Take It From Me: Listening Lounge: In Tents Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

June 19, 2012

Listening Lounge: In Tents Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

Today celebrated independent children’s recording group Recess Monkey, has just released their newest circus-inspired CD, InTents.  The album is a fantastical celebration of popcorn, Tilt-a-Whirls, human cannonballs, dancing bears, and more as the gang runs to join the circus.
My kids and I absolutely LOVED this CD!  In fact, my oldest daughter is having a Carnival/Circus-themed birthday party on Saturday and you can guarantee this album will be playing in the background!  It completely embodies the fun, zany, and wonderous amusement that a circus brings!  We just love Recess Monkey and the way they are able to bring humour, imagination, theatrical stories, creativity, and more into their music!  All of the songs on the album are ones we could listen to over and over again and not get tired of.  In fact, the catchy tunes are super infectious that you will want to listen to them over and over again to learn the lyrics for yourselves!
Notes Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman,“The circus is such a perfect blend of comedy and drama, careful pre-planning and extemporaneous fun, high and low energy, all of which are elements that we work into our songs and shows. How have we not already done a circus album? We’ve talked about this album for years but finally found that we had assembled enough wacky ideas, catchy melodies and a narrative to bring it to fruition.  In fact, we actually conceived the album as the soundtrack to a story that we wrote, inspired by Seattle’s magical Teatro ZinZanni. In Tents has emerged both as a circus story-inspired album and as a series of kid-oriented, circus spectacular shows in which we join forces with Teatro ZinZinni in their historic spiegeltent. Pretty amazing!”
(My kids watched the live performance of this online on the Recess Monkey website and LOVED it--check it out!!)
My kids and I could not keep ourselves still listening to this CD!  We just had to get up and dance, laugh out loud, and be silly the whole way through!  We are just raving about it and so are others:
Time Out NY Kids enthused about Recess Monkey, “The trio’s catchy alterna-tunes burst with childlike energy and pop-culture references.”  According to TheWashington Post, “These guys put the ‘fun’ in funky. (Just try to keep your feet from  moving!)"  Kids' music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble) has declared, "Dan Zanes may be thegodfather; They Might Be Giants, the legitimizer; and Laurie Berkner, RalphCovert, and Justin Roberts the genre's superstars.  But Recess Monkey is the heart of kids' music today."

May 5 – July 15: (select weekend dates) Teatro ZinZanni     Seattle, WA
July 10: Hardesty Regional Library  Tulsa, OK
July 19: Strathmore Theatre    Bethesda, MD
July 21: The ArtsCenter     Carrboro, NC
July 22: Richland Co. Library    Columbia, SC
July 23: Sirius/XM  Radio "Rumpus Room"  Washington, DC
July 24: NYC Summerstage    Jamaica, NY
July 24 & 25: Long Island Children's Museum Garden  City, NY
July 26: Madison Square Park    NYC
August 1 – 3: Eastern Washington Libraries  Basin City, Richland, Kennewick, Prosser, Burbank, & Walla Walla, WA

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A Big THANK YOU to Recess Monkey for providing me with a free In Tents 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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