What a Review!

February 17 2009

TD Monthly’s Music Review

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By Anna Bendorf

My Impressions: From start to finish, the mood of this album is truly happy. It benefits from a variety of musical styles, including rock, pop, reggae, country, folk and even sounds reminiscent of Broadway. The lyrics are easy to understand, and the story songs really do tell a story, in addition to some dialogue between tunes. Although all of the songs are original, some were inspired by familiar fairy tales, including “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Three Pigs and a Wolf,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” My only critique of the album is that I wished the music could have reflected the storylines a bit more. For instance, during the music for “Little Red Riding Hood,” the big bad wolf did not sound scary.

As a side note, my favorite song was the last track, “Love is a Family.” It is a beautiful ballad that begins with a solo piano and voice and gradually morphs into a rocking contemporary pop tune. I thought the musicianship and creative artistry of this song were superb.

Kids Perspective: This whimsical CD has a cute cover. When I asked my 2-year-old daughter which CD she wanted to listen to out of a whole stack of CDs, she chose this one. I think her favorite song was “I’ve got a laugh.” It has a catchy tune and easy-to-learn words for young kids. It was really fun for us both to sing and dance to.

Recommendation: All the musicians who contributed to this album are true professionals, so it makes for a very enjoyable listening experience for both parents and kids. Debbie is a talented singer-songwriter-pianist with a wonderful heart for kids. If you get a chance, visit her website, http://www.debbieandfriends.net, as it has some cool stuff for kids, too!

Writer’s Bio: Anna Bendorf received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2004 from the University of Oregon, where she gained extensive experience as an accompanist and solo performer. While studying music, she won several piano competitions and sang in the University audition choir and the Symphony Chorus. She has been teaching piano for the past 14 years, and she and her husband, Adam, run Alberti Publishing, a music publishing company. They co-authored a book for piano teachers called ‚ÄúThe Right Notes‚Äù (November 2008). Adam and Anna have a 2-year-old daughter and are expecting another baby in February 2009.

Side Note from Debbie
This is a wonderful tribute to the incredible musicians who played on the CD, and my producer, Mike Carrera. It’s also a tribute to Robert Heath, my amazing designer!

Original Review can be found here. (Third review on the page.)

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