Did your child attend the Roger Day concert in Fall 2011 as part of a Savannah Music Festival school field trip?
Is your child interested in all things coastal – alligators, periwinkle snails, sea turtles, fiddler crabs & dolphins.
Or maybe you & your kids are just big fans of Roger Day hits like “Mosquito Burrito” & “I Love to Study Mud.”
Whichever the case, you need to check out Roger Day’s Marsh Mud Madness, a new educational music DVD that introduces kids to coastal ecology through songs & video.
The DVD was just released today, May 21, 2013.(Bigkids.com, CDBaby.com, Rogerday.com, $15)
Produced by the Savannah Music Festival & Roger Day, with support from the Georgia Sea Grant & the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, the video features engaging information about the plants & animals that make up the Atlantic coastal ecosystem, interspersed with Day performing 12 original songs about goopy mud, fascinating coastal animals & the waters & plants of the marsh itself, in front of a live audience of thousands of Savannah elementary kids.
This week, we’re giving away TWO of these music & education DVDs to two SouthernMamas.com readers. To enter to win, like the Roger Day page on Facebook here & tell us what you (or your kids) love best about living on the coast or about the Atlantic marshland ecology. Please say SouthernMamas.com sent you! Deadline to enter: 9 PM Sun. May 26.
Roger Day, one of the nation’s top touring family music artists, spent five days exploring Sapelo Island, a barrier island south of Savannah. There, he learned about the fragile ecosystem from scientists at the University Georgia Marine Institute. Georgia Sea Grant sponsored the visit, and they commissioned Day to compose a program of songs about the Georgia coast for elementary school audience. While watching turtles nest and trekking through the maritime forest, Day wrote a song cycle about the importance of habitat and watershed health, the abundance of creatures that depend on the state’s water resources and how individuals can help protect the coastal eco-system.
In the Marsh Mud Madness concert scenes, a wildly enthusiastic young audience of Savannah kids joins in dancing “The Fiddler Groove,” signing to Day’s classic hit “Mosquito Burrito,” leaping when “Dolphins Will Jump Up,” and “Flushing Out the Estuary” right along with Day and his band mates.
For more information and Roger Day latest tour details & links to purchase the DVD, visit www.rogerday.com .
Video clip for “I Love to Study Mud,” showing the kids reacting to the song at the Savannah Music Festival in Fall 2011: https://vimeo.com/63406881
Songs to download: http://rogerday.bandcamp.com/
FREE curriculum & activities for teachers & home schoolers: http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu/article/RogerDay/
What scientists are saying about Marsh Mud Madness:
“I have been truly amazed and inspired by Roger’s artistic talent, professional enthusiasm and heartfelt environmental ethics. The dynamic relationship he develops with his audiences is a real joy to behold (and to take a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, face-making active part in!).”
~ John “Crawfish” Crawford, Naturalist and Marine Education Specialist at The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service
“Roger Day creates vivid images of the marsh and its inhabitants—including the marine biologists—in songs with titles such as ‘I Love to Study Mud’ and ‘Alligator in My Refrigerator.’ It’s both funny and educational.”
~ David Bryant, assistant director of Georgia Sea Grant