Monday, January 31, 2011

CD review and giveaway (closed): Billy Kelly's The Family Garden




Congrats to my winner: Diana

It was a typical low-energy Monday morning here today, and I knew we needed something to help get us going- so I turned on our newest CD- Billy Kelly's The Family Garden! And it worked, because it's totally impossible to listen to this CD without a big smile appearing on your face and some pep being put in your step! Here's a bit about The Family Garden, from a press release that I received:

The Family Garden leaps spryly from country to ragtime to rock.  The music is peppy and fun, featuring songs for all age groups, from the interactive "I'm Thinking of an Animal" for the preschool set to a tune for older kids titled "It's Close Enough," which pays tribute to all things ALMOST perfect. Parents will dig Billy’s cover of the B-52s’ classic "Rock Lobster” — high-spirited rock and roll played with wild abandon.  Molly Ledford from the band Lunch Money co-wrote and joins Billy in singing the sweetly sincere “We Could Be Pen Pals.”  There’s even a patriotic country song written for Billy’s dad. “That Old American Flag” is based on the true story of a father-and-son project, erecting a 25-foot flagpole outside Billy’s childhood home. Other highlights include “Coney Island Washboard (a ragtime tune dating back to the 1920s), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (a tribute to Billy’s favorite movie), and the album’s title track, an ode to the joys of digging in the dirt with the whole family. Particularly noteworthy is “The Invention of the Straw,” which Billy describes as “a real up-tempo number, chronicling the amazing, albeit factually inaccurate, story of the invention of the drinking straw. This is a truly strange song, even for me. It’s loaded with completely false information from beginning to end. This song asserts, among other things, that Nancy Reagan was Queen of England in 1997. Also, it has a good beat and you can dance to it.”

I think that press release is right on target by calling The Family Garden "peppy" and "fun"- those are two of the adjectives that came to mind for me when I first heard it. I really like CDs like this- ones that have good music that my kids enjoy to listen to and dance to, but with lyrics that make me laugh and want to listen carefully to be sure I don't miss anything! Even the CD case is lots of fun for this CD- full of funny little drawings and comments. My son sat and "read" it for quite some time one afternoon! The Family Garden is recommended for ages 2 and up, and it's 37 minutes long.  The Family Garden will be available on April 5 at all the usual CD-buying places.  Billy Kelly will be touring this winter and spring- check out his website for information on dates and times.

Good news, I am giving away a copy of The Family Garden to one of you! Open to US/Canadian mailing addresses. 

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Just let me know who you want to win this for!

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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on March 1, 2011.  I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this CD to review for myself. I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. 

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