¡Muévete!: Songs for a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body
José-Luis Orozco is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer, who has quietly worked for decades in the world of bilingual children’s music. His simple, participatory songs have inspired generations of teachers, and his recordings remain classics in the bilingual genre. In 1971, Orozco released what was to be the first of 12 volumes for children, Lirica Infantil: Latin American Children’s Folklore; the album featured classic songs from Mexican, Central, and South American culture. On his latest CD, ¡Muévete!: Songs for a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body, Orozco compiles nine of his classic, animated, original songs and dances, first sung in Spanish, followed by the same song sequence sung in English. The album begins with the acapella “Clap, Tap, Tralala,” where he is joined by a very tuneful group of kids. His familiar, expressive voice and resonate guitar, backed by some lively fiddle, is heard on his classic “Los Pollitos” or “The Little Chicks ” and the movement song “Arriba Abajo,” set to a galloping rhythm, as children are encouraged to: “Arriba (put your arm up), abajo (put your arm down), al centro (health for all of you!)”. Other highlights include the staccato serenade of “Palomitas de maíz” (“Popcorn”), the joyful waltz “El baile de los colores” (“The Dance of All the Colors”), and two songs about children who like to dance, in the conga driven, counting tune “Domingo Flamingo,” and the two-stepping “Monica.” The album closes with the Veracruz chicken scratching song/dance “La Raspa” and the game/song “Juanito,” which teaches children about parts of the body, and encourages motor skills. Orozco’s fine music has always inspired kids to express themselves through movement and increase their bilingual fluency.
Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.