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Earth, Love, Music

Earth, Love, Music

Fall 2016 Music
Ages: Infant - 9 yrs.
Producer: PJ LIbrary
CD Price: $13.00

Earth, Love, Music is a compilation of thirteen songs about caring for our planet and the environment, expertly performed by some of the top children's music artists, who also happen to be Jewish. In this collection, many songs have phrases and verses sung in Hebrew, but the album is non-denominational. It's a loving and extremely well crafted CD of songs about the Earth and our responsibility to and for it.

Joanne Leeds and the Nightlights open with a song about rain in the rocking, bi-lingual "Mayim," which segues nicely into the ever fun Mr. G's song about conservation and common sense in "Don't Waste Stuff." Rick Recht presents a future envisioning anthem of promise in the country rocker "Tomorrow Today," while Shira Kline offers a beautiful piano and cello ballad about unity and healing in "Turning Of The World." Sheldon Low contributes the sweet James Taylor-ish "I'm Gonna Fix the World," about leadership and personal responsibility.

Abbie Strauss sings about the archetypal "Tree of Life" in both Hebrew and English, the children's music duo Melita and Isaac offer a gentle love song to the Earth in "This Pretty Planet," which they sing in gorgeous harmony and counterpoint. Todd Herzog performs a Country flavored song about passing on the legacy of justice and integrity from generation to generation in his "Tree of Heart," Billy Jonas tells the classic tale of the Maccabees in "Let There Be Light," and Josh and the Jamtones offers a breezy bluegrass song about planting seeds in "Sunflower."

The album concludes with three songs about planting physical and metaphoric seeds, first with the traditional earth centered tale of Sarah in "Honi and the Tree (Beyond You and Me)," by Daniel Barash. Next up is Felicia Sloin's "Plant a Tree." And last, but not at all least, Elana Jagoda's strong voice, and some uplifting dobro are featured on the (pardon the pun) rootsy "My Little Seed."

Lahri Bond   ©2016 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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