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This music is dedicated to our beautiful, precious Earth and all her beings and ecosystems, the air and light and water and soil that nourish us, and our deepest, most tender hearts, which know wisdom and compassion, and will find a way to wake up and transform human society into one guided by healing, peace and love. Deepest gratitude to my family and community near and far, my many teachers, and all the shining folks that sing, dance and breathe along. May all beings be free from suffering.

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Fermenting fun amidst the organic and inspirational environment of San Francisco, Charity and the JAMband have spent the past decade-and-a-half serving up delightfully groovy tunes for young ones and their big people. This spring, Charity Kahn and her merry band release their most deeply felt and resonant album yet, EARTH. Aptly named, this celebratory collection of 10 original new songs arrives on Earth Day, April 22 (available from CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and more).

As Mindy Thomas, host of SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live show has noted, Charity and the JAMband make "barefoot, sun-on-your-shoulders, hula-hooping music for funky families.” With their seventh album Charity the JAMband (Joy and Music band) celebrate not only the fresh beauty of our planet, but also the sense of unity and hopefulness inspired by experiences in nature.

A strong spiritual thread, pointing to the power of love and intentional living, runs through EARTH. The album, produced in San Francisco by bandmate Daryn Roven at The Raindrop and Studio Trilogy, begins with the acoustic and ethereal “Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart.” Each song inspires listeners toward mindfulness, especially with “Pebble Meditation Song,” which is drawn from the work of spiritual leader and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. The song “Earth Day” asserts, “Every single day should be Earth Day,” reminding us that we are all caretakers of this fragile planet. EARTH ends with a lullaby called “Little One” – a prayer from parent to child, with all of the tender hopes, fears and dreams inherent in that foundational relationship. But this is not just a contemplative album; songs like “Share Your Love,” “Sing a Summer Song,” and “We Love Everyone” present Charity and the JAMband’s trademark rootsy-jammy rockers. JAMband’s many fans have dubbed their their musical style as “mindful rock’n’roll,” “conscious music for families,” the kind that happens when “’Free to Be You and Me’ grows up and rocks out.”

“This is a celebration, like all of our albums,” notes Charity Kahn. “Whenever we record a song, there’s a metaphorical looseness, an organic earthiness that we embody. We hope to convey the feeling of openness, of aliveness...the sense that anything can happen.”

Kahn emphasizes that Charity and the JAMband concerts are “rocking celebrations of coming together as one big family, united by song, dance and love.” The band (which includes Roven, Paul Lamb, Laurie Pomeranz and David Rokeach) celebrates the release of EARTH with a free, all-ages concert at 5 pm on April 22 at The Park Chalet in San Francisco (the kick-off show for the 13th annual JAMband Family Festival Concert Series created and produced by Kahn), and more concerts at Rainbow Fest (April 24) and Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley (May 1). On Saturday May 14th, Kahn and noted storyteller Olivia Hackett-Shaughnessy will present an event for adults in San Francisco: “The Motherlode: Songs and Stories from the Vein – A Concert for the Mother.”

Charity Kahn has a degree in math from Stanford, has co-authored a book on math and music, and has worked as a software engineer in the technology industry. Motherhood opened the door to a new life of musical devotion and creation and allowed Kahn to live her real passion. Since 2002, Charity and the JAMband have been bringing the rock ‘n’ roll experience to families, touching the hearts and inspiring the dancing feet of this generation’s breed of family music lovers. Charity and the JAMband recordings include Family Values (2012), Party Like a Twinkle Star (2010, NAPPA Gold Award, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award), Rock Your Socks Off (2006, Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, Children’s Music Web Gold Award, Fids & Kamily Award), and Peanut Butter and JAM (2004, Parents’ Choice® Approved Award). Charity Kahn previously released two solo albums: JAM: Music for Movement with Children (2002) and firstborn (1999). In addition to singing and recording original songs, Kahn leads popular weekly JAMboodas music and movement classes for young children, and she runs sold-out spring and summer JAMcamps for school-aged kids in San Francisco. Visit www.jamjamjam.com for the latest updates.

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released April 22, 2016

Charity Kahn - vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, ukulele, synths, flute, percussion
Daryn Roven - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, synths, percussion
Paul Lamb - bass
David Rokeach - drums, percussion

Music & lyrics composed by Charity Kahn except:
Music for Shine (Charity/Daryn)
Pebble Meditation Song (verse lyrics paraphrased from Pebble Meditation as it appears in Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children [2011] by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, California. www.parallax.org


Engineered, mixed & mastered by Daryn Roven at Studio Trilogy and The Raindrop
Additional engineering by Charity Kahn
Produced by Charity Kahn and Daryn Roven
Artwork & graphic design by Charity Kahn
a Raindrop Records and MusiMatics production. All content copyright 2016 Charity Kahn

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Track Name: Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart
Verse 1
when you were a tiny seed
mother Earth met all your needs
so you put down roots, uncurled a sprout
and poked your tiny head right out

Verse 2
you stretched and strained to reach the light
sometimes left, and sometimes right
and you spread your arms as if to fly
hugging Earth and kissing sky

Chorus
keep a green tree in your heart
and maybe the singing bird will come
and when she comes you better love her well
oh the stories she can tell

Verse 3
you drank the rain, danced in the breeze
caught the sunlight with your leaves
and performed a magic alchemy
to purify the air we breath

Verse 4
you grew up strong and fine and true
your story there in the shape of you
and you made a home for the honey bee
and all the singing birds like me

Chorus

Verse 5
now seasons come and seasons go
you listen, breath, watch and grow
you make a new seed, give it to the ground
and the circle of life goes round and round

Verse 6
And when you’ve grown up wise and old
your work all done, your story told
you’ll fall back down to where you came from
I will hear you, I will come

green tree...singing bird...love her
green tree...littlest bird...love her
green tree...sweetest bird...love her
Track Name: Share Your Love
Verse 1
I know you can run
as fast as the breeze
I know you can jump
as high as the trees
but there’s a power
more amazing than both of those
and you are made of it
from head to toes

Verse 2
I know you can fly
circles around the sun
and you are brave and beautiful
and very smart and super strong
but you’ve got power
more astonishing and legendary
it’s name is LOVE
and it is necessary

Chorus
Love is Kindness
Love is Showing Respect
Love is Happiness
Share Your Love
Share Your Love
Share Your Love

Verse 3
conjure it up when you are
feeling scared or being sad
ask it for help when you are
acting mean or being mad
listen for it when you
close your eyes and breathe
open your heart
and set your LOVE power free



Bridge
love love love oh yeah I say
share your love
love love love oh yeah I say
share your love
love love love oh yeah I say
share your love

love is mindfulness
love is heartfulness
love is wakefulness
love is generous
love is truthfulness
love is patience
love is joyfulness
love is endless
Track Name: Earth Day
Verse 1
this old Earth's
been around awhile
she knows how to cry
she knows how to smile
she's happiest when we
care for her soil
and the water and air
that feed us all

this old Earth
runs on her own time
how long does it take
for a mountain to grind
all the way back down
to a grain of sand
and then become
a mountain again

Chorus
every day
should be Earth Day
and every one
every daughter and son
will love her
like a mother
and cherish her
every single day
should be Earth Day!
every single day
should be Earth Day!
every single day
should be Earth Day!
every single day



Verse 2
this old Earth
is home for all
the beasts and plants
stout and tall
some take root
and others walk
some even fly
some even talk

we ride through space
upon her crust
never looking back
in Earth we trust
she’s a ship afloat
in a sea of night
the burning sun
her guiding light

Bridge
now is the moment
to open our eyes
and our minds and our hearts
and realize
the Earth is our friend
the Earth is our home
the Earth is our Mother
we are never alone
we must protect
our only Earth
every action and intention
affirming her worth
let’s do no harm
and take good care
of every life
everyone
everything
everywhere...
every day...
Track Name: We Speak for the Earth
Verse 1
we speak for the Earth
we speak for the trees
we speak for the air
and for the bumble and the honey bees
we speak for the land
and for the sacred seeds
and for the rain and for the sea
and all the future beings

Chorus
we wanna help the Earth
we wanna do our part
we wanna save the day
with all the lovin’ (wisdom/compassion) in our hearts
for these hearts know the way
and this love/wisdom/compassion
makes us strong
so we’ll climb a mountain high
and sing at the top of our lungs, oh
come on people
let’s wake up people
the time is now
come on people
let’s wake up people
the time is now

Verse 2
we’re gonna use our hands
and the wisdom we carry inside
and the love we’ve learned to share
and our fascinating minds
and the feelings that visit and teach
us how to experience everything
and our bodies that need to dance
and our voices that were born to sing



Bridge
the Earth
it’s connected to the trees
they’re connected to the air
it’s connected to the bees
they’re connected to the land
it’s connected to the seeds
they’re connected to the rain
it’s connected to the seas
they’re connected to the fish
they’re connected to the birds
they’re connected to the animals
they’re connected to the sun
we are not individual
we are not separate
we are interdependent
we are all one

Verse 3
so let’s be kind with our thoughts
kind with our words
kind with our actions
and kind to our world
for we know whatever we do
will have consequences for
the beautiful beings of the future
whom we already adore
so we’re gonna gather together
this Earthen family far and wide
step into our power
and do the work of our time oh

Final Chorus
come on people let’s wake up people the time is now
come on people let’s rise up people let’s do this now
come on people let’s wake up people the time is now
Track Name: I Am the Earth
Verse 1
I am the Earth and the Earth is me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me

I am the rocks and the rocks are me
I am the trees and the trees are me
I am the mountains, the mountains are me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me

I am the rain and the rain is me
I am the rivers and the rivers are me
I am the oceans, the oceans are me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me

I am the air and the air is me
I am the wind and the wind is me
I am the sky and the sky is me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me

Chorus
It’s the truth of interbeing
All things near and all things far
All things seen and all things unseen
We all inter-are

I am the love and the love is me
I am the peace and the peace is me
I am the joy and the joy is me
I am the truth and the truth is me

Verse 2
I am the fire and the fire is me
I am the sun and the sun is me
I am the stars and the stars are me
I am the light and the light is me

I am the people and the people are me
I am the creatures and the creatures are me
I am all beings, all beings are me
I am you and you are me

I am peace and peace is me
I am joy and joy is me
I am love and love is me
I am the Earth and the Earth is me


Chorus (perhaps extended)
It’s the truth of interbeing
All things near and all things far
All things seen and all things unseen
We all inter-are


Tag
This is the wisdom
That will spark our awakening
This is the medicine
To meet our suffering
It has the power
To heal and restore
This is the answer
We are looking for
Track Name: Shine
Verse 1
dance your love into the Earth (together with each other) 2x
sing your love into the sky (together with each other) 2x
spread your love around the world (together with each other) 2x
put your love into your life (together with each other) 2x

Chorus
shine it on the mountains
shine it on the sea
shine it on the cities
and the trees and the green country, c’mon
shine it on all beings
those who walk and crawl and swim and fly
shine it on the suffering
bring it right into the light

Verse 2
dance your joy into the Earth...
dance your joy into the sky...
spread your joy around the world...
put your joy into your life...

Bridge
to the east
to the west
to the north
to the south
above
below
within
without

Verse 3
dance your peace into the Earth...
sing your peace into the sky...
spread your peace around the world...
put your peace into your life
put your joy into your life
put your love into your life
Track Name: Sing a Summer Song
Verse 1
sing a summer song
sing it for the Earth
sing it for the flowers
and sing it for the dirt
sing it for the singing birds
and for the green trees
sing it for the wiggly worms
and for the honey bees

Chorus
sing a summer song
sing a summer song
sing a summer song
for you and me
sing a summer song
sing a summer song
the way we love the world
is everything

Verse 2
sing it for the long days
and for the tiny nights
sing it for the june bugs
and for the fireflies
sing it for the gardens
and sing it for the rain
sing it for the sunshine
we love them both the same




Bridge
summer is a-comin’
and it’s right around the corner
you can see it getting brighter
you can feel it getting warmer
you can smell it in the growing things
you can hear it when the animals speak
taste it in the hanging fruit
run through it in your bare feet
your bare feet
your bare bare feet

Verse 3
sing it for the mountains
and sing it for the sea
sing it for the rivers
and for the valleys
sing it for the animals
and sing it for the plants
sing it for the people
and how they love to dance
Track Name: We Love Everyone
Verse 1
We love everyone
The people and the creatures
and the Earth and the sun
All around the world you know
peace has begun
‘Cause we love everyone

Verse 2
We are kind to everyone
The people and the creatures
and the Earth and the sun
All around the world you know
peace has begun
‘Cause we are kind to everyone

We’re kind!
We’re kind!
We’re kind...to everyone!

Verse 3
We respect everyone
The people and the creatures
and the Earth and the sun
All around the world you know
peace has begun
‘Cause we respect everyone

We respect!
We respect!
We respect...everyone!


















Verse 4
We share with everyone
The people and the creatures
and the Earth and the sun
All around the world you know
peace has begun
‘Cause we share with everyone

We share!
We share!
We share...with everyone!

Verse 5
We love everyone
The people and the creatures
and the Earth and the sun
All around the world you know
peace has begun
‘Cause we love everyone

We love!
We love!
We love...everyone!
Track Name: Pebble Meditation Song
Verse 1
Breathing in, I see myself as a flower
Breathing out, I feel fresh and new
Breathing in, I see myself as a flower
Breathing out, I feel fresh and new

Flower, fresh
Flower, fresh
Flower, fresh

Verse 2
Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain
Breathing out, I feel solid and sure
Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain
Breathing out, I feel solid and sure

Mountain, solid
Mountain, solid
Mountain, solid

Verse 3
Breathing in, I see myself as still water
Breathing out, I reflect things as they are
Breathing in, I see myself as still water
Breathing out, I reflect things as they are

Still water, reflecting
Still water, reflecting
Still water, reflecting

Verse 4
Breathing in, I see myself as space
Breathing out, I feel free
Breathing in, I see myself as space
Breathing out, I feel free

Space, free
Space, free
Space, free

Bridge
Fresh, solid, reflecting and free
Patient, understanding, full of generosity
Peaceful and grateful, kind awake and true
Full of love for me, and full of love for you
Joyful and mindful, remembering how to be
Fresh, solid, reflecting and free
Track Name: Little One
VERSE 1
oh little one
oh where did you come from
oh you’re my stars and my sun
carry me away
on the love

oh precious one
oh it has all begun
oh and it will never be done
tender and amazed
is the love

CHORUS
I see you
I hear you
I love you
I am here for you
forever

VERSE 2
oh little babe
we wander through this life afraid
but here you are with your wise old face
can you tell me all you know
of love

oh little darlin’
it’s a world of hope and a world of harmin’
I cannot keep it all at bay
but I’ll tell you all I know
of love

CHORUS

VERSE 3
oh little one
oh precious one
oh little darlin’
here we are in love
oh here we are in love