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When I was a little kid, I used to listen to these tapes at night as I fell asleep. They made a big impression on me. I can't for the life of me figure out what they were (my parents have no clue) or where/if I can get them on CD.

The one song I remember most clearly is one that began with two kids talking about "forgiving 7x7x7x7x7x7x7x7..." Then, the song had the lyrics, "Be kind, one to another. Open hearted, forgiving each other. For even as God for Jesus sake, has forgiven you." Another one had the kids playing "Eye Spy" or something like that (maybe while it was raining?) and by the end of the skit/piece one of the kids spies something that's "red and yellow and orange and blue and..." and one of the kids objects that that isn't possible, and then they talk about rainbows or something. These are all vague recollections from about 25 years ago, so, I know I'm not giving a whole lot to go off of here...

We always referred to it as "the Creek Bank Kids". I found a cd online called "Down by the Creek Bank" but after contacting the publisher Agapeland, they responded to my inquiry about this and said they didn't recognize it, so it isn't them...

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

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Right. Back in the early days of SE (when it was just SO) this kind of question was a-ok. Now I guess it's called something like "let's play the guessing game" and just gets closed because... reasons (which I whole-heartedly disagree with and resent SE for :P ). I won't blame you for just closing it. There's just no other place on the internet for this to actually go, so, I put it here, hoping against hope. ;) –  cmcculloh Jul 3 at 2:15
    
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about finding a song. –  Flimzy Jul 15 at 21:26

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I listened to a lot of this type of music as a kid. These kids musical albums, featuring kids singing the songs and some sort of story that runs in between the songs, were very popular in the 80s. Churches and Christian schools often performed these as stage productions with kids.

Some of the more notable producers of these Christian kids musicals include:

  • Agapeland, which you mentioned, was a big publisher of this format, featuring "Music Machine," "Bullfrogs and Butterflies," "Nathaniel the Grublet," and others.

  • Dottie Rambo's "Down By the Creek Bank" was extremely popular.

  • Jimmy and Carol Owens wrote several musicals, most notably "Ants'hillvania."

  • Debbie Kerner and Ernie Rettino created Psalty the Singing Songbook musicals, with titles "The Kids Praise Album!", "Kids Praise! 2," "Kids Praise! 3," etc.

  • Joyful Heart Music is the home of Colby the Computer (who also had a TV series) and Nannybird.

  • Kathie Hill is also a prolific producer of kids musicals, notably "Back at the Creekbank" (a sequel to "Down By the Creek Bank"), "Fish Tales," and many others.

I don't recognize the "forgiving" song you mentioned, but I am almost positive that the "I-Spy" song and the rainbow song you mentioned are from Kathie Hill's "Back at the Creekbank," the songs being "Riddle Me, Riddle Me" and "It's a Rainbow."

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YES!!!! This very well might be the one! I listened to all the samples and the specific song I am asking about isn't one of the samples, but, two of the samples were the other two you mentioned :D. I've written the publisher to ask if they recognize it and will update the answer here when I hear back. THANKS!!! –  cmcculloh Jul 11 at 0:41

Maybe one of these will look familiar many of the childrens 80's groups are shown. though I don't see the Rap-Sures, Prism (the Christian childrens group), Stephen Wiley and there are probably many more. https://www.google.com/search?q=Antshillvania&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS571US571&oq=Antshillvania&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

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