"7 Good Ways"

"7 Good Ways"

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"7 Good Ways" is the children's music CD from the Children's Musical of the same name. It uses hip-hop,jazz, r&b, calypso,disco to teach messages like self-determination and faith. Sung by kids for kids. Ages 5-13

Biography

What started off as a family band performing Kwanzaa programs blossomed into a CD of Children's songs and a one hour long Children's Musical Theater piece, both entitled---"7 Good Ways". The two sisters LC and T.S. Rose DeSandies (12 and 14 at the time of the recording) are the main vocalists on the CD and members of the 9 character cast of the musical. By the time the musical was produced this year, their voices and instrumental abilities (T.S play drums and LC plays bass) place them in the ranks of up and coming broadway/recording artists---in fact the entire cast (ages 15-17+2 adults) is phenomenal. Andre De Sandies (Baba) adds authentic Caribbean flavor as a professional steel drummer and Gail Lou (mom) is a professional vocalist, keyboardist/writer/composer. Shawn V. Lucas (uncle Shawn) adds the polish of production, keyboards and arrangement that sets this body of work apart from most Children's Musical projects.
The bottom line is---kids like it,--- who knew?

Lyrics

7 Good Ways

Written By: Gail Lou


THE NGUZO SABA - "7 Good Ways"
Seven good ways, to live your life---
seven, seven, seven good ways.
Umoja--you and me journeying together,
journeying gently along.
Kujichagulia--I am my own kind of music,
I’m here to write my own song.
Ujima--lending a hand is never ever wrong,
help a friend and your heart grows strong.
Ujamaa--share the seed, share the work, share the wealth.
Some for Earth, some for others, some for self.
Nia oh Nia--finish what I do, then what I have done
shines a little sun on everyone.
Kuumba--leave your family and friends and everything, around them,
filled with joy and peace and better than the way you found them.
The only way to love your life
have Imani---have faith,
keep Imani---keep the faith,
your guiding light.
Seven good ways to live your life
The road, may be hard don’t give up your fight.
Ngu----zo Sa---ba -- Seven Good Ways.

Ch-Ching

Written By: Gail Lou

CH-CHING
Mom is looking into her wallet, heading out of the kitchen door.
Going to the car wash and laundry (what she hurryin’ uppin’ for?)
Car needs waxin’ I need cash, I tell you what we should do.
You give me the ten dollars, Mom, and I’ll shine up your car for you.
chorus:
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.
You need a t’ing I need ch-ching Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.
Daddy cryin’ he don’t know why him payin’ someone to mow the lawn.
Problem is he’s been really busy, so I’m tellin’ him “worryin’ gone!
Twice a month, back and front, I’ll cut it even and nice,
and because we are family, I'll be chargin’ him ---
half the price!”
chorus:
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.
You need a t’ing I need ch-ching, Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.
break:
I can provide you the service that you seek-uh
I get ch-ching when the service is complete-uh
Economic’ly Co-operatin’ see yea
Ev-ry, ev-ry, ev-ry body is ‘ire.
chorus:
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.
You need a t’ing I need ch-ching, Ujamaa we get paid.
Ch-ching ch-ching, ch-ching ch-ching, ev’ry body o-kay.

Discography

"7 Good Ways" - Cd
2003 Parents Choice Approved Award
2003 John Lennon Songwriting Competition
"Grand Prize" Children's Category for 'I Can Be The One" and runner-up for "Ch-Ching"
"7 Good Ways" - The Musical(script/CD/score)

Set List

1. I Can Be The One - Nia - purpose (hip-hop)**
2. Aunt Chesters - (jazz)
3. 7 Good Ways - Nguzo Saba (Nigerian chant)
4. Ray Dean - Kuumba - creativity - (disco)
5. Nothing's Going On - ujima - collective work (ragtime)
6. Ch-Ching - ujamaa - economics - (calypso)*
7. You Do You - kujichagulia - self determination (blues)
8. Unity - umoja - (ballad)
9. The Right Thing To Do - (gospel, only in musical)
10. A Little Faith - imani (two-step dance)