Therapeutic Songs for Kids
Despite the clinical sounding title, this debut album by music therapist and singer/guitarist Julieann Hartley (or Miss Julieann), Therapeutic Songs for Kids, is an appealing collection of original compositions. The album opens with the slide guitar rock of “Race Car Song,” which demonstrates different speeds through changes in tempo. “Flamingo The Fish,” “Take A Bath” and the sound-making “There’s A Dinosaur at My Door” all take fairly straight forward approaches to these fun songs for younger children. “Boom Goes Out to Space,” employs nice foot stomping and handclapping rhythms to celebrate the worlds and universes found in books. “Ghost Dance” makes an interesting left turn, with a more complex and snaking arrangement for this movement-following song, while “Baby Dinosaur” is a sweet Jurassic-style counting tune. “Brush Your Teeth” encourages good oral hygiene, and “Cat Cuddles Catie,” is a clever sing-along about covering your mouth when you sneeze. The album concludes with the morning and evening rituals of “Wake Up,” and “Breathe In, Breathe Out” a lovely song of mindfulness and calming.
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.