We thought that Father’s Day would be a great time to celebrate their contributions to kids’ music, with singing that doesn’t need to be confined to the shower. –Christina
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And this may make me sound ancient, but I almost cheered hearing the cover of Little Willy, one of my absolutely favorite songs from the (gulp) early 70’s. Well played, StarFish.
From the get-go, Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here! kicks things off with a party–a big raucous party which would have an overblown bounce house, the entire neighborhood and a little too much root beer. The title song gets a cool smooth touch with the voice of Lily McNamara which will have anyone within earshot singing izza, izza, izza all day long. And adding the folksy fun of The Felice Brothers makes all the beautiful noise even more so with banjo, fiddle and general musical mayhem. Uncle Rock, another cool musician dad we love, even shows up to baritone his way through Roncando, about a dad who snores a little too much.
Though he’s been playing music forever, Gerry Stanek’s debut kids’ CD (I’m Gonna Be) Your Best Friend (by his alter ego, Roy Handy & the Moonshot) was completed in three short weeks. After hearing what he was able to accomplish in such a short time, I may start giving my husband a hard time for taking longer to organize the basement.
With three exclamation marks behind all but one song, (I’m Gonna Be) Your Best Friend is good ol’ rock-and-roll with big-smiling lyrics. The title track is sung from the standpoint of the family dog with cool guitar riffs interspersed and Crayon Man!!! is classic rock with a great bass line. I love the slightly distorted sound of Roy Handy’s voice which reminds me of John Lennon’s voice in Revolution minus the screaming. Or maybe he’s just singing through a paper towel holder.
Either way, I dig it.
A very Happy Father’s Day to all the cool dads, grandpas, maybe even great-grandpas out there!
You’ll find StarFish’s Enter Sandbox and Roy Handy & the Moonshot’s (I’m Gonna Be) Your Best Friend at our affiliate Amazon. Dean Jones’ Rock Paper Scissors can be purchased at CD Baby.