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Inside Out!

Inside Out!

Spring 2002 Music
Ages: 2 & Up
Artist: Jessica Harper
CD Price: $15.98
Tape Price: $10.98
Jessica Harper turns her talent for exceptional, multi-layered harmonies, varied rhythms and creatively quirky lyrics to arrangements of traditional and original songs. Children's voices sing along with her memorable, honey-smooth alto, adding to the charm and playfulness of this heart-filled album.

Some highlights: A meltingly mellow rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Happy Talk," and a harmony-rich mix of "Down By the River" and "Bullfrog"; a wry comic rap about "Four Boys Named Jordan" in a certain third grade class, and two swinging, jazzy gems-- "A Little Brown Dog Named Joe" and "Walk It While You Talk It" (with delightful descending and ascending harmonies). "Shout the Happiness" is a joyous call to celebrate simple pleasures, from a rose in a garden to the upturned, smiling face of a child; and in "Lizzie's Do's and Don'ts," a little girl turns the tables on mom with a "don't" list of her own. The result is the loving flip side: mutual "do" lists.

Any album by Jessica Harper promises to be something special. A TV and film actor-turned-children's artist, Harper makes some of the most original and tuneful children's music around. This new release ranks with her best.

Lynne Heffley   ©2002 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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