Friends in the Garden

Ages: 3 - 12Producer: Casa de Erzulie Publishing


Maria Rossoto’s debut family music album is a hothouse of jazz-infused songs about the countless joys of nature. The festivities begin with “Going to the Garden,” a song featuring Rossoto’s vivacious voice matched with Andrew Fazackerley’s left field, progressive, Rick Wakeman-style keys for a sound that takes some nice twists and turns. Likewise, “Friends in the Garden” a song about companion planting and the companionship of plants packs some musical surprises, with a kids-rapping section and more engaging keyboard and sound effects. “Snakin” slithers with essential information, “Beez Beez” beebops and “SeedsSoilWaterSun” is nurturing, piano-based tale of plant cycles, and the brass infused “Superb Herbs” details the numerous healing properties of various herbal teas. “Eat A Rainbow” rocks out, while celebrating both the cornucopia of colors and nutrition found in fruits and vegetables. The unusual history of the common lady bug is explored in “Polka Dotty,” which includes the many names in many cultures for this helpful beetle, set to a (what else) Polka rhythm. The benefits of organic foods simmer in a funky sauce on “Keep It Clean,” and the necessity of composting can be found in the decomposing blues of “The Rot Thing To Do” and the ever-useful presence of worms is celebrated in “The Worm Squirm.” The album closes with the upbeat, panegyric praise of our planet in all its abundance in “When You Share.”

Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.