Kari Groff-Denis, MD presents Jumping Through Hoops

Kari Groff-Denis, MD presents Jumping Through Hoops

BandAmericanaChildren's Music

Talented New York City physician, Dr. Kari Groff-Denis captivates kids and their parents with her energetic fiddle and passionate songs. She writes music for children and adults that advocate for mental health. She is a true spokeswoman for the needs of children and families everywhere.

Biography

Kari Groff-Denis, MD is a NYC child psychiatrist dedicated to advocating for kids through musical performances and song-writing. She has played violin since the age of four and is fortunate to play with some of the very best musicians in the Americana music scene. She has roots in New England and Virignia and currently practices medicine in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her upcoming children's album "Jumping Through Hoops; Tales of Bravery and Courage" will be released in Autumn, 2009. It is produced by Rounder Record artist Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why). Musical arrangements by Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) and David Moore (Bing and Ruth)

Lyrics

Old Virginia

Written By: Kari Denis

There are no lyrics to this song. I am a physician and fiddle player/composer in NYC who wrote this song for my father while he was undergoing cancer treatment. They live in a very rural part of Virignia. I went down to visit him just before his surgery. He took me on a boat ride through a very beautiful part of the river near their house and had me promise to take care of my mother for the rest of her life. I could not bear to think about the two of them separated. I was so filled with love for him and for her. I wanted to give him something very special so I produced an album for him. This is the first track from that album.

Sad is not forever

Written By: Kari Groff, MD

(Lyrics written for children or anyone who has suffered with sadness) By NYC psychiatrist and fiddle player, Kari Groff MD

Feeling sad, sad and blue
You may feel that no one loves you
Feeling bad. Everything you do
Turns out wrong. There's nothing new.

But there are things, things you can do
To chase away those lonely blues
And when you feel so undone
Do something you think is fun.

So, I pick up my fiddle and I play my favorite pretty
Go outside and holler at the moon
Dance in the sun and sing a happy song.
Picnic in the park with a friend along.
Lay in the grass, look at the sky.
Find a silver lining in the clouds rolling by
Call a good friend, lend a helping hand
Write a new song to play with the band.

Sad is not forever, it goes away, it goes away.
Without the rain, the rain in April
There would be no flowers in May.

So, I find a deck of cards and learn a new game.
I pick a bunch of flowers and make a daisy chain.
I sit in the sun and read my favorite book.
I go and ask my grandma to show me how to cook.
Lay in the grass, look at the sky
Find a silver lining in the clouds rolling by
Call a good friend, lend a helping friend
Instead of what I can't do, think of what I can!

Sad is not forever, it goes away, it goes away.
Without the rain, the rain in April
There would be no flowers in May.

The Friendship Song (for kids and kids at heart)

Written By: Kari Groff, MD

Friends
The best thing in life is to find a friend
Race, religion, color doesn’t matter in the end
A friend to laugh with, play with, to hold
A friend can be young or be very old.

Friends pop up in unusual places
Every day you pass by a million faces
But when you look deeply into the eyes of a friend
A reflection of love that never ends

Your friend may live far, far away from you
Many miles may separate the two of you
But true friends know that even through the miles apart
You are forever in each other’s hearts.

If you ever wonder what life’s all about
And you sit around and are filled with doubt
I guarantee you’ll find a reason to be
Life’s about friendship; it’s the secret key.

Jumping Through Hoops

Written By: Kari Groff, MD

Written for all of her pediatric patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York City! Inspired by all of their tough times!

Isn’t easy for kids these kids these days
Life gets sort of crazy like a great big maze
So if you get discouraged when things get rough
Remember you have courage and that you’re tough

Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy
You’ll come out the other side
Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy but….
You’ll come out the other side!

You know that you’re feelings are important and true
Sometimes you’re mad
And sometimes blue
When things are going well
You may feel glad
When things fall apart
It’s okay to feel sad

Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy
You’ll come out the other side
Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy but….
You’ll come out the other side!

Worrying about things can be such a struggle
Worries stick around and put you in a muddle
But worries don’t change what was said and done
It seems real clear
Worries take away the fun

Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy
You’ll come out the other side
Jumping through Hoops
Hanging on for the ride
It may be sort of bumpy but….
You’ll come out the other side!

The Mad Day

Written By: Kari Groff, MD

Written for all of her pediatric patients at Bellevue Hospital and NYU who struggle with issues of anger and temper.

Ever have a day when nothing goes your way?
Wake up mad with nothing good to say
Mom says “Do your homework, turn off that game!”
But, everything around you seems stupid and lame

You’re not really sure why you feel this way
It just seemed to start at the break of day.
You know getting mad is hurtin’ you
So you start to think about things you can do

You take deep breaths and let them out slow
In and out let that anger go
Listen to some music, take a nice long walk
Find someone you love and take the time to talk.

Your game has reached its highest level yet
Ten more minutes and you’d be set
Then, dad comes by and shuts off the screen
Now, why is everyone so strict and mean.

You’re not really sure why you feel this way
It just seemed to start at the break of day.
You know getting mad is hurtin’ you
So you start to think about things you can do

You take deep breaths and let them out slow
In and out let that anger go
Listen to some music, take a nice long walk
Find someone you love and take the time to talk.

You’re supposed to brush your teeth
You’re supposed to make your bed
And the garbage goes out when the dog’s been fed
Your room is a mess, it never looks clean
But when mom says “tidy up”, she sounds so mean

You’re not really sure why you feel this way
It just seemed to start at the break of day.
You know getting mad is hurtin’ you
So you start to think about things you can do

You take deep breaths and let them out slow
In and out let that anger go
Listen to some music, take a nice long walk
Find someone you love and take the time to talk.

Just because you’re mad doesn’t mean you’re bad
People can be angry especially when they’re sad
Taking deep breathes can help you find new ways
To chase those morning blues away.
I'm not really sure why you feel this way
It just seemed to start at the break of day.
I know getting mad is just hurtin’ me
There are many things that I can do for me!

You take deep breaths and let them out slow
In and out let that anger go
Listen to some music, take a nice long walk
Find someone you love and take the time to talk.

You're not really sure why you feel this way.
It just seemed to start at the break of day
You know getting mad is just hurting you
But now you know some things you can do!

Sweet Night

Written By: Kari Groff-Denis and David Moore

Now, its time to sleep brave one,
its near the end of the day
The sun is sleeping, oh so sound,
to rest its glorius rays
The moon has risen high into the starry sky
The moon, the gentle nighttime face, protects you as you lie.

Rest my child, rest brave one
Tomorrow you shall see the sun
Rest my child, my darling one, night has now begun.

Sweet dreams to you, oh child, dream of all you can be
Climb a mountain, find the sky, or sail the great blue sea
Close your eyes and hear this song, I sing for you my child
For on the day that you were born, the universe did smile

Rest my child, rest brave one
Tomorrow, you shall see the sun
Sleep brave child, my darling one,
Night has now begun.

Rest my child, rest brave one
Tomorrow, you shall see the sun
Sleep my child, my darling one
Night has now begun.

Forever Friends

Written By: Kari Groff-Denis

Forever Friends

I left my home for a brand new place
Tried to put on a happy face.
Leaving everything I knew,
Couldn’t believe I had to move.

Saying farewell, it felt so sad
I missed my friends and the crew we had.
Hot summer nights, and hanging outside
Never got lost on a long bike ride.

One step, two step, three step four
I’ll love you forever more
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Keepin’ the old but makin’ new friends.

I started over at a brand new school
Met new kids, learned all their rules.
It’s hard to be the new kid in town
At first the move just brought me down.

Chorus

One two three and four
I’ll love you forever more
Five six seven eight nine ten
Oh, let me hear that fiddle again…

As time went by, day by day,
I thought of home in a different way
Never forget those good old times
Loving the people I left behind.

It took some courage to make new friends
But in time my heart was mended…
Loving this home and my old one too
You can love two places this is true!

Chorus

One two three and four
I’ll love you forever more
Five six seven eight nine ten
I could sing this again and again.



Bully This

Written By: Groff-Denis, Andreassen, Eldridge

Bully This

Hey you bully!
I’m not your walking mat!

Bully this and bully that
But don’t bully me

I’m not your walking mat.
Bully this and bully that

Hey you bully!
I’m not your walking mat!

You can call me names or steal my lunch money

You can sit around and laugh but it’s really not that funny

Cuz bullies aren’t brave and bullies aren’t cool

At the end of the day a bully looks like a fool.

CHORUS
It’s hard to stand up to a bully at school

A bully has no courage and he acts very cruel

The best thing to do is look the other way

You don’t need to give a bully your time of day.

Bridge:
I don’t hear you
I don’t see you
I don’t run
Baby, I don’t fight.

I don’t mind you
I just want to get to
Wherever you’re
Out of my sight.

I don’t hear you don’t see you don’t run don’t fight.
I don’t mind you but I’ll get you outta my sight.

I’m not gonna let you wreck my day…
Whatever dude, I just walk away.

GUITAR SOLO

Just remember you’re the kid in charge.
Even though that bully seems scary and large.
One day that bully will wake up and know
That being kind to others is the only way to go.

CHORUS

Discography

Coming in Autumn of 2009-Jumping Through Hoops; Tales of Bravery and Courage for Children.

Set List

Orginal Songs and the occassional traditional Americana fiddle tunes!