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People, Places and Things

People, Places and Things

Spring 2010 Music
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99
Nick Deysher (performing as the cleverly named In the Nick of Time) combines his musical pedigree with a finely tuned ear to both the interests and concerns of young children. Deysher delivers fun, memorable, age appropriate songs balanced within music and instrumentation that demonstrates what multi-cultural music has to offer.

The album begins with the deliciously rhythmic and melodic reggae bath-time song "Scruba duba dub," before seamlessly segueing into the Soweto (South African) influenced title track. The spoken Punk music history lesson yields to the fabulously silly (yet instructive) "Punk Rock Vowels," where Deysher intones in his best Joey Ramone imitation "A, E, IOU, sometimes Y can be a vowel too." Elsewhere, there is an authentically played calypso backing to the celebration of children turning "Four," while his ode to "Sneakers" is given some Allman Brothers, country rock treatment. His mastery of many musical styles can be heard in the delta swing, instructive tale of "Alligator Sally," the funky "Race Car," the movement game "The Freeze Dance," and the lovely, Marvin Gaye inspired "Everybody's Afraid of Something." Favorites abound, including the Tracey Deysher crooned "Out of Green Paint Blues," the barrelhouse piano boogie of "I've Got A Little Dog," and the calliope driven "Three Ringed Circus." Parents, in particular, will smile at Deysher's Dylan-esque "Subterranean Homemade Junk Band."

The combination of wit, intelligence, skilled instrumentation and a genuine understanding of what children are all about put this at the top of our list.

Lahri Bond   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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