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Walk 'n' Roll

Walk 'n' Roll

Spring 2011 Music
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99

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.

Lahri Bond   ©2011 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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