Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: In The Nick of Time - Fun O' Clock: A CD Review


NORTHAMPTON, MA -- They're back!  In The Nick of Time, the Parents' Choice® Award winning duo of Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag, triumphantly returns to the forefront of the family music scene with the October 21 release of their fourth studio CD, Fun O'Clock.

Noted for eclectic recordings that celebrate the songs he loved growing up, Nick Deysher and In The Nick of Time draw on a lush expanse of influences.  Fun O'Clock is not only a trip through the decades of more than 100 years of popular music but also a global peregrination that includes '80s hip-hop, ska/reggae, Celtic, and indie rock, alongside classic rock and roll, jazz, and country, with even a tip of the hat to the Renaissance.

Fun O'Clock's title track, in the mode of  Pharell's "Happy," is an upbeat opener that segues effortlessly into the Motown groove of "Doin' A Little Dance."  From there, the music keeps up a veritable tsunami of creativity, with the ska/reggae rhythms of "You've Only Got One Body" followed by a modern indie rock number à la Modest Mouse, The Killers, and Franz Ferdinand titled "Road Trip," and a "Stairway To Heaven" inspired Renaissance madrigal, "Hey Nonny No," which builds to a rocking finish line.  And that's just the beginning!

Nick Deysher draws not only on music he's heard and loved through the years but also on his day-to-day interactions with children as a preschool classroom teacher.  He explains, "Being a teacher, I always look for ways that my music can educate. Whether I'm discussing healthy living habits in 'You've Only Got One Body' or describing the life cycle of a butterfly in 'Flutter By Butterfly,' I try to focus on learning.  Calling this album Fun O'Clock suggests that I was also trying to make this a fun ride, and there is certainly a lot of that!  The title track is a good example.  At its center, the song is about counting and telling time, but it goes through an upbeat and eclectic musical journey to get there."

Nick Deysher has released three previous In The Nick of Time albums, Coconut Groove (2007), the Parents' Choice® Gold Award winning People, Places & Things (2009), and the Parents' Choice® Silver Award winning Making Silly Faces (2011).

My Review:With great messages that will encourage and inspire, along with fun melodies and great musical beats, your entire family will enjoy the most recent release from In The Nick of Time, entitled Fun O' Clock! My family and home day care have just been thrilled to listen to this CD! It will have you singing along in no time at all. Seriously, there is genres for everyone on this CD, so it will appeal to all listeners in one way or another. Our family favorite songs from Fun O' Clock were "Doin' A Little Dance", "Flutter by Butterfly", "Don't Say Can't" and "My Favorite Sneakers"!This would be the ideal gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season, as well as a great birthday gift for a special child in your life.I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up! BUY IT: You can purchase Fun O' Clock by In The Nick of Time online through Amazon.com***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***

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