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In My Dreams by Dean Jones

In My Dreams by Dean Jones

Fall 2016 Music
Ages: 5 & Up
CD Price: $10.00

Dog on Fleas leader and respected family music producer/maker Dean Jones has just released In My Dreams, his own album of 13 new and highly original songs. Jones sings and plays all of the instruments, and his songs have a stream-of- consciousness quality to them in a similar vein to Robyn Hitchcock, Shel Silverstein and Paul Simon at his obtuse best. The opening "What Kind of Fruit" poses the question many of us have asked, when wondering what they might be if they were not human. Jones also reminds us that "Humans Are Still Evolving" in his techno peace chant, and then craftily name checks a range of bands with critter-based names in "Animal Collective." On the semi-spoken, steel drum driven "Do You Talk to Yourself" Jones (joined by Michael Napolitano of Michael and the Rockness Monsters) gives voice — with scary accuracy — to the random thoughts one has during the day.

Elsewhere, he sings of the joys of "People Watching," performs a funky animal rumba on "Monkey C Monkey," and wistfully thinks about all the canines to be had on "In My Dreams I Have A Dog." Cats get equal time in "Feline," as do the wonderfully unacceptable behavior infants get away with on "Oh Little Baby." He hits his most surreal pinnacle on "Swiss Cheese Angels" where he is joined by the cherubic vocals of Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak from the delightfully odd family music group Gustafer Yellowgold. Eighties big hair synth-pop bands like Flight of Seagulls and Kajagoogoo are evoked in the lofty "I'd Like to Fly Like Bird," and the sequenced and treated vocals of "Have You Ever Been Real." San Francisco children's music maven Frances England contributes whisper-soft vocals on the dreamy final track "Nighttime."

This is an extremely hip and witty album, that children will certainly love, and one that parents will find layers and layers of pun-full fun within. Add to this, the wonderfully dreamy cover art by Giselle Potter, and you get a top notch intelligently whacky album for the whole family.

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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