Tom Dalton | Hurricane Songs for Kids

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Hurricane Songs for Kids

by Tom Dalton

Children's songs designed to help kids be better prepared for hurricanes. Songs are educational and therapeutic in a variety of styles.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. I Know About Hurricanes
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2. This is what a Hurricane Sounds Like
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3. My Little Flashlight
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4. My Hurricane Kit
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5. I've Got Plans For the Hurricane
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6. No More Hurricanes
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7. Sometimes I Get So Scared
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8. Hurricane Party
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9. Hurricane Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tom Dalton is a native South Floridian and has lived most of his life in “hurricane country.” He is a singer/songwriter and guitarist and has performed his songs from Florida to California. Tom is also a board certified music therapist and a mental health counselor and has used music to help people of all ages.

For years Tom has used his songwriting skills to help people through the music therapy process. He has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of needs using the power of music to help transform their lives. Tom has worked with people with developmental disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, cancer, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities and mental illness. He also specializes in helping children and families who have experienced grief and loss in their lives from the death of a loved one. He currently works at Indian Ridge School in Palm Beach County as the music therapist and family counselor with students with severe emotional disturbances.

“Hurricane Songs For Kids” was written as a way of helping children to be better prepared for hurricanes both on a practical and an emotional level. The songs are both educational and therapeutic and deal with a variety of concerns that children have about the storms. Some songs deal with fears that children have about hurricanes while others provide important safety information and hurricane facts that kids need to know. The songs offer information, emotional support, reassurance and comforting to children before, during and after the storms

About the Songs

“I Know About Hurricanes”- This rap provides important hurricane facts and safety information for children and teens.

“What A Hurricane Sounds Like”- This bluegrass styled song deals with the fear children have regarding the intense storm sounds of wind, rain, thunder, etc.. This interactive song allows children to recreate hurricane sounds one-by-one as a way of de-sensitizing them to the storm sounds.

“My Little Flashlight”- This acoustic ballad addresses another fear children have of the power going out during a hurricane and having it become dark. The song offers reassurance and discusses how children can have their own “little flashlight.” The song also lets kids know that their parents will turn lanterns on and a generator (if they have one) so that there is light in the house during the storm.

“My Hurricane Kit”- In an up-tempo country style, this song offers the idea that children can put together their own hurricane kit of comforting items such as their favorite toys, games, stuffed animals, etc… right along side of their parents family hurricane supply kit.

“I’ve Got Plans for the Hurricane”- In a fun reggae style, this song encourages kids to plan activities that they can do during the hurricane that do not require electricity. It allows them to prepare for the storm and how they will occupy their time without television and being able to go outside.

“No More Hurricanes”- This rap offers an emotional expression for the frustration that children and teens feel regarding having to go through hurricanes each year.

“Sometimes I Get So Scared”- In a laid back country groove, this song lets kids know that it’s ok to be scared about hurricanes and at the same time re-assures them that their parents will make sure they will be safe during the storm.

“Hurricane Party”- This up-tempo dance song offers the idea of having an “after the hurricane party” for the family and neighborhood. The hurricane party gives the family something to look forward to following the intense experience.

“Hurricane Lullaby”- This lullaby lets kids know that they can sleep during a hurricane and it reframes the storm wind, rain and thunder into a “relaxing and soothing” sound for children.


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Elaine Gromak

Hurricane Songs for Kids
Would have given the CD 5*, but there were no printed lyrics included with the CD. When I e-mailed the address on the CD to get the lyrics, no one responded. The tunes are cute and catchy and my second grade students are enjoying them.

Palm Beach Post

"Hurricane CD is Music for Kids Fears"
The music therapist and mental health counselor released Hurricane Songs for Kids last month. The nine-track CD is meant to help children cope with the emotional troubles of a hurricane. With songs such as My Little Flashlight, Sometimes I Get So Scared and What a Hurricane Sounds Like, Dalton, sings about everything from preparing a hurricane kit to having a post-storm party with neighbors.

The idea is that when children understand a hurricane and know what to expect, they will be more relaxed and confident when a storm hits, he said.

"I wanted to give (parents) a tool," Dalton said Thursday. He hopes youngsters who listen to the CD will take a proactive approach to dealing with a hurricane.

"It's important for kids to be part of that process, not just waiting in the background."

The CD was born from experiences in both his personal and professional life. As a counselor, Dalton has worked with families traumatized by hurricanes. As father of 7-year-old Deanna, he remembers the fear she had as hurricanes battered the area in recent years.

Dalton hopes families will listen to the CD together.

"It's a needed thing for parents to talk to their kids about this," he said. "(Children) don't have a lot of resources to know what to do."

Dalton is trying to change that this summer by spreading his music and message through workshops at preschools and summer camps.

He is on vacation from his job at Indian Ridge School, a special-education school in suburban West Palm Beach that serves students who have mental illnesses.

Principal Sherri Kelty said Dalton recently gave her a copy of Hurricane Songs for Kids, and she was very impressed.

"He is just extremely talented," Kelty said.

Bee Clark, director and lead teacher at Clark Forest Hill Montessori, said the school often plays Dalton's CD, and students are receptive.

They should be. They provided the background vocals on the recording, credited as the Clark Montessori Children's Choir. A pair of Lake Worth youths also contribute raps on two songs.

"It's good for children because they are so freaked out by the hurricanes," Clark said, adding that she remembers being frightened of the sounds of a hurricane as a young girl.

At the end of Thursday's performance, with the lights off, Dalton asks the youngsters to lie down and close their eyes. He turns on Hurricane Lullaby, a soft, guitar-picked tune, and the kids pretend to sleep.

Dalton watches over them, clutching his guitar and singing along. The children keep quiet until one makes an exaggerated snoring noise and the room erupts in giggles.

"This opens up the communication," Dalton said later. "That way, when a hurricane comes, the kids will say, 'Hey, I know about that.' "

Shannon Gross

Excellent!
I bought this CD because my 4 year old with a developmental disability was having really bad anxiety/behaviorial issues since Hurricane Katrina. We listened to the CD and I explained what the words meant and she understands so much more about what a Hurricane really is and that its okay to not like them! The songs ease her anxieties and she is now able through the lyrics to voice her fears. She is a child who learns auditorily. She now shares her CD with other children her age and all of the parents have asked me how to order this CD. My family highly recommends this CD.

melinda smith


I teach at an environmental awareness school for grades 1st- 6th. We are always looking for fun, eductaional ways to stress environmental issues. Hurricane Songs for Kids does just that! Awesome!