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Ask the Planet

Ask the Planet

Spring 2009 Music
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.98
Ask the Planet opens with the rave up "Get Out (side)" in which skilled adult musicians back the strong and joyful voices of the Missoula Coyote (children's) Choir. The equally ebullient "I Want to Be Like a Tree," features the lead vocals of project songwriter Amy Martin. Other highlights include the jazzy little title track, which spells out the many lessons that animals, insects and plants can teach humans; "Keep it Cool," a timely ballad about the dangers of global warming, and the rambunctiously rhythmic "School of the Wild," featuring guest vocals by Bill Sims Jr. and Laura Love.

Martin's song about the power of water called "Riddle" as sung by Bruce Cockburn is one of the album's high points. Other odes to the planet include the percussion propelled "Take Care," and the Laura Love and Dar Wiliams duet about the planet's oldest living organisms in "Wise Like You," a jaunty anti-wastefulness tune "No Such Thing As Garbage," the soulful song of appreciation "Thanks," and the South African, Soweto music influenced "Start From Here." There's even a wonderfully irreverent Ani DiFranco sung, anti-television song called "The Great TV Rebellion," which is a howl.

The environmentally friendly packaging is complete with lyrics, and lists a supporting website that includes tools for teachers.

Lahri Bond   ©2009 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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