The world of children’s music is one of the most intriguing in the overall scheme of the music industry. That is because of just how many truly original acts exist in the realm of children’s music today. 2013 alone has seen quite a few examples of that with new releases from the likes of Recess Monkey, Justin Roberts, and others. Now, another children’s act by the name of The Ohmies (pronounced Oh-Meez) has broadened that field even more with its debut record, Morning Wish Garden. The sextet’s new release is a fun and smart record that will impress listeners of every age. The reason for that it is a multi-purpose record. Not only does it entertain young listeners, but it also teaches healthy living. These two factors taken into account, The Ohmies’ debut record is sure to be a hit with any parent of young children and said children.
Morning Wish Garden is another enjoyable addition to the already vast array of children’s albums that have been released so far this year. It is so enjoyable first and foremost because of its entertainment factor. This album is the first for the band. It has largely come to fame via word of mouth and its live shows. So trying to translate its live show to disc was a calculated risk. It’s a risk that has definitely paid off. Even listeners that are new to the group’s material will agree that somehow, its members have managed to paint a vivid picture of its show through this record. It’s difficult to put a finger on how exactly the band managed it. But it in fact managed it and quite well at that. Maybe it was the energy of songs such as ‘Wag Your Tail’, ‘Shake ‘Em Off Shuffle’, and ‘Ohmies Jamboree’ that helped the translation. Maybe it was the musical variety presented throughout the record’s ten songs. Maybe it was both of these elements plus more. Regardless, every moment of this record makes it no less fun with each listen. Even more to the group’s credit, the ability of the group to translate its live show so clearly to CD, it could even encourage young audiences to want to see the group live. To that extent, it makes this record that much more praise-worthy.
The ability of the band to translate its live show to CD and successfully so at that is a big part of the album’s enjoyment. What the group managed to do was make a live release album on a studio record. That is an accomplishment to say the least. Also to the record’s credit (and the group’s credit) is that the group’s members have also crafted a record that teaches healthy living. And they have done so without being preachy, either. This is an obstacle that so many children’s acts face today. That’s because kids today are underestimated in terms of their intelligence. Kids are very smart. The members of The Ohmies have not underestimated that intelligence. By getting kids to dance and move like snakes, dogs, grasshoppers, and even butterflies, the band’s members have found slick ways to encourage kids to get moving. This is extremely important especially considering the battle currently being fought against childhood obesity. It’s one more salvo in that battle for the health of the nation’s children. It’s one more reason that The Ohmies are deserving of commendation. It’s one more reason that The Ohmies’ new record is sure to be a hit with listeners of any age.
The Ohmies just finished up a three-day stint at the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX. It also has a performance scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at the West Side YMCA at New York City’s APAP Festival. Parents can find out about The Ohmies’ latest tour dates, news and more online at http://www.facebook.com/TheOhmies and http://theohmies.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.