by John Riggio
"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." - Author Unknown. Attributed to Hippocrates.
You are the best advocate for your own health, and while a visit to the doctor may be necessary at times, wouldn't it be great to avoid that trip to the doctor's office if you can help it? Like the song says, food should be life-giving. It should give us the building blocks we need to stay healthy. It's important to eat real food – not processed foods with harmful chemicals, hydrogenated oils, etc. What does that look like? As you might expect, we should eat fruits and vegetables, but when possible, it's good to eat organic food, grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken, etc. A whole food approach to eating is nutritious and sustainable. Eating this way – eating clean – gives your body a fighting chance against disease. Another famous quote applies here:
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Benjamin Franklin
This song is written in such a way as to let our session players do the heavy lifting (16th-note rhythms and such) while your singers have a more straightforward part. Probably the most difficult part of the vocal line is the triplet rhythms, but the melody is covered by the piano and nylon guitar on our tracks, so singers will have the melody in their ears.
This is another piece that works well across the curriculum. So be sure to let the health and/or classroom teacher know you have this great reinforcement of the subject. And of course, you can include it as part of your well-being programs, revues, or classroom efforts.
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.