Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Now Available on CD for Kids -- Bubble Ride, Featuring VANESSA TRIEN AND THE JUMPING MONKEYS (Review)


"Honored with FIVE national awards and adored by a legion of families in the greater Boston area, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys are poised to firmly plant themselves on the national scene with the October 2 release of Vanessa’s third studio CD, Bubble Ride (VeeTree Records, $14.98, run time 47 minutes, for ages 1 – 8).

With heartwarming effervescence, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys have captured the vibrant energy of the band’s tremendously popular live concerts to showcase a sound honed and refined over the course of the past two years, a sound notable for its energized spontaneity,rich harmonies, and primarily acoustic instrumentation.  The result: a distinctive album, which defines a polished, mindful approach to music for children and families.

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Trien, who holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University, has  been crisscrossing musical borders for as long as she can remember. While grounded in the acoustic folk genre, Vanessa has assimilated her own style,shifting effortlessly through an eclectic bag of influences: folk, blues, country, rockabilly, jazz standards, Latin, Caribbean, and ‘70s and ‘80s pop. Expanding her horizons to include kid-friendly music came naturally when Vanessa became a parent.  Indeed, her debut kids’ album, Hot Air Balloon (2006), gestated right along with her first child. Both baby Ellis and the CD were deemed first-rate at birth. Vanessa Trien’s first two albums have won two Parents’ Choice Awards, a NAPPA Award, and two iParenting Media Awards."
My Thoughts:
I have been playing this CD for the past two weeks now, and can't get enough of it.  Usually, I find the children's CD's sent to me for review entertaining enough to listen to a handful of times, then I begin to zone them out while driving. But with Bubble Ride, I stay engaged, as do the girls from track 1 - track 14.  And, when we are not listening to the CD in the car, I have a handful of the songs on repeat, so that we can dance our sillys out and have fun together.  We have two favorite songs on this CD, which are "Tickle Monster" and "Train Dance."  These two songs really make us act crazy.  As soon as Savannah hears "Tickle Monster" come on, she instantly turns into a tickle monster herself and begins to tickle Arabella and myself, until we reciprocate, and then we have a full on tickle fest going on. :-)  These are those special moments as a mom I cherish.

Because we liked this CD so much, I am going to surprise the girls by taking them to the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on November 3rd, when Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys will be performing.  I can't wait to see their reaction when our favorite songs are played.  But, until then, we will continue to dance along to these fun family-friendly songs, that both children and parents will enjoy listening to, over and over again. :-)
Track Listing: 

1. Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh 
2. Peacock Walk 
3. Spinning Around 
4. Tickle Monster 
5. One Fine Day 
6. Train Dance 
7. Bubble Ride 
8. Yo-Yo Song 
9. Hey Ho 
10. Mama Dada Blues 
11. Deep in the Jungle 
12. What Am I to Do 
13. Free to Be You and Me 
14. Bye Bye Song   
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Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this CD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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