Guitar Man Goes to School!!!
Jim McCutcheon’s Guitar Man Goes to School is an extended history, science and music lesson about popular string instruments. “Electric Guitar History” is a wittily written concise history of the electrification of said instrument, and the people who made it happen, while in a few short lines “The Ukulele Science Song” explains the physics of string instrument wave transmission. The systematic enterprise which builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions is further celebrated in songs such as “Science Let’s Me See,” “Things That We Can’t See,” as well as a great musical explanation of “Frequency.” He uses the melody of the classic “The Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round” and writes new words to further explain how we are able to make and perceive music on “How Music Gets From Me to You.” In the middle of the CD, he takes a break from guitar explorations to sing a few songs about “The Planets,” “Buzzy Buzzy Bees,” “Chicks and Ducks,” “Responsibility” and LEGOS. He does return to the core theme with a beautiful acoustic song about “The Woods of My Guitar.” The album ends with the happy “Get Up, Go Out and Play,” and the community minded “Making Connections.” McCutcheon sings his songs in a friendly, conversational tone, reminiscent of Tom Paxton, and the lyrics often take successfully large leaps to service the rhyme schemes. Recommended particularly for older children who might already be interested in making music, and for guitar-nerd parents who like to rock and roll.
Lahri Bond ©2019 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.