When I heard that former members of one of my very favorite bands, Girlyman, was coming out with a kid’s album, I had high hopes. I may have even done a little happy dance. For 12 years, the folk-rock band Girlyman were pioneers in creating amazing 3-part harmonies mixed with story telling and sing along melodies that garnered them a huge following of adoring fans. Last year, and after 6 albums, they felt like it was time to go their own separate ways.
Luckily for fans and families everywhere, 3 band members – Doris Muramatsu, JJ Jones, and Nate Borofsky – took a jump into kids music. Their debut album is as musically rich, funny, quirky and sweet on the ears as their offerings for big people, but with kid friendly lyrics, silliness, and a smattering of songs that hit that parent “sweet spot” of recognizing how amazing and wonderful childhood is.
It’s hard to pick out favorite tracks but songs that most continue the Girlyman mix of lovely songwriting and endearing harmonies are found on “All That I See”, “Lullabies” and “Love You Like I Do” – from which one of my favorite lines includes, “Now the time has come to rest, No need to worry, You’ve done your best, I have seen the wonders that are you, Thanks for the chance to love you like I do.” How many parents have thought that so often we take it for granted?
For the more chipper songs, tracks that shine especially bright include “Jack of All Things” – a song about an imaginary friend, “Counterpoint” – a kids introduction to singing different melodies at the same time, and “All Along” – an antidote to bad dreams. The 3 band members plus their dog Django also introduce every song, in some silly and sometimes serious ways, but it makes the album come to life.
My happy dance should have been much bigger – this album delivers in so many ways and will definitely be on my “best of” list for 2014. This album will be released on April 28—but you can pre-order! Visit their website djangojonesband.com to preorder, and hear “Counterpoint” and another fun tune “Germs.”
If you haven’t previously been a Girlyman fan, its never too late – visit their site for links to past album: Girlyman
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