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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the artist is clearly a hands-on mother who is intimately involved in her daughters' fantasy lives and real-life concerns, and these delightful songs reflect this. Parents might well enjoy Mary Kaye's lovely voice and appealing acoustic folk even more than their kids.
What's the story?
In singer/songwriter Mary Kaye's second release, MOUSE JAMBOREE, she clearly reflects the lives of her daughters (ages 4 and 6). Reminiscent of Jonathan Richman's sensibility, Kaye writes of simple pleasures like hole-digging or sitting by the heater. Other songs tell magical tales of elves, unicorns, and tooth fairies. In one track, Kaye's whimsical perspective offers a Thumbelina's-eye view that allows little listeners to see the world through teeny-tiny eyes and consider a life in which \"a blade of grass is like a tree.\" \"The Library Book\" recounts the tale of a cherished library book checked out over and over again. It could even help get kids psyched for a library visit.
Is it any good?
While many children's music artists cast a wide net, singing about generalized childhood topics for the generic kid, Kaye's lyrics reflect a mom who closely observes her children's interests. Her warbly vocals recall Natalie Merchant or Rickie Lee Jones, and her appealing folk-rock arrangements include some pleasing harmonies and vocal layering that's a notch more sophisticated than your garden-variety kid entertainers. Kaye's rich warm music is something that families will want to play again and again.