Spanish Songs for Children Learning Spanish
Susie Tallman has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Peter Farnan and some very tuneful kids to present songs in both English and Spanish. This immersive language lesson album begins with the spirited traditional “Que Llueva (Bring Down the Rain),” followed by the melodic counting-song Merengue of “Los Elefantes.” “Mamá Yo Quiero/Mama Paquita (Mama I Want)” celebrates children’s love of dancing, music-making and papayas; the short and sweet “Me Gusta Tu Cara (I Like Your Face)” explores how to say ears, nose, teeth, mouth, eyes and face in Spanish, and “La Tía Mónica” tells the tale of a “Aunt Monica” who likes to dance. Richie Vallen’s classic “La Bamba” is given an acoustic spin, “El Alfabeto” sings the Spanish alphabet, and “Báte Báte Chocoláte” tells of making the traditional Mole sauce. Tallman is aided by an angelic children’s chorus on a song about “San Severino,” “Canción De Color” sings the names of colors, “Doce Meses” matches the names of all of the months of the year to a lovely, memorable melody, and “Días De La Semana” does the same for the “Days of the Week.” Tallman duets with Michael Romero Jr. on “De Colores” a song about the beauty of “Colors,” and guests, singer Vicente Griego and guitarist Eloy Gonzales present a beautiful example of “Flamenco” music. The album closes with an odd traditional Mexican song about an old rat “Una Rata Vieja,” and the classic celebratory Cuban rhumba by Jose Fernandez Diaz, “Guantanamera.” Prestigio, Susie Tallman.
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.