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Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt

Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt

1998 Music
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Performed By: Waylon Jennings
Producer: Sony Wonder
CD Price: $13.98
Review:
This album by country legend Waylon Jennings is not for those who find a boys-only-like-“boy”-stuff and girls-only-like-“girl”-stuff attitude alarmingly retro. (The spirit with which the album was created is anything but retro). Jennings, in disarming, simple intros between winning original songs, explains why a little boy yearns for a boy pal to climb trees with (“All of My Sisters Are Girls”) or to get grubby with (“Dirt”). In his signature whiskey baritone, he performs with such tenderness and gentle, tongue-in-cheek humor it’s no surprise to learn that the songs were inspired by young relatives, most particularly his youngest son. “If I Could Only Fly” is a child’s imagined freedom flight that notes, “but I’d always come right back”; “Cowboy Movies” is a song about a dad who, wanting to share his passion for Westerns, is gently clued in that his son is “a nowboy,” not a cowboy. Jennings is a spellbinding storyteller in “Useless, the Little Horse That Didn’t Grow,” a tale he wrote with his son to affirm that heroes can be small, even shy; he locks the message in a song called “Small Packages.” A boy-and-girl chorus joins in. The musicians, including Jennings on guitar, are top-notch.
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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