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Rock-n-Roll Yearbook by The Bazillions

Rock-n-Roll Yearbook by The Bazillions

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: The Bazillions
CD Price: $12.99

Rock-n-Roll Yearbook, the latest in The Bazillions portfolio, is a nifty concept album: a musical soundtrack to accompany young students through an entire school year.

Beginning, appropriately in September, the rocker "Back To School" bids farewell to summer, and hello to a brand new semester. "Take Turns" is a jaunty two-step, about learning the classroom rules, and "New Pair of Shoes" brings us into late fall, and celebrates the great feeling of a new pair of sneakers. "You Could Be the One" pauses during November to consider all the possible careers one could eventually have. Next up is "That's My Style" a funky, late December celebration of individuality, and "Just Another Monday," which transforms midyear boredom into a time to reflect and "journal" about all the fun already had, and yet to come. "Who What When Where Why" has all the qualities of a classic pop song, while examining the "5 Ws," whose answers are considered basic in information gathering or problem solving. The month of March is represented by some slinky R&B in it's tale of "Queen Ellen of the Spelling Bee," before the "Wide Open World of Adjectives" is wonderfully explored. The month of April brings us round to both Earth Day, and the Beatle-esque song "More to Be Done." "Keep Your Identity Safe" is one of the album's best, and is a clear indication of songwriter Adam Marshall's deep understanding of childhood imagery, as the heart ache of departing friends is viewed through the eyes of pretend superheroes. The album ends with the celebration of another school year completed, and the beginning of vacation in "Summer's Here."

In addition to great songwriting and intelligent, witty lyrics, The Bazillions features some very fine musicians. Twin Cities' educators/multi instrumentalists/singers/songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall, are backed by guitarist Mike Senkovich, Joe Letness on bass and drummer Matt Baccov. Major influences such as The Jayhawks, Wilco and Uncle Tupelo are displayed with pride, and also serve to demonstrate how well they have assimilated these inspirations and used them to create superior children's music. The CD is housed in a nicely designed, eco-friendly sleeve, with full lyrics and liner notes included.

Lahri Bond   ©2017 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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