Thursday, January 05, 2006

Worship Jams


I don't know if I am thrilled or disturbed that my 5 year old daughter knows every word and every song to the commercial for "Worship Jams"...Oh sorry, Worship JAMZZZZZZZ. According to the website (whose web address I found after listening to Lulu repeat the entire commercial while playing w/ her new My Little Pony's), Worship Jamz is a compilation of "30 of the most popular praise and worship songs performed by kids for kids. Worship Jams is currently one of the best-selling CD collections on TV. Your children will enjoy hours of singing along with the best praise and worship songs featured on the Worship Jams CD"

Great. First item of business--she is watching WAY TOO MUCH TV, especially Nick Jr. I wish school would start again already. That is major points off for me. It could be really great that she is singing songs that have a positive message (to a rock 'n roll beat). I might actually get this for her. It beats listening to the Dora the Explora' theme song one million times in a row. I am betting that these songs are more then 30 seconds long...thus extending the time I can listen to the album in the car before wanting to slit my wrists. Points for Worship Jamz. Also, anything that she can sing to give us a little break from Annie (still going strong in our house) is a good thing. On the down side, she doesn't even know all the Primary songs and I can just see her belting out some Worship Jamz at church. That isn't even that bad though. Here is my main problem with this collection....it is spelled with a "z". That is minus many, many points. I am surprised they didn't market it as EXTREME Worship Jamz..because we all know that the only thing kids like more then things spelled with a Z is having the word "extreme" in front of it. I just don't think I can pull the trigger....it's that darn Z!!

Jury is still out on this one.............anyone else seen this album or is mine the only 5 year old obsessed with Christian rock compilations?

17 comments:

Christy said...

I've seen it and actually thought that Caleb would love it. Am I going to buy it? No way. But, I'm sure he'd like it. He's got a thing for gospel music with a beat. He plays the same scene from Jonah the VeggieTales Movie over and over. You know, the one where he's in the whale and the gospel veggies sing "Second Chances".

Oh well. The sun'll come out, TOMORROW!

Tablogger said...

You're not the only one Becca. I've heard the commercial several times and we even PVR Dora, DragonTales, et. al. for Isabelle and Chase and somehow the commercials still manage to get played! We had to take Isabelle to the ER a few days ago for something that turned out to be minor, but during our three hour wait in the Children's ER to be seen by a doctor, I must have seen that commercial eight times. Apparently the company that puts that compilation out also has several other similar titles available, because I also saw several variations on the "-Jamz" theme, though I can't remember the other titles right off the top of my head.

The thing that struck me is that these are all CDs of either covered or public domain songs, but sung by kids, so the biggest production costs are any royalties that go to the composers, since they are probably only throwing a few dollars at the kids who actually sing the songs. If you were to buy such a compilation at Target, you'd find it in the $1 section near the front of the store, but if you act now through this special TV offer, all these cheesy renditions can be yours for the low, low price of $18.98 plus 7.95 S&H!

What a ripoff! What kind of uplifting message does that send to your kids?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to see if I've won that eBay auction for that ReligiTables Movie...

~j. said...

I was just thinking the other day, "Uh, Worship Jamz? Are you kidding me? Why must we hear of you every 15 minutes?" They must have paid big money to be played so often during the prime hours, ie, every hour. I'm sick of hearing about it. For some reason, I don't mind the others that I've seen in the Jamz series...I like it when my kids sing "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (The "Breakaway" CD by Kelly Clarkson is my current guilty pleasure). Plus, Emma got the Barbie Guitar for Christmas, which has cartridges allowing for karaoke of "Oops, I Did It Again" and "She Will Be Loved". I think it's funny.

I do like Veggie Tales, especially the Cheeseburger Song. Gets me everytime.

Have I said too much?

~j. said...

PS - I hate Floam.

more caffeine, please said...

CJ stops in his tracks everytime this commercial comes on (usually between his Dora and Lazy Town). The best part of it all is the psychidelic album covers they show. I bet former preacher Joe Simpson rocks out to them when he's driving Jessica around in his purple Porsche (thank Vanity Fair for that tidbit).

Lyle said...

I have heard of the music, but have never actually heard the music.

Overkill of the "z" has only been tolerated by sport teams in Utah. (Utah Jazz, The Buzz, The Grizzlies, The Utah Blitzz, etc.) I've personally never warmed up to the use of "z" at the end of a word.

Bek said...

I am not the only one!!! Yeah!!! I was going to blame it on Pat Benetar and Gwen Steffani. Lauren could sing "We Belong" and "I'm just a girl" before she could talk. Whew...I am safe. All of our children are being pulled into the hypnotic web of this commercial. It really does play every 5 minutes. In our house, when my husband is trying to annoy me, he will whisper WORSHIP JAMZ over and over. I might kill him.

Taber--you are right. They have enough money to market this thing because it is sung BY kids FOR kids (like kids care!!!). I never understood why parents didn't want their kids to watch commercials until this Christmas. Every item on Lulu's list was from a Nick Jr. commercial. She didn't even know what most of them WERE. Now, I am wishing I had Tivo.

Caffine, I got a creepy mental picture of Joe Simpson when I first saw it. I thought to myself "this is something Joe Simpson would do". He and Tom Cruise should both forced to listen to Worship Jamz on loop while picking up garbage on the side of the road.

Judy--is Jessica sleeping with Adam or what? Could you tell me if THAT little US Weekly tidbit is true? After Paris Hilton, ick.....

Well, I want you to know that I am ordering WORSHIP JAMZ for all your kidz so you can listen to it on all your long tripz and during napz. Why must Utah put a Z on the end of everything. Lyle, don't forget the STARZ (wasn't there one of those?) At least the soccer team was Real. We love the store called FANZZZZ in the mall. Using a Z is almost as much fun as turning c's into k's. Korner, Kute, Kuntry. It is so very "Quilted Bear" (what is that anyway?)

wendysue said...

wait, did Jenny E say that the barbie guitar plays "she will be loved"? My, my, someone sure has hit it big. Now, if we could just get a picture of him with that barbie guitar. . . .

Lyle said...

I knew I had forgotten at least one...thanks

lisa v. clark said...

WELL, Adam and Jessica are NOT an item, but that's not because SOMEONE didn't try. . . I'm just sayin'. . . you'll have to call me for the details. But that's old news, Bek!!! Lets talk about the NEW Vanity Fair cover. . . I'm just sayin' (my new catch phrase, is it catching?)

Joe Simpson: SERIOUSLY?! Bek, you could do a whole blog about him. . . cause, what?

Bek said...

US Weekly said they are together. He and Lindsay? Those pictures of her in VF were pretty amazing....

WendySue.....I HAVE seen a picture of James and the Barbie Guitar. He gave one to Gigi last year and someone has a picture, cause I saw it. Wow, Barbie is trying to steal his job.

Hi Judy....I'll call you for more dirt. It was a slow gossip week around here....

La Yen said...

My favorite out here is playing with the same fervor as Worship Jamz--"Reggaeton Ninos" Basically, it is little kids singing all of the Reggaeton hits, which are big in this area. The problem, is that the lyrics are horrible. (Estan Horrible.) For example: Gasolina--about sex. I would rather them singing praise to the Jesus that hates Mormons than about how they can't get enough of that Gasolina.

Bek said...

True, true.

Anonymous said...

I love this Cd my old first grade teacher let us listen to it alot,oh,and my friend Angela let us listen to her 2nd cd.bye

Anonymous said...

I have a DVR and do not watch commercials. I found the Christmas Jamz from the Worship Jamz series at our library when I was looking for more music for the 5 hours of classes that I teach on Sunday mornings at my church! I had grabbed about all of the Christmas CDs the library had and took them home for several days to listen to them. Some of them just were not, ahem... right for church. Others, I knew would not be appealing to the children. I generally volunteer to teach 1st through 3rd graders, but due to a lack of teachers I have had an age range of 3 years old up to 5th graders! They all loved this CD the most out of the ones I had selected! So I went to our Family Christian store to see if I could find more; I bought the original and the second cd in the set. So far all of them have been a huge success, and are a welcome addition to our music selection.

Z is just a letter folks... :-)

Have Wonderful Lives and God Bless You All! :-)

Anonymous said...

Okay I've had enough of this. To everyone I'm 10 years old and I'm here to say something about Worship Jamz. It's great. The songs are uplifting and makes me feel happy to know that Jesus died for me. The lyrics are great too. Have to ever heard "Heart of Worship"? Ever paid attention to the lyrics? Like really pay attetion? I guess not. Because if you did then you would realise how great this CD is. So what if the word has the letter z at the end. It's not the end of the world!! You know what you parents are tell us kids? You're saying that you rather have us sing about drugs and (yes dare I say it) sex and not about our Lord and Savoir Jesus. And if you continue to act this way, your own children will be hobos and bums on the street. You are what you listen to and I'm gonna stick to listening to Worship Jamz.

Every move I make I make with you
You make me move Jesus
Every step I take I take with you...

Anonymous said...

i agree anonymous im 12 now and i listened to them when i was 10 they are great and worth more than 1 billion dolars because they dont only give u songs they give u a message