Be Nice

benice.jpgToday, Mary reviews Be Nice, a locally grown CD that’s entertaining and helps parents teach kids about life etiquette. Read on for Mary’s review, as well as to learn how to be 1 of 4 winners to receive a copy of Be Nice!

“Ain’t isn’t a word, and I know that. However, my three-year-old daughter may not since it is so commonly (mis)used. Good thing Berklee College of Music grads, Ilene Altman (Leeny) and Steve Equi (Steve), collaborated to produce their debut CD, Be Nice.

Featuring songs such as Ain’t Ain’t A Word, Be Nice teaches youngsters about ain’t’s place in the English vernacular. Know What Nos Are and It’s Not Nice are other songs whose lyrics complement parents’ efforts at teaching preschoolers “life etiquette.”

The 16 songs on Be Nice teach and entertain children through a variety of musical styles, witty lyrics, and upbeat melodies. The music is also appealing to adults because it does not take the intellect of an adult for granted. Listening to the CD while in the car with my children, I found myself chuckling to the smart, well-written lyrics and quickly began singing along to songs like Mammals and I Like Fruit. (Admittedly, I also caught myself singing these tunes while doing dishes and working out.)

Lively music for car rides or play dates, as well great background ambience for doing things such as nursing a baby, Be Nice is a great way to spend an hour. This music “ain’t” no Wheels on the Bus, which is likely a welcomed reprieve for most parents.”

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Congrats to winners Elaine, Linda, Kris, & Kathleen!
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Now, want to be 1 of 4 winners to receive a copy of Be Nice*? Here’s how:

  • Visit the Leeny & Steve website, then email (with ‘Be Nice’ in the subject), and name an award that Be Nice has received.

  • One entry permitted per person; US & Canada entrants welcome to enter.

  • Entry period closes at midnight EST, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.