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M-U-S-I-C

M-U-S-I-C

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Producer: Nina Music, LLC
CD Price: $10.00
Review:

Drawing on her teaching background, and her expert musicianship, Nina Peterson has developed a preschool program called "Cognitive and Physical Development through Music." M-U-S-I-C, her second children's music album, is based on the program.

Here, in addition to her strong and pleasant voice, the multi-talented Peterson plays acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, and percussion. She is backed by a handful of very good musicians on this fourteen track, thirty-five minute album of original tunes. The CD opens with the twisty reggae, animal counting tune "3 Little Monkeys." Her "Alphabet Song" is set to bouncy bluegrass backing, while the title track bobs along to a light rock beat, which encourages children to participate with their hands, feet, and other body parts to create sounds. "The Egg Song" is designed to instill rhythm, while using egg shakers and dancing; songs such as "Dinosaur Dance," "I Feel," and "Traffic Light Game," all encourage movement. "Fruit Salad" is a catchy little tune that espouses healthy nutrition, "Polite Song" encourages good manners, and "Little Gift", wrapped up in a 50s style rock rhythm, sings the praises of sharing. "Make A Splash" connects all bodies of water, from little puddles, all the way up to oceans. The album ends with the sentimental, reassuring "Simple," which talks about appreciating ordinary acts of love. Unfortunately, the lyrics to this standout collection are neither available with the CD nor online.

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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Nina Music, LLC
http://www.ninamusic.com

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