Friday, August 24, 2012

"Apple Apple" by The Harmonica Pocket CD Review...


releases tasty, solar-powered, organic
and original family music
Apple Apple
All new songs about birds, trees and diapers, delivered with smart music and jaunty lyrics; Guest artists include Caspar Babypants and Jack Forman of Recess Monkey
"The Harmonica Pocket, a solar-powered Puget Sound based band, will release their third family music CD on August 14th. The 14 songs on Apple Apple reflect the band’s deep connections to the natural world as well as the humor and wonder of childhood.  This truly green recording was produced off the grid at The Harmonica Pocket’s solar-powered studios on an island in Puget Sound.
The Harmonica Pocket is part of the acclaimed Seattle area collective of family-centric musicians. Fellow “Kindiependent” artists Chris Ballew (aka Caspar Babypants) and Jack Forman (of Recess Monkey fame) and Johnny Bregar (whose songs are featured on Putumayo Kids CDs) appear as guest artists on Apple Apple. The Harmonica Pocket won a Parents’ Choice for their second children’s album Ladybug One, which also won acclaim from Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, New York Post, Parentingand Time Out New York magazines among others.  Like Ladybug One, the vibrant cover art for Apple Apple was created by Matthew Porter.
Kids might learn a thing or two from these songs, including how to count to ten using stones on a beach (“I’m Gonna Count”).  They might begin to sound out the syllables for words like apple and banana in the title song, and they might learn a little patience from “Waiting Takes a Long Time.” But the impetus for this release is more related to the world around us: “Wood and dirt and sky and earth*h/Beaks and birds and leaves and worms” (a lyric from the song “Bare Feet”).
In fact, The Harmonica Pocket is in the midst of a busy summer of performances at libraries and festivals around the Northwest. Their show delivers highly interactive experiences that get children (and their grownups) singing and moving in their seats. Audiences don't just sit back to be entertained. With swinging story-songs, hula hoops, and a suitcase of props, The Harmonica Pocket mixes up music, dance and imagination games into a gigglish jambalaya."
Upcoming Apple Apple Concerts
The Harmonica Pocket will celebrate Apple Apple with a special release event at the scenic Finnriver Farm and apple cidery on the Olympic Peninsula on August 19th, plus free concerts around Puget Sound. For updates on the Apple Apple concert schedule, visit http://www.harmonicapocket.com/calendar/#apple


What we thought:  We enjoyed the smooth. mellow sounds of The Harmonica Pocket.  "Apple Apple" was full of fun, sweet songs.  We were very interested to learn that the band is solar-powered...very impressive:)  There is definitely educational value in this CD and we love teaching our kiddos through music.  What a fantasstic addition to our children's music library:)  ABCD Diaries gives "Apple Apple" an A+!


Disclosure:  ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this CD  for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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