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Shining Like a Star

Shining Like a Star

Spring 2012 Music
Ages: Infant - 8 yrs.
Producer: Laura Doherty
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

Chicago resident Laura Doherty is the former director of the Old Town School's early-childhood Wiggleworms program. Shining Like A Star is her second children's music album, and she brings to it a fine understanding of what makes good music for younger kids. Backed by a solid group of acoustic folk players, this album contains thirteen mostly original songs, and all are delivered in the breezy folk-pop sound and sweet harmonies that made her first album such a treat.

The happy opening title track finds her sharing vocals with nationally known kids rocker Ralph Covert (of Ralph's World), while the wistful and gentle "Goodbye Song," not only closes the album but is a perfect bed time tune. Between these songs are such gems as "I'm a Tree" (shades of John Gorka's "When I Grow Up I Wanna Be A Tree"), the old timey "Quiet as A Mouse," and the sweet garden celebration of "Vegetable Party."

Other highlights include the jazzy sound making tune, "Jake the Snake," the swinging "Valentine," and the slide guitar, blue shimmy of "Popcorn." Tap dance sensation Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin, adds his unique percussive sound to the highly memorable "Tap Dance." Doherty even manages to transform The Carpenters' classic "Sing (a Happy Song)" into a sing-a-long song for kids.

Great musicianship, eco-sensible packaging and intelligent illustration make this a completely satisfying album.

Lahri Bond   ©2012 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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