Music that won't make you want to throw your kid's CD out the car window. Children's music is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. Family recording group Einstein's Monkey sinks their roots deep into the musical soil on their debut CD 'banana yellow' to develop a recording project as big and complex as a beautiful old oak tree. Veteran musicians Jeff Hofmann and B Bagby started playing together in the late 1980s before eventually each going their own way to explore Jazz, Rock, Folk, and World music in their own projects. Brought back together by parenthood and a series of lucky moves in early 2003, Bagby and Hofmann have been performing and teaching as Einstein's Monkey in schools, festivals and libraries ever since. The recording 'banana yellow' unabashedly appeals to the parents that grew up on the various alt-rock scenes of the '70s through the '90s. Despite the appeal to parents, the songs never fail to land smack in the middle of the younger listener's perceptions. Anyone old enough to sing is bound to quickly find themselves singing along with any song on the album! On the opening song 'Bedtime Boogie' the band jumps out with a slamming rock-a-billy tune about a baby that would rather play with toys than go to sleep. The theme of kids not quite following the rules continues through most of the first half of the album. On the song 'It's Not Fair' Bagby does a fair job of channeling Jerry Lee Lewis meets Johnny Cash as he sings about the loss of his Big Wheel when he tells his mother 'No'. In the apologetically Punk songs 'Brat' and 'Worst Day' Hofmann fairly sums up the angst of the 8 year old experience. In the second half of the album, the music takes a turn towards more contemporary sounds and subjects with a certain world music influence. In 'Party in the Playroom', you can't help but jump and dance around just like the characters in the song, and the decidedly straight ahead alt-pop 'Pet Dinosaur' you'll be wanting our own giant dinosaur by the end. In 'I Hope You Find', Bagby sings a message of acceptance and love to his daughter; the final line of the chorus 'no matter what it is you are looking for, I will always be there for you' is a message all parents can share.
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