or handkerchiefs. Though marching plays a part in these activity songs written and performed by Johnette Downing, many are surprisingly laid-back (another New Orleans characteristic!). The simple lyrics suggest specific things kids can do with scarves such as imitating butterflies, wind currents, and water movements or drawing figure eights in the air. Downing leaves room for improvisation. The songs are consistently enjoyable and encouraging and last just long enough to get kids into the swing of things without overstaying their welcome. A good activity resource.”

Paul Shackman, American Library Association Booklist

“‘Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around.’ New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Johnette Downing’s playful, jazz-infused CD takes its title from a variety of high-spirited celebrations that are observed by a line of handkerchief-and scarf-waving folk who parade behind a brass band. With her signature mix of Dixieland Jazz, Cajun, Creole and zydeco rhythms, Downing creates an irresistible musical jubilee.”

Lynne Heffley, The Los Angeles Times

“This New Orleans native singer/songwriter takes the music of her life — Cajun, zydeco and jazz — and mixes it into a kid friendly gumbo of scarf play. Even little babies will enjoy playing with mom, a scarf and this music, but what a blast to give a group of 2 and 3 year olds some scarves and watch the magic happen.”

Vicki McCash Brennan, South Florida Parenting

“The Second Line gives pre-schoolers and early elementary children a basket full of movement activities, encouraging following directions while celebrating with New Orleans-style music and circle games. Fun, toe-tapping original tunes are offered with nice vocals and instrumental accompaniments.”

Janet Copple Davis, Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media

“The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs brings alive the wonder of a New Orleans-style Second Line street parade with jazzy “scarf activity” songs for parents and kids to sing together and dance to. A grandly immersive musical experience.”

James Cox, The Midwest Book Review

“Gentle Cajun and Creole for the toddler set with an eye on participation. Your kids won’t be able to sit still or stop smiling.”

Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News

“What can you do with a scarf? Let Johnette Downing count the activities on her CD, The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs. Downing has certainly found a niche, serving up New Orleans-flavored jazz tunes accompanied by suggestions for adding scarves into the mix. “Shake Your Scarves,” “Flitter Flutter” and Rhythm in the Scarves” are some of the songs that help Downing bring a New Orleans Second Line street parade to playrooms everywhere. Her energetic singing, containing a bit of country flair, is sure to get kids on their feet and looking through the dress-up box for a scarf to join the fun.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Favorite Johnette Downing has followed up her wonderful 2001 kids’ CD, Silly Sing Along, with the new, also wonderful The Second Line — Scarf Activity Songs. As its title implies, the new CD guides listeners into a street parade of songs and games; Downing is a Pied Piper of Louisiana music traditions, turning some kids onto Zydeco and second lines for the first time.”

Michael Tisserand, Gambit Weekly