Brooklyn, NY based children’s entertainment Miss Nina has crafted in her new album an opus that is everything that audiences think of when they think of children’s music. Rather than take the more mainstream route that many of today’s children’s artists have taken with their releases, Miss Nina (A.K.A. Nina Stone) has take the road seemingly less traveled on She doo be doop. This album is directly aimed more at her young intended audiences both musically and lyrically, rather than their parents. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. If it were used on television, the music on this album is what one might expect to hear on programming from the likes of Nick, Jr. and in some cases, even Disney, Jr.
Parents may not be one of the intended audiences with Miss Nina’s new album. But with the kid friendly lyrics and equally fun music, they’ll be glad to play these songs for their kids. They will especially appreciate Miss Nina’s dedication to children’s literacy. Believe it or not, she openly pays tribute to classic children’s stories the likes of Where The Wild Things Are, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? On her new LP with her own take on the stories. Perhaps the best of those adaptations is her take on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, ‘Brown Bear Rap.’ Yes, she makes it into a kid friendly rap. No doubt it’ll have any young listener moving and dancing as will her musical take on Where The Wild Things Are. Miss Nina was actually pretty smart in taking these children’s stories and putting them to music. By doing so, not only is she entertaining young listeners, but is also promoting childhood literacy through an original and fun avenue. For that, parents will especially appreciate the inclusion of the aforementioned songs.
As entertaining as her musical literary adaptations are, they aren’t the only songs on Miss Nina’s new LP. The album’s opener, ‘My Hula Hoop’ is just as certain to get kids moving and dancing. It’s a simple song about kids having fun with a hula hoop. The subtle guitar riff and electronics will definitely get kids dancing. And it may even get parents tapping their toes and clapping their hands a little bit, too.
For all the fun that Miss Nina offers her young listeners, there is at least one track that stands out more than others on this record. That song is ‘Angry Song.’ The song’s kid friendly punk rock sound mixed with its lyrical side tackle what is for kids a serious issue. It validates their more emotional moments, as Miss Nina sings, “This is my angry song/When everything is going wrong/I’m mad and sad and full of steam/And all I want to do is yell and scream.” That combination of music and lyrics makes this a relatable song for its audiences. Along with the album’s other songs, it’s one more than kids and parents alike will appreciate albeit for their own reasons. But that’s still a good thing. It means that whether at home, in the car, or in the classroom, this is a record that parents and teachers can enjoy together with their children and students any time of day, any day of the week.
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