Night Train 57
Served up with Dan Zanes’ trademark easy, acoustic warmth, and rhythms both jaunty and soulful, and accompanied by vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Claudia Eliaza and Yuriana Sobrino, these inclusive songs encompass a night-to-sunrise galactic adventure. Although originating in 2017 as the soundtrack for a folk opera by Zanes and Eliaza, co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center where it premiered (the liner notes tell the story of the piece), the songs work quite well as a stand-alone family album. It’s easy to picture Zanes and his friends of all ages making music in his backyard, inviting listeners to join in as evening falls and an imagined “night train” launches into space “with a seat for one and all,” stopping here and there where “every heart beat is a song, in this sea of stars ….”
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.