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Flannery Brothers,

Flannery Brothers, "The New Explorers Club"

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $15.00

A happy quirkiness bubbles throughout this new CD from brothers Dan and Mike Flannery. Versatile musicians and zippy vocalists, they reflect an understanding of a growing child's world in songs crafted with comic and thoughtful twists. "Swallowed a Bug" is about the inevitability of life's little mishaps ("but it's all fine, just play in the sunshine"). "Pirate or Parrot?" dispels any doubt about which is which. In "Sea Glass," a bit of bottle washed up on the beach isn't trash; it's a mysterious treasure. A "Quiet Place" can inspire peaceful thoughts to bloom and "In the Middle" manages to include a goat, a molecule and a basketball among unexpected illustrations of tall, small, big and little. The Flannerys and other able musicians provide apt instrumental layers with accordion, ukulele, horns, percussion, keyboards, guitar and more.

Lynne Heffley   ©2010 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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