Tuesday, June 01, 2010

***Heidi Swedberg***

Gotta admit, this CD had three things going against it from the start: kids' music by a famous person (Swedberg played George's fiance on Seinfeld), children's voices in the songs (tends to make tunes too cutesy), and venturing into classic folk territory (beloved material often gets too modernized or shined up to within an inch of its life). Not so with Heidi Swedberg's PLAY!

Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band run through a veritable greatest hits of classic folk tunes on the L.A.-based ukulele teacher/enthusiast's debut album PLAY! From long-lost classics like "Paw Paw Patch," "Japanese Umbrella Song," and "Cricket's Lullaby" to well-known tunes like "Muffin Man," "Buckeye Jim," and "Dream a Little Dream," Swedberg infuses each song on PLAY! with warmth, joy, playfulness, and, most importantly, ukuleles!

PLAY! includes a couple of medleys: "Skip to My Shoo" joins "Skip to My Lou" and "Shoo Fly," while "Train Medley" ties together folk favorites "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Rock Island Line," and "Freight Train." Swedberg also performs a nice cover Chubby Parker's version of "Froggy Went A-Courtin'" (remember that "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O" refrain?).

The most unique tune on PLAY!, though, has to be the Frank Zappa-meets-Spike Jones and His City Slickers version of "Pop Goes the Weasel," as a simple ukulele verse of the familiar rhyme is followed by a discordant, percussion-filled middle section.

Don't forget to check out the booklet insert, where you'll find a short background story for each song, as well as ukulele chords and finger placements. If you're a fan of Laura Doherty or Elizabeth Mitchell, you'll dig Heidi's quiet but fun-loving, sweet but not syrupy style on PLAY!

9 comments:

Amberly said...

LOVE this record! Highly recommended.

John W Smart said...

Go Heidi!

dfadf said...

Microsoft Office
Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Office 2010 key
Office 2010 download
Office 2010 Professional
Microsoft outlook
Outlook 2010
Windows 7
Microsoft outlook 2010

xiamenb2c02 said...

EFX bracelet is energetic technology designed to instantly increse power.
EFX braceletis an embedded wearable holographic technology

designed to.Shop for high quality wholesale efx bracelet products on DHgate and get worldwide delivery.
silly bandz are a brand of silicone rubber bands formed into shapes including animals, These colorful
silly bandzare made of silicone and die molded in many different

fun shapes. They come in all different shapes, like foods, letters and animalsand and so on.welcome to enjoy colorful silly bandz for free shipping.
Hot sale products,Power Balance.free shipping.

xiaoxia said...

Therefore, each altered and nearly every morning circumstance rough draft pledge not be ignored. The actuality Ugg boots clearance possess the know-how to endure dirt,

buywow gold said...

Living in modern society,we more and more know how to enjoy, even on the Internet to play the game also is so, not only requires the game fun, but also for the game to beautiful picture, friends all say Cheap Runescape Gold and Buy WOW Gold are good games, I also tried, not letter of friends to try it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMW0uPEQCoY


Hey guys, check out this song-- great for a Disney tune and kids LOVE it! Very catchy and fun and adults can listen to it with ease....and enjoyment! Let me know what you think :)

wowgame said...

and venturing into classic folk territory beloved material often gets too modernized or shined up to within an inch of its lifeWOW Gold
Gold Kaufen für World of Warcraft

Educational dvds said...

Music can make the kids to enjoy in their own way.It gives a good relief to them.
Children dvds | Educational cds