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Rena Strober and Friends / Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss

Rena Strober and Friends

Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss

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It’s no stretch to say that over 100 children’s CD’s cross my desk in a year, and I listen to the bulk of them, for better or for worse. Rarely, have I been so impressed by a release in this genre, that my socks were literally blown off. I only wish that it happened more often.

Listening to Imagine That! Was like taking in a first-class Broadway show. You know how when you see a professional production, and as soon as the singing begins, you’re so taken aback that you remark to yourself, “Oh, Wow! These people aren’t fooling around!”? This CD will give you that same sensation.

Rena Strober’s pitch-perfect voice is as friendly as they come, and her renditions of classic Sesame Street songs are delightful. Somebody Come And Play immediately transported me back to my Kodachrome childhood in the 1970’s, when it seemed like the sun was always shining. Kermit The Frog’s trademark Being Green is wistful, if not a bit sad, and it’s sentiments related to the world today are not lost on me.

My fave of the set, however, is Im Pretty/I’m An Aardvark, sung with all due silliness by guests French Stewart and Jason Alexander. They get lost in their characters, and the listener does, too. To be fair to the extremely talented Miss Strober, though, it’s a great moment that is surrounded by only great moments. Highly recommended!

From the press kit;

Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss is being released in celebration of National Guide Dog Month in September. A portion of the proceeds from all digital and hard copy sales of the album will go to Guide Dogs of America and the Gavin R. Stevens Foundation, whose mission is to find a treatment and cure for blindness, focusing on Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA).

Dan Pavelich

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Rolie Polie Guacamole / Avocado

Rolie Polie Guacamole

Avocado

http://www.roliepolieguacamole.com

In today’s often dark and chaotic times, we all could use a smile to lift our spirits, and Rolie Polie Guacamole does just that. My introduction to the band was their latest video, for their song, Avocado. Without giving away why it will make you smile, I’ll just say that it’s well-worth taking three minutes to watch it.

Rolie Polie Guacamole is made up of two Brooklyn boys, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin. Regular readers of this column know that when it comes to children’s music, I like a little something different. Gallo and Tuzhilin check that box, emphatically. Firetruck, Pizza Pie and the aforementioned Avocado, are irresistible to ears of any age.

I especially enjoyed Sammi The Cat, a story song about a stray cat in Brooklyn, and the surprises that she find’s in the subway. There is charm, friendliness and warmth throughout Avocado, which your family will undoubtedly enjoy. Very highly recommended.

Dan Pavelich

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Ben Rudnick / Monster NO!

Ben Rudnick and Friends

Monster NO!

http://Soundcloud.com/ben-rudnick-and-friends/monster-no

Ben Rudnick knows just how kids can keep themselves safe from the pandemic we’re all sheltering from. Keep that monster away by washing your hands with soap, doing a silly dance, and then talking like a frog! Ben’s got the right idea in turning what might be a chore, into a singable activity that kids will actually look forward to.