Harmonica Pocket "Apple Apple"We in the northwest realize that some unlucky kids (and lucky parents?) in other parts of the country are back in school already. But, summer is in full swing here, and you can’t take that away from me! (Tantrum here.) So, when I listened to the new cd by The Harmonica Pocket “Apple Apple” it struck me as the perfect companion to a picnic on the grass and a mess of toddlers. The music is light and fun, with guitar, ukelele and harmonica vibes, and utterly catchy lyrics. I particularly like the title track “Apple Apple” and how Keeth Apagar and Nala Walla play around with syllables—so fun, and makes even parents feel like their brains are learning. Another fabulous song is “Monkey Love” with special guest Chris Ballew from Caspar Babypants—a sweet, cuddly, silly concoction that would also make a chipper children’s book. Speaking of art and monkeys, I am a fan of the illustrator on the cover—Matthew Porter—check out his pirate monkey (and monkeys of all kinds!) prints here.

If you are in the Seattle area, The Harmonica Pocket is performing for FREE all week. Today they are at The King County Sammamish Library at noon, and Crossroads Bellevue at 3:30 pm. For more of their schedule go to: http://www.harmonicapocket.com/calendar/index.html

AND, if that’s not fabulous enough, we are giving away one copy of “Apple Apple”. Leave us a blog comment—tell us what’s your favorite summer treat by Aug. 22nd, midnight and we’ll randomly draw one name.

Here’s to summer! Jenna