Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin, known for her adult albums on both major and indie labels, was inspired by the birth of her children to turn her hand to family music.
Featuring compelling, retro style pop tunes and production, Strawberry Wind opens with “Dream Catcher” which is all chiming bells and Phil Spector-style Wall of Sound production. Likewise, “Supermoon” sounds like a lost Burt Bacharach tune, complete with lovely little astronomical metaphors, while the album’s title track evokes the candy colored recordings of early Melanie and Linda Ronstadt. “Little Bird” is a sweet, airy song that flies in the vein of those classic B J Thomas and Harry Nilsson LPs, while “It’s the Summertime” sounds nearly modern. The album closes with a wistful song of family and friendship in “We Need Each Other.”
So, is this a kid’s album or a well-produced exercise in recreating a much-loved era of music? The answers lay in the fact that much of what was found on 60 & 70’s AM radio could have easily been made for kids, as it was for adults. In writing new songs with a keen ear to what made pop music of that era great, Baylin has created an album which is simultaneously nostalgic and innovative. The kaleidoscope colored images and melodies will appeal to children and parents alike.
Lahri Bond ©2018 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.