Thinking about our theme, Stay Cool, brought to mind a song from my summer camp days, the Cool Cat Cheer. Looking around online, I found a version of Cool Cat reworked for library programs by the Jbrary duo (they have so many great storytime songs and activities!) that you can do with your kiddos at home.
Knowing that far less kids are attending camp this summer, I wanted to share some albums of camp songs to help bring that experience home!
KB Whirly gives us some newer and more rockin' ditties with his album, also titled Camp Songs (Vol. 1).
Lisa Loeb also put together a toe-tapping, rockin' album of summer fun, Camp Lisa.
Lastly, Let's Go! Travel, Camp and Car Songs from Susie Tallman & Friends will have the whole family boppin' along, whether you're traveling near or far.
All albums can be placed on hold for curbside or walk-up service, at your local library.
“Movin’ Cool (The After Party)” by OutKast
Speaking of prototypes, “Movin’ Cool (The After Party)” was a new track introduced on the rap duo’s greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present... Outkast and epitomized their eclectic hip-hop sound. Stream/download the unedited album (and more OutKast on Freegal.
Keep cool and go to the ocean with a couple of rad movies about surfers. Both are based on real life events too, so gnarly!
SOUL SURFER is about Bethany Hamilton’s epic story and her quest to be a surfing champion, totally inspiring.
Dude, you’ll be totally stoked watching these movies, stay cool.
P.S. and I'm sharing my research with you too, just in case you mistakenly thought I AM A SURFER 😄:
Watching a nice sweet movie is a fantastic way to calm down, and stay cool. I found re-watching Babe to be the perfect way for me to just chill and enjoy the calm.
Pierce Brosnan narrates this documentary on the beauty and wonder of the ocean. Watching the soft water, the graceful fish, is so so cool.
When I think of staying cool, for some reason Spike Lee comes to mind. His opening shots of his movies have always been…cool! When deciding on a movie from Mr. Lee, I came across this CD. When Spike Lee was making He Got Game, he decided to use the music of Mr. Copland, and it fit perfectly with his cinematography
He Got Game : Spike Lee Presents the Music of Aaron Copland
For your listening pleasure….
Fanfare for the Common Man
Are you feeling anxious and irritable with everything going on this summer? Take Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's advice on how to handle that - listen to "Cool" , from West Side Story. Download it on Freegal or get the cd.
There's no snow or ice in Jamaica, but that didn't stop this Jamaican bobsled team from competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings is a funny and inspiring family film based on true events.
Can you believe this same Winter Olympics inspired another unlikely hero? It's the somewhat untalented but determined British ski jumper Eddie the Eagle, who ignored the naysayers, and took on the establishment to represent Britain in the Calgary Olympics. Watch this endearing comedy with the whole family.
Before 1988, there was the "miracle on ice" when the US team beat the undefeated Soviet team in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Watch the moving and inspiring retelling in Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as the coach.
If you're curious about how that Soviet team lost, and what happened to them after, there's a riveting documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Red Army shows the devastating transformation of team captain Slava Fetisov from national hero to political enemy. I don't know the first thing about hockey, and am the least sports minded person possible, but this film was fascinating!
A lot of people would agree that a nice cold beer on a hot summer day is a great thing. Curious how that came to be? Kanopy has a documentary you may find interesting (I did!) called The American Brew. If you're eager for more carbonated knowledge, Crafting a Nation tells a similar story about the rise of American craft beer after the Great Recession. Both films are available on Kanopy.
Wolf Alice's debut album My Love is Cool is sparkly, smooth alternative pop/rock. My favorite tracks are "Bros," "Soapy Water," and "The Wonderwhy."
What could be cooler than East Bay Punk? Turn it Around: the Story of Easy Bay Punk takes us on a journey through 30 years of the SF Bay Area's punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of the inspiring 924 Gilman Street collective. The film features clips and interviews from major figures of the era including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.
When it's hot at night, one of the things that helps me stay cool (besides ice water) is hearing a cool tune wafting on the night breeze.
These tracks cool me down from the heat of summer.
"Summer Madness" by the great Kool and the Gang (this track is sampled on Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince's "Summertime," this week's featured video). "Summer Madness" is featured on the soundtrack album Hit & Run as well as other great Kool and the Gang hits available for streaming or downloading on Freegal.
Who is cooler than Miles Davis? Endlessly creative, restless and collaborative, he constantly reinvented his sound by working with a big variety of established and younger emerging musicians. Cool Jazz emerged as a response to the aggressive hot jazz of the 1930s and 1940s and Miles’ 1950 album Birth of the Cool marks a turning point away from the brash and bold and towards more introspective, nuanced playing. Check out the Birth of the Cool CD or listen to the complete album using Music Online: Jazz Music Library. Learn about Miles Davis’s remarkable career by checking out the excellent 2020 documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (available on DVD) or episode 8 of Ken Burn’s Jazz: Risk, which focuses on Miles Davis (on DVD or streaming through Kanopy.)
Movies & Music - Question of the Week
Although their song “Cruel Summer” was featured in 1984’s Karate Kid, this group did not allow the song to be included on the film’s soundtrack.
Last week's trivia answer was: NBA All Star Game