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Parades and Panoramas

A folksy celebration of Carl Sandburg.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

One murder.

Sexy stuff
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One "hell".

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to whiskey, gin, rum, wine, beer, and dope.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's much for the whole family to enjoy in this tribute to homegrown American songs. Though parents may be surprised to hear mentions of whiskey, gin, and wine, alcohol is a part of these old songs. Younger kids won't know what they are, so don't worry too much about them.

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What's the story?

Dan Zanes' folksy celebration of Carl Sandburg began when he received a tattered copy of \"The American Songbag,\" first published in 1927 and including the poet's collection of 280 songs about pioneers, brutal cities, railroad workers, Mexican border antics, hobos, bandits, landscapes, love, and love's lament. In PARADES AND PANORAMAS, Zanes gathers 25 songs and a couple dozen musical friends for a good-time sing-along. The community of performers covers songs about \"Wanderin',\" \"California,\" the \"Titanic,\" and the \"Erie.\" They \"Roll the Chariot,\" take a \"Cuckoo Waltz,\" and ride The Midnight Train.\" Zanes' intent is to encourage communities to sing and play their own legacy music, based on tunes from the memories of parents and grandparents.

Is it any good?


This panorama of American songs from a bygone era covers stories of hard times, hard work, drinking, playing, loyalty, heartache, and faith. The brief references to whiskey and gin, not to mention dope and killing, are woven into the authentic stories about adult lives. Instrumentation includes guitar, banjos, violin, tuba, flute, accordion, percussion, spoons, gourd drum, pump organ, mandolin, and more. The accompanying songbook displays lyrics with clever graphics and photos that add historical dimension.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how music helps pass along American history from generation to generation. And they can try to weave stories of their own into music.

Music details

Artist:Dan Zanes
Release date:September 14, 2004
Label:Festival Five Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byBlueJade April 9, 2008

Revved up classic American tunes

Dan Zanes takes his study of folk music pretty seriously, which is why it makes sense he dips into the classic Carl Sandburg bag of American tunes. You may not recognize all of them, but they all tell stories about the U.S. in the early 20th century. yet, Zanes zips them up, makes them fun, danceable. Plus, see him in concert!