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Brand New Day / Is It Bedtime Already?

Brand New Day / Is It Bedtime Already?

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $16.99

Although Nancy Levy has been an early education/preschool music teacher in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years, Nancy's Circle of Friends appears to be her first recording for children. This double album, along with an illustrated book present twenty-six songs revolving around daytime fun, and night time winding down.

Levy's songwriting, music and expressive voice is reminiscent of some of the early pioneers of children's music. Her approach is simple and direct, with uncluttered arrangements, and thoughts, feelings and sentiments common to every young. Though there is nothing groundbreaking here, there are a lot of good, old fashioned songs. "It's Morning Time," the title track, and "Morning Time Dance," opens up the first album titled Brand New Day. The songs are all gentle, cheerful celebrations of the wonder of life. Likewise, "Twinkle Twinkle Morning Sun," is a rewrite of the classic children's tune, while in "Music From Around The World" and "Is That What You Do Too," Levy celebrates diversity, without sounding like a tourist. "Tricky Freeze Dance," is a nice movement song set to a vaguely Irish melody, while "Rainy Day Round," and "One Day," introduces children to harmony and round singing.

Levy dedicates Is It Bedtime Already?, the second CD, to lullabies and sleepy time tunes. Outstanding tracks include the imaginative play of "Spaceship to the Moon," the spooky fun of "Monster in My Room," the train song "Sleepysville Express," and the charming "Nancy's Story," about a favorite doll. The album closes with a lush and lovely instrumental called "Peaceful Dreams."

The CDs are available separately or packaged with a book in which illustrator Cindy Casino depicts fourteen of the double album's songs with attractive and soft paintings.

Lahri Bond   ©2013 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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