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All Kinds of You and Me

All Kinds of You and Me

Fall 2015 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Moock Music
CD Price: $12.00
Review:

Grounded in the American folk traditions of Guthrie and Seeger, and taking inspiration from Marlo Thomas & Friends' classic 1972 album Free to Be...You and Me, Moock's songs celebrate diversity in all its sizes, shapes, colors and persuasions. The opening track, "It Take All Kinds" introduces this theme by singing the praises of "A dancing plant, or a cat who skis, a boy in a dress, or a girl in a tree;" proclaiming "You be you, I'll be me." "People" admits that humans come in a variety of variations - all a little weird, and are all kind of fun. Rani Arbo (of Daisy Mayhem fame) wonderfully aids Moock on the chorus. "You Might Be A Girl" dispenses with gender stereotypes, with a little help from singer Samirah Evans, while "The Bright Side of Me" asks parents to dwell on the positive in their children; sung in a wry, Dave Bromberg-like brand of playful cynicism.

"Every Day's A Holiday" takes the tact that we should celebrate everyone's holidays, , while famed folk singer Jennifer Kimball joins Moock on "My Life (Is a Lot Like Yours)," which explains whether you have two moms, or two dads, or a mom and a dad; a loving family is all you need. "I Am Malala" is a beautiful, powerful song, in tribute to Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. "Kenya Imagine?" is a delightful travelogue through the world united by one common bond - love; set to a nice, slinky reggae rhythm, while Bo Diddly is evoked in the playful song of perspective "Everything's Upside-Down But Me." Album producer Anand Nayak (also from Daisy Mayhem) sings a duet with Moock on a lovely, Van Morrison inspired adaptation of Cynthia Rylant's picture book poem "All In A Day."

In the penultimate title, the semi-spoken "You and Me," Moock poetically salutes all the people and songs that inspired him to advocate for social justice. The album concludes with an exceptional rendition of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land." Complete lyrics and even chords for all the songs can be found at http://mookmusic.com. This is everything children's music can and should be.

Lahri Bond   ©2015 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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