Ten Commandments Song – Slugs & Bugs

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The Ten Commandments Song is the only song on Sing the Bible Volume 2 without a word-for-word Scripture verse. Because of the theme of the record (A Musical Handbook for the Christian Home), I needed to have a Ten Commandments song, but the actual verses of the Ten Commandments are huge and too unwieldy to make into a lyrical composition. So, I  summarized!

The other difficulty with a Ten Commandments song is finding the way to point to Christ. I imagined parents listening along to the music, and wanted them to feel encouraged rather than condemned. That’s why the chorus says “no one can keep them all.” It’s also a good reminder for me when my parenting tightens up.

Also, I decided to include words like adultery and covet instead of the versions I see on the walls of Sunday School rooms across the U.S.

Author Madeline L’Engle said…

The writer whose words are going to be read by children has a heavy responsibility. And yet, despite the undeniable fact that the children’s minds are tender, they are also far more tough than many people realize, and they have an openness and an ability to grapple with difficult concepts which many adults have lost.

And I agree. Children in rougher-speaking homes learn swear words before they go to preschool. I’m glad to introduce these serious words from Scripture, and I think children can handle them.

This track is full of surprises, and I can’t wait for you parents (and non-parents!) to hear them all. March 18th! Here we come!

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Sing the Bible Volume 2: What’s it all about?

 

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As you may have heard, our new CD, Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 2 will officially launch into the world on March 18th. What is Sing the Bible Volume 2 all about? I’m so glad you asked.

Almost every day, I pray my kids will grow more aware of God’s love for them. Just like you and me, when kids know they are loved, they behave differently.  They transform.

I’ve been calling Sing the Bible 2 a “musical handbook for the Christian home” because the verses give practical instruction for those transforming people. For example:

Do not worry about your life… (Matthew 6:25-26)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition… (Philippians 2:3)
Let your light shine… and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14,16)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing… (Philippians 2:14-16)
Give generously… (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Value others above yourselves…(Philippians 2:3)
Do not steal… 
Do not lie…

Of course, without God’s love and transforming power, these verses leave us with a bunch of rules we can never fully obey. That’s why this CD also highlights verses that are bedrock to our faith. These Scriptures bring to mind God’s presence and power, his limitless love and his ultimate sacrifice.

The Lord is the everlasting God… his understanding no one can fathom… (Isaiah 40)
How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… (Ephesians 3)
God works for the good of those who love him… (Romans 8)
By his wounds we are healed… (Isaiah 53)
You forgave me, all my guilt is gone… (Psalm 32)

Taken together, listened to (over and over) in the minivan and in the home, these songs provide raw material for the Lord to use to build strong faith in parents and kids.

Oh yeah, and it’s really fun and groovy.

And there’s monsters.

And raccoons.

And a sharkbug.

And raisins.

So, why Sing the Bible Volume 2? Because it matters. Behind the catchy melodies and the random acts of silliness, we deeply desire to partner with families for their good and for God’s glory. About Slugs & Bugs, a fan recently tweeted that our “songs and lyrics have become part of their family culture.” And when the lyrics are word-for-word Scripture, that can be truly transforming.


“Do You Not Know” clip from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol. 2

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing in more detail about how Volume 2 came together, as well as a few stories from folks (Kickstarter supporters, woop woop!) that have already heard the songs. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share, please leave a comment below!

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Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music.

Pre-orders for Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 2 available March 1.

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To order the Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 1 – click here.

You’ve Gotta See This

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Fans of Sing the Bible Volume 1, listen up!  There is a movie out that you MUST SEE. 

If you love Sing the Bible Volume 1, you owe it to yourself and your kids to go see Imba Means Sing. Imba Means Sing is a fantastic and deeply moving documentary about the African Children Choir. But these aren’t just any amazing ACC kids, this movie is about the actual Ugandan kids that sing on Sing the Bible Vol 1!.

The main boy in the movie, Moses, is the same boy that reads “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” on “Freedom” – Sing the Bible’s opening track. Listen for yourself right here…

 

This is a big deal. The filmmakers spent 3 years following this African Children’s Choir around the world and made a brilliant documentary all about their journey. It is deeply moving while also being educational and full of hope. We want our children to be aware of their privilege and the vast disparity in the world, but it can be difficult to find a way to introduce children to the reality of poverty. Imba goes there but with great hope for the future.  Please, check out the screening schedule and if it’s coming near you, go see it! You will be so glad you did.

Also, if you don’t blink, you’ll catch a glimpse of yours truly leading the choir in the studio here in Nashville. That’s right, I’m in the movie! Amazingly, 100% of profits are going to support the education of children in Africa, which is why Im working hard to spread the word about the film.
imbafilm.com is the website
Here is the trailer
LINK TO ORDER ON iTUNES: http://apple.co/1YHQIpI

OR – you can check it out on NETFLIX.

If you’ve been moved by Sing the Bible Volume 1, this is a great chance to say thanks to those kids.  100% of profits go to support the education of ACC kids!  :-) (Purchase their DVD here.)

Info for sharing Imba
Imba Means Sing Facebook page (@Imba Means Sing)
Twitter page (@imbameanssing)
hashtag #ImbaMeansSing

African Children’s Choir
Facebook (@African Children’s Choir)
Twitter (@ACChoir)

Thank you, awesome readers! I hope this movie gets in front of as many people as possible. And I hope that starts with you! Bring your kids! It is very appropriate for all ages.share watch give

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Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music.

To order the Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 1 – click here.

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Sing the Bible Volume 2 Release Date and MORE!

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It’s official! The RELEASE DATE for Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 2 is Friday, March 18th!

Until then, we’ll be introducing the story  – why I chose these verses, why they matter to you, as well as who was involved and how the music came to life.

And there’s so much more to come!  In 2016, we will release Sing the Bible Volume 2 (March 18), a Slugs & Bugs app with loads of features including a multi-person Scripture memorization game (April/May), a family devotional kit (July/August), and a whole new Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs  Live Concert!

In short, our vision is grand.  We are hoping to revolutionize the way music-listening families absorb and grow in the knowledge of God’s Word. My close friends would tell you, I’m not usually one for bold pronouncements or grand visions. I am generally quiet, low key, and prefer a (very) small group over a crowd. In this case, my confidence comes from the peace in my spirit, and the belief that I have been gifted for and called to this role.

That said, please pray for me. This is God’s business, and I don’t want to fall behind or run ahead, but only to walk in step with the leading of His Spirit. Pray for me to keep my hands open to whatever he brings, be it tears or laughter (although I generally prefer tears of laughter). And pray for my family. They are the quiet and constant Slugs & Bugs life-support system.

Thanks everyone! I’m so glad you’ve found your way into the world of Slugs & Bugs, and I hope you’ll come back soon for the beginning of our story!

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Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music. He loves parenting, ping pong, and peanut butter cups. To book a concert or speaking engagement, contact Micah Watson – by clicking here.

To order the Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 1click here.

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Christmas Coloring Pages, Slugs & Bugs Style

If your family is anything like mine, the Christmas holidays provide much needed down-time to relax and connect. However, even with board games and card games, finding activities that fit a wide age range can be a challenge. That’s why I commissioned 15 new hand-drawn coloring pages to go with our Slugs & Bugs Christmas songs!

We know the Slugs & Bugs Christmas CD has a wide generational appeal, so I asked my friend (brilliant artist and children’s author) Jennifer Trafton to dream up some fun coloring pages that families could color while listening to the music, and she totally crushed it!

Some are sweet, some are hilarious, and with artwork that will appeal to every age and skill level, these pages surpassed my hopes. If your family enjoys Slugs & Bugs music, order your digital download of these 15 artisan coloring pages and print out as many copies as you like. I promise, you’re going to love them. (click here to order)

Here’s the Christmas Around the World page: (with audio!)

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And here’s the Camel Song Page (with audio!):

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And Here’s both Gingerbread House pages (with audio!): (click here to order)

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Order all 15 pages today and have them ready to print out the moment you need them. This Christmas set is on sale this month, and we’ll take it down after the new year.  (click here to order).

I hope you’ll take advantage of these fantastic works of art, and make them your own!

~ Randall

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Thanksgiving, Harry Potter and the Power of No

 

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Long time readers will know, I like to surprise my kids by saying “yes.” At least twice, I’ve written about the value of saying “yes” to your kids (here and here). Today I’d like to show a little love to good ol’ fashioned no.

Here in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday. That got me thinking about gratitude vs. entitlement, which brought me around to Harry Potter: the fictional boy wizard that was raised by relatives who despised him. If you don’t remember, Harry Potter lived with his cousin Dudley.

Dudley’s parents (Harry’s aunt and uncle) mercilessly spoiled their son. They unreservedly said “yes” to Dudley, but to Harry, they only said “no.” Under their rearing, Harry developed kindness and generosity, gratitude and perseverance, while Dudley became truly horrible.

Anecdotally, we understand this phenomenon. But, every parent with an extra nickel must also apply the lesson. Sometimes we have to say no, only because it builds character. 

When my kids complain about the lack of cereal in the pantry, to me, they are saying, “Don’t buy cereal. You haven’t said “no” enough lately.” Similarly, if they complain about having to do the dishes, it means, they need to wash dishes more often.

In the short run, this means more pain for the parents: more complaining, more sullen brooding or outright tantrums. But in the long run, it means you get pleasant, respectful people to live and grow old with.  Those kids grow up to be respectful to their teachers and to their bosses and to the police. If your child is 12 years old and still does not help do dishes or fold laundry, do yourself (and the world) a favor and start saying no more often.

But, don’t make the same mistake I often do, saying “no” with an edge of discontent or dissatisfaction. Prepare yourself in prayer. Clothe yourself in humility before God, and with gratitude at the sacred task you’ve been given. Then, you can say “no” with joy, not as a punishment, but as a gift – with an eye on the long road ahead.  AND, your kids will feel that difference, because “the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

Raising kids is incredibly challenging.  But now with an 8, 12 and 15 year old, I can testify that it gets easier as they grow – if you are willing to walk through the minefield of saying “yes” and “no” with prayerful care.

Final thought: Amy and I have been parenting this way for years, but we’ve only ever done it badly. We are hypocritical, inconsistent, and irresponsible failures much of the time. And yet, we’ve got great kids. So keep stumbling forward, receive God’s grace, and start fresh again today, with thanksgiving. That’s what we’re going to do.

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Don’t miss the 20% off ALL MUSIC sale this weekend at www.slugsandbugs.com – including the fan-favorite A Slugs & Bugs Christmas for only $8!

 

 

Hey Beautiful Girl (story and song)

Saturday was November 21st. My daughter and oldest child, Livi, turned 15!

That’s crazy for so many reasons, but in the context of this blog, it’s crazy because that means about 15 years ago, I wrote my first Slugs & Bugs song. I wrote the chorus to Beautiful Girl to the rhythm of my hand on her tiny back, trying to get her to burp halfway through her bottle.

We lived in a little 700 sq foot duplex. When it was my turn for a midnight feeding I would carry Livi to the far corner of the front room to give her a bottle, so Amy could stay asleep.

This year I carried Livi farther away than she’d even been – as she toured across the U.S. and through England and Wales with me all Spring, playing fiddle and singing and running the merch table. We had SO much fun, and great adventures like this epic trek along the cliffs of Wales from a lighthouse to a castle.

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This past Saturday, our family went on a more local adventure as part of our day celebrating Livi. We hiked the 3 mile Gainer Ridge trail around Radnor Lake in Nashville. It was warm and sunny at the start, and got chilly and blustery by the middle. That’s when we took this picture…

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Now here’s that song I wrote back in late 2000, for that tiny baby.  I never knew how much my parents loved me until I held her in my arms. My, how the years pass…

Beautiful Girl

I’ve got you swaddled and I’ve got your bottle
And you’re too loud to ignore.
Your mama is sleeping
The angels are keeping
So cry no more.

Hey beautiful girl,
Daddy loves you, he loves you.
Most beautiful girl in whole wide world.

The stars are all shining, the birds are reclining,
The squirrels are all nestled down.
The trees in the forest are joining the chorus,
And swaying to the sound.

Hey beautiful girl,
Daddy loves you, he loves you.
Most beautiful girl in whole wide world.

I know that moons rise, and time flies,
and sweet little girls get older.
But when your tooth aches or your heart breaks
will you still cry on my shoulder?

Hey beautiful girl,
Daddy loves you, he loves you.
Most beautiful girl in whole wide world.