Inside I Shine by Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band
Education and entertainment blend seamlessly and tunefully in these mostly original, up-tempo songs by singer-musician and Grammy Award-winning film and TV composer Danny Weinkauf (who has also written songs for “They Might Be Giants” and has toured with TMBG as bassist). “Going to the Library” is an adventure into worlds of imagination; “Over and Under” is a catchy way to lock in the concept; “We Love to Verb”-in which the word “verb” itself becomes a verb-is a smart and audacious way to teach about action words. Another highlight: In “Hey Mr. Bus Driver,” a kid takes bus rides to school, the beach, the zoo, the park, and more, and brings back memories to treasure. Weinkauf’s tunes and vocals invite repeat listening, as does vocalist Tina Kenny Jones, adding her own pop pizzazz to some tracks. The musicianship is tops.
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.