The world of children’s music is one of the greatest within the music universe in whole. The reason being that children’s music proves time and again to actually be more creative and original than that created for grown-ups. Whereas music for adults is easily pigeonholed into given categories, children’s music runs the board from one act to the next. This applies both musically and lyrically. Last year’s crop of new children’s releases more than proves that. Acts both signed and unsigned helped to make that case. And one of the unsigned acts that proved that is independent children’s entertainer Nathalia Palis. Palis released her second independent, full length release Dream a Little late last year as most critics were finishing off their annual year-ender lists. It still managed to make this critic’s list of the year’s list of the best new chidlren’s releases. Dream a Little made this critic’s 2014 year-ender list of the best new children’s albums. And hopefully it made other critics’ lists. It is deserving of such credit not just because of its Latin-infused music but for the mix of fun and positive messages presented throughout the record. The dance-style song ‘Shine’ is one of the best examples of how Palis’ mix of upbeat music and positive lyrics makes Dream A Little so enjoyable. The positive message presented in ‘There’s No One Like You’ is another wonderful mix of fun music and positive lyrics that the whole family will love. So will any animal lover and pet owner out there. For all of the fun music and positive lyrics that Nathalia Palis offers her audiences, she also offers some pieces that are just plain fun, too as is evidenced in the Halloween-themed ‘Shake Them Bones.’ Palis presents an eerie and fun composition in this work that will have listeners of all ages laughing and singing along happily. And it is hardly the last of the songs on this record that make it so enjoyable for families. The other seven songs that make up Dream A Little are each just as enjoyable in their own right. Together with the songs noted here, all ten prove why Dream A Little Dream is one more great addition to 2014’s slate of children’s albums. They also prove collectively why Nathalia Paliis is just as deserving of a record deal as any other major name in the realm of children’s music.
Nathalia Palis has built quite a name for herself within the world of children’s music ever since the release of her 2012 debut album From Here to There. Now on her second full length release Dream a Little Palis has no doubt broadened that audience even more. The ten-track album was released independently. But it is just as enjoyable as anything released by the bigger names in the world of children’s music. And that is proven through Palis’ mix of Latin-infused music and broad swath of lyrical topics. From the album’s interstellar opener about the planets to its gentle closer ‘Sueno Feliz’ which translates roughly to “sleep happy,” every song on this album presents plenty of reason for audiences to enjoy this album. One of the key examples of how that mix of music and lyrics makes Dream A Little so enjoyable is the dance-style ‘Shine.’ It is the anchor for Dream A Little. The song’s dancable musical backing will have audiences of all ages on their feet from the very first note. Its lyrical side will leave just as much of a smile on any listener’s face. That’s because it sends a message promoting self confidence that will resonate with audiences of any age. She sings, “There comes a time when we aren’t so sure/Left with a feeling that’s insecure/Isn’t it funny hwo we hide what we want to share/Afraid that no one cares/It’s ok cause we’re one in the same/From different places/and with different names/With hearts that beat like a drum/Let the rhythm take us to a place where/You can be you/I can be me/We can be anything we want to be…Just be true to your heart.” This is a great message for younger audiences. It is just as important for adults believe it or not. There are just as many adults who suffer from depression and self-doubt every day across this nation. And something as simple as this song could make waves in the lives of those people, too. It really serves to show the wide-ranging impact that this song could and hopefully does have on audiencs. That positive and far-reaching impact coupled with the song’s catchy, danceable beats shows without a shadow ofa doubt why ‘Shine’ is the anchor to Dream a Little. And it is just one example of what makes Dream a Little a dream come true for any parent and child.
The danceable beats that serve as the backing to ‘Shine’ couple with the song’s positive beats to make this song the highest of points on Dream a Little. While the song’s title is mainly in reference to a person shining from their own self confidence. Interestingly enough, the mix of the song’s music and its wonderfully moving lyrics make the song shine within itself. It shows exactly why ‘Shine’ is the highest of points on Palis’ new album. It isn’t the only of the album’s high points, though as is evidenced in the album’s penultimate production ‘There’s No One Like You.’ This song is one to which any animal lover and pet owner will relate and enjoy. The song is told from the stand point of a child who is happily singing to his or her own canine friend, telling said four-legged friend what a great pal the dog is to him or her. The very fact that the song could be sung by a boy or girl is within itself a big reason that the song is so enjoyable. Its story of a child’s friendship with his or her furry friend makes it even more fun for the whole family. The story presented by Palis in this song will take any grown up on a fond trip down memory lane and will make any family without a pet want to adopt a new family member. Palis is quite convincing as she sings, “I remember when I first brought you here/Told you I’d love you and always keep near/So small and scared you were at your new place/I held you tight until you slobbered my face.” Who out there doesn’t remember that first wet, sloppy kiss from their canine friend that said from them, “I love you?” Again, the musical backing set against this happy memory will put a smile on any listener’s face. It only gets better from here as Palis sings, “I never thought you’d be/So very good to me/Always greeting me so cheerfully/You’re always by my side/When it’s rain or shine/It’s true/There’s no one else like you.” There really is no one like man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Unlike people we so often mistakenly call our human friends, we know that the friendship of that animal friend will never waver. That friend wil never talk junk about us behind our backs. She has hit the nail on the head here. And she continues to do so as she sings about the child’s dog being a great pillow, and a great playtime companion both playingoutside and sleeping at night. As upbeat and celebratory as these lyrics and music are collectively, they are still sure to bring a smile and a tear to any grown-up’s eye while putting the biggest smile in the world on the face of any child. It is yet another piece from Dream a Little that makes this album truly a dream come true. It still isn’t the last example of why this album is so enjoyable, either. The Halloween-themed ‘Shake Them Bones’ is one more of so many songs on this album that make it so enjoyable.
Nathalia Palis offers her audiences plenty of smiles throughout the course of the ten songs that make up Dream A Little. ‘Shine’ will have audiences of all ages smiling and dancing happily with its mix of upbeat music and equally upbeat, positive lyrics. ‘No One Like You’ will have any listener smiling and wanting their own canine companion. It may even leave some older audiences with a happy tear-inducing nostalgia. For all of the positive messages and upbeat music spread across Dream a Little, Palis also offers some songs that are just plain fun, too. One of the most enjoyable of those songs is the Halloween-themed ‘Shake Them Bones.’ Palis uses a jazzy musical backing for this song. She opens it with the sound of thunder and the howl of a wolf far off in the distance to set the mood. That mood isn’t too dark for younger listeners, either. Rather, it is made even more fun set against that jazzy musical backing. Just as with the other noted songs, this one will have listeners on their feet just as quickly. It would be no surprise if Palis has her audiences singing along with her, too as she sings, “Stomp and turn just like I do/Shake them bones all through and through/Oh we can’t stop now/Keep on stompin’/It’s lots of fun/Stomp and turn just like I do/Shake them bones all through and through/And just what happens when the music stops/Them bones fall down.” It’s a great tune for audiences of all ages and yet another example of why Dream a Little is a dream come true.
‘Shake Them Bones,’ ‘No One Like You,’ and ‘Shine’ are all exceptional songs within themselves. Together, they comprise just a portion of what makes Dream A Little such an enjoyable work independent release or not. There are plenty of other examples of why the album is so enjoyable in the full on celebratory ‘Pop, Pop, Pop,’ the musical rocket ride that opens the album in ‘Los Planetos’ and a piece in ‘El Amazonas’ that instantly conjures thoughts of Shakira, believe it or not. That isn’t to take away from the album’s remaining four tracks. Those tracks combined with all of the others noted here show once and for all why Dream a Little is a giant dream come true. It is available now and can be purchased online via Nathalia’s own website at http://www.nathaliamusic.com/buy.html. Audiences can keep up with all of the latest news and live dates from Nathalia online at:
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