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We enjoy listening to many different types of children's music. I am happy that there are so many great artists out there. When my son is listening to a children's CD, I know that he is enjoying the music. I can feel good about the fun lyrics and style of music that I know is appropriate for him too.
The product: The newest CD from Hope Harris is Picasso, That's Who! and so can you! You can enjoy this children's music artist and dance and sing along with your children.
'PICASSO, THAT'S WHO! (AND SO CAN YOU!)'
“Hope Harris combines country and swing with a little touch of show music … Harris has a clear and friendly voice that reminds one of Kate Taylor and Patsy Cline.”
– 2011 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor Award review of Hope Harris’ Cousins Jamboree
“Cousins Jamboree is decidedly energetic. Songs … exude warmness and good time celebration. A Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner.”– Education.com, The Best Children’s Music of 2011“The wide appeal of this album makes it a must-have.”– School Library Journal starred review of Hope Harris’ Cousins Jamboree
RICHMOND, VA (March 26, 2012) – Hot on the heels of her 2011 Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Awardwinning CD, Cousins Jamboree, independent children’s musician Hope Harris is excited to embark on a lively new adventure into the world of art with the May 22 release of Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!). The album takes kids and families through a tuneful celebration of 19th and 20th century visual artists, offering musical mini-lessons in art appreciation and encouraging listeners to pick up a brush or a crayon and try creating art!
Expertly produced by Rob Friedman, co-producer of the Dan Zanes family albums, Picasso,That’s Who! (And So Can You!) invites kids to hop a train with Romare Bearden, action paint like Jackson Pollock, take a line for a walk with Paul Klee, jump off the diving board into a painting by David Hockney, look closely at the petals of a flower like Georgia O’Keeffe, and more.
Every one of Hope Harris’ songs is graced with an energy that encourages further artistic exploration in both learning about and creating art. The title track of Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!) is appropriately colored with vibrant Spanish rhythms, melodies, and instruments.” A funky retro rock ‘n’ roll ‘60s groove that’s sure to move listeners to action describes the free spirit of Jackson Pollock’s art in sound. Lots of bluegrass pickin’ expresses Grandma Moses, Alexander Calder receives a cool jazz treatment, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s vision is conveyed through a gentle waltz with soothing cello harmonies. Paul Klee’s song, “Dot in Motion,” has a solid roots rock feel, while “Impression Monet” (decorated with the distinctive sound of a French accordion) gives one the feel of floating down the Seine. Songs about David Hockney, Romare Bearden, and Henri Matisse round out the album, each offering a distinctive change of pace.
Says Hope Harris, “With Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!) my goal is to spark curiosity and inspire creativity. I want kids to look at the world around them, be motivated to visit art galleries and museums, and to realize that artists are everywheremaking all kinds of art. I’d like to say to every child who hears this music, ‘Now it’s your turn … paint it, glue it, draw it, mix it, try it! All the artists on this album did, and you can, too! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Use your imagination and have some fun!’”
A graduate of the University of Virginia and, later, the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Hope Harrisspent many years living and performing in NYC, appearing both on and off Broadway, in regional and stock productions across the country, and even doing stints at venues like Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café. A crowning success in the kids’ realm was her starring appearance, for three years running, as “Baker Bobbie” for the Park Slope, Brooklyn, Chocolate Chip Chamber Music Series, for which she is also a contributing scriptwriter. Hope now lives with her family in Richmond, VA but returns often to NYC to perform.
Coming next from Hope Harris, in spring 2013, will be an Earth-friendly CD titled Lemonade Stand.
Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!) will be available online at www.hopeharris.com, amazon.com,cdbaby.com, and at independent retailers nationwide.
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CD Details: Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!)
For ages 3 - 10.
Label: Holcomb Rock Records
Run time: 33 minutes.
What we thought: If you've been reading here for a while, you are not surprised that my son has added this into his nightly music listening rotation. He has so many great children's CDs. They each get their own time with him. He really enjoys fun, energetic music. And I'm always happy when we can find things with fun lyrics and great messages.
We have another CD from Hope Harris and enjoyed that too. Her music is fun and perfect for little ones.
Where to buy: You can find the Picasso, That's Who! and so can you! CD by Hope Harris at CDbaby, Amazon (MP3 album), or www.hopeharris.com.
How to connect: You can find Hope Harris at her website www.hopeharris.com and on Facebook too.
Prize: One of you can win a copy of this CD for yourself.
Giveaway: This giveaway is open open until 12:01am EST 6/13/12 . It's available to US residents only. You can enter in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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*Disclaimer: I received this CD for review. All opinions are my own.*