Beneath the Cherry Tree
A lovely folk album, warmed by tender lyrics and the cozy feel of storytelling and music-making on a country porch, from the inspired pairing of two notable talents: singer-songwriter Kare Strong and multi-instrumentalist and singer Josh Goforth. As in their previous album, “Rivers of Love” (2017), the songs here offer listeners a world of beguiling innocence, where a daffodil weathers a storm thanks to its loving helper (“The Daffodil & the Faery Child”); a mother wistfully reminisces about golden summer days with her young child “On our Carolina Farm”; animal friends welcome a newcomer to the neighborhood in the exuberant “Party for Pig,” and “The Bluebell and the Boy” captures a wide-eyed child’s ineffable feeling of wonder and awe when a bluebell, glorying in the morning sun, shares “what only flowers know.” Sheer delight.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 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.