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The Floor Is Lava

The Floor Is Lava

Spring 2014 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

Iowa-based singer/songwriter Taylor Stichka is the "Mr. S" in Mr. S & The Sandbox Band in his debut children's music album The Floor Is Lava featuring a quirky landscape of songwriting and lyric.

The Trouble with Silent E frames word structure into a superhero story, bounces on a buoyant jazz melody, complete with snazzy sax and ebullient strings. Healthy eating is promoted in the bluesy ditty, 'Fruit Snack Monster" where daddy is caught eating junk food. Honesty is explored in the "Big 3," and puppy love is tenderly illustrated in "Things We Do For Love."

Playground relationships are suffered and celebrated in the sweet rumba "King of the Sandbox," a "Back to School Surprise" is set to a joyous blues beat. Drummer Seth Petersen rocks steady and possesses a pleasing tenor, that lies somewhere between the timbre of Livingston Taylor and delivery of David Wilcox, Matthew Maves swings on sax, and Jacob Harring anchors everything on bass. There are some delightful guest vocals by Amanda Sage and Katie Miller, and Stichka is equally tasty on guitar and keys in "Monkey Bars" as he is on vocals in "Delaware Street," a little boogie woogie tale of bicycling round the neighborhood. The album ends with the silly fantasy tale of "The Floor is Lava," comparing life to video games.

Lahri Bond   ©2014 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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