There are so many ways to learn Bible verses and to hide The Word in our hearts. I'll be spending this week telling you about some of my favorites. Today, I want to show you (and let you listen to) Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible.
This is a review, but not a review. I love Slugs & Bugs and want to tell you about it, too.
*My disclaimer about a lack of disclaimer*
Ahem. Slugs & Bugs, Randall Goodgame, and the monsters have never heard of me.
I am reviewing an item I love, and the kids enjoy, simply because we think they're pretty cool.
I was introduced to Slugs & Bugs when I won a copy of the Sing the Bible CD. We have listened to it countless times. The boys sing songs like Two Shirts, Alien, Trust in the Lord, and Old Testament Song all the time. The tunes are catchy and cover many musical styles. The best part about Sing the Bible, though, is that the song lyrics are *word for word* Biblical scripture. Talk about hiding the Word in your heart!
Sing the Bible features Randall Goodgame and his friends. Sally Lloyd-Jones (The Jesus Storybook) and the African Children's Choir appear throughout the tracks on this album. A harmonica solo, songs with a Celtic flair, and African beats are among the different sounds.
TEN COMMANDMENTS SONG from Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible Vol 2.
Slugs & Bugs friends also include The Count and Franky. Some people may not like monsters in their Christian music, but on the Slugs & Bugs blog recently, Randall said,
For me, reared as I was on Sesame Street (Cookie Monster, The Count, and Grover’s “The Monster at the End of this Book” come to mind) – it is easy for me to use monsters for mildly scary / humorous purposes.That said, there are deeper message at work. First, do not fear… maybe the Bible’s most frequent admonition. Also, things are not always as they seem. What may at first seem monstrous may prove otherwise, so be slow to judge.Third, I’m thinking of the great passage from Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton about bogeys and dragons… his point was that fairy tales show that there is something stronger than darkness. In all of the way S&B uses monsters, it is with a similar spirit – that the context of the Gospel overwhelms fear.Finally, I go back to examples like Sesame Street’s Grover and Bugs Bunny’s abominable snowman. By incorporating “monsters” into fun settings, we bring them onto our level, which allows not only freedom from fear but the beginning of empathy for the “other.” (These are friendly monsters!) And after all, no one I encounter daily is completely evil. most everyone I meet is a mixed bag (like me)!
The monster are also not on every song (or even many songs), so don't let that deter you. I think they are cute, friendly, and always desirous of doing God's will.
I have Sing the Bible 2, 3, and Christmas arriving in a few months (I got them through the Kickstarter campaign for 3 and Christmas). It feels like it will be forever and I could certainly purchase StB2 and get it right away, but I will be patient. You can order all the current, awesome Slugs & Bugs albums in the store. They are not all scripture, but they are all clean, wholesome fun that moms and dads will like as much as the littles.
If you're lucky enough to see Slugs & Bugs LIVE, I recommend it.
Slugs & Bugs and Randall Goodgame combine fun and scripture. Some songs are deeply moving and others raucous good fun.
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