Music for Tiny Humans
Coy Bowles is a singer, guitarist and organist for the Zac Brown Band, as well as his own Atlanta-based group The Fellowship. On his first full album for children, Bowles and saxophonist/fellow songwriter Carlos Sosa combine their superior songwriting and musicianship and open Music for Tiny Humans with the South African influenced rhythms of “Coming Home.” Emotions are explored in the ragtime rendered “I’ve Got Feelings,” and solidarity is celebrated in “All in This Together,” which is marinated in a Memphis soul stew of horns and organ. The rocking strains of “The Sickness Song” makes feeling unwell a lot more tolerable, and little paleontologists will love to boogie to the syncopated sounds of “The Dinosaur Dance.” Grumpiness is transformed into fun with the reggae tinged “The Sun Shines Every Day,” astronomy is investigated in the rocking “Outer Space,” and the album’s title is reprised in the optimistic and encouraging anthem “Brand New Day.” Echoes of The Beatles can even be heard in the marching rhythms of the imagination celebrating “Behind The Little Red Door Song,” and the album closes with the beautiful, cello enveloped lullaby “Lie Down.” Bowles’ songs are witty, intelligent and well crafted, and he possesses a powerful, clear voice, capable of everything from a sensitive purr to a good rock anthem shout; mostly he sounds like your friendly, fun, and loving uncle, whose arrival signifies the start of good times.
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.