School of Fish
Poet/singer-songwriter/performer Cynthia Haring and her group, World Nation, find a nice balance between original songs and some well-chosen covers in their newest CD, School of Fish. The set opens with the lively salsa of “Happy Birthday Mooey,” a nonsense rhyming song, which incorporates the main riff from “La Bamba,” and features the very tuneful World Nation Children’s Choir. Playful and silly are the prevailing themes of many of the songs, which include the Bluegrass “Cockadoodle Doo Doo,” the jazzy “I Just Wanna Hold A Piglet,” and the bluesy “Caught Me In Rollers,” featuring the Doo Wop inspired vocals of the Sue Sue Sisters, who also can be heard on the sweet ode to mothering in “My Little One.” The wonderful “Pouty Face” is notable as a great blues anthem to moody kids. Much of the album spotlights more earnest and heartfelt material as in the environmentally aware “School of Fish (Save Our Planet, Save Our Home),” and album closer, the Michael Jackson penned, “The World/We Are The World.” There is a fun cover of Paul Williams’ classic “Rainbow Connection,” and “Song for Ezra” is a touching tribute to a little boy who passed away too soon.
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.