Celebration of Family
Selections by well-known children’s performers Raffi, John McCutcheon, and Tom Chapin are joined by tunes from John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Boyz II Men, Faith Hill and Sweet Honey in the Rock, among others, in this celebration of family in all its forms. There are songs about fathers and mothers (Boyz II Men’s harmonizing on “A Song for Mama”), grandmothers (Brenda Lee’s toe-tapping country tune “Grandma’s Feather Bed”), daughters and sons (Lennon & Ono’s “Beautiful Boy” a lovely lullaby for their son Sean), babies (Faith Hill’s “Before You Grow”), and members of our extended families (Dar Williams’ 60’s folksy ode to a favorite babysitter in “The Babysitter’s Here). There are also tunes that celebrate the human family: In his deep and soothing voice, John McCutcheon’s sings “no matter the skin, we are all of us kin, we are all of us one family” in “Happy Adoption Day”; and in the bouncy, lighthearted “Family Tree,” veteran troubador Tom Chapin declares we’re all related – “different foods, different moods, and different colored skin, you may have a different name, but underneath we’re much the same, you’re probably my cousin and the whole world is our kin.” Rounding out the collection is a fun lullaby, Greg Brown’s “You Might as Well Go to Sleep” – after all, “you’ve already done about all one kid can do in one day…let’s find out what our dreams are going to be about.” Even with two slightly offbeat tracks – “Wake Up” by Yoko Ono (okay, this is one listener’s opinion, but is that really singing?) and “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Victoria Jackson (yes, Saturday Night Live’s Victoria Jackson!) – this is another winning collection from the always superb Music for Little People label.