Thursday, March 29, 2012

La Bella Stella CD Review

 

FROM EARTH TO THE STARS

LA BELLA STELLA

THE NEWEST “CELEBRATE EARTH” CD
FROM RECESS MUSIC

We all loved this cd! The music was lively and educational! I didn't hear anything worshipping mother earth or anything like that. Just good music to celebrate the earth and all the things in it. Super great songs for the whole family! Read more about La Bella Stella and the Recess Music below.


“A hidden gem!  Great messages for kids … takes the important messages we want our kids to learn and embrace, but presents them in a way that's fun and unassuming.”
 – Common Sense Media review of Recess Music’s Celebrate Earth

“Lucy really loves this collection of songs celebrating the animals of Africa. All the songs are very different from each other, a really nice mix.”
–  Laurie Berkner, highlighting Recess Music’s Wild Child in her choices for “Eight Greats of 2011” in USA Today

“In this musical ‘adventure in being human,’ Recess Music offers a compilation of toe-tapping and inspirational songs about real-life dilemmas that children face as they grow and try to find their place in the wider world”
2011 Parents' Choice
® Award review of Recess Music’s Big Bully

ST. PAUL, MN (March 14, 2012)
Recess Music, an award-winning company that strives to awaken kids to the magnificence of our planet through albums of Earth-friendly music, looks forward to the March 27 release of La Bella Stella, the fifth in its “Celebrate Earth” series of CDs (Big Round Records, $12.99, for ages 4 - 11, run time 41 minutes).

Available in time for Earth Day 2012, La Bella Stella goes beyond the Earth to celebrate galaxies, solar systems, and other wonders of our universe with 15 tracks showcasing a variety of contributions by a sampling of today’s most gifted kids’ musicians, including Rocknoceros, Charity and the JAMband, and AudraRox.

The songs on La Bella Stella speak especially to those children ages four and up who have quick, engaging minds and an inveterate curiosity about life. The album is filled with music that will encourage kids to think about the natural setting of their lives, providing a much-needed balance to the “virtual” world with which many of them are occupied.

La Bella Stella opens with Maria Alley’s solid vocal styling on “Nature’s Lullaby.”  This is nature appreciation with a great backbeat! The album next offers up some smooth as silk old-time jazz on “I Love the Dark,” where elegant jazz violin and a little whistling “à la Bing” enhance Tom Knight’s 1920s vocalizing. “Shooting Stars” lets Martha Johnson sing a reverie to the night sky over the mesmerizing ostinato of African thumb piano and percussion. “Galaxy Song” reduces the mysteries of the universe to a double time, upbeat lowest common denominator, with Andy Z creating terrific, high energy without high voltage guitar. AudraRox brings a bit of country rock to her dissertation on the pros and cons of “Gravity.” Set in a “cool jazz” minor key, Kenn Lonnquist’s very hip “Nocturnal” celebrates nighttime fauna with close harmony and a driving beat. Wayne from Maine offers a lunar “sha-na-na” ode to the “Man in the Moon,” while Wendy Whitten brings a late ‘70s “West Coast” gentle rock sound to “Earth’s Satellite.”  The tremendously creative Rocknoceros entertains with “Pluto,” a funny, upbeat ballad in rhyming couplets about Pluto’s discovery and subsequent demotion. More celestial information is imparted in the hauntingly beautiful counterpoint of Lori & J.D. Uponen’s “Aurora Borealis.”  The distinctive qualities of Mary Kaye’s “Shadow” are guaranteed to catch the ear of any kid.  “Neptune Lullaby” by Dr. Planet features a sumptuously symphonic string sound, replete with strong choral singing. Banana Slug String Band’s “Safe at Home” includes strings of a more bucolic flavor, along with some great “country” vocal harmony. Laura Giosh’s “Harmony of the Spheres” likewise blends voices, strings, guitars, and percussion over an optimistic bass line.  The album closes with the delightfully piquant a cappella harmony of Charity and the JAMband’s “So Long to the Day.”

The Recess Music “Celebrate Earth” series seeks to assist the cause of protecting and preserving our environment by donating a portion of the proceeds from each release to a selected environmental organization.   A portion of the proceeds from La Bella Stella will benefit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire, which is dedicated to educating learners of all ages by actively engaging them in the exploration of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space science.

La Bella Stella is available online at www.recessmusic.com, amazon.com and its international affiliates, iTunes, and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S.

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CD Details: LA BELLA STELLA
For ages 4 - 11.
Label: Big Round Records
SRP: $12.99
Run time: 41 minutes.



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  2. Sounds like a fun album - love the cover art!

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