When fanatical singer Jolly Joe and his family leave idyllic Smile Mile, he faces the greatest challenge of his life so far: making new friends. Join him for a musical adventure about the heartache of moving, the joy of doing what you love, and the danger of infamous kid-eating bears! This double album for kids includes English and German versions of the exciting story in 12 songs to sing along. 'Goodbye, Smile Mile' is a delightful sing-a-long, with wonderful characters and a fantastic story. It is a great way to learn a new language, as you can happily play these catchy tunes over and over again without getting bored. Adults won't go mad with the music either, as the songs are musically accomplished also. No simple nursery rhymes here! It's a brilliant album, I recommend it without reservation. - James Fair, Grand Independent ABOUT THE ARTIST Ben Arntz grew up in cities and suburbs in the American South-, Mid-, and Northwest. He began playing the piano as a little kid and took up guitar in his mid-teens. After moving to Berlin in 2007, he spent six years teaching English and cacophonous, somewhat atonal music to German kindergarten kids. After noticing a great number of children struggling with the emotional ups-and-downs of moving, he wrote the story and songs for "Goodbye, Smile Mile" with the hope that it would eventually become something kids and adults could enjoy together. Later, he doubled everyone's workload by deciding it would serve a wider audience if it were in both English and German! After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Ben fired up the bat-signal, which attracted an extremely enthusiastic and international team of producers, musicians, arrangers, artists, photographers, translators, and multi-talents. Everyone involved put in an insane amount of time and effort to make the album. Ben thinks it's wonderful, and he hopes you will too! CREDITS Text and Music: Ben Arntz Performed by: The Benja Men Translation: Katja Schädlich Artwork: Joel Poischen Production: Sebastian Arnold Recording: Tricone Studios, Berlin Studio Photos: Mirko Goletz CAST Jolly Joe - Ben Arntz Mom - Elisabeth King, Karen Kramatschek Dad - Ben Arntz Scary Hairy Bear - Julien Rupp Teacher - Karen Kramatschek, Elisabeth King Grandpa - Tim Corbridge Narrator - Markus Steidl MUSICIANS Ben Arntz - Guitar, Ukulele Sebastian Arnold - Drums, Percussion Karen Kramatschek - Bass Tim Corbridge - Electric Guitar Elisabeth King - Accordion, Piano Svenja Weiß - Violin, Glockenspiel.