________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 5. . . .October 24, 2008

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Sing, Sing, Sing.

Brian Morcombe.
Guelph, ON: Music With Brian (www.musicwithbrian.com)
1 CD, 40 min., 54 sec., $9.99.
Sing Sing Sing

Preschool-grade 2 / Birth-age 7.

Review by Min So.

**** /4

   

Sample Songs:

Five Little Monkeys

Zoo Time Boogie

Jamaica Farewell

The Hokey Pokey

Oh Susanna

 

Brian Morcombe's 30 years of music experience shines through in his debut CD. Some are traditional tunes that kids would readily recognize like "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" and "Five Little Ducks" and others are original ones like "Taking a Trip" and "Like a Bird."

     His animated voice is warm and soothing. His original songs are fun and witty and cross many genres. For example, "Jump Up" is pop, "Zoo Time Boogie" is funk, and "Hey Diddle Diddle" is Celtic music. So there is something for everyone. I was disappointed when I discovered that the lyrics are not provided with the CD. However, within each song, there tends to be numerous repetition of verses, sometimes with an alteration of a word or two, and so it is not too difficult to learn them after at least a couple of listens. Furthermore, I must warn you that regardless of whether you are a kid or an adult, his songs make it so easy for you to start bobbing your head up and down and get dancing. Another thing I like about Morcombe's CD is his interpretations of old and familiar songs. They are quite catchy. My personal favourite is "The Hokey Pokey." The lyrics and underlying tune are recognizable, but how the vocals and instruments are arranged and performed give it a fresh and even brighter feel to it. I could not stop myself from getting up and actually doing the hokey pokey!

     Simply listening to the songs is not an option!

     I highly recommend this CD to kids and their parents. Be prepared to boogie on down and smile a big smile!

Highly Recommended

Min So is an on-call librarian in Vancouver, BC.

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