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Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook

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Disney’s Tangled is filled with so many songs that children love to sing. Another book in the Explore Music series from Hal Leonard and Disney, “Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook” teaches kids about musical…more

Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook

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Getting your children started with music at an early age can be fun. Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook is written with little ones 4 years and older in mind. Take your little learners on a musical adventure…more

Moana: The Beat of Your Heart – A Musical Exploration Activity Book

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Let you child learn about the rhythmic sounds that are all around them with Disney’s Moana. Children learn how to make their own rhythmic sounds and motions using their…more

Sengled Pulse Solo LED + Wireless Speaker

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Hubby is a big fan of tech gear. He likes to try out all the newest and coolest gadgets available. Now he has found…more

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star does just that. It has four twinkling, music making, fun to press buttons at the top. This lights and…more

¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!

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Bilingual music para la familia

I think it is important for children to have some knowledge of other cultures. After all the United States is one giant melting pot. The new music CD ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!  by Andrés Salguero is a great way to immerse children in a new culture in a fun way. The mix of English and Spanish helps little ones learn another language and appreciate other a new music style. Lively and entertaining.

Andrés Salguero’s ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! is an interactive celebration of Latin culture for kids and families. Listen to the debut CD – filled with salsa, bachata, plena, mariachi and more – or find a live performance near you.

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Andrés Salguero, one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene, is going to make you bailar y aprender! A native of Colombia, both his debut CD and his live performances are infused with south of the border sensibilities.

Andrés has deep roots in the Latin music world, with over a decade of experience playing Latin Jazz, Salsa, Norteño and Latin folkloric music. He also brings a depth of musical knowledge, holding a Doctorate degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

His carefully crafted songs earned him the first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia. In his music, there is always something to listening for, since he creates art with a purpose. In 2010 he co-wrote and produced a play based on interviews with DREAMERS, young immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Andrés’ songs incorporate themes such as immigration and cultural understanding and celebrate the rich Latino heritage in the US.

Andrés had his first studio experience at age 8, recording a full length record with a children’s group. Learning guitar from his father, he absorbed many of the folk traditions from Latin America. A career playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone followed, with Andrés joining numerous groups of all genres, from an opera company to a ska band.

Andrés found his true calling playing Latin family music in 2009. Now he performs his live ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! kids’ show more than 200 times each year at venues large and small, from full band performances at the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater to solo appearances at schools and libraries throughout the country.

Want to keep up with all things Andrés Salguero? You can like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Ready to buy?  Head on over to ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! and get ya a copy or two.

Linda Marie Smith new album Mearra – Selkie from the Sea

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I love this CD. The music instantly transports the listener to a mythical time. Soothing and beautiful. Calming and mystical. Alluring melodies and an angelic voice combine to bring life to the story of Mearra – Selkie from the Sea. Wonderful.

The ancient Celtic legend of the Selkie, a mythical seal with the mysterious ability to metamorphose into a human being, is the setting for Chicago-based singer/songwriter Linda Marie Smith’s fourth album, Mearra – Selkie from the Sea, to be released in February 2014.  (Linda Marie Smith, $15.00, for ages 9 – adult, run time 42 minutes.)

Mearra – Selkie from the Sea transports listeners, inviting chldren and adults alike to use their imaginations as they enter an enchanted world that has inspired unnamed (1)writers and composers like Yeats, Synge, and Arnold Bax for centuries.  The highly evocative “Ian’s Song” sets a mood of Celtic mystery.  “Mearra” follows, and the listener is swept up in an expansive cloud of orchestral colors created by strings, percussion, and synthesizer that conjures images of sea, sky, and a wild, rocky coastline.  The melodic line and tastefully expressive phrasing of Linda Marie Smith’s vocals effectively carry the story while never distracting from it.  “All This and More” delivers a change of pace with something of a Nashville country sound, which effectively introduces a human element into the watery, mystical world of the Selkie.  The jazziest number on the album is “Heaven Knows,” with its upbeat rhythm set by piano, concertina, and enthusiastic hand clapping.  “Surrender to the Sea” opens with a piano interlude reminiscent of Claude Debussy, and the vocal line proclaims, “I hear them calling,” offering a hint of what is to come.

Linda Marie Smith reflects, “As a child I was captivated by fairy tales and folklore.  I loved being transported to other worlds where the impossible was possible.  These mystical adventures fired my imagination, which is why I think I eventually became a songwriter.  Folklore involves fantastic people or animals and brings our attention to things we value most highly, fear most deeply, and hope for most ardently.  My spirit and childlike innocence were rekindled while doing research for Mearra – Selkie from the Sea.  The Selkie myth inspired and challenged me to shed my own skin, reveal my true self, and boldly express my heartfelt desires.”

Want to keep up with all things Linda Marie Smith? You can like her on Facebook.

Ready to buy?  Head on over to Linda’s Website and get ya a copy or two. Available in February 2014. I received a copy of the CD for review.