Everything Makes a Sound features singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Napolitano who, as a second-generation drummer, lives and breathes rhythm. Michael, founder of the popular New Jersey-based Preschool of Rock music classes, is well aware that rhythm, an intrinsic aspect of childhood from patty cake to jumping rope, provides the motor for individual development and a framework for social connections with other kids.
Michael Napolitano grew up in a home filled with music making. His dad, Tony Napolitano, had several Top 10 hits as drummer wtih the '50s doo-wop group, The Ideals. This band toured with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Joey Dee and the Starlighters, opened for Count Basie in Jersey City, and played the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Tony later joined the sensational doo-wop band Chang Lee & The Zani-Acts, performing alongside a young Joe Pesci, who sang first tenor.
With memories of his earliest musical experiences prominent in his mind,Michael Napolitano wanted to make a Preschool of Rock record for what he calls "the me of 30 years ago," a boy who, even when very young, wanted to hear tunes with a more sophisticated voice, in different styles and genres. On Everything Makes a Sound, he's included tribal rhythms ("Safari Song"), indie melodic hooks ("Shake It"), and even punk beats ("Cupcake Song").
Another tremendous influence on Michael Napolitano's music was his association with Blue Man Group. He spent eight years in the organization's creative production department, working closely with its founders in the areas of music, sound, and research & development. Michael's experiences wth Blue Man Group during this period of dramatic growth and creativity -- making records, traveling the world, collaborating with world-renowned artists -- had a major impact on hisPreschool of Rock recordings and on the props and instruments he uses in Preschool of Rock music classes.
Preschool of Rock has previously released two albums: Dance Party(2011) and When I'm Jumpin' (2010).
My family has had a blast listening to Everything Makes A Sound from Preschool of Rock! Everything about this CD will get your feet tapping and body moving. The songs are fun, with great lyrics and catchy titles. In fact, it is a CD that all ages will enjoy. Definitely not your typical children's music at all.
All the songs are fantastic but our family favorites are the title track, Everything Makes A Sound (no instruments used only household items - very cool!), And We Dance, Cupcake Song and Shake It. It amazed me the variety of music on here, and I know it will be a CD that we will treasure for a long time to come.
If you have a preschooler on your Christmas shopping list, then you will definitely have to check out Everything Makes A Sound from Preschool Of Rock!
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
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