April 22, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Home of Song (DVD)

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Home of Song. Performed byPaulSpring. CD. 34 min. CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
PreS-Gr 3–Hailing from central Minnesota, Paul Spring’s second album is his first for families. Filled with folksy, down-home, easy listening pop, Spring brilliantly uses storytelling in each tune to take listeners on a journey beyond the surface music. “Home of Song” compares music to members of the family (“melody was my Mother, rhythm my Father…brothers and sisters filled in the notes between them, making a harmony to hold through time”). A a ride on the family van (“Sloppy Jalopy”) is compared to “goin’ up and down like the Dow Jones and NASDAQ.” “Red Sky at Morning” serves as a weather warning to shipmates. “Peter Pan” is a lament to Wendy, wishing “to be Peter Pan, always a boy and never a man.” “Mermaid” details a meeting with a mermaid who took the teller below the sea for a looooong time. Other highlights include the literary “Mind Over Matter,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “Don Quixote.” Tunes are filled with bluegrass elements and instrumentation is largely acoustic. Spring receives musical help from Grammy Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers, Justin Lansing (banjo) and Joe Mailander (harmony vocals).  Sure to hit the right chord for everyone.–Stephanie Bange, Wright State University, Dayton, OH