MUSIC
Bucket of Wow
Performed by Stephen Michael Schwartz. CD. Approx. 35 min. S-Team Productions. 2016. $12.98.
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K-Gr 3—Award-winning Schwartz, a member of the children's band Parachute Express, performs 11 original songs in jazz, pop, show tune, country Western, and bluegrass musical styles on this second solo album. His vocals are glorious, and the backing musicians make beautiful sounds on guitar, violin, trombone, clarinet, keyboards, bass, drums, and percussion. The song "Bucket of Wow" tells about a very happy day; a child encourages his dad and mom to leave their daily worries behind and "Take a Hike"; Schwartz has a conversation with a little girl about her loose tooth and assures her that it is a sign of growing up in "Losing a Tooth"; a child imagines a world with everything colored differently in "My Rainbow World"; in "The Panda Bear," a child drinks tea, takes walks, and rides bikes with his imaginary friend; a child feels safe in his "Sanctuary," which also has Chinese lyrics sung by Lily Yuan. The other songs include "I'm Being Followed by the Moon," "One Rainbow," "Going There With You," "My Baby Tree," and "The Boo-Boo Song."
VERDICT A delightful album that the whole family will enjoy.

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