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A Day with the Guitar Man

A Day with the Guitar Man

Spring 2003 Music
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99
Ohio-based children's artist and multiple guitar master Jim McCutcheon serves as an irresistible ambassador for the instrument, celebrating its varied styles and forms-acoustic and electric guitar, the ukulele, South America's charango, the balalaika-in his own and others' playful and soulful songs.

There's William Parry's funny, military-inspired "Kindergarten Cadence," as well as Bob King's "Sandwiches" and Tom Paxton's "The Marvelous Toy," two perennial favorites. Other album highlights include Sarah Weeks' spirit-nourishing "Let It Spin" and McCutcheon's own pieces, from "The Guitar Man Song" that gets listeners involved from the start and his deft "Wakin' Up" morning song, to his ode to practicing, "Scales, Scales and More Scales." The latter is filled with such contagious enthusiasm that young musicians may well be inspired to follow his lead.

Throughout McCutcheon's lively, assured vocals and conversational comments reach out with expressive warmth, humor and ease of delivery, making him sound as if he's a very talented friend who's come over for a visit-with his entire "guitar zoo."

Lynne Heffley   ©2003 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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