Rock & Rhyme
Rock and rhyme indeed. Husband and wife musicians Jon and Carrie Lewis deliver a dance party with eighteen new songs, as well as a rollicking old timey rendition of the traditional “Old McDonald” and a silly, acapella version of Raffi’s great “Brush Your Teeth.” Highlights of the originals include the percussion, sound-making and movement songs “Clap Your Hands” and “Play My Drum.” Elsewhere, there are some smart little pop ditties, such as the room reorganizing boogie of “Clean Up,” as well as bum-wiggling tunes about critters such a “Dragonfly,” “Animal Parade” and “Hermit Crab Going On a Walk.” Jon Lewis sings with a warm, inviting tenor. His simple acoustic renditions of songs like “Red Balloon” and “Yellow Tube” offer a lovely change of pace. Carrie Lewis adds expert harmonies throughout and takes the lead on songs such as “My Little One,” a very funky “Ants in My Pants,” and the beautiful “Summer Rain.”
Lahri Bond ©2019 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.