BACKYARDS & HOME FRONTS
Dedicated “to those who wait and those who serve,” this thoughtful CD from Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band tunefully acknowledges the anxieties of children whose parents are serving in far away places, offering the comfort of play and imagination on the “homefront.” A little girl says goodbye to her parents at the airport and wants to be a butterfly that can “ask an airplane to turn around”; the catchy “Nothin’ in the Bucket” defines a fishing trip with Grandpa; “Mr. Mailman” is a touching work of instrumental and vocal suspense. The album’s last track (“Guess Who’s Coming Home”) is imbued with the anticipation and gladness of a long-awaited reunion.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.