PHILADELPHIA, PA -- With 16 national awards in their hip pocket, Philadelphia-based Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band step front and center on the kids' music stage with their 2012 CD, I'm So Glad.
The band's fourth release, I'm So Glad has already won a 2012 Parents' Choice Approved Award and a Tillywig Toy "Best Family Fun" Award. The song "Kangaroo!" was an Independent Music Awards "Best Song for Children" winner.
I'm So Glad showcases the work of longtime songwriting partners Alex Mitnick (music) and Alan Bell (lyrics), who glide with ease from rock to folk/pop, from reggae to world music. Mitnick and Bell are known for songs that engage children physically -- with strong rhythms and catchy melodies -- and mentally -- through witty, insightful, empowering lyrics about self-awareness, nature, and the importance of understanding one's role as a part of a community.
Distinguished by the contrast it achieves from track to track, I'm So Gladconstantly renews the engagement of the listeners. The title track, a rhythmic celebration of life, incorporates the Nigerian folk song "Fum Wah Alafia Ashe Ashe" ("Give me peace, let it be so ..."). The head bobbing, call-and-response reggae sing-along, "The Tongue Song," and the hip-shaking Zydeco grooves of "Crocodile" get kids up and moving. Taking a moment to breathe, the soothing "Water Lily" includes the Buddhist mantra Om Mane Padme Hum.
Young paleontologists go on dinosaur adventures with the Middle Eastern flavored "Dino Dig" and the bluesy "Tyrannosaurus." Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band offer a celebration of their art with "Music," layering high-energy rock 'n' roll over a salsa-influenced beat, sweetened with shades of gospel from the dynamic dancing/singing duo of Najwa Parkins and Samantha Rise.
A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Alex Mitnick is dedicated to both teaching and performing. In addition to touring the nation with Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, Alex has, since 2000, directed the music program for children eighteen months through eighth grade at the Princeton Montessori School. In addition, he is a faculty member at both the University of the Arts and The Princeton Center for Teacher Education, where he conducts workshops for teachers and counselors.
I'm So Glad
The Tongue Song
Blue Sky Time
Once again our family has been blessed to review another wonderful children's CD. I am so grateful that children in today's generation have such a variety of music to listen to, including this awesome CD from Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, I'm So Glad.
The CD has a little bit of everything for everyone's musical tastes, even adults, with flavors of Reggae and Folk throughout. With fun lyrics and music that will get your feet and body moving, your whole family will enjoy this CD. Our favorite songs were (and are) Crocodile, Together and Water Lily!
A perfect Christmas gift idea for the preschooler in your life this holiday season!
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase I'm So Glad online through Kaleidoscope Songs
***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***