As far as I know, we've strayed into the worlds of jazz, experimental,
crossover, sound effects, film music, recreations of historical church services
and hymn tunes, but never before into nursery rhymes [listen
-- track 11, 0:00-0:55].
A rather unusual and inventive disc, this -- a collaboration between keyboard
player and arranger Lorin Nelson from Sausalito, California, USA and composer
and counter tenor David W Solomons from Sale, Cheshire, UK. Taking advantage
of the amazing technology available to the modern musician, and using lyrics
wickedly adapted by Solomons and Terry Kluytmans, they've created a disc
of childrens' songs, old and new, sung by Solomons (in one case, multi-tracked)
and accompanied by Nelson in the guise of various electronic instruments
and sampled animal and bird sounds.
Various styles are used -- one (Chicken Little) is a reggae number,
one where 'Alice the camel has five humps ...' is sung to the tune of Dem
bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, and some feature Solomons as narrator.
In five of them, though, the animals simply take over the show and sing on their
own -- Old MacDonald sung by barnyard animals, Turkey in the Straw
by farm animals, Three Blind Mice by cats and Hushabye Baby by forest
animals. My favourite, rather different
to the others, is Rockabye Baby, sung by whales [listen
-- track 19, 2:05-3:07].
Nelson and Solomons must have had great fun sampling the animals and
creating the songs. The results may not be to everyone's taste, but are
certainly a curiosity, and could well become a hit with your children!
Copyright © 29 June 2002
Keith Bramich, Canterbury, UK
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The Singing Animals - Wildlife in the Nursery
34479 30492 Stereo NEW RELEASE 42'09" 2002 Lorin Nelson and David W Solomons
David W Solomons, counter tenor, Lorin Nelson, instruments and samplers. Arrangements by David W Solomons and Lorin Nelson; Lyrics by David W Solomons and Terry Kluytmans
Wildlife in the Nursery; Hickory Dickory Dock; Old MacDonald; Chicken Little; Three Blind Mice (No 1); Baa Baa Black Sheep; Pop Goes the Weasel; Little Bo Peep; Where Has My Little Dog Gone?; Alice the Camel; Froggy Would A-Wooing Go; Turkey in the Straw; The Birding Song; Three Little Pigs; Three Blind Mice (No 2); Mary had a Little ...; The Elephant; Hushabye Baby; Rockabye Baby; Handel's Water Music
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