Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Spearhead of Kids' Music

A nice little package came this week from a group called Rhythm Child. They were billed as a sort of Partridge Family with a funky, soulful vibe. I was intrigued. In an unexpected twist, the CD was accompanied by a neat little shaker with the album art on it.

The foundation for each song on this album is combo of acoustic guitar and organ set against a solid rhythm of hand drums and drum set. There is a lot of familiar material that listeners will recognize (such as Mary Had a Little Lamb or The Wheels on the Bus), but done in a unique Rhythm Child way. The closest in sound to anything I've heard or reviewed here at Singing in the Bathtub would be the Funky Kidz album. Rhythm Kid does have a bit of the New Orleans vibe, but again they add their own spin to everything they do. The completely original songs on this album are uplifting and enjoyable. It's easy to see why Rhythm Child is a John Lennon Songwriting Grand Prize Winner. As I mentioned in the title, Rhythm Child is something like the Spearhead of kids' music in my mind.

The Mike Brady Wrap-up:
It is nice to see a family working to create music together. I think the Partridge Family billing had me imaging the kids being more up front. The tracks where frontman Norm Jones' son Bailey are featured are great. He has the voice of a natural singer and I am sure he'll grow up to make some great music himself. Rhythm Child to me is a nice break from the typical music that is market for children. Eat A Bowl of Cherries offers a bit of soul, invites the listener to sing, dance and play along, and puts a smile on your face.

Kid Quote of The Day: "I'm a little coconut, sitting on my cocobutt." ~Sienna (age: 3)


Anne Deysher said...

This sounds really good, Nicholas, and just right for our preschoolers.

Anne Deysher said...

Wow! The release concerts are almost here! I wish you the best of luck and good weather, too.