I know, I know, it’s been a while since you’ve seen me ‘round these parts. To say that I have been extremely busy would be an understatement. I’m trying to make my way back, I promise. I’m like that pathetic red maple tree in my backyard. Eventually I’ll make myself shown, but in the meantime, you might think I’m dying.
Speaking of spring and things blossoming, I decided to step back in to the blog to introduce you to some pretty fine family music that is blooming this spring.
First up, right on time for Earth Day comes a new release from Earthworm Ensemble.
If you’re looking for upbeat, sweet music, look no further than this group, who releases Backyard Garden today.
The thirteen tracks that appear on this critically acclaimed group’s latest album spans a broad range of music genres, and with its focus on nature, this CD feels like the perfect accompaniment to spring.
Animal lovers will devour songs like “Ladybug,” and “Bees Make Honey” and the ode to the herbivore dinosaur with the pop track “Sparko the Stegosaurus.” I love the witty dueling tracks between the underground mole and the sly coyote. These are two songs with distinct sounds from distinctly different perspectives, one slow and lopping (“Mole vs. Coyote,” in which singer Sherri Nourse really shines) and the rocking track “Coyote vs. Mole.”
An introduction for young ears to ecological and sustainable practices can be found in the tracks “Compost” and “Chicken Coop,” and you may even find your kids helping you with landscaping this summer after hearing “Backyard Garden.”
“I Didn’t Give Up” emphasizes the importance of persistence in the face of everyday challenges. “Picture This You’re a Fish” sounds like the light punk I grew up on. “Reduce Reuse Recycle” is a slow, dreamy track to finish the album that emphasizes recycling and is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Also included the album is the airy “Invisible Wind,” and the adorably cheery “I Like You.” Want to feel all warm and joyful? Check out their video for the track here:
In the music industry, I feel like there are two kinds of songwriters, the poets and the story tellers, and Keith Munslow is a fantastic story teller through and through. He’s back with his latest album Tiny Destroyer, which was released April 7th.
Munslow has a knack for storytelling injected with spot-on humor. His tune “Leftovers” was a big hit around our house, and his latest album has provided some new family favorites.
Let me just start my mini-review about this album by stating that we’re obsessed with a few tracks on this album. My kids adore the title track “Tiny Destroyer” about a toddler who destroys the place (with a musical hint of “Final Countdown.”) The song reminded us of my daughter when she was a toddler, a phase we affectionately called her Godzilla phase. This is one of those songs I gladly wake up playing in my head in the morning.
Another favorite of the kids is “Coffee Breath”, a scenario they are all too familiar with. My personal favorite is “The Last Chicken Wing.” It begins with a lovely piano melody that makes you think the song will go one direction, but heads in a completely different direction. Consider it a torch song for the fight that occurs over the last remaining food item.
Munslow’s brilliant storytelling appears on the spoken word tracks “Old Joe’s Bones” and “Princess Pepper’s Story.” Kids will relate to tracks like “Too Much Sugar” and “Dad Is Takin’ a Nap.” And parents will nod their heads to the closing track “I Can Still Say I Love You.” Other tracks on the album include “Intelligent Clam,” “Seeing Monkeys,” “Magic Bike,” and “Get Along Little Kitties.”
Think Schoolhouse Rock for the next generation.
Recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Miller covers topics ranging from slavery to Civil War heroes to abolitionists. Geared towards those who relish in historical information (adults and kids can even download a PDF curriculum guide from his website), this album serves as a great list of talking points for this country’s history and the abolishment of slavery.
Don’t let the historical references turn you away – the album offers catchy tunes in tracks like “John Brown,” “Henry Box Brown” and the funky track “Baldy” (about the Civil War’s toughest horse with a sound similar to The Imagination Movers).
The Underground Railroad spiritual “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and the war ballad “Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground” are traditional songs with beautiful melodies. The touching track “The Gettysburg Address” is even more poignant for my family, as we just returned from a trip to DC and read this at the Lincoln Memorial.
Other tracks include “Marching Through Georgia,” “Trapped in the Attic,” “Weeksville,” “Keep the Hate Mail Comin’,” and a setting of Walt Witman’s “O Captain, My Captain!” to music.
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