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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: Musical Verses - Volume Two

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: Musical Verses - Volume Two

Fall 2004 Music
Ages: All Ages
Producer: Zoppa Records
CD Price: $16.99
Review:
This is the second volume of verse by such poets as Robert Louis Stevensen, Eleanor Farjean and Sara Teasdale set to music by Ellen Kjelgaard Godula and Brian Godula. The musical arrangements are very reminiscent of the early children's music albums like In Harmony, made in the seventies by Carly Simon and Kate Taylor. Ellen Kjelgaard Godula possesses a rich, soulful voice in the vein of Laura Nyro, making this a very enjoyable experience for both children and adults. The poems such as Winifred Welles' "Angel in the Apple Tree," Eleanor Farjean's "There Isn't Time," and Teasdale's "Stars" are provided with jazzy or light, tasteful rock arrangements. The whole affair has a very Broadway feel in the best sense of the word. The collection includes a 35-page booklet with complete lyrics and reproductions of Victorian children's book illustrations, bound handsomely into a DVD case, very classy all around.
Lahri Bond   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.


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