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



Spring 2016 Music
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Producer: Julie Garnett
CD Price: $15.00

Although singer/songwriter Julie Garnett doesn't lead with her best — a title song that doesn't wear well, and a lyrically awkward second track, "Counting Chil-der-en" — the album finds pleasant footing in other songs, some traditional ("Hush Little Baby," "Brother Jacques"), and some originals by Garnett crafted with a knowledgeable awareness of children's everyday, but meaningful, experiences. The best of these are the cozy "Time for Bed," a proud child's tour of "My School," "Riding in the Car" ("sometimes I just fall asleep/dreaming without care/that's the fastest, cuz I wake and we're there"), and "That's Okay," a warm reminder of the effect of parental reassurance. Overall, the songs with the most appeal musically are those that take Garnett's voice into its mellow lower register and add substance with layered harmonies.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 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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