Thinga-Appreciation Giveaway #17: Soulville

Cover image of Soulville CD.
Contest #17: Soulville CD. For the next two weeks we’ll give away a collection of all-ages soul music from Little Monster Records.

Soulville features a groovy array of hits originally recorded by the
genre’s giants: Bill Withers’ "Lean on Me," Marvin Gaye’s "How Sweet It
Is (to be Loved by You). Featured current R&B artists RedRay
Frazier, Tabitha Fair and Chocolate Genius perform new arrangements
backed up by a kids’ chorus, making this one of the most sing-along
friendly recordings in a long time.

The colorful liner notes provide an introduction to soul music, with
notes about the songs and original recording artists, plus fun poems
that point to the importance of this genre in American history.
According to producer Kevin Salem, "We hope the book and the music will
spark discussion between parents and children about the broader social
issues that soul music encompasses. It’s really meant as an
introduction to all of the greats in this genre, made kid-friendly."

Personally, this CD brings back for me growing up in the ’70s as a string bean white kid living vicariously through Fat Albert reruns. There are some seriously good tunes on this CD… Dancing in the Street, ABC, Stand By Me, Lean on Me and How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You). Grab it as a CD or MP3 download.

Rules in Brief

This is about reader appreciation. To enter, simply read and post
comments as you normally do anywhere on Thingamababy.

For each contest, I will select as a winner one user who has posted a comment within the past
week (the first winner gets picked next Saturday).

Giveaway Rules

The contest is open to residents inside and outside* the United
States. *Residents of the International Space Station excluded. Sorry
Peggy, Yuri, Clayton, Daniel, Leopold, Garrett and Sheikh, but we’ll be
happy to ship to your domestic address in the event you win.

The contest will run for two weeks.

Officially, the winner will be selected by me based on my own purely
subjective criteria that is free to change from week to week. For the
first week, I will choose a winner at random. If I see a rush of
empty-headed comments being posted, I’ll change the criteria to a true
sense of my personal appreciation, using comment criteria such as
thoughtfulness, educational value or humor.

Ineligible comments are ones identified as spam by my blog software or
that I would normally delete myself due to their spammy or offensive

To be eligible, users must include a valid e-mail address in their
blog comment. Contacted winners must provide their shipping address to
Thingamababy within 1 week of the winner notification e-mail being
sent. Thingamababy will then share the address with the artists or
their publicists for the purpose of shipping the prize.  If my e-mail
gets caught by your spam filter, sorry, be sure to check your spam
filter in a timely fashion.

Giveaway Schedule

This giveaway covers user comments posted
Saturday through Friday (Pacific Time) on any blog article anywhere on

  • Giveaway #1: comments posted between August 30 and September 5.
  • Giveaway #2: comments posted between September 6 and 12.

Thanks for reading Thingamababy, and participating!

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