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

Time Machine Guitar

Time Machine Guitar

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Waterdog Music
CD Price: $14.98

Former Chicago indie rocker Ralph Covert introduced young children and their appreciative parents to his smart, creative brand of family music in 2001 with his first Ralph's World CD release. Subsequent albums confirmed Covert's staying power as one of the top music makers in the field. Sixteen years later, Ralph's World is as fresh as ever. This terrific new release, based on Covert's in-the-works children's TV series, takes listeners time-traveling in genre-crossing songs inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, King Tut, Josephine Baker, Beethoven, and many more. This eclectic musical journey, guided by Covert's "time machine guitar," features a whole passel of superb musicians of all stripes, as well as the voices of real children and puppet friends Beauregard the dog, Rani the squirrel and Malcolm the cat. Covert's plaintive vocals lend poignancy to the '60s folk-inspired "Toymasters of War," that finds children rejecting conflict after imagining their toys "going to war, like the grown-ups." A tribute to Amelia Earhart is a wistful wish to "fly away like a Blue Airplane." You can easily see the flitting hummingbirds and butterflies in Hummingbird Tree" and take reassurance in "Color Outside the Lines," "draw from your heart, the light will outshine the dark." And "Beethoven's Horse" an imagined outing with Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, is nothing short of brilliant, catchy as all get out and shaped with musical and lyrical variations suggesting the personality and style of each composer. A treasure.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 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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