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The Buddy System

The Buddy System

Spring 2017 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $12.00

Cherie Call and Lyndy Butler, both successful singers/songwriters, have teamed up for their first children's recording titled The Buddy System; a gentle, enriching, and nourishing CD about the myriad forms of friendship. This captivating album begins with Butler's warmhearted declaration of the joys of childhood in "My Greatest Adventure," followed closely by Call's inspirational song of encouragement "If That's What You Want To Do." The pair sing their first duet on a boogie-woogie, Beatle-esque ballad about perseverance in "Oh, No! Oh, Yes!" Elsewhere, Butler's poetic ode to a full spectrum of emotions in "I Love You All The Colors" is simply gorgeous. Imagine what Suzanne Vega might sound like if she created children's music, and you have "The Astronaut and the Mermaid," the duo's deliciously obtuse story/love song of an unexpected friendship of two very different people. "Yours and Mine" is a wistful, ukulele led song of kindred souls, followed by the all out rocking title track. "There for You" is a sweeping, mandolin and piano song of mutual support and encouragement, and "Like A Butterfly is a stunning song of transformation and renewal. The album finishes with a banjo and harmonica-driven song of life's continual adventures in "Radio Flyer." This stunning album captures brilliantly all the innocence and wonder of childhood, gathered in ten expertly crafted, deftly performed songs. Call and Butler's voices, individually, are warm and expressive; when they combine in harmony the result is richer still.

Lahri Bond   ©2017 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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