Small But Mighty
Noted Canadian singer/songwriter Ginalina (Gina Lam) welcomes children into a happy space of affirmation and celebration, framed by her lovely vocals, an expressive chorus, and catchy folk/pop melodies performed by deft musicians (on guitar, drums, piano, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cello, and more). In “I’m Brave,” children find the “courage in my heart” to overcome a fear of flying, to perform on stage, to go sailing, mountain climbing, and to tell the truth. The title track offers a message of empowerment (“every spark can be a flame…everyone can play a part”), “Shine Like the Northern Lights,” with striking harmonic layers, encourages children to stand tall, try something new, and express themselves; and all are welcome in the fast-moving, zydeco-flavored “Everyone On the Passenger Train.” Ginalina incorporates some French lyrics and pays tribute to her Asian heritage with Mandarin lyrics in the final track, Yi Shan Yi Shan Liang Jing Jing” and the trilingual “Vou Chamar O Sol.”
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.