Songs for Sisters and Brothers
Sharing, caring, fighting, playing: this album is for children having trouble with a sibling (or being a sibling). It’s for parents experiencing the emotions (their own and their offsprings’) that arise from sibling rivalry or a child’s anxiety over a brand-new arrival on the family tree. And, it’s for all the good times siblings have together. Singer-songwriter-musician Vered Benhorin’s thoughtful insights are wrapped in catchy, jazzy melodies and layered vocals, performed with other top-notch musicians and singers (children’s voices make a charming contribution). In the bouncy, finger-snapping, “Personal Comedian,” a younger sibling loves how her big sister can make her laugh. A child wistfully wishes that it could be “Like It Once Was” when he/she didn’t have to share mom and dad. The heart-tugging “Little Bird” is sung from the perspective of a mother who feels both pride and a tinge of regret as she both recognizes and respects the independence of her second child (“you learn to touch the sky all by yourself when no one’s watching/it’s really something/ ? “). Benhorin, a music therapist with a background in clinical psychology, ends with “PR Agent,” a wry and unexpectedly personal observation about parenthood as a sometime battleground. Reality can intrude at inopportune times, she suggests (during a performance, say), when her own kids prove that even someone who sings and writes about parenthood doesn’t have it “all figured out.”
Lynne Heffley ©2018 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.