Saturday, November 3, 2012

CD Review: Preschool of Rock- Everything Makes a Sound

It's been very gloomy here in Seattle this week. Lots of rain and long days with no playdates planned.  This, of course, meant that there was nothing to do but bake many dozens of cookies and listen to good music! Fortunately, we recently received a new CD called Preschool of Rock- Everything Makes a Sound, so we were all set on the good music front. Here's a bit about this CD, from a press release that I received:

Everything Makes a Sound features singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Napolitano who, as a second-generation drummer, lives and breathes rhythm.  Michael, founder of the popular New Jersey-based Preschool of Rock music classes, is well aware that rhythm, an intrinsic aspect of childhood from patty cake to jumping rope, provides the motor for individual development and a framework for social connections with other kids.

Michael Napolitano grew up in a home filled with music making.  His dad, Tony Napolitano, had several Top 10 hits as drummer wtih the '50s doo-wop group, The Ideals.  This band toured with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Joey Dee and the Starlighters, opened for Count Basie in Jersey City, and played the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  Tony later joined the sensational doo-wop band Chang Lee & The Zani-Acts, performing alongside a young Joe Pesci, who sang first tenor.

With memories of his earliest musical experiences prominent in his mind, Michael Napolitano wanted to make a Preschool of Rock record for what he calls "the me of 30 years ago," a boy who, even when very young, wanted to hear tunes with a more sophisticated voice, in different styles and genres.  On Everything Makes a Sound, he's included tribal rhythms ("Safari Song"), indie melodic hooks ("Shake It"), and even punk beats ("Cupcake Song").
 This is a really fun CD with a bunch of great songs. I like that they all sound so different, while all being fun in a different way. My son was particularly fond of the song "Shake It"- if that's not a song made for dancing, I don't know what is. I liked "Cupcake Song", and was glad that we were already baking, since it made me hungry! And "Everything Makes a Sound", which features lots of every day items and no musical instruments is very cool. All in all, this is a great kids' CD that parents will enjoy too.  This CD is available at and iTunes.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this CD to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.