Sparkle & Shine


Music has a beautiful way of capturing moods and moments and expressing them more eloquently and impactfully than images or words alone.

Jessie Farrell has provided the soundtrack for Scout & The Gumboot Kids, and more recently, Daisy & The Gumboot Kids - filling each episode with a clear sense of the wonder and magic that we feel as we explore the natural world through our children’s perspective.

We caught up with Jessie, who lives in North Saanich, BC with her husband and two children and has just launched her new album "Sparkle and Shine", to learn more about the inspiration behind the Gumboots music.


GBK: What was your inspiration for the album?

JF: My inspiration comes from seeing the natural world through my children’s perspectives. Every time we go outside they notice and observe so much magic and wonder. I also want children to never be afraid to sparkle and shine. 


GBK: Will any of the songs from this album feature on Daisy & The Gumboot Kids or Scout & The Gumboot Kids? 

JF:  All of these songs have been or will be featured in Scout & The Gumboot Kids, and some of them you will hear on Daisy & The Gumboot Kids. I also have 40 music videos coming out on CBC Kids television where I will get to share the screen with Scout, Daisy and the Gumboot Kids! This series will be titled “Jessie & The Gumboot Kids”.




" Come on and shine when you're feeling low
Come on and shine when you’re all alone
come on and shine cause it’s just your time
Just like the sun shines
Just like the sun shines
You can be my sunflower
I’ll be your sunshine" 
- Come on and Shine, by Jessie Farrell

GBK: What is your favourite way to spend a day with your family? 

JF: My favourite way to spend time with my family is going where the wind takes us without having to rush. We love going to the beach for a picnic or visiting the aquarium. 


GBK: How are you a Gumboot kid? 

JF: I’m a Gumboot kid because I like to go outside every day - even if it’s just for a putter in my garden, I love using all my senses to observe nature. Some of my favourite songs have been written while bundled up and going for a walk outside. 


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"When the sun shines on the corn maze
We go outside to run and play
There’s a freedom in running through those rows
a simple freedom I can’t explain"

- Corn on the Cob, by Jessie Farrell

GBK: Do you have a favourite nature spot to visit? 

 JF: I’m so lucky because I live on the waterfront in Saanich, BC and I can take ten steps from my front door and be on the beach.


GBK: What is your favourite children’s song (that you didn’t write)?

 JF:  Who doesn’t love “All I Really Need” by Raffi?!


GBK: If you could say one thing to your 5 year old self, what would it be?

 JF: You’re perfect even when you’re imperfect. Be kind to yourself and never be afraid to sparkle and shine. 

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"Do you know how beautiful you are
You're one of a kind my star
You're one of a kind my star
Do you know how fragile we are
You're one of a kind my star
You’re one of a kind my star
Ya you sparkle and shine
You shine and glow
You sparkle and shine
This I know"
- One of a Kind, by Jessie Farrell

Gumboot Kids from around the world click here to listen to Jessie Farrell's songs.  

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