The Mitzvah Bus

by Mister G

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"Kid-friendly bilingual rock star" --The Washington Post

A Latin Grammy Winner, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is one of the leading figures in the world of children's music. The Mitzvah Bus is Mister G's third Parents' Choice Gold-winning album of original music.

Parents' Choice Review:

"Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), a leading figure in the world of children's music, delivers crafty and fun bilingual tunes, which are culturally broadening and often address the emotional lives of children. The Mitzvah Bus, his first collection of Jewish-themed original songs, is witty and very, very entertaining. Beginning with rollicking "Challah-lalala," he celebrates the plethora of tasty traditional foods, while the R&B flavored title song, explains the concept of service and being part of a caring community.

Hanukkah somehow condenses several thousand years of teaching into a very danceable song with an irresistible Ska beat; likewise, Hola Shalom (Hello friends, Peace friends) is a thoroughly infectious song about friendship and bridging cultural borders, sung in English, Spanish and Hebrew. Camp captures the summer joys of sleep-away camp, while Latkes for Breakfast uses funk, soul and rap to extol humorously the virtues of those tasty potato delicacies. In the same way, he has explained key Spanish phrases on previous albums, Bevakasha illuminates the Hebrew word for both "please" and "thank you." Food themes return (as they often do in real life) in the rock-steady Matzah on my Mind, while Shabbat Shalom uses a funky Dire Straits-like arrangement to elucidate the traditional Sabbath day of rest. Elsewhere, Purim Party Song is essentially an instructional storytelling song about the Jewish holiday of the title, while Tokhes uses Hebrew words to describe various body parts. Flood's Gonna Come is a jazzy, soulful retelling of the story of Noah and his ark; Naturaleza is a trilingual ode to nature. The album ends with the beautiful and lyrical lullaby Lilah Tov(good night).

As with his previous releases, a host of brilliant and professional musicians joins Mister G, as he plays highly rhythmic acoustic guitar, and sings in a clear and friendly voice. Full lyrics are available on his easy to navigate and kid-friendly website. Though the album is culturally and religiously themed, Gundersheimer's approach offers a wider understanding and an open sharing of ideas, concepts and traditions with children and adults. The fact that he accomplishes this with so much fun speaks volumes to the ingenuity of the very talented Mister G."

Lahri Bond ©2016 Parents' Choice

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released December 6, 2015

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Mister G Northampton, Massachusetts

"Kid-friendly bilingual rock star" --Washington Post

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner, Mister G is a leading figure in the world of children's music. He tours extensively throughout the United States and Latin America at major venues (Hard Rock Cafe, The Getty Museum, National Zoo, Parque Chapultupec).

He has released eight award winning albums of original, multicultural music for kids.
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Track Name: Latkes for Breakfast
LATKES FOR BREAKFAST

Latkes in the morning
With sour cream
When I go to sleep at night
That’s what I dream

I don’t want one, two, three or four
I’ll eat a thousand or maybe more
Golden brown and so delicious
With applesauce they are nutritious
Potatoes and eggs, salt and pepper
A little bit of onion, now mix it all together

CHORUS

I love latkes in my tummy
Better than brisket, or apples and honey
Some kids like gelt and birthday cake
But when I hear that sizzle my knees start to shake

CHORUS

Last night I had the greatest dream
I was surfing on a cloud of latkes
When I looked up I saw latkes
When I looked down I saw latkes
When I looked all around, I saw latkes!

I’d rather eat latkes than walk on the moon
I’d rather eat latkes than clean my room

CHORUS

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc.. ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Bevakasha
BEVAKASHA

Bevakasha, bevakasha
Please, please

When you want falafel and apple pie
Or a bright, red shiny new bike to ride
When you need some hugs and smooches too
Want to hug your Bubbe all afternoon

Bevakasha, bevakasha
Please, please

If you can’t wait to help with the Seder plate
Head out to the pond for a midnight skate
Where might that afikomen be?
If you want a hint try saying please

Bevakasha, bevakasha
Please, please

Every single day it seems
Is full of opportunities
There's nothing to it
It's as easy as can be
Say bevakasha, just say please

Bevakasha, bevakasha
Please, Please
Track Name: Shabbat Shalom
SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom
Come on home, turn off that phone Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom
It's been a long week now it's time for a treat
Shabbat Shalom

Every Friday night, we eat by candlelight
Oh the world is right, I'm with my family
Share the challah, pour the wine
Say the prayers then suppertime
Close my eyes and realize
There's no place I'd rather be

Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom
Come on home, put down that phone Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom
It's been a long week now it's time for a treat
Shabbat Shalom

Every Friday night, we eat by candlelight
Kiddush cups for all of us, I'm with my family
Invite our friends both old and new
To share the blessing, share the food
Study Torah, rest and sing
Shabbat’s the best of everything

CHORUS

Every Friday night, we eat by candlelight
We hold each other tight, this is my family
Share the challah, pour the wine
Say the prayers then suppertime
Come Havdalah I’m feeling fine
The perfect place to be

Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom
Come on home, put down that phone Shabbat Shalom
It's been a long week now it's time for a treat
Shabbat Shalom

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc., ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Purim Party Song
Purim Party Song

This is gonna be a purim song
This is gonna be a purim song
So get some hamantaschen and start singing along
This is a purim party song

Put your costume on and come with me
We’ll read the Megillah and you will see
Just why we celebrate, it’s because we’re free
This is our purim party song

Bridge
So we say l’chaim and parade all through town
Give some tzedekah, then jump up and down
Come to our crazy purim party now

Mordechai and Esther were brave and strong
But Haman the wicked was mean and wrong
Thanks to Hashem we’ve been here all along
Singing this purim party song

So put on your masks and grab some noisemakers
We’ll laugh and we’ll eat (joke) and dance with our shakers
And we’ll sing this purim party song, all night long

You know I wait for purim every year
On the 14th of Adar it’s finally here
It’s my favorite holiday, so let me hear you cheer
While we sing our purim party song
Love to sing our purim party song

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc., ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Tokhes
Tokhes

Rub your tummy, clap your hands, get on the floor
Rub your tummy, clap your hands, get on the floor
Rub your tummy, get on the floor, clap your hands
Yell more, more more
Rub your tummy, clap your hands, get on the floor

Pat your pupik, tap your tokhes, get on the floor
(Pat your belly button, pat your bottom, get on the floor)
Pat your pupik, tap your tokhes, get on the floor
Pat your pupik, get on the floor, tap your tokhes
Yell more, more more
Pat your pupik, tap your tokhes, get on the floor

Tap your tokhes, tap your tokhes, tap your tokhes
Get on the floor
Rub your tummy, it’s so funny, rub your tummy
Get on the floor

Sniff your shnoz, clap your hent, get on the floor
(Sniff your nose, clap your hands, get on the floor)
Sniff your schnoz, clap your hent, get on the floor
Sniff your schnoz, get on the floor, clap your hent
Yell more, more more
Pat your pupik, tap your tokhes, get on the floor
Pat your pupik, tap your tokhes, get on the floor
Rub your tummy, clap your hands, get on the floor

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc. ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Flood's Gonna Come
FLOOD’S GONNA COME

God said to Noah, “I’ll tell you what to do
You’ve got to build an ark, like a floating zoo
You can’t take one, you gotta take two of every animal
Every frog and skunk and kangaroo

Cause the flood’s gonna come
The water’s gonna rise
The floods gonna come
Better get/comeS inside

Noah was six hundred years old
But when God started talking, Noah did as he was told
God was angry at the wickedness of every man
Except for Noah, he alone would understand

Cause the flood’s gonna come
The water’s gonna rise
The floods gonna come
Better get/comeS inside

Noah built the ark, while his neighbors laughed
At the crazy guy building a boat for a couple giraffes
But Noah kept working, all night and day
With his family, and this is what he’s say Chorus


All animals went into the Ark
The wolves did howl, and the dogs did bark
And the storm clouds came, filled up the sky
And the rain started pouring, was Noah surprised?
No he wasn’t surprised Chorus

For forty days and forty nights
The storm kept raging, no land in sight
For forty days and forty nights
The storm kept raging, no land in sight
From valleys low to mountains high
The ocean nearly touched the sky
After many months at sea
God sent a wind, a drying breeze
And when the dove did not return
They got out of the ark, lessons learned Chorus

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc., ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Naturaleza
NATURALEZA

Rios y montañas (Rivers and mountains)
Naturaleza (Nature)
Rivers and moutains
Naturaleza (Nature)

Nuestro mundo tan bonita (Our world is so beautiful)
Canten con migo ninos (Sing with me children)
Juntos para ver la naturaleza
(Together we can see the wonder of nature)

Winter and spring
Naturaleza (Nature)
Khoref ve aviv (Winter and spring)
Naturaleza (Nature)

Nuestro mundo tan bonito (Our world is so beautiful)
Canten conmigo niños (Sing with me children)
Juntos para ver la naturaleza
(Together we can see the wonder of nature)

Hay que protegerla (We need to protect nature)
Hay que protegeria
Hay que protegeria
Hay que protegeria

Bal tashchit (Do not destroy)
Bal tashchit

Fields and flowers
Naturaleza (Nature)
Sadeh ve prachim (Fields and flowers)
Naturaleza (Nature)

Nuestro mundo tan bonito (Our world is so beautiful)
Canten conmigo niños (Sing with me children)
Juntos para ver la naturaleza
(Together we can see the wonder of nature)
Juntos para ver la naturaleza

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc., ASCAP 2015
Track Name: Lilah Tov
LILAH TOV

It’s been a long and beautiful day
The sun got tired and went away
The moon is rising big and bright
Now it’s time to say goodnight

Lilah Tov
Lilah Tov

Lilah Tov to my sister and brother
Lilah Tov to my father and mother
Lilah Tov to the birds in the trees
Lilah Tov to the fish in the sea

LilahTov
Lilah Tov

Good night, good night good night

Sleep is coming to take me away
Dream of peaceful happy days
The house is quiet, I'm tucked in tight
Now it's time to say goodnight

Lilah Tov
LilahTov

©Ben Gundersheimer, Coil Records, Inc., ASCAP 2015