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Everything Makes a Sound

Everything Makes a Sound

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: Infant - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $12.99

Director, instructor, and multi-instrumentalist Michael Napolitano delivers Everything Makes a Sound, in which he performs ten original songs for children. The album spotlights Napolitano's John Sebastian-like voice and pop rock sensibilities that will remind some listeners of everything from The Monkees to the Partridge Family, but with less artificial sweetness. "Off to School" is a gentle morning song, while "Shake It," is perfect for classroom movement and helping children settle down. "The Family Song" is reminiscent of sing-a-long ditties from The Banana Splits' canon, while the percussion-based "Safari Song," captures the magic of the wild. Elsewhere, "And We Dance," continues the high-energy approach. Napolitano isn't afraid to slow down the tempo for some fun, though, and easy rocking tunes like "A Little Breath" shine. Two other standout tracks are "Cupcake," where the jug band music of The Lovin' Spoonful meets The Ramones and a little Devo; and the title track, where the music is made entirely using house keys, a book, whistles, an electric drill wrenches, rice and other commonly found items. The album closes with the good-natured reggae of "Jump When I Get Up," and Napolitano's lovely gentle ode to the forest in "Song in the Trees."

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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