Songs for Children in English with Brazilian and Caribbean Rhythms
2005 soundbrush Records
Christy Brown on Vocals
Roger Davidson on Piano
David Finck on Bass
Paulo Braga on Drums
Marivaldo dos Santos on Percussion
Oscar Feldman and Aaron Heick on Saxophone
Susan de Camp on Oboe
Drr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 5, 2005
This is one of the best recordings for children that I (as a former Director of Early Childhood Curriculum) have ever heard, since Ella Jenkins and Pete Seeger were recording simple folk tunes. Not only should this CD be in every home, where a young child lives, but it should be globally, in multiple copies, in every nursery school and day care center in English-speaking communities, or in communities where young children are learning the English language. In fact, soundbrush includes a book of lyrics, so parents and teachers can facilitate the singing. Young children learn language more readily through music, and I hope soundbrush, someday, includes books and manipulatives to accompany this recording, as a learning enhancement. In my opinion, every single track is notable, each with a memorable, danceable, singable rhythm, but in the interest of time and space, four tracks are featured below.
#5 Hes Got the Whole World in his Hands With repetitive, simple lyrics, sung with clarity and purpose, and a theme of cultural inclusion, this song is one of the numerous highlights on this educational and enjoyable CD. Saxophone and vocals take turns with the theme, so kids can alternately dance, play toy instruments, and sing.
#6 Baby Beluga This song begins and ends with actual baby whale, underwater sounds, and the vocals and saxophone (soaring over piano and drums), again shift from singing to dancing motifs. Ms. Brown has an infectious joy and simplicity in her enunciation, so critical to early language modeling.
#8 Scarborough Fair This was one of the many songs I used to sing in the classroom, and, for young children, it would be more appropriate for background or group listening, with a very nurturing melody. Sung with a bit of brogue, and introduced by sax, this song will warm parents and kids alike.
#12 The Fox This song will get the kids up and dancing, shaking maracas, or slapping drums. Roger Davidson, on piano, keeps this vivacious melody moving, with a reggae rhythm filled with frolicking fun.