Bossy Frog Productions
6 August 2013
These are the songs I remember from my early childhood. Love how these artists have put their own spin on these classics. Each is done in a wonderfully unique style. My favorite is “Shoofly” Cajun style. Would make an absolutely adorable gift for the kids in your life. Such an eclectic mix of music styles. I love this CD. Want to give a listen click on the Bossy Frog website link at end of review.
Award-winning children’s musician and certified music therapist Jeffrey Friedberg has invited some of today’s best performers of Cajun, bluegrass, rockabilly, jazz, Irish, roots, African, Cuban, soul, funk, and folk music to join him in putting together a collection of songs that every child should know. 15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will Love!), the first in a projected series of “15 Songs” recordings from Friedberg’s Bossy Frog Productions, is set for release on August 6.
The fifteen classic children’s songs on 15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will Love!) form a body of work that seeks to preserve our heterogeneous culture, like an old-time potluck where people come together to show off their distinctive gifts and to relish the contributions of others.
15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will Love!) takes off with the deep-rooted, soulful quality and compelling rhythmic energy of Adam Falcon’s rendition of “5 Green & Speckled Frogs.” The durable American standard, “Shoo Fly,” gets a load of Cajun spice from The Upsouth Twisters, courtesy of some authentic harmonica and squeezebox accordion playing. Steve Bernstein’s traditional New Orelans trumpet stylings layered over a “shuffling rhythm” from the bass and drums provide the perfect setting for Frankie D’s distinctive basso profundo on “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Other highlights include more Cajun sounds with Jon Pousette-Dart’s vocal and virtuoso guitar work on “Waltzing Matilda,” the classic country string band authenticity The Bossy Frog Band imparts to “Skip to My Lou” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” a Cuban-Styled “Old McDonald” featuring Mayra Casales (considered to be ont of the most gifted and versatile percussionists of her generation), and John Hart’s finger picking teamed up with Lynn Stein’s smooth country mezzo on “I’ve Been Working on the Railraod.” Singer Big Jim Wheeler and honky-tonk piano virtuoso Kenny Margolis channel Jerry Lee Lewis with a rockabilly version of “If You’re Happy & You Know It.” “Wheels on the Bus” is treated with some cool African drumming performed by Chiku Awai, joined by the Montessori Center of Nyack Kids. A sweet bluegrass “Hush Little Baby,” enhanced by some tasty dobro playing, is offered by Alice Leon and Jonathan Gregg. The album comes to a jazzy close with almost everyone joining in on “Froggie Went a Courtin’.”
Ready to buy? Head on over to Bossy Frog’ Band’s website and get ya a copy of two.