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Happy Songs for the Kids?

Each year, the church does a music and arts day camp, which I usually hand over to someone else and pay them to do, but the lady who has done it since the camp's inception (before I started) is


a) a crazy zealot and she is NOT having a hand in the spiritual formation of any more children if I can possibly help it, and

b) a person who doesn't know the difference between art and craft, which means that the kids aren't actually exploring with art, they're just doing craft projects. And they know it.


So, because I'm in charge and I can do it, I have kicked her zealous ass to the curb, and am doing the camp myself this year, which means it's going to be a very different animal. I'm bringing in an actual art teacher to do the art portion, and the music portion will not consist solely of choral singing.


The theme is from Psalm 30:11 — You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. One of the things I would like to do is to have at least one "dance break" each day. Happy, secular, kid-friendly, pop song that they can just dance to like the little sillies they all are. Ideally, I will pair these with a sacred song later that the kids will do something with — either movement, singing, instruments, or even just listening.


The more songs I add to my list, the more options I have for finding something with a good pairing. Or not. Some of them will be just for fun.

So far, I have as possibilities:

1) Ingrid Michaelson, "Be OK"

2) Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

3) American Authors, "Best Day of My Life"

4) Sarah Bareilles, "Brave"


5) Pharrell, "Happy" (I may actually be able to work up a version of this that they do themselves, which would be really fun.)

6) Janelle Monae, "Dance Apocalyptic" (The fact that Megabyte was humming this one earlier is a huge point in its favor. Smash, smash! Bang, bang! Don't stop! Chalangalangalang! But the line about smoking in the girls' room is a worry.)


7) Tegan and Sarah, "Everything is Awesome"


8) Paul Simon, "Call Me Al"

9) Katrina and the Waves "Walkin' on Sunshine"

10) Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice" (Is the video a major influence on this one's inclusion? OH YES.)


11) I wanted Apollo 440's "Can't Stop the Rock," but I can't find it on iTunes. Darn. I somehow ended up with Freestyle's "Don't Stop the Rock" instead, which the Bots both liked, so maybe?


12) I'm pretty sure I had another one, but can't think of it atm. Oh, well.

So, any others? Happy, danceable songs? Obvs, some of these have lyrics that aren't as happy as it seems on first listen, and that's actually a good thing as per my purposes to have some like that. I know there are plenty I'm missing.

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