When I became a parent, I started paying a lot more attention to how things in the world will appear to my kids. And one thing that definitely made me think twice was the music they might encounter. We've never been much for current music trends or radio listening around here, but wow, if you just flip through a handful of radio stations, you are likely to run into a host of songs that are not quite appropriate for little ears. Thus began my quest to stock up on some good, wholesome, entertaining music to play around our house and on road trips!
When I was given the chance to review the latest release from Hope Harris, I was very excited! We're big fans of her 2010 album release, Cousins Jamboree (my husband and I sing "hang on friend, you've got to wait in line" at Lincoln all the time, when he is being a typical impatient two-year-old!), so when I received Picasso, That's Who! and so can you!, it went straight into our CD player and has been riding around in our car ever since.
Picasso, That's Who! is one of the most unique children's albums I have encountered. Each song is written about a different 19th or 20th century visual artist. I'll be honest - I am a crazy theatre lady, but I don't know a whole lot about the history of famous paintings, so a lot of these names were new to me. There are songs for everyone from Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet to Georgia O'Keeffe and Henri Matisse. This album has a more targeted feel, which is actually really fun! While my two-year-old doesn't understand who any of these artists are yet, I imagine that when he takes an art class someday, he'll have an early advantage and may just break into song when someone mentions Monet!
If you look up the work of each artist and listen to their corresponding song from Hope's album, it's obvious that a lot of care and consideration went into the composing of each piece! The musical styles vary greatly, but fit perfectly with their artists' work. I can't imagine how much time it must have taken to research each artist and create a song that reflected their style!
Here's a blurb about the album from Hope's website -
Hot on the heels of her 2011 Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award winning CD, Cousins Jamboree, independent children’s musician Hope Harris is excited to embark on a lively new adventure into the world of art with the May 22 release of Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!). The album takes kids and families through a tuneful celebration of 19th and 20th century visual artists, offering musical mini-lessons in art appreciation and encouraging listeners to pick up a brush or a crayon and try creating art! Expertly produced by Rob Friedman, co-producer of the Dan Zanes family albums, Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!) invites kids to hop a train with Romare Bearden, action paint like Jackson Pollock, take a line for a walk with Paul Klee, jump off the diving board into a painting by David Hockney, look closely at the petals of a flower like Georgia O’Keeffe, and more.
This artistic collection is a winner in our book, and I hope it inspires my kids to pick up a crayon or a paintbrush and craft their very own masterpieces! Picasso, That's Who! is the winner of the 2012 Parents' Choice Gold Honor Award. You can purchase this album from CDBaby or Amazon.
One Director Jewels reader will win a Picasso, That's Who! and so can you! CD. This giveaway will end on March 10 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only.