REVIEW OF "RAINBOW PARACHUTE" by RHAPSODAISY (Reviewed by Kellie Riordan)
Children's music seems to fall into two categories in Australia: banal tunes sung my men in coloured skivvies or nursery rhymes played on a dinky electronic keyboard. Music is so much richer, more nuanced, and exciting than that and children should learn to appreciate all types of music, whether it's swing, a rockabilly tune, or a hip hop beat.
Rainbow Parachute is a new CD from Annie Peterson, the Brisbane-based music specialist behind the excellent "Women in Voice" series. She was also instrumental in the formation of the renowned Woodford Folk Festival, and now runs Rhapsodaisy Early Childhood Learning.
The album introduces children to many types of music, rhythms, and melodies whether it's a gypsy dance or a folk tune. The instrumentation is eclectic, ranging from thumb piano to glockenspiel to traditional piano and guitar. The inclusion of the voices of young singers Poppi Wilson (aged 8) and Stella Peterson (aged 11) immediately drew my own daughters in. "Butterfly", the song the youngsters sing on, is a favourite in our house. There's plenty of fun in the lyrics too courtesy of "Okki Tokki Unga" which is an eskimo fishing song, or the equally spirited African tune "Funga Alafia".
Children are also introduced to the concept of a round, which is a simple type of musical canon where several voices sing the same melody but beginning at different times (think Row Your Boat). "I like the Flowers" will have the whole family taking a turn at the melody and trying to sustain it when others join in. Rainbow Parachute throws away the misconception that children's music should be simplistic and instead provides children with a nourishing range of rhythms and melodies that is fun for everyone to listen to (even when the kids in the back seat keep requesting the album over and over and over!).
Kellie Riordan, 2013
(Kellie Riordan has worked for major record labels such as Warner Music and EMI Music, worked as a music journalist for publications such at Time Off, been a board member of Queensland's peak industry body Q Music, and worked for ABC Radio for more than a decade.)
Songs on the CD include: Rainbow Parachute, Tickly Toes, Shakeabilly Rock, Beetle Bug, The Wriggly Snake, Pretty Little Snail and Funga Alafia, plus more great tunes!! Buy your copy via Paypal now by clicking on the Add to Cart button. (See below for a review of the CD). $20.00
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