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Bad Mood Mom and Other good-mood songs by Jamie Broza

Bad Mood Mom and Other good-mood songs by Jamie Broza

Fall 2003 Music
Ages: 1 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99
The bad mood songs on this new album are déjà vu-realistic enough to jangle adult nerves-Dad's blood pressure rising in "Are We There Yet?", parents goaded to the breaking point by high-energy kids in the title track.

Repeat listenings don't bear thinking about. Or do they? Some say there is sneaky magic in singer-musician Jamie Broza's brash, rock 'n roll, jazzy slice-of-life approach to parental and childhood challenges.

He nails the first-grade swagger ("I'm Six") as well as a kindergartener's emotional highs and lows ("I am Five"). The two-year-old's I'm-the-center-of-the-universe-and-I-say-"No!" view of all he surveys ("I'm terrible") rings true, and so does a three-year-old's need for the comforts of babyhood to ease the frustrations of a widening world. ("Blanky, Piggie, Pacie").

Other songs capture other developmental stages and emotional needs. "Secrets," for instance, is a touching reminder that kids, too, might need a periodic break from the daily dynamic at home, with someone like a grandparent, who takes time to listen and soothe with uncomplicated, loving quality time.

Broza, a polished musician and accomplished composer, backed up by pro instrumentalists and real kids, creatively changes melodic voices for each track and adds kid-tickling winks and giggles here and there. But his resonant through-line is clear-eyed, compassionate understanding, whatever the mood.

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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