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Outside My Door

Outside My Door

Fall 2011 Music
Ages: 4 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $10.00
Review:

With rich jazz piano bounce and a brilliant use of vocabulary and wordplay reminiscent of Michael Franks, singer-songwriter-musician Lori Henriques performs cool, quirky and wise observational songs about growing pains and expanding horizons. Leaves fall, sometimes too soon, in "Green Leaf". "Enough is Enough" laments over, "This overabundance of things/And all the discomfort it brings." "Something You Learn" encourages curiosity and exploration even if "There'll be days when you don't want to listen/There'll be chapters you can't stand to read." "If I Had a Twin" resonates with childhood's wrenching moments of loneliness or misunderstanding: "If I had a twin there'd be/Someone in the skin I'm in/Could she understand me/Would she helping hand me?". Henriques' musical inventiveness and keen eye for life's ups and downs are a stellar combination. Older children in particular will find much to relate to here.

Lynne Heffley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Lynne was a staff writer for 25 years at the Los Angeles Times where she established and maintained the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat and was a general arts reporter. As a freelance writer and editor, Lynne is currently working in the arts and family entertainment fields.

Look for this product at:
Human Puppy Records
http://www.lorihenriques.com
Available on iTunes

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