Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Grow It At Home

Grow It At Home

Spring 2011 Music
Ages: 4 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Peter Alsop
CD Price: $15.00

It is safe to say that nationally known singer-songwriter, educator and humorist Peter Alsop is one of the founding fathers of quality children's music. His latest CD Grow it at Home (referring to supporting local community based farms) bolsters his reputation. The album centers on the storytelling device of a group of kids who help Peter in his garden. They talk and sing about positive ways to change the world, and take good care of themselves in the process. Songs vary from the marching band fun of "Peaceful Feet," the acoustic folk, affirmative action sentiments of "I Wish," to the wonderfully silly vegetable rap of "Listen to the Beet." Alsop's sweet tenor and a very tuneful group of kid singers support the music. Not all the songs are topical, and tunes such as "Dragon Who Flies By My Window" are pure fantasy. Elsewhere, songs such as "Stick My Neck Out," covers everything from social action to vegetarianism, while the funky "Strangers" tells children who to stay away from. "No, No, No!" is a hysterical musical depiction of the word that parents most often say to their children. An excellent set of backing musicians supports Alsop, and they add spice to the Cajun flavored title track, and splendid piano and percussion to the great recycling song "Use It Again." This professionally recorded CD comes in eco-friendly packaging that includes the complete lyrics and even the chords to all the songs. Once again, Alsop has contributed another fine album for yet another generation of listeners to enjoy.

Lahri Bond   ©2011 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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