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Music Reviews: Parachute and Paul

As a children’s music reviewer and a performer of the same, I sometimes try to visualize other children’s artists as bugs on the windshield of an out-of-control car. And then I wake up and smell the coffee and listen to a group that just won’t stick to the windshield!

Parachute Express – Donny, Stephen and Janice – drive me nuts. I’ve sent them lousy songs to record; vilified them in school periodicals; sent them to entertain North Korean soldiers, but yet, they release Don’t Blink, a wonderful collection of scintillating, captivating and spiritual music that speaks to the heart. I’m sorry, but my paparazzi can’t find anything on these three. They truly believe in love, truth and happiness. There must be some way to thwart their evil plan! Their music is well written, superbly performed and downright addictive. That is why I beg you not to listen to this album. Save yourselves! I see a windshield dead ahead!

Don’t Blink, Parachute Express, Trio Lane Records, 2004; $15 CD, $12 cass.; 888-445-4687, www.ParachuteExpress.com.

Paul Tracy is a good friend (at least that’s the way I see it) – a multi-talented performer of wit, mirth and merriment – a master of voices and guitar voicing and brilliant songwriter to boot. His new collection of 35 traditional Mother Goose rhymes is simple yet complete. The poem-songs are, like a fine wine, meant to breathe – the essence of the meter is meant to be appreciated, and the moment to savor. Mother Goose rhymes, compiled to reflect true historical figures and events, are stripped bare and presented by a true connoisseur of fine listening.

Parent Song – Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes, Paul Tracy, Kunjani Music, 2004; $17 CD; 310-454-4575, www.paultracy.org and www.parentsong.com.

– John Wood

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