Who understands children better than a teacher? How about three teachers with a love of music and a ton of energy? Recess Monkey, a children’s musical group comprised of three elementary school teachers from Seattle, has the experience to know what kids like and their brand new CD, Flying!, sounded like a fun and fantastic musical adventure that any child would love. I was lucky enough to get the chance to review the CD prior to its June 21 release date and I couldn’t wait.
When the CD arrived, the first thing that Zackary noticed about the disc was its fun and colourful case. The CD case unfolds and features an original comic inside the front cover that both Zackary and Benjamin found completely engaging. They sat together on the floor and studied the small cartoons as I put the CD into the player.
From the very first song, I was a confirmed Recess Monkey fan. Recess Monkey has a sound that is fresh, energetic and definitely rock-inspired, though it has a style that has just enough bright alternative-pop influence to feel completely modern. My good friend Ritchie, a blues singer and fellow stay-at-home parent, definitely has my vote when he says, “I like kids’ music that doesn’t sound like kids’ music.” Recess Monkey has that concept down to a science.
The theme of the CD was superheroes and Zackary really appreciated the subject matter of the songs. While he isn’t quite as superhero-crazy as some of his friends, he still enjoys the concepts of fighting bad guys, saving those in trouble and having incredible superpowers. The songs on Flying! celebrate all of those classic boyhood dreams. And while the songs were written with children in mind, I enjoyed many of the songs just as much as my boys. Sidekick had such an addictive chorus that I found myself singing along out loud with my boys, and I couldn’t keep myself from dancing when I listened to the fast-paced folk-rock song Flapjacks.
Both of my boys love listening to Recess Monkey Flying!, but I think it might just be possible that I enjoy the CD even more than they do. The style is just so much fun and with two boys in the house, I can relate to so many of the songs’ topics. For an energetic afternoon of addictive music, Recess Monkey Flying! is a perfect CD for both kids and adults. The melodies are adult-friendly and the subject matter is sure to please children, so there’s no reason not to check out this great CD that the whole family will love!
Buy It: Recess Monkey Flying! will be released on June 21, 2011, so pre-order online now
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