Kitty Cat Under My Wheelchair
Possessing a friendly voice, and solid string-picking skills, Pullara’s music is fun, lively, and balances a nice mix of country, bluegrass and occasional forays into other genres. Here, Pullara crafts a series of short story-songs revolving around Jamey, a young boy in a wheelchair who is enjoying a particularly fun summer, filled with cats, dogs, outdoor adventures and tasty treats. Songs such as “Marco Polo” tell of Jamey learning a new water game in a swimming pool that can accommodate wheel chairs. Within the narratives we learn how Jamey often needs a little more help in situations most kids and adults might not have considered. These interludes always resolve with Jamey and his parents finding simple and intelligent solutions which allow him mobility and support, whether in a pool, a boat as in “Watching the Whales,” or in camp where his own acceptance helps him become friends with a girl named Cookie. The songs can be enjoyed on their own, as fun slices of life about any child having a great summer, while the narratives help children understand some of the metaphors as in “If Every Cookie Was Perfect.” Pullara’s album celebrates summer fun with children with disabilities, giving listeners valuable insights into children with special needs.
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.