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Kids Music Reviews: July 2014

A summer of sound



The world of kindie reflects musical diversity while capturing the essence of a child’s open mind-set about weighty matters.

Kindie-release roundup:
New wonderfulness from stalwarts Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Not-Its and Raffi dot the summer’s glorious musical landscape.

Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band delight with a new Spanish-language CD.

And a first-rate introduction to classical music is at the core of the aptly named Simply Fantastic book/CD from The Secret Mountain.

SONG: “I Will Be a Rainbow”

By Karen K & Mista Cookie Jar

Mista Cookie Jar and Karen K are about “creating an open dialogue about the growing pains of civil progress” (their words). “I Will Be a Rainbow” argues the simple premise that love is love. Maybe this song is a world-changer. Maybe this song reflects the natural tolerance of kids that grownups distort into taking sides. Maybe it’s both. It’s definitely a brilliant, danceable addition to a genre where earnestness of purpose sometimes trumps excellent music. This song hits all the right notes and benefits Covenant House.


"I Will Be a Rainbow"


CD: Just Say Hi

By Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

The title opener of Grammy nominee Brady Rymer’s new CD reenergizes the “hello song” with multilayered danceable production. The album zooms into brilliant rock memories on “Get This Party Started,” where Rymer works Elvis, “Stairway to Heaven” and Beyoncé into a mashed-up celebration of fatherhood and music. “Pet Song (I Want to Thank You)” is a litany of gratitude from a pet’s point of view. This is rock and roll at its most joyous.


"Light of Love"


CD: Good Egg

By Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Here’s a cool hot-weather rocker from a prolific tunesmith. Joanie Leeds’ “eggs-strodinary” egg puns in the title track are eggs-actly designed to tickle a kid’s funny bone. “Drummer Dan” is funky dance music with rap rhymes. It’s Leeds’ best effort in a career packed with great sounds.


"Ice Cream"

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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