Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys - Bubble Ride: A CD Review and GIVEWAWAY!

BOSTON, MA -- Honored with FIVE national awards and adored by a legion of families in the greater Boston area, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys are poised to firmly plant themselves on the national scene with the October 2 release of Vanessa's third studio CD, Bubble Ride (VeeTree Records, $14.98, run time 47 minutes, for ages 1 – 8).

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys have captured the vibrant  effervescence of the band's tremendously popular live concerts to showcase a sound honed and refined over the course of the past two years, a sound notable for its energized spontaneity, rich harmonies, and primarily acoustic instrumentation.

Bubble Ride kicks off with "Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh," a sort of barnyard onomatopoetic Afrobeat song that takes a break in the middle to feature a hilarious rap about animal conversations. A delightful feature of many of the songs on Bubble Ride is the way they "open up" to create the image of a richly textured, large vocal ensemble.  Listening to these singers harmonize makes it clear that they love what they’re doing! This is especially apparent when Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeysrevisit an iconic anthem of the early '70s, "Free to Be You and Me."

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Trien has been crisscrossing musical borders for as long as she can remember. While grounded in the acoustic folk genre, Vanessa has assimilated her own style, shifting effortlessly through an eclectic bag of influences: folk, blues, country, rockabilly, jazz standards, Latin, Caribbean, and '70s and '80s pop.

Expanding her horizons to include kid-friendly music came naturally when Vanessa became a parent.  Indeed, her debut kids' album, Hot Air Balloon (2006), gestated right along with her first child. Both baby Ellis and the CD were deemed first-rate at birth.  Vanessa’s second kids' CD,Carnival Day (2009), accompanied baby Laila into the world. Vanessa Trien’s first two albums have been honored with two Parents’ Choice® Awards, a NAPPA Award, and two iParenting Media Awards.

As a complement to her career as a professional musician, Vanessa Trien, who holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University, has made a point of sharing her love of music through teaching preschool, primary, and elementary school-aged children in both New York City and Boston. Vanessa has taught early childhood music classes for more than seven years in the Boston area.


Peacock Walk
Spinning Around
Tickle Monster
One Fine Day
Train Dance
Bubble Ride
Yo-Yo Song
Hey Ho
Mama Dada Blues
Deep in the Jungle,
What Am I To Do?
Free to Be You and Me
Bye Bye Song
Laila’s Rainbow Colors

Check out Vanessa's website at www.vanessatrien.com 

My Review:

I am so excited to share with you another fantastic children's CD today! 

Bubble Ride is a lively, fun, get-your-body-moving type of CD that will appeal to children and adults alike. Already it has been played almost daily in our home, particularly during gross motor time in my family child care program. We love it for the game Musical Chairs and impromptu dance parties.  Some of our favorite songs are Tickle Monster (my four year old's fave) Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh, and Deep in the Jungle but the entire CD is super. I have already recommended to several of my close friends who are educators and lent it out to a few friends to listen to. Now I am in the process of trying to see if I can find more of this fantastic music to add to my collection. 

I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Bubble Ride online here.

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Bubble Ride

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***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. I'd be interested in listening to Hot Air Balloon


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