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.
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
"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.