Take Me Outside
With light, lilting vocals and quietly observant songs about bees, the skies “big and blue,” the wind, songbirds, and “Bugs and Slugs,” Canadian country singer/songwriter/guitarist Jessie Farrell, accompanied by fine banjo and fiddle work, invites her young audience to think about the natural world around them and appreciate the sheer pleasure of being outdoors. Highlights: “Seasons,” featuring a touching use of children’s voices in unison, about how we experience the changing seasons through our senses of sight, sound, smell, and hearing (snowflakes, blossoming plants, autumn leaves); the simple, clapping, kids chorus fun of “Stick and Puddle” (“Give me a stick and a mud puddle/I’m into fun with a little trouble”); and the visual and tactile pleasures of the “Wind” (“I feel it in my hair, my hands, my heart”).
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.