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Papa Crow - Things That Roar

Papa Crow - Things That Roar

Fall 2012 Music
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99

Hailing from the beautiful south shore of Lake Superior, Jeff Krebs, aka Papa Crow, offers hints of influences from John Mayer to Rufus Wainwright throughout the songs on Things That Roar, his debut album of children's music. The gentle opening track "All Things That Roar," was written with the help of his (then) two-year-old son Billy, who also adds vocals. "Welcome to the World" is a lovely acoustic celebration of childhood, while "Baby Makes Three" recounts the charming tale of how the Krebs family came together. "Peek-a Boo Waltz" is augmented with cascading acoustic guitars and his two sons' giggles. "That's the Life For Me" is another simple but effective tribute to the joys of life, and "Polar Bear in a Snowstorm," which sounds like a children's version of the works of Iron and Wine, is an observation and tribute to animals winter camouflage. Krebs addresses children's common fears, including the slinky and fun "I'm Not Afraid of That Anymore," and Seals and Croft-ish light rock of "When I Cry." "Chicken Lips" is a pure silly delight. And "Dream Big" seems to set the stage for the production of this richly textured acoustic gem.

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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