Monday, May 03, 2010

music for parents & children: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

album cover rani arbo

All of the four band members in Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are parents. As they traveled around the world and as they played their music on the home front, that got them thinking about music kids and adults could share.

Most of the roots and folk music band offers would fit that category, with four distinctive lead singers who often engage in collaborative harmony and backing vocals and who are also creative acoustic musicians on fiddle, bass, percussion, and guitar, mixing original music with songs from across the range of international folk. When they decided to focus on doing shows specifically for kids, the band’s sense of fun came front and center -- and so will yours, as you listen to their latest release, Ranky Tanky..

rani arbo and daisy mayhem band shot 2Rani Arbo, Scott Kessel, Andrew Kinsey, and Anand Nayak rearrange and reinvent classics including The Green Grass Grows All Around, and Purple People Eater. They’ll have you up and dancing -- whatever age you are -- with the title track. There's a very funny excursion to the zoo on They All Ask’d for You. There are quieter bits too, including Wildflowers and the gorgeous lullabye written by Malvina Reynolds, Morningtown Ride.

It’s music of substance, and music of fun, offering natural ways to connect, to celebrate, to laugh, and to think. Good for listeners of any age.

you may also wish to see
Music Road: Mother: music celebrating mothers and motherhood from Susan McKeown, Cathie Ryan, & Robin Spielberg
Music Road: Road Trip Music visits Connecticut which features another album from Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Music Road: music for mothers and children a roundup of albums you may not have heard...

Also, folk music legend Pete Seeger celebrates a birthday today -- he turns 91. His next album will feature work he's been doing with children. More on that to come. Happy birthday Pete! and thanks for all the music, and all the inspiration.

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Blogger Anjuli said...

sounds like a fun album!

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Vera Marie Badertscher said...

I love that some musicians keep kids in mind. Children deserve "real" music--not just the junky stuff that too often comes with cartoon shows or that they memorize from commercials. That was one of the best things about Mr. Rogers Neighborhood--REAL music.

5:46 PM  

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