Honestly, I really enjoy pretty much all of the CDs that my kids have in their collection. I've been pretty particular about what we bring into the house- I don't want them getting hooked on music that makes me crazier than I already am! Still, there are some groups that I love more than others, and there are some CDs that I find myself suggesting to the kids when it's time to turn on some music.
One of those favorite CDs is the newest album from the genius band Recess Monkey, called Flying! Here's a bit about this new CD and Recess Monkey, from a press release that I received.
For those who understand how a gravity-defying leap from the couch is mightily enhanced by wearing a bed sheet cape, celebrated independent children’s recording group Recess Monkey offers a superhero-inspired collection of music on their seventh studio CD, FLYING! (Monkey Mama, $14.99, for ages 3 – 8, run time 47 minutes. Release date: June 21, 2011.).
Superheroes usually populate a world of make-believe, but most of the songs on FLYING! are firmly grounded in the everyday, real-life experiences of Recess Monkey as teachers, parents, and (former) kids and graced with the knowledge that an ordinary person can, indeed, transform into a superhero. Think Wonder Woman re-imagined as a five-year-old playground dynamo covered in band-aids, Superman as a “Superkid” who bravely tells the truth and stands up for what's right, or a tribute to one of the greatest superheroes of all time: Grandma!
Kids’ music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble) has declared, ““Dan Zanes may be the godfather; They Might Be Giants, the legitimizer; and Laurie Berkner, Ralph Covert, and Justin Roberts the genre’s superstars. But Recess Monkey is the heart of kids’ music today.”
“Kindie” music favorites Chris Ballew/Caspar Babypants, Molly Ledford (Lunch Money), Justin Lansing (The Okee Dokee Brothers), Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas), Johnny Bregar, Tom Baisden (The Not-Its!) and Chris Wiser (Sugar Free Allstars) play superhero on FLYING! The album’s producer, Tor Hyams, launches flights of keyboard fancy on several tracks, and children’s author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady, Punk Farm) contributes FLYING’s stunning interior comic strip artwork, showing the world just how Recess Monkey became superheroes.
I love this CD. Really, really love it. The members of Recess Monkey have an incredible gift for getting inside the mind of a child and writing lyrics that reflect the wonder and imagination of being young. And they wrap up these thoughts and imaginings into a lovely package with snappy lyrics, great singing and very high-quality, fun music. My kids love to dance along to the song, while I listen and chuckle at the lyrics. Okay, and I sometimes dance too- it's that kind of music!
If there are kids in your home who love great music, you need to get this CD. Seriously. That's all I have to say about it. GET THIS CD. It will be released on June 18th, and you can find more information at the Recess Monkey website.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this CD to review for myself. I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.