Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Drum Factory

Drum Factory

Spring 2016 Storytelling
Ages: 2 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $11.99

Cory Hills combines two favorite forms of performance for kids: storytelling and banging on things. He essentially invented an art he dubbed "percussive storytelling," creating and reinterpreting songs and stories with a percussion self-accompaniment. Hills' renditions of familiar tales and songs take on a new life through his nimble and creative use of drums, cymbals, bells, shakers, and other percussion instruments. This CD, the artist's second, includes known tracks like "I'm My Own Grandpa" and "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" as well as original compositions that range from silliness to quite subtle effects with voice and instruments.

However, it is an unfortunate reality that listening to a recording of percussive storytelling doesn't generate the same fascination as actually watching the artist at work. With these complex vocal and rhythmic performances, this is a unique and valuable addition to a classroom or family room's library of recorded entertainment for younger kids. Here's hoping this very clever and inventive musician performs in a town near you.

Sam Hillers   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sam Hillers is a former investment analyst turned teacher of English and history. In addition to his academic pursuits, he loves blues and soul music, racehorses, hot sauce, Asian markets, craft beer, YA fiction, and well-made toys. Whenever possible, he shares these passions with his three boys: Bo, Redding, and Mason.

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