La Bella Stella


La Bella Stella opens with Maria Alley’s solid vocal styling on “Nature’s Lullaby.”  This is nature appreciation with a great backbeat! The album next offers up some smooth as silk old-time jazz on “I Love the Dark,” where elegant jazz violin and a little whistling “à la Bing” enhance Tom Knight’s 1920s vocalizing. “Shooting Stars” lets Martha Johnson sing a reverie to the night sky over the mesmerizing ostinato of African thumb piano and percussion. “Galaxy Song” reduces the mysteries of the universe to a double time, upbeat lowest common denominator, with Andy Z creating terrific, high energy without high voltage guitar. AudraRox brings a bit of country rock to her dissertation on the pros and cons of “Gravity.” Set in a “cool jazz” minor key, Kenn Lonnquist’s very hip “Nocturnal” celebrates nighttime fauna with close harmony and a driving beat. Wayne from Maine offers a lunar “sha-na-na” ode to the “Man in the Moon,” while Wendy Whitten brings a late ‘70s “West Coast” gentle rock sound to “Earth’s Satellite.”  The tremendously creative Rocknoceros entertains with “Pluto,” a funny, upbeat ballad in rhyming couplets about Pluto’s discovery and subsequent demotion. More celestial information is imparted in the hauntingly beautiful counterpoint of Lori & J.D. Uponen’s “Aurora Borealis.”  The distinctive qualities of Mary Kaye’s “Shadow” are guaranteed to catch the ear of any kid.  “Neptune Lullaby” by Dr. Planet features a sumptuously symphonic string sound, replete with strong choral singing. Banana Slug String Band’s “Safe at Home” includes strings of a more bucolic flavor, along with some great “country” vocal harmony. Laura Giosh’s “Harmony of the Spheres” likewise blends voices, strings, guitars, and percussion over an optimistic bass line.  The album closes with the delightfully piquant a cappella harmony of Charity and the JAMband’s “So Long to the Day.”

MY REVIEW:
  La Bella Stella is a fantastic Children's CD that is due to be released on Mach 27!  It is a wonderful collection of songs about our wonderful planet and solar system.  The music is fantastic and the words are great.  Songs that gets your children thinking, wondering and aware of the world around them will always be a winner in my CD player.   I'm thrilled they are so happy to listen to this wonderful collection of songs that really does get them thinking about the earth, and other things in the galaxy.  I really believe that this is a great CD for all children, it's aimed at those 4-11 but my younger ones enjoy the "music" on the disc, while the older ones enjoy the "stories" as my daughter calls them.  This is a great CD for Earth Day and every other day of the year, it's never too late or too early to learn the wonders of the world.  There was a lot of thought put into these songs and they are worth having your children learn the wonderful things they should know.
  I would suggest grabbing a copy and letting your child(ren) start to enjoy science in a completely new way!

  I give this CD 9 out of 10 thumbs up!

~~I received the CD mentioned above for free for my written review of my honest opinion. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers~~

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