Sara Lovell’s notably original album is a gift for listeners, filled with music to get lost in, to smile at, dream to and let the imagination fly. Her arrangements, tailored to the emotional tone of each song, are rich with expressive harmonic layers, unexpected key changes and vocal lifts. Among the tracks: the lively “I Don’t Want to Go to Bed,” “Leave the Monkey” (featuring a humorous menagerie), “Scooter and Skeeter” (playful wordplay), and the title track with its club-rock beat. There are soaring flights of fancy, too. In the breathtaking “Rocket,” a child hesitates to take a trip on a waiting rocket, but once on board discovers a limitless universe: “…I’m alone but I’m part of everything/See my world, far away, spinning planets all around/And I won’t be the same when my rocket touches down.” In “Sleepwalkers,” the moon and an owl wait for children to return from their dreaming. In “I Don’t Sleep in a Bed” a child takes wing like a bird “over the mountains flying free,” crests the waves like a seal, and listens to “the humming of the earth/And the critters in the dirt/Breathing with the world that’s spinnin’ round.” The tender, shimmering “Lullaby for Grownups” tells kids that they’re not the only ones who need sweet dreams and hugs, and “Rock-a-Bye My Baby” comes from a parent’s full heart: “Even when you’re big and tall, and you think you don’t need me at all, I’ll hold you in my arms again….”
Lynne Heffley ©2020 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.