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Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
CD Price: $14.98

Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, the longtime duo known as Trout Fishing in America, haven't lost a whit of their deft, emphatic musicality and the zany anarchic spirit of their collective inner child. The off-the-wall original songs on Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, mostly written by the pair, are shaped by infectious enthusiasm and an informed, eclectic approach that is acoustic, electric, and roots-pop-rock-jazz-based. "Slow" illustrates how a kid perceives time in that interminable wait for a grown-up to get going ("Snails laugh at us/ turtles pass us by/ Christmas came and went/ as we watched paint dry…."). "It's Not Mud" has good-natured fun with that oh-so-awful feeling of stepping in something unmentionable. "The Late, Great, Nate McTate," who never arrived on time, is a sly lesson in good manners. Grimwood and Idlet can be soulful, too: "To Be a Wood Bee," by Emily Kaitz, is warmed with admiration for a busy, buzzy wood-digger; and "Meow, Meow, Meow" wraps respect and affection for feline companions in a witty interpretation of some remarkably versatile vocalizations. Last but not least, there's the tongue-twisting title track, a giggle of a sing-along, guaranteed to challenge and delight.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 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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