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Kids' Music: New CDs and Concerts

Trees, How Great Can This Day Be and the PB&J concert series



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Trees is a brilliant concept collaboration by kindie stars about . . . trees. Molly Ledford (of Lunch Money), Billy Kelly (of Blah Blah Blahs fame) and producer Dean Jones navigate their way through musical roots and many branches of their subject to deliver my favorite (so far) CD of the year. It is wonderful, starting with the title track/opener, a complex counterpoint song. This CD shines with the wit and musical excellence its creators have brought to their individual projects. The catchy razzmatazz of “Acorns” suits the upbeat range of Ledford’s unique sound, while “Angel Oak” leans toward her whispery, reflective side. Kelly’s punk origins are on fine display with “The Dichotomous Key.” His humor sparkles throughout the whole project, especially on “(It’s Just a) Dumb Old Stick” and “The National Tree of England.” It’s educational. It’s fun. It’s a must for nature centers. This CD truly is the sum of its creative partners.


"(It's Just a) Dumb Old Stick" 


Lori HenriquesHow Great Can This Day Be displays a jazzy musical complexity, complete with brassy horn section. The positivity of the title track sets the tone for this uplifting CD, finishing off with a great holiday song called “Another Great Year.” “I Am Your Friend” has the soft-shoe danceability of an Astaire tune. “Monkey Monkey” is rhythmically delightful. “Groove” sets a message of movement to a bossa nova beat. It’s never icky, just filled with a joyous outlook toward life. 


"How Great Can This Day Be"

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