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The Halloween

The Halloween

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $12.00

New Orleans based singer/songwriter Shad Weathersby has recorded four excellent albums for adults, aided by his close, long-term association with piano maestro George Winston. The Halloween is his second CD for children, and he brings some of his city's mystery and magic to this fine recording. Possessing an expressive and friendly tenor, Weathersby is also a solid and melodic acoustic guitarist. He is backed up by the ringing electric guitar of Sam Broussard, who plays alongside Gina Forsythe on fiddle and Ann Kate Nomand on flute. The album contains a virtual caldron of fourteen songs that playfully celebrate all that is spooky and creepy. The album begins with a great, atonal fiddle and guitar jam "Welcome," before breaking into the Dire Straits influenced "Monster Ball." The songs range from the bluesy title track to the Shakespeare quoting witch tale "What's Cooking," and the "Spooky Old House" shuffle. Elsewhere, there is a lovely folk ode to "Fall," the skipping rhyme "The Halloween Forest," and the John Prine-esque "Halloween." Perhaps the best (and scariest) song on the album is the slinky vamp "Nothing but the Wind," a song akin to the classic Mike Shapiro song "Spooky." The album concludes with the wistful end of autumn sentiments of "Far Away." The Halloween is a great seasonal album.

Lahri Bond   ©2010 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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