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Lucky #3

Lucky #3

Fall 2014 Music
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
CD Price: $12.00

With nine albums to his credit (including last year's wonderful The Halloween) and collaborations featuring such musical luminaries as multi-platinum pianist George Winston, Weathersby brings an unusual amount of talent and skill to the party.

Lucky #3 begins with the Bruce Cockburn-like folk of "Mystery and History," which takes an amazed look at the extraordinary times we live in. "Atomic Monsters Have Come" melds a cool snaking rhythm to this story that summarizes every drive-in "B" movie plot, while sneaking in a subtle anti-nuclear message. The samba title track declares how we are lucky to find the perfect combination of air, water and life on our little third planet, while the semi-spoken "1977" explores an extraordinary year for science, and "Gravity" investigates the elusive forces that bind us together. Elsewhere, America's natural wonders are covered, as in "The Great Meteor Crater" which tells the story of one the earth's earliest visitors, and the Grand Prismatic Spring in "Yellowstone-Henico'oo'." Prehistoric cave paintings are examined in "The Expanding Man," while archeology is explored in the bluesy "Talking to the Rocks. This fine album of story-songs ends with an inspired tribute to the late great American visual effects creator Ray Harryhausen.

Rarely are there albums produced for older children (ages nine and above) that are not hyperactive, trivial or pandering to current popular musical trends. Shad Weathersby has crafted an inventive, intelligent, witty and lovingly produced album, directed to the 9-14 set - and their parents. Bravo, Mr. Weathersby!

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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