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Crazy with Happiness

Crazy with Happiness

Fall 2016 Music
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.98

In this potpourri of silly and soulful songs from Dave Kinnoin and friends (the Grin Brigade), the mix is decidedly eclectic, led by Kinnoin's effervescent title track, a perfect definition of those moments in life when happiness just can't be contained. Kinnoin and Jimmy Hammer's hopeful "Wake Up in America" celebrates the country's promise without a hint of cynicism; "Dorky Haircut" (sung by Ellie Baer), crafted in the style of 1930s novelty song with sound effects, is an unexpected comic treat, and Kinnoin's happy "Little Boat" ("Soft light, gentle sway. I do believe dreams are made this way") makes its tender way over the waves. Among other tuneful subjects here: bears, surfing, the joys of zero g, the return of spring, reaching out to others, the shared bond with a pet, monster kids worried about "Children Under the Bed," and finding the confidence to reveal "The Me Inside."

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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