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Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

Spring 2016 Music
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

Chips and Salsa, Rolie Polie Guacamole's fifth album, begins with a new arrangement of the band's namesake signature tune, followed by the hygienically hip "Always Brush Your Teeth." Further on, "Wake Up, Shake Up," is a happy morning movement song, "Apples" celebrate good nutritional snacks for humans, while the Ska-flavored "Bird Bellyfull" explores healthy snacks for birds. "The Mantis" manages to convey much about the often-misunderstood insect in a rocking pop tune, while "Açaí" tells everything about the versatile berry -- from its history to its nutritional value - all in calypso style.

"Hello My Name Is" gives the individual musicians a moment to spotlight their instruments, while sidewalk-crossing safety rules become a quirky reggae song called "Red Light Green Light." New York attractions such as the "Museum of Natural History" and "Central Park" also find themselves celebrated in song. The album concludes with a tale of the diminutive "Carpenter Paul" (who is forty inches tall), and a percussion-centric, rousing rendition of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land Is Your Land."

Rolie Polie Guacamole, comprised of singer/songwriters Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin, receives skilled support from guitarist Christian McCarthy and percussionist Peter Barr, as well as guest multi-instrumentalist Dean Jones, and backing singers Katie Mullins and Amelia Robinson. Chips and Salsa, is a tasty step forward for this fun band.

Lahri Bond   ©2016 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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