Tell us about your music:
Under the umbrella of JAM (Music, Movement and Mindfulness), Charity and the JAMband creates music for families that inspires singing, dancing, celebrating and being mindful of our choices in the world — peace-inspired rock’n’roll epics, joy filled sing-alongs, and heart-opening love anthems.
Our lyrics talk up to kids and both express the simple pleasures of childhood and explore the big questions of life. Every single song has accompanying choreography — a signature of our live show. We are a five-piece band (piano, guitars, bass, drums) specializing in layers of vocal harmonies, fronted by singer-songwriter and JAM founder Charity Kahn. Our music has won several prestigious parenting awards (Parents’ Choice GOLD, NAPPA GOLD, Fids and Kamily top 16, Children’s Music Web GOLD), and receives national radio play on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and other family-oriented radio programs. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Charity and the JAMband performs all around the bay for families, schools and libraries, and Charity offers JAMboodas classes (ages 0-4) and JAMcamps (ages 5-9) with the music, movement, message and mindfulness of JAM as the foundational curriculum.
About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you):
This song was inspired by a summer festival we’ve performed at several times at the Mountain View Public Library. The festival is named “Sing a Summer Song”, and I wanted to write a theme song for this wonderful concert series. We perform underneath a 100-year-old (or more!) oak tree in the back of the library. The families gather under the branches of this ancient being, and we all sing and dance, and it’s really fabulous! I wanted the song to be about summer (specifically, the summers of my own childhood in Wisconsin, with the june bugs, fireflies, wiggly worms, bare feet, etc, and my memories of playing outside and being surrounded by nature), and to evoke this energy with the lyrics and the music. The instrumentation is very woodsy — lots of acoustic guitars and bass and toms, and an open tuning on the guitar which adds to the woodsiness — but with a powerful, singable, power-pop chorus supported by jammin’ drums and bass and electric guitars. This song is supposed to get folks singing — at the top of their lungs!
What you hope children, teachers and families will get from this song:
My favorite lyric in the song is “the way we love the world is everything.” This gets at the theme of our album, “EARTH”, from which this song comes. I believe our job is to practice as much kindness, compassion, generosity, mindfulness, and love as possible — toward ourselves, toward the Earth, toward all creatures, and toward each other. I hope children, teachers and families will be inspired by this song to go outside, get dirty, enjoy the rivers and the trees and the gardens and the animals and the sun and the rain, and celebrate Mother Earth, all her ecosystems and creatures, and each other. And I hope you find yourselves singing along!
© Charity Kahn