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Outer Space

Outer Space

Spring 2013 Music
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Producer: Dino O'Dell
CD Price: $15.00

Outer Space, created by Dino O'Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars, is led by actor/musician Kevin Dolan, who for fifteen years has taught music, drama, language arts and improvisation at preschools, elementary schools, theaters, churches and libraries. Dolan possesses a pleasing and warm tenor, and is a skilled songwriter and musician. The music works best on tunes such as the slinky and astronomically informative title track, and similarly themed "The Planets." There is the hip-hop flavored silliness of "Zar is My Name," about a very musical alien, too. Elsewhere, O'Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars deliver the sensitive folk of "Try Try Again," and the funky reggae geographical lesson of "Around the World." The Samba-flavored "Colors of the Rainbow" is a good movement song, and "It's All Right" is a gentle, lilting song that reassures children against their most basic fears. The CD also includes the sweet counting song "Dragonfly," the rockabilly celebration of breakfast in "Flapjacks" and the gentle album closer "Say Goodnight" which is reminiscent of the works of James Taylor. Although young children may not understand the cynical humor in "Sugar Breakfast Cereal," the adults-in-charge will find its tongue in cheek presentation delicious.

Lahri Bond   ©2013 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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