The whole concept behind this track list in my mind was to prepare the kids for the day with positive affirmations and then to teach them how to get through the day. Sometimes as adults we have music that helps us get through certain periods of life and I think it could be the same here for the kids. Ex: Having “I Love Myself” follow right after “Good Day” is to have them prepared to have a good day and then reaffirm how special they all are and how important that is. Same kind of concept with “Emotions” preceding “Breathe” so they can recognize all the emotions they have and how to deal with them by deep breathing. - JB
This recording project was created with every child in mind, but especially for the child experiencing trauma. Trauma can leave a child stuck in a dysregulated state - always alert to potential or perceived danger. Hip-hop music helps regulate the nervous system, and bring the body into balance. When a child is in balance (regulated) it makes them feel safe, gives a sense of belonging, and helps them focus on learning.
- Gina Parker, HKHW Founder