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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
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.

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

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