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Musician Breaks Into the Business in Classrooms

You may not scream for it, but you just might break into song.

It’s called “Ice Cream Songs,” a CD recently released by Ocean Beach resident Lionel Baptiste.

Among Baptiste’s 10 recordings are “Happy Birthday” and “Ice Cream Songs,” performed in a reggae style.

Other twists on favorite tunes include “ABC,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Bingo” and “Wheels on the Bus,” which are done in rap and hip-hop.

Baptiste, who recently moved to San Diego from Chicago, is trying to break into the music business.

He currently works as a substitute teacher for the San Diego Unified School District, working with students at high schools, preschools, and grades in between.

Baptiste brings his guitar on every teaching assignment.

Although he also writes songs geared to adults, Baptiste has found introducing music to children particularly rewarding.

“I feel like I’m making a positive difference and being a good role model for kids,” he said.

“You know, everyone loves music it can be inspiring to people no matter what age they are.”

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