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John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Autumnsongs

John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Autumnsongs

1998 Music
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Performed By: John McCutcheon
CD Price: $15.98
Tape Price: $10.98
This new addition to acclaimed folk/pop singer McCutcheon's Four Season series of recordings may be his best yet,a vivid child's-eye portrait of the touchstones of the waning year and of moments that can loom large in a child's life. In rich fall colors, McCutcheon, and the fine musicians who accompany him, paint word pictures on big and small canvasses. Some songs are celebratory ("It's Fall," full of sunsets, rustling leaves and pumpkin pie; the soulful "Thanksgiving," and "Campfire," a tribute to outdoor gastronomic delights).

Some are painfully true ("New Kid in School"--"I'm the new kid in a new school, The first day is a hundred hours long") and some are comically real ("Natural Disaster," an older sibling's lament about a mischief-making little sister). Then, there are exquisite moments of the heart, such as "Colors," filled with autumn's revelatory burst of rainbow colors; and "Bird Dog," in which a faithful canine lovingly explains why he chooses not to harm his feathered friends."

Lynne Heffley   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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