Kid at Heart

 
Country-bluesy-folk music with all-ages appeal.

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Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable in this collection of oldies and originals.

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What's the story?

Victor Johnson's down-home ditties are propelled by squeaky, sliding guitars, catchy mandolin, and tootin' horns. KID AT HEART also features the sounds of a Hawaiian Slide, violin, mandolin, and kicking percussion. Sing-along standards like \"Itsy Bitsy Spider\" are given a welcome country blues makeover, while some classics, like a rootin' tootin' \"Coming Round the Mountain\" and a mellow \"This Little Light of Mine\" bring to mind the folk-for-kids tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Preschoolers will enjoy counting beetles along with \"Ladybug's Picnic\" as well as Johnson's inventive call-and-response take on the Three Little Pigs, in which hollering wolf howls is strongly encouraged.

Is it any good?

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This upbeat selection of lively roots and blues songs gets tiny tykes a-shouting and grown-up toes a-tapping. Parents who like to avoid condescension in their kid's music will welcome this delightful marriage of smart, sophisticated blues/swing/folk musicality (that's good enough for adult ears) and appealing kid content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ways a familiar song or story (Three Little Pigs, This Old Man, Itsy Bitsy Spider) can be told or sung differently by different people. Which version do you like best, and why? Families can also discuss the paradox of the Chicken or the Egg, posed here as a song-question; and parents can encourage their kids to participate as this album offers opportunities to count ladybugs, practice their ABCs, and engage in a traditional call-and-response.

Music details

Artist:Victor Johnson
Release date:October 12, 2005
Label:P-Pop Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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