Scat Like That: A Musical World Odyssey

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Wordplay through a variety of musical styles.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friendly and inclusive

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an album of sing-along word games arranged in a variety of musical styles.

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What's the story?

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are veteran children's performers and two-time Grammy winners -- they know what they're doing, and do it very well. SCAT LIKE THAT is filled with kid-friendly musical word games in a variety of accessible styles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

A musical journey through kid-friendly versions of big-band swing, polka, blues, folk, old-time country, and Latin styles, this will expose young children to some fun and funny word play. The vocals are easy to understand; Cathy and Marcy both have thin, clear voices that sound more friendly than soulful. The musicians are excellent and appropriate, and the songs perky as can be. Self-consciously sincere and wholesome, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer would never serve up anything remotely offensive or bothersome.

But the well-played songs will make more musically sophisticated parental ears long for the "real thing." Use SCAT LIKE THAT as a jumping-off point, then find some Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Sturr, Tito Puente, or B. B. King (using songs with family-friendly lyrics, of course) and make your own musical-journey mix tape.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about scatting. Find some Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recordings and expose everyone to the real thing.

Music details

Artist:Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Release date:September 13, 2005
Labels:PGD, Rounder
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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