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‘In My Dreams’ is Wonderfully Wacky

‘In My Dreams’ is Wonderfully Wacky…

You get a little bit of everything with Dean Jones’ CD, In My Dreams. I detect a space-age techno beat, a bit of calypso, and the sound of Paul Simon. All  of the songs are a bit wacky, which is ideal for a car ride with my four year old daughter who requires constant entertainment. Thanks for that, Dean. We especially enjoy What Kind of Fruit?, Do You Talk to Yourself? (who doesn’t), and Monkey C. Monkey. People Watching is the one that has the Paul Simon sound. That’s my personal favorite.
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This CD comes out today, July 1st, and is available at CDBaby, www.dogonfleas.com and other music retailers.

Thank you, as always, to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

Rosendale, NY, June 28, 2016 ~ This summer, find a companion to reverie with Dean Jones. His new album of 13 new original songs, In My Dreams, leads listeners on a stream-of-consciousness journey full of humor and hopefulness.In My Dreams arrives on July 1 from CDBaby, www.dogonfleas.com and other music retailers.

Jones, a GRAMMY winning producer and prolific recording artist (he also leads the band Dog on Fleas), says he wrote all of these songs while walking in the woods with his dog, within a 10 mile radius of his home in the Hudson River Valley. “These are things I think about when I just open up my mind and senses,” he explains. “I tend to leave a lot to the imagination. I ask a lot of questions and don’t often answer them.” Born in Ontario, Jones is proud that the new album arrives on Canada Day.

The unique sound of In My Dreams melds various genres, from pop to calypso (think Vampire Weekend), to jazz, to funky folk (think Robyn Hitchcock). Jones sings and performs all of the instrumentation. Guest vocalists include Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak of Gustafer Yellowgold (on “Swiss Cheese Angels); Michael Napolitano of Michael and the Rockness Monsters (on “Do You Talk to Yourself?”); Frances England (on the whisper-soft final track “Nighttime”); and a few kids. The dreamy cover art is by Giselle Potter, who has illustrated books for Toni Morrison,  Mary Pope Osbourne and Cari Best, and whose work appears weekly in the New York Times.

Like musical essays, the songs on In My Dreams raise questions and spark an alternative perspective on everyday subjects like pets, fruits, babies and people watching. The songs employ wit and syncopation to ponder important questions like “Do You Talk to Yourself?” Or, “Have You Ever Been Real?” Or, “What Kind of Fruit” would you like to be?  The tune “Feline” wonders, “Who was the first person in the history of the world to snuggle up with a feline?” The tiny human in “Oh Little Baby” who grabs strangers’ noses and drools, prompts the question, “What are you thinking?” Indeed, humor and high seriousness enjoy a comfortable back-and-forth conversation in Jones’ songwriting. The refrain of “Humans Are Still Evolving” posits: “We’ve got to get more peaceful/ we’ve got to get more loving.” Sometimes, the issue is purely fanciful, as in the electro-pop “Animal Collective” track, which mentions several rock band names, from The Beatles to the Spiders from Mars.

In My Dreams stands out from an ever-rising tide of “family music” in that it doesn’t hammer its music or messages into listeners’ heads. “Kids are constantly bombarded with stimuli, and I like to try to not fill up every space in my music.  I want these songs to breathe a little, allowing kids to hear some of the details and subtleties.”

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Three Little Mice Marched Merrily!

Three Little Mice Marched Merrily!

Say that three times fast!

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Our car rides have become much more interesting now that we have Sing-along Animal Songs with us! She is obsessed with this book/cd combination. As a matter of fact, she chastised me the other day when I lost her place in the book and insisted that I find the page for Three Little Mice Marched Merrily, so she would be ready for it when we got back in the car. This is serious business for her! I love that she can follow along in the beautifully illustrated book and sing along with such fun animal songs. We also love Lullaby for My Sleepy Dog and Twelve Kittens.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary CD/Book in exchange for my review. This precious collection comes out today (6/17) and is available on Amazon.

From Secret Mountain:

“We’re over the moon about recently achieving 15 years in publishing. So, we’ve decided to celebrate by releasing a title designed just for pet lovers! It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Sing-along Animal Songs is the ultimate compilation of songs for your family pet. As a loyal family member and best friend, our pets finally deserve to get the homage they are due. So, we’ve compiled an outstanding collection of 10 favourite Secret Mountain songs performed by artists like Connie Kaldor, Jessica Vigneault, Emilie Clepper and Thomas Hellman (“I Know and Old Lady”) Al Simmons, and much more. Marie-Ève Tremblay lends her skills as an illustrator to this charming picture book-CD. Look for this title on June 17th!

The perfect choice for summer outings, picnics, get-togethers and road trips, this picture book-CD makes an excellent gift for the pet-lover in your life!”

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Adorable Bibs from Zoozik

Adorable Bibs from Zoozik

These bibs are so incredibly adorable! The sweet animals will delight any little one and the absorbency will impress mommy. The nickel free snaps are adjustable, so the bibs will last through all the messy times. The set of four bibs comes with two complimentary e-books valued at $7.99 each. Enjoy these cute Zoozik bibs and make your baby smile.
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Product Description from Zoozik:

“Parents, are you tired of constantly doing laundry? Your little ones getting their clothes dirty and wet all the time?
Finally, trendy baby bibs that will keep your baby happy, fashionable and clean!
✔ Stylish 4-pack set features cute animals – puppies, kitties, giraffes and owls prints that look great on girls or boys.
✔ Nickel-free metal snaps that allow you to adjust the fit as your baby grows from newborn to toddler.
✔ Super-absorbent bandana bibs feature ultra-soft cotton front & fleece back so your infant’s delicate will be comfortable.
✔ 2 complimentary eBooks:
– A parent step-by-step guide on how to take special care of your baby ($7.99 value).
– A guide on how to plan and organize a perfect baby shower ($7.99 value).”

Thank you to Zoozik for my heavily discounted bibs in exchange for this review.

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Ranger Rick Rocks with the Whizpops!

Ranger Rick Rocks with the Whizpops!

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How could you go wrong with a group called The Whizpops? Ranger Rick and his pals (both animal and human) offer up some really great songs about life in the wilderness. Swift Fox starts the CD with a catchy tune about how fast and sly he is. Walrus Song tells you why “everything’s better with a mustache”. And the Black Footed Ferret is cute as can be as he sings about his night time antics.

This is the first in a planned series of albums, created to support the conservation efforts of the National Wildlife Federation.

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

The Whizpops! are a Parents’ Choice and Creative Child Award-winning band featuring two elementary school teachers (Kevin Cashman and Casey Schaefer) and a fluid assortment of other talented musicians with a love of nature and science (upright bassist Steve Kalling is a language arts professor; and drummer Daniel Kiely is a wealth manager, by day, for example). This talented bunch rocks venues large and small, delighting audiences of all ages. “Their lyrics are for young children, but their music will entertain most any adult,” the Missoulian notes.  Their three previous  science themed albums were The Adventures of Stretch McCoy (2012) andScience and Wonder (2013) and Sea Blue Sea (2014).  Visit www.thewhizpops.com for the latest updates on their music and performances.