Listeners Will “Celebrate” Stone’s Latest LP

Courtesy:  Packaroonus Records

Courtesy: Packaroonus Records

March is almost over.  That means that another school year is almost over.  And while many parents’ and kids’ thoughts are slowly turning to warm weather and summer vacation, children’s entertainer Nina Stone (a.k.a. Miss Nina) is encouraging kids and their parents to get on the bus (or even back on the bus) with her latest full-length studio recording Every Day’s Your Birthday.  Stone’s third full-length studio recording, it is also the first that she has recorded with her band The Jumping Jacks.  The twelve-song record, which is due out Friday, May 6th, interestingly enough also comes a little more than three years after the release of her last album sha doo be doop.  That album was released April 16, 2013 via MiniMonster.  This latest effort is a good follow-up to that album.  As with said album one reason that it is such a good follow-up is its diverse musical styles.  From beginning to end the record pulls from so many different influences.  There is a Meghan Trainor-style song in ‘My Freeze Dance’ that adults will enjoy just as much as kids.  The bluesy, jazzy sound of ‘Five Little Pumpkins’ stands out just as much as the poppy feel of ‘My Freeze Dance.’  And  ‘DJ in my PJs’ harkens back to the  old school hip hop and rap sounds of Run DMC and The Beastie Boys believe it or not.  These are just a few examples of how the record’s varied sounds play an important part in its presentation.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation as its musical content.  The album’s opener and title track is a prime example of this with its optimistic outlook. ‘Up & Down’ is another key example of the album’s lyrical content.’  Its dual purpose lyrics make it really stand out.  And ‘Colors of You’ with its message of racial harmony is just as important to the album’s whole.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s lyrical themes prove to be just as important as its musical content.  Last but hardly least of note in the album’s presentation is its sequencing.  The ordering of the album’s songs is just as important in keeping listeners engaged as the songs’ musical and lyrical elements.  All three elements play their own important part in the album’s presentation.  Altogether they make this record one that listeners of all ages will want to *ahem* celebrate.

Nina Stone’s new full-length studio recording Every Day’s Your Birthday is a good follow-up to her 2013 album sha doo be doop.  It is a record that listeners of all ages will want to celebrate.  That is thanks in part of the diversity of the record’s musical content.  Over the course of the record’s twelve tracks, the musical content never stays the same.  It exhibits influences from a number of different eras and artists in that time.  ‘My Freeze Dance,’ which comes early in the album’s run is just one example of how varied the record’s sounds are.  It boasts a sound that fans of Meghan Trainor will appreciate.  That influence is clear in the song’s infectious beat courtesy of drummer/percussionist Nathan Terry and what has to be assumed to be Stone’s own guitar work.  Marc Bazerman’s added synthesizer line adds even more of that pop groove to the song, too.  All three parts combine to make this poppy, upbeat song one of the album’s best examples of the importance of its musical content.  ‘Five Little Pumpkins,’ with its bluesy, jazzy style sound is another example of the importance of the album’s musical content.  Again, Nathan Terry shines as the song’s backbone with his smooth, gentle brush strokes on the snare.  The guitar and bass are just as smooth in their approach, almost a la Diana Krall’s ‘Love Me Like a Man.’  Stone’s vocal delivery in the song is just as smooth in its own right.  All things considered here the end result is another song that will entertain older audiences just as much as their younger counterparts if not more so.  It’s just one more example of how the album’s musical content proves so important to its presentation.  The old school hip-hop influenced ‘DJ in my PJs’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s musical content.  The song blatantly throws back to the likes of Run DMC and The Beastie Boys (to a lesser extent) in its approach.  That influence is clear in its infectious beats.  It’s a sound that, again, older listeners will appreciate just as much as children if not more so.  That is because for so many older listeners it will generate a certain sense of nostalgia.  For the younger listeners, it will serve as an introduction to what once made hip-hop and rap so great; what has sadly been largely lost within that community.  It shows the influences and talents of not just Stone but of her fellow musicians, too.  It is hardly the last example of what makes the album’s musical content so important to its presentation, too.  ‘This Song’ and ‘Sunshine Blue Skies’ both harken back to the pop sound that was so popular in the 60s and 70s.  There’s even a light country vibe incorporated into ‘Let’s Go Home.’  Yet again, it shows just how vast the musical influences spread throughout this album.  Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose, listeners will agree in experience it in whole, that its musical diversity is hugely important to its presentation.  Of course as important as the album’s musical diversity is to its whole it is just one part of what makes the album stand out so much.  The lyrical themes presented throughout the album are just as important to its presentation as its varied musical styles.

The musical diversity exhibited throughout Nina Stone’s new album is hugely important to its presentation.  That is because of not just the difference in styles but also the reach through musical eras that it represents.  As important as it is to the album’s presentation it is just one part of what makes this record worth celebrating.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as varied, making them collectively just as important to the album’s presentation as the record’s musical content.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as diverse as its musical influences.  This is exhibited right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Every Day’s Your Birthday.’  While the song’s title may infer one topic, the song’s lyrical content presents something somewhat different.  Stone presents a message of optimism in this song, using the joy of birthdays as its base.  She sings here about living every day like it was one’s birthday.  In other words even as tough as a day might be it is better to live every day with a positive outlook than with a pessimistic outlook.  Sure, it might not be easy to do.  But it makes life better.  It’s a great way to start off this album and just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes as important as its musical content.  ‘Up & Down’ is another song that exemplifies the importance of this album’s lyrical themes.  The song is so important because it presents not one lyrical theme but two.  One of the song’s two themes centers on simple science.  She sings about birds, planes, and other things in the sky as well as things on the ground.  It’s a great way to teach some basic science lessons.  On another level, the song also presents a theme of physical fitness.  That is inferred as Stone encourages listeners to put their hands in the air and then down low, moving them all around along with the rest of their bodies.  It’s a not so subtle way to get listeners of all ages moving.  Keeping that in mind, Stone’s ability to weave both themes together so seamlessly, and still make them so effective and clear, shows even more why both themes are such important parts of the album’s overall lyrical presentation.  They are not the only other examples of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important either.  ‘Colors of You’ is one more example of what makes this album’s lyrical themes just as important as its musical content.  Stone sings in this song about parental love for a child and for another person in general no matter their color.  She doesn’t come right out and say it directly.  But the manner in which she sends the message makes the message clear.  It is yet another great message to send to listeners of all ages especially in a time of such unrest around the world.  It is a message from which listeners of all ages would benefit in hearing it.  Considering this it proves once again the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  It definitely isn’t the only other song that could be cited in that argument, either.  ‘Every Hero,’ ‘Five Little Pumpkins,’ ‘This Song’ and pretty much any of the album’s other songs could just as easily be cited.  Regardless of which song(s) listeners choose, they will agree in hearing each of the album’s songs that the themes which run through each one are in fact just as important to the album as its musical makeup.  That is because those themes are just as diverse as the song’s musical arrangements.  Keeping this in mind the album’s musical and lyrical diversity together go a long way toward making this record one that is definitely to be celebrated this year in the kindie rock field.  As important as both elements are to the album’s presentation they are not the only elements to note in examining the record in whole.  Its sequencing is just as important as its overall content to its presentation.

The overall content presented in Nina Stone’s new album—its musical and lyrical content—gives the album plenty of reason to be celebrated.  That is because both elements present so much diversity in their own right from the album’s opening to its end.  As important as both elements are to the album’s whole, the album’s sequencing proves just as important to the album as said content.  Listeners will notice over the course of the album’s twelve tracks a clear, intentional change in the songs’ energy.  The record’s first three songs present an upbeat, slightly energetic vibe.  That is countered in ‘Colors of You’ with a somewhat more laid back vibe in its musical content.  That laid back vibe doesn’t last but so long, though.  The energy picks right back up from there in the album’s fifth track ‘Up & Down.’  It consistently fluctuates (kind of an oxymoron, huh?) from there on out picking up and then letting back up over and over again.  Such an approach might seem odd to some it is actually a smart approach.  That is because it keeps listeners guessing what will come next, thus ensuring even more listeners’ engagement.  That engagement, in turn, will lead listeners to pay attention to the diversity of the album’s musical and lyrical content.  In experiencing that diversity on both levels, listeners will finally agree that all three elements  work hand in hand to make Stone’s new album one that audiences will celebrate.

Nina Stone’s new album Every Day’s Your Birthday is a record that is a gift to listeners of all ages.  It is a record that in hearing it, said listeners will all celebrate.  That is because of its combined musical and lyrical diversity.  The album’s sequencing will have audiences celebrating the album just as much.  That is because it keeps the album’s energy just as diverse from beginning to end as its musical and lyrical content.  This will in turn keep listeners engaged for the full run of the album’s thirty-seven minute run time.  It brings everything full circle and will lead listeners, once again, to agree that all things considered this record proves in whole to be a great gift for listeners of all ages.  It proves to be a record that is well worth celebrating at least in the kindie rock realm.  It will be available in stores and online Friday, May 6th via Packaroonus Records.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.00.  In anticipation of the album’s release Stone has announced a handful of new live dates beginning April 13th in Brooklyn, NY.  The full rundown for her upcoming live schedule is available online now along with more information on Every Day’s Your Birthday and her latest news at:

Website: http://mymissnina.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mymissnina

Twitter: http://twitter.com/missninastone

 

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