I Can Swing ForeverFall 2015 Music
If there were an official anthem to represent the pure joys of childhood, I Can Swing Forever, the opening title track would be it. The mother/daughter team of Tracy Newman and Charlotte Dean lead a stellar ensemble through original, traditional and cover songs that demonstrate a keen understanding and appreciation of young children. What makes them laugh, impatient, curious and concerned are abundantly evident in songs that examine and celebrate. From where to put your gum ("Under the Chair"), birthday parties ("Millie's House"), diversity and sameness ("Close Your Eyes and Point Your Finger"), cleaning up ("Pick Up Your Clothes") and kindness ("It Could Be a Wonderful World"), the songs provide gentle guidance infused with warmth and humor. The subject matter, divided into two sections, moves from playtime to bedtime. The transition is seamless, and the songs here are an ode to motherhood. Two poems, "Life is like a Journey" (Margaret Waldron) and "I Walked a Mile with Pleasure" (Robert Browning Hamilton) are blended to form a graceful philosophical whole.
Throughout the exquisite thirty-seven minutes, the songs are never frenetic, slapdash, or randomly included. This collection is beautifully curated and each song perfectly paced. Eighteen thoughtful songs are filled with respect, admiration, fun and so much more.
The enclosed booklet details the multi-talented musicians and vocalists, and offers full lyrics and the album's charming backstory. And if that's not enough, the CD is packaged with a sing-along coloring book with illustrations by Charlotte Dean.