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Song of the Week: "Photosynthesis" (you know, for kids)



"The Seas of Science" aims to teach kids about photosynthesis and plants with a girl, a robot, a puppet, and a boat.
Molly Peterson

Hey, so this week we've been more than a little distracted by pledge drive (give now!). As you know, we pick a song of the week to go with the news of the week, and we had more than a few candidates for top news events that merit songs. The third CicLAvia is an obvious one. Another is the Greenpeace-APP-Mattel news. And the last is the debut of Tabitha Esther's Seas of Science in the Doll Factory in Filipinotown in just a few days. 

Perhaps you're thinking: what the heck is Seas of Science? It's a very DIY, independent, come-on-kids-let's-put-on-a-show, show. It's got a boat, a robot, an alien king puppet, and original music. So for this song of the week, I choose Photosynthesis, penned by Ben Davila. 

Like a lot of people's, my science background is pretty DIY too. At therisk of encroaching on Adolfo Guzman-Lopez's beat, I checked out what we call STEM standards: science, technology, engineering and math. A never-ending stream of CEOs and science writers and science teachers and women in science all argue that we need kids to test better against those standards if we're going to have science writers and teachers and women scientists and CEOs in 20 years. (Maybe a good idea would be to stop forming new groups and just make one big one!) Everybody's got a guess about what would solve the problem: including Tabitha Esther, with whom I talked for air on the radio tomorrow. 

Her friend Ben Davila wrote songs,  including this one. He's a San Francisco based musician who went to school in Liverpool, and formerly played music with Liverpudlians The Wombats. The verse is catchy in a good way. Especially if you've ever heard educational music. 

Plants and bacteria and ferns

They all use sunlight

To make the air 

That we all breathe

By mixing water and carbon dioxide

To makeJust a little bit of sugar

Turn to adenosine triphosphate

Which through cellular respiration

They produce a whole bunch of air

It's worth keeping in mind that this show is aimed at smart and curious kids: think of a very cool 8-year old.

Esther's a now-inactive Derby Doll. She skated under the name Paris Kill-ton for a long time. Derby Dolls have their own community involvement programs, of course.  But even if this is Paris's own jam, I hear a lot of her badass Derby Doll spirit in her project too. 


All of the songs of the week are available for your listening pleasure.