Song Descriptions : 14 Reasons to "Come Join the Circle!"
Come Join the Circle (2:14) Written to the tune of the spiritual Wade in the Water, this songs refrain is an irresistable call to join together in a circle of inclusion. A great way to gather people for singing and sharing. The counter melody provides the main message: In a circle, were equal; no one is left out.
Listen! (2:08) - One of the simplest parts of human communication is also often the hardest - good listening. This song, based on a Sufi chant, celebrates the satisfaction of receiving good attention. The driving bass and bongos reinforce the compelling message of the refrain: "Listen! We all want to be heard."
TIME at the Peace Table (3:10) - What do you do when someone spills pink juice all over your t-shirt? It can spark a fight - or a great discussion. T.I.M.E.turns out to be the magic word, spelling out some very helpful tactics for working through a conflict.
What Does Peace Mean? (2:49) - Peace starts within each of us, as we go through our days "taking care of ourselves, each other and the earth."
Good Friends (The Peer Mediation Song) (4:39) - A Celtic lilt influences this story song about two seemingly opposite personalities who are assigned as 4th grade project partners. Their different styles lead to a blow up, and peer mediators jump to the rescue. The chorus "Who'd've ever thought that we could be good friends? is a testimony to the questions and good listening of their skilled classmates.
Cool Cooperation (3:48) - A cool urban beat makes the point here as Atlanta based hip-hop artist James Oglesby and some young friends sing together. "Cool cooperation/Let the rhythm move your feet/Because in the end you know we both win, so theres no need to compete! Loaded with positive ideas, the contemporary sounds make this a sure-fire hit!
Canned Peas Blues (4:17) - You've tried rolling them on the floor, squishing them under your feet and sticking them under your seat - but it's hard not to get the blues from those boring old canned peas facing you on your plate. The question is, How can you win over a parent, when conflict resolution just isn't working? "Oh, Mama, can't we please negotiate?"
Break 'em on Down (2:03) - A gospel-style choir joins in on this rousing bilingual Spanish-English chant originally written by Harmony Grisman. The arrangement invites participation as it breaks down the walls between people.
Clothes Don't Make the Person (3:45) - Every school kid knows the agony of measuring up to the latest brand name clothing standards. In this poignant song, an older sister imparts valuable wisdom and affirms her younger sisters true assets. And a father builds understanding as he tells his son the economic truths behind those high priced labels.
Martin and Robby (2:58) - Co-written by David Kisor and Paulette, this jazzy song tells of two boys who get into a fight, with one calling the other a "sissy." Martin and Robby discover that they don't have to stuff it, that crying's not bad, and that's how you get the pain out.
Strategy Wheel (2:58) --A reggae style informs this conflict-resolution song about how to handle the situation when a friend betrays a confidence, or even when you suspect someone stole from you. The strategy wheel offers several non-violent options for dealing with big trouble.
Affirmations (3:54) - Everybody needs to hear positive things about themselves. Simple recognition from friends and peers can make a day go right. Listeners can easily add their own good thoughts to the many real-life affirmations offered here.
Dealing with Feelings Rap (I-Message Song) (4:14) - With some hip tracks as the backdrop, two young rappers offer ideas for how to get feelings out in constructive ways, e.g.Let yourself cry when youre feeling really sad, ask for some attention when youre down or mad. The rap moves into an R & B sound, with young soloists demonstrating ways to communicate their feelings and work through problems in words, using a helpful formula called an I-Message.
Come On Board! (4:22) - Anyone from any walk of life is called to "Come on Board" the train bound for healing, compassion and justice in this inviting song of inclusion. The lists of various cultural and religious identities give kids a chance to explore differences in the world and even in their classrooms, with the concluding chant: We have lots of differences, but we've lots more in common!