Wendy & DB’s Music with a Message

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Now playing on a car radio or boombox near you: Wendy Morgan and Darryl Boggs! Wendy & DB, an award-winning, interactive children’s music duo, have been creating and performing music with a message for more than a decade. Whether they’re getting funky about feelings (“It’s Okay Being You”) or grooving like our favorite animal friends (“Pink Flamingo”), their uplifting tunes for youth encourage curiosity and love for all.

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In the realm of driving people to action, has there ever been anything as convincing as a brilliant ballad? Wendy & DB certainly seem to be attuned to that notion as their latest album, HomeEarth, might as well be a Roots & Shoots soundtrack. You might even be able to imagine the music playing as masses of youth show compassion for the Earth and all her creatures. In fact, Wendy was reading Dr. Jane’s Seeds of Hope while working on HomeEarth which is what inspired her to pledge 10% of the album’s sales to Roots & Shoots!

Seeds of Hope helped me to further understand the connection we all have with nature. We tend to separate ourselves, especially from plant and bug life. In this album, I encourage kids to hug bugs – which is silly in itself but if we can see similarities with animals, plants and bugs it will help us take care of all living things on this planet.” — Wendy Morgan

So, just like Dr. Jane reminds us that “only if we understand, can we care,” HomeEarth serves as melodic motivation to discover the natural world and act on its behalf. The music transforms what often begins as curiosity and helps it blossoms into concern and ultimately #HopeinAction. Wendy & DB sing:

HomeEarth-coverHomes to creatures we don’t want to hurt;
Native plants and plenty of trees;
Farmers kinder pest-i-cides please!
Everyone has a part to play;
A CLEAN planet starts TODAY”

— “Girl Superhero” HomeEarth

These sweet sounds explore much more than protecting the environment by also evoking green thumb tunes and examinations of our unity as human beings each deserving of respect. A favorite, “Plant a Seed,” is a real rocker sung by DB. The song inspires children and all people to develop and grow ideas like gardens. Darryl sings, “You are love and you give back, you learn to hate and you retract; We all learn what we live so let’s all learn to give. Plant a Seed inch by inch, row by row; sun and rain, wait and watch: this is how my garden grows.”  The album also features several songs that encourage diversity such as: “People Are People” and “It Takes All Kinds of Trucks!”

We’re so pleased to join Wendy & DB for their latest adventure and honored that they’ve chosen to donate some of their proceeds to our program. HomeEarth is available now and even being considered for a Grammy nomination! You can follow along with the fun by following them on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

About Author

Adrienne earned a master of science degree in anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) from Canisius College in 2014 where she also completed her undergraduate studies in political science. She has worked with the Jane Goodall Institute's youth program, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots since 2011. Adrienne has served for the past two years as their Program Coordinator. In addition, she has been involved with TEDxBuffalo, WNY's independently organized TEDx event, since 2012 and served as the director of the event in 2014 and 2015.