Take It From Me: Listening Lounge: Picasso, That's Who! REVIEW

May 24, 2012

Listening Lounge: Picasso, That's Who! REVIEW

My daughter really enjoyed when she got to review Hope Harris' Cousins Jamboree album awhile back.  In fact, my daughter has her own 3-CD music player in her room and I often find that CD in the player, as she likes to listen to it a lot.  So, when we heard Hope Harris had come out with another album, we jumped at the opportunity for another review.  This week was the debut of Hope's new musical adventure into the world of art with her newest album Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!)  "The album takes kids and families through a tuneful celebration of 19th and 20th century visual artists, offering musicalmini-lessons in art appreciation and encouraging listeners to pick up a brushor a crayon and try creating art!"
Different than the previous Cousins Jamboree album, Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!) was like Art History 101 for kids.  It had an array of fun songs which taught about different famous artists, how art is created, and the great exploration into the world of art itself.  I enjoyed talking to my daughter about all of the wonderful artists mentioned throughout the album.  The album managed to do things that are amazing for kids--spark their imagination, encourage educational growth, and my favorite--conversations with mommy!  Because of this album, I had the chance to have multiple conversations about art with my daughter, to sit and create art with each other, and to enjoy time spent together.
Here some exerpts from the press release for this album which I thought were so great:
"Every one of Hope Harris’ songs is graced with an energy that encourages further artistic exploration in both learning aboutand creating art. The title track of Picasso,That’s Who! (And So Can You!) is appropriately colored with vibrant Spanish rhythms, melodies, and instruments.  A funky retro rock ‘n’ roll‘60s groove that’s sure to move listeners to action describes the free spiritof Jackson Pollock’s art in sound. Lots of bluegrass pickin’ expresses GrandmaMoses, Alexander Calder receives a cool jazz treatment, and Georgia O’Keeffe’svision is conveyed through a gentle waltz with soothing cello harmonies. Paul Klee’s song, 'Dot in Motion,' has a solid roots rock feel, while“Impression Monet” (decorated with the distinctive sound of a French accordion)gives one the feel of floating down the Seine. Songs about David Hockney,Romare Bearden, and Henri Matisse round out the album, each offering adistinctive change of pace.
Says Hope Harris, 'With Picasso, That’sWho! (And So Can You!) my goal is to spark curiosity and inspirecreativity.  I want kids to look at the world around them, be motivated tovisit art galleries and museums, and to realize that artists are everywheremaking all kinds of art.  I’d like to say to every child who hears thismusic, ‘Now it’s your turn … paint it, glue it, draw it, mix it, try it! All the artists on this album did, and you can, too!  It doesn’thave to be perfect.  Use your imagination and have some fun!’"

BUY IT:
Why not join in some of your own creative artistic adventures with your own kids! 
Picasso, That's Who! (And So Can You!) is available online at www.hopeharris.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and atindependent retailers nationwide.
A big THANK YOU to Hope Harris for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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