Walk 'n' RollSpring 2011 Music
From Canada, we have bilingual children's entertainer Will Stroet. A respected musician, Will (as he is simply called on the CD) writes "lesson" songs that promote tolerance, literacy, and health themes, along with a few tunes that are just for fun in the classic vein of Raffi. The album opens with the well meaning, if a little overstated, song of racial tolerance "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover." before breaking into the traffic safety title track. Highlights include the health conscious "Hygiene and Eugene," the literacy championing "Reading Revival," and a song that celebrates the joys of booster seats in "Boost Me Up." Stroet possesses a fine, gentle singing voice and plays a host of instruments including acoustic, electric and bass guitars. He is backed by a group of talented musicians, who can handle folk, blues, Cajun and rock songs. This collection of self-penned songs cover the usual likes and concerns of younger children, and Stroet rises above the predictable with inventive songs like "I Feel So Blue," which uses the Blues as a means of exploring color. While this is not a particularly innovative CD, it is very gentle and enjoyable, and will have families returning to it for repeat listens.