Saturday, June 18, 2011

recess monkey :: flying! {giveaway}


I’m not sure how many times my mother took her costumed children (most often a Ninja Turtle and Kitty Ballerina) to the grocery store, bank, or doctor’s office - I only know that, somewhere, there are pictures to prove it. To say we had vivid imaginations would be an understatement, so I was pretty excited when offered the chance to preview Recess Monkey’s latest studio album, Flying!, which releases this Tuesday, June 21st.

Flying! is an homage to the power of make-believe. Without patronizing, the band (three school teachers from Seattle) creates music to which children are easily able to relate. The toe-tapping title track, “Flying”, perfectly captures the mindset of a pint-sized super hero, able to soar above the trees and save the day thanks to the magical transformation provided by a cape. “Toolbox” brilliantly describes a child’s fascination with moving parts and and desire to “fix” things just like Dad. My personal favorite “Invisible Friend” is a sweet conversation between a little boy and his invisible friend, who is no less real just because others can’t see her.

Elements in each track reminded me of my 4-year-old nephew - everything from his child-size table and chairs at “Grandmom’s House” to his pet fish and eager anticipation of “Flapjacks” for breakfast. The adorable 50s doo-wop styled “Bunk Beds” could have been written by a 6-year-old version of myself - proudly sleeping on the top bunk with my younger brother below.

Flying! adeptly mixes slower songs with more uptempo numbers, and, unlike many children’s recordings, the musical styles of the songs are quite diverse. These guys aren’t just making goofy kids’ music - they’re genuine musicians! I was able to listen while driving without reaching for the “off” knob, which, in my opinion, is really important. It takes talent to create an album of children’s music that both adults and kids can identify with, and I believe Recess Monkey’s latest collection of “kindie rock” has done just that!

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Recess Monkey’s albums (including Flying!, to be released this Tuesday, June 21st) are available on Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, and iTunes.

Flying! by Recess Monkey :: $15.00

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ERINSIMPLESIGNATURE*I was provided the CD shown above to conduct this review using personal experience. The opinions expressed are my own.*

33 comments:

  1. Honestly, literally my ONLY childhood costumes consisted of prairie boots, pantaloons, skirts, aprons, bonnets... I was always going back and forth between Anne Shirley (of Green Gables) and Laura Ingalls (on the Prairie). Yessir, and I still do. ;)

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  2. Van Doo was an imaginary friend
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  7. I didn't have much of a childhood, but I've made up for it with my daughter. She always loved (and still does!!) to dress up. She loved esp to dress up like animals...she had a fantastic hand-sewn raccoon costume that she wore almost daily until it was about 3 sizes too small. :-)

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  13. Loved dressing up like Cinderella or Snow White.. I know soo boring.. :P

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  14. I don't remember dressing up that much or having an imaginary friend!
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  18. My favorite costume was this blue dress that I thought made me look like Alice in Wonderland.

    I don't remember having an imaginary friend, but Kermit the Frog was my hero. lol

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  24. I loved dressing up with a cape!
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  28. My favorite costume was a Punk Rocker when I was about 8. It had a blue metallic wig and all, haha!
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