On a scale of 1 – 11, how touching is this? MGMT’s Kids…by Children.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 23, 2010
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PS22 Chorus “KIDS” by MGMT

Touching, how into it these children are. I kept looking for a few children at the edges who weren’t into it…but then they’d break out in their own way and jump about and sing their heart out. This performance wasn’t just about getting the stars and outgoing children to light up—it was about all of ’em.

Kudos to them, and to the teachers. Getting allll the children to be so un-self-conscious is a bigger, and more important accomplishment, than, say, sending a man to the moon or updating the iPhone. And yet teachers, like my momma, give so much and get paid so little, so little.


There are some performances I just can’t wait to debut, and I’ve honestly lost sleep over the anticipation of getting this one down! Here is the new PS22 Chorus of 2011 singing the incredible (and appropriately titled) song, “Kids” by MGMT, and to say the group knocked it out of the park would be the understatement of the year!! We all truly had a blast with it, especially with Marquis adding that extra adrenalin kick with some amazing drumming. He worked out his part in just 15 minutes the day before we recorded it, demonstrating that the children at PS22 are indeed multi-talented! So congratulations to the “Kids” on one of the most exciting PS22 Chorus performances to date!!

Bonus: our old Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis highlight reel. Was then called “elevision.” Doesn’t include more recent conversations with Dr. Weil, Michael Pollan, others.

We Are Elephant, and this is elevision… from Alex King & Mito Media on Vimeo.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “On a scale of 1 – 11, how touching is this? MGMT’s Kids…by Children.”

  1. lindsey says:


  2. dmachine says:

    ….aaaaaaaaaand now i'm crying at work. that was RAD.

  3. Ryan says:

    SOOOOOOOOO Awesome!

  4. Yogajunkie says:

    Woo! That was fantastic. These are the kinds of teachers and inspiring change agents that we need in our schools. Someone tell my local board that, and that they need to CALL ME!!!!

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Michelle Garza Hykes Such a fabulous tune!!!

    Jan Glaze I love this…

    Roni Darugi One of my favorite tunes. 🙂

    Todd Kozinka Absolutely perfect example of the stupendous, amazing power and gifts children offer for us adults to learn from.

  6. Ben Ralston says:

    Off the chart… just watched it 4 times in a row, and to be honest I could sit here all night watching it.

    So great to see a big bunch of kids LOVING it bigtime!

  7. sarah boyce says:

    I remember these kids from a year ago… THIS makes me cry everytime…

  8. Ben_Ralston says:

    Sarah, wow thank you. One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists…
    Love, Ben