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August 2013 Kids Music Reviews

Kids Corner's Kathy O'Connell reviews Alastair Moock's Singing Our Way Through and Shine & the Moonbeams' self-titled CD.

Elena Clamen

Alaistair Moock: Singing Our Way Through

CD: Finding art in a parent’s worst fear, Alastair Moock was inspired by his daughter’s illness to create Singing Our Way Through: A CD for the World’s Bravest Kids. Families with cancer have a unique voice in Moock’s joyfully determined declaration “I Am the Light.” Facing challenges as a unit informs the CD’s all-inclusive
approach to jealousy and the stresses of caregiving (“Take Care of Your Grownups”). Moock embraces uncomfortable aspects of illness, as in “When I Get Bald,” an upbeat blues tune introducing “Back Head Fred.” This CD is simultaneously brave, funny and touching.

"When I Get Bald"

"This Little Light of Mine" (with daughters Elsa & Clio)

Shine & the Moonbeams

CD: Shine & the Moonbeams’ self-titled CD combines jazzy theatrical sound and mom sensibilities to introduce an important new voice. The raucous horns of “The Melody in Me” herald a danceable celebration of life. “I Can’t Sleep” is an imaginative litany of bedtime excuses told to a wise mom. “Do You Ever Stop?” is an exhausted parent’s lament. Shine (Shawana Kemp) has created a multilayered, emotionally rich mix of musical styles and rhythms. Like a great theater piece, each song is unique in theme and rhythm, yet everything holds together as one.

"Do You Ever Stop?"  

Kids Corner 25th Anniversary Salute

CONCERT: Folkie favorite Ellis Paul headlines a multigenerational salute to my Kids Corner 25th Anniversary at the Philadelphia Folk Festival on Sunday, August 18 at 12:30pm at the Lobby Stage.

"The Hero in You"  

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.

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