Moove to the Moozika!
Jesse Goldman is a Brooklyn-based teacher, singer/songwriter, whose music is well informed by his work as the founder of Moozika!, his interactive music classes for children and their adults. The 12 songs on Moove to the Moozika!, his first album for kids, are all written and sung by Goldman, who also plays an impressive array of instruments. All of the songs are sung in either English, Spanish or both, and they include the rousing, delightful title track opener. “Moose on the Loose” contains brilliant nonsense lyrics while being a buoyant movement song, and “Una Dos Tres Quatro” transforms a simple counting song into a carnival with its percussive Caribbean-flavored boogie. Songs such as the jazzy “Supa Supa Soup,” the acapella fun and joyful kids chorus on “Wiggle Wagglin’” and the Mexican flavored “Burro,” all showcase Goldman’s delightful wordplay and skillful singing. “Wave Your Scarf” even ventures briefly into clever Trip-Hop territory, while “Sleep My Child” takes an opposite turn, and presents a beautiful, simple acoustic lullaby. His funky “Brooklyn Baby” celebrates his adoptive home, and should be accepted as the official anthem of the borough. “Limpia” is the best cleanup song you’d likely scrub to, while “Roly-Poly Train” is a lazy locomotive of an electric blues. The farewell song “Hasta Luego” (“See You Later”) finishes the album on an upbeat, celebratory note. Goldman’s rhythmic delivery and occasional scat-style vocalizations will delight children and impress the musical ear of parents. From the whimsical and lovely guitar slinging bovine cover to the bountiful set of tunes, this is a strong fresh debut album.
Lahri Bond ©2020 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.