One of my favorite things about summertime is the weekly farmers market. It is a bounty of new, fresh and exciting products from our hard-working local farmers. Summer is like that, too, in the children and family music market. I am greeted throughout the season with new, fresh and exciting music from a wide array of artists.
For instance, veteran singer/songwriter Dave Kinnoin has a fabulous new release, “Character Counts” and The Pop Ups have an impressive new debut CD, “Outside Voices.”
But what I am most excited about this month is the re-release of two exceptionally performed and produced CDs from Ted Jacobs, an obscure, but incredibly gifted music producer. “The Days Gone By—Songs of The American Poets” and “A Child’s Garden of Songs—The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson In Song” (http://houseatthecorner.com) are truly landmark recordings in the field of family music.
Simply put, there are many artists who have attempted to compose music for classic poems and verse, but none able to do it with the style, sensitivity and emotion found on these recordings. No wonder each received the coveted Parents’ Choice Award when originally released.
The digital re-mastering of these beautiful acoustic songs brings them even closer to the listener and the stunning artwork reflects the care to detail that the music and the poems portray. New packaging also includes a full-color booklet featuring the poems and musical credits.
With an extremely bountiful and varied crop of children’s music available for parents to choose from, we must choose wisely and carefully. Just as our children depend on us to provide healthy food and lifestyle choices, we must give them a healthy and tasty diet of music for their growth and development.
“The Days Gone By—Songs of The American Poets” and “A Child’s Garden of Songs—The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson In Song” are “must haves” for your family music (and poetry) library. Visit the website (http://houseatthecorner.com) to hear samples and to order the CDs.
Fred Koch, Chicago Parent