Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Coming Soon to CD -- "When the World Was New" by Dean Jones (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this CD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

 Dean Jones | When the World Was New

"Dean Jones, a Grammy award-winning producer who is widely acclaimed as one of the leading lights of the current “kindie” music explosion, will release a new family music album, "When the World Was New." The album will be available on May 14, 2013 from various retailers, including CDBaby, and

Quite different from his moody and mellow first CD, "Napper's Delight", and the raucous 2nd CD, "Rock Paper Scissors", recorded with the unique and rowdy Felice Brothers. "When the World Was New" is mostly just Dean in his straw bale studio meditating on the human situation. It's a little funky and filled with old analog synthesisers, drums and horns. Dean enlists some great singers; Shamsi Ruhe, Eli McNamara, and Marianne Tasick to compliment his vocals. Songs muse on the beginning of human life, our evolution and the absurdity of it all. Check out the powerful anthem, "Stand With Me".
This is a rare solo project for Jones, who is also known for his work with Dog on Fleas and The Felice Brothers. The first and title track exemplifies the Dean Jones approach to smart songwriting for kids.  Dean Jones is known for his work as leader of the family band Dog on Fleas , which enjoys national radio rotation and won awards from the Fids and Kamily poll, Parents’ Choice and the National Parenting Publications for their last release Invisible Friends. As SiriusXM’s Mindy Thomas told USA Today, “"It's great for quirky kids with big imaginations. They use very interesting instrumentation that you wouldn't expect to make music." And School Library Journal lauded its “imminently singable” tunes and “spot-on” lyrics, “leaving hidden messages for listeners to contemplate their hidden meanings.”

Jones also produced several other family music albums, including award-winning titles by Recess Monkey, Elizabeth Mitchell and Uncle Rock, with several more in the works this year in his Hudson River Valley straw-bale No Parking Studio. The Okee Dokee Brothers, who won the 2013 children’s GRAMMY award for Can You Canoe?, thanked Jones publicly in their acceptance speech for his work in producing their album."


My Thoughts:

We have been taking a Music Together course for about 3 months now, and have already seen the power of music, as our youngest who is only 18 months is already talking, singing along, humming and even mimicking sounds.  And, when we are not in music class (every Saturday AM), I make a point to play a variety of music in the house, and on the go, in the car.  We are fans of the Okee Dokee Brothers and their "Can You Canoe?" CD...So, when I heard that Dean Jones produced this GRAMMY award winning children's album, I knew I had to get a hold of Dean Jone's upcoming CD, "When the World Was New," to listen to and enjoy with the girls.

This was the first time we heard Dean Jone's music, but instantly fell in love with his "kindie" music.  Each of the songs on the album are catchy and will have you wanting to sing along. They range from funky to soulful songs that introduce vocabulary to young listeners, and make them take note about what he is singing about. Our personal favorite was "snail mail."  Who doesn't like to receive mail the old fashioned way, instead of electronically.  Dean Jones promotes the idea of getting and sending letters in the mail in this fun and catchy song, we can't help but sing along on.

With the warmer weather upon us, I can see this CD getting a lot of play time in our car. :-)  If you are looking for a great CD to play on long car rides, or love "kindie" music as much as my family does, then you will want to pick up Dean Jone's new CD, "Where the World Was New," when it releases on May 14th.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this CD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.


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