‘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.
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.
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.”