Singer-songwriter-guitarist Marsha Goodman-Wood, a former cognitive neuroscientist (!), and the Positrons (noted bassist Wardell Howell Jr. and multi-instrumentalists Ayanna Gallant and Kristen Arant) serve up science with an infectious rock ‘n roll beat. Goodman-Wood tunefully offers real information-about such things as the difference between giant and colossal squid, Monarch butterfly migration, Pluto’s demotion from planet status, metallurgy (“The Ore Song,” with homophonic wordplay), gamma rays and radioactive decay. Woven throughout with humorous asides, the songs offer uplifting messages, too: “Don’t be electrons, always negative; you could be like protons and stay positive; or be like positrons, fight the negativity, neutralize, chin up and rise, make the world a better place to be … ” For silly fun, the imagination-celebrating, alphabet song, “Alien in an Ambulance,” is sung from a fanciful kid’s point of view: “I saw an alien in an ambulance …a cat in a cab … a dog in a dumptruck … an elephant riding an escalator,” all the way to a “zebra in a Zamboni.” Other fine musicians on the album: Ford Combs, Billy Kelly, children’s artists Barry Louis Polisar and Lori Henriques; and the album’s producer, TJ Lipple.
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.