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Imagination by Jess Penner

Imagination by Jess Penner

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: 2 & Up
Producer: Jess Penner
CD Price: $5.99

In her first children's CD, indie pop artist Jess Penner performs tender and spirited arrangements of such gentle songs of childhood as "I've Got No Strings" from Disney's Pinocchio, "Mr. Sun" from Raffi's "Singable Songs for the Very Young"; and "I Don't Want to Live On the Moon," the moving ballad by the great Sesame Street songwriter Jeff Moss. A lovely new approach to "Over the Rainbow" is an unexpected pleasure, and so is "Thank You for Being a Friend," the theme song from TV's The Golden Girls, transformed here into a surprisingly fitting children's song. With her interesting and expressive vocal layers and varied rhythms, Penner does justice to the familiar songs while making them her own; her two original tracks, "Imagination" and the sweet, conversational "Forever in My Heart" fit in nicely.

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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