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Trippin' Round the Mitten

Trippin' Round the Mitten

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: 3 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $12.99

A tad outrageous, but smart, brash, and funny, guitarist-singer-songwriter Randy Kaplan mixes genres, revels in wordplay and tall tales, quotes Ambrose Bierce, refers to Jack Lemmon in "Days of Wine and Roses," and transforms Maroon 5's very adult funk-pop hit "Sugar" into a sugar-deprived kid's comical plea for sweets. His spot-on cover of the 1963 hit, "Mr. Bass Man," morphs in a later track into "Mr. Spaceman," with science facts and a nod to Elon Musk. And a lonely kid's observation of his cell phone-obsessed mom in "On the Phone On the Toilet," while ending happily, may give some parents pause. Kaplan's back-and-forth with kids on the album is a highlight—so is vocalist Julie May's rendition of the 1949 Jule Styne/Leo Robin song, "Bye Bye Baby" (written for the original Broadway production of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes"). "Honk Honk" ("please don't squeeze my nose") is a nose-centric rap crafted with puns, information about the science of smell, an obnoxious nose-grabbing uncle, and all manner of nose-related words. The last track, however, loudly sung by a very small child, doesn't at all lend itself to repeat listening.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 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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