Late this past June children’s entertainer Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin ended the wait for her new album with the release of When I Was Your Age. The independent, Colombian-born singer-songwriter’s new album came a little less than two years after the release of her 2014 album Dream A Little. Listening through the ten-song record, it is obvious that rather than just repeating that record and everything that made it so enjoyable, she has taken another step forward here. This is proven in part by the album’s opener ‘Dinosaur Dance.’ ‘When I Grow Up’ comes much later in the album’s run but is just as clear of an example of what makes this album work as the album’s opener. ‘Oh Math’ is one more exhibits just as much as ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ McLaughlin’s forward progress on her new album. It is hardly the last song that could be cited in proving that progress, too. Each of the other seven songs that are presented in the album could just as easily be cited in that statement, too. All things considered ‘When I Was Your Age’ proves in the end to be a record that will entertain listeners of all ages.
When I Was Your Age is yet another step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin. That is because at no time over the course of the album’s ten song, thirty-five minute run time does the album ever repeat Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums musically or lyrically. The album’s opener, ‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a prime example of this. In terms of its musical content Palis-McLaughlin used a sort of big band swing approach. Considering that the song is called ‘Dinosaur DANCE’ that should come as no surprise. That upbeat composition is certain to have listeners dancing along, too. The song’s lyrical content will make doubly certain of that as Palis-McLaughlin sings to her young listeners how to dance like a dinosaur, including even the all-important dinosaur roar. Adding even more interest to the song is the fact that she sings both in English and in Spanish. This increases her reach in terms of her listener base in that it will reach English speaking audiences as well as those who are more familiar with the Spanish language. At the same time it also serves as a starting point for lessons on both languages on both sides of each language. To that end, Palis-McLaughlin has crafted a song in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ that will both entertain and educate listeners of all ages and backgrounds. This makes the song a great starting point for When I Was Your Age as well as a clear example of what makes the album another step forward for her.
‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a clear example of what makes When I Was Your Age a solid step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin in her music career. That is clear as it entertains and educates audiences of all ages and backgrounds through both its musical and lyrical approach. It is just one example of what makes this new album an enjoyable new effort from Palis-McLaughlin. ‘When I Grow Up’ shows just as much the progress that she has made with this album. In terms of its musical arrangement, Palil-McLaughlin opted for a reggae sound for its base. The only element that the song’s musical arrangement lacks in making it a full-on reggae composition is the horns. Even without horns the song still boasts a sound that any grown-up reggae fans will enjoy. It might even get younger audiences interested in the genre, too. It is just one part of what makes the song so enjoyable in itself. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement if not more so. That is because its lyrical content serves to motivate young listeners. She and the song’s guest vocalist (who is not listed pursuant to the song) sing from the vantage point of children. They sing about all the dreams that children have, from being president to a fireman to a doctor, scientist and much more. There is no attempt to reach boys or girls specifically. It addresses both boys and girls. It is saying without saying that it is okay for children to have great aspirations. Just as with the album’s opener, both performers sing in both English and Spanish once again. The same message stated about this approach previously applies just as much here as in the case of that song. The positive message about dreaming big sits alongside the dual-language approach to the song to make the song even more memorable and important in the bigger picture of the album. When all of this is set against the song’s musical arrangement it shows even more the importance of this song in showing Palis-McLaughlin’s growth and progress in the album in whole. It is not the last song that shows that growth either. ‘Oh Math’ is one more example her growth and progress.
‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ are both key inclusions in When I Was Your Age. Both songs present their own original musical compositions and lyrical content. The content in question stands wholly separate from that which was presented in Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums. However, it is–collectively speaking–not the only content that shows that growth and progress. The musical arrangement and lyrical content presented in ‘Oh Math’ serves to show that growth and progress just as much as that presented in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up.’ The song’s musical arrangement is a fun, laid back piece that is driven mainly by Palis-McLaughlin’s guitar line. If the song weren’t an educational piece focused on children’s view of math (who hasn’t been there?) it would be a perfect fit on any top 40 adult contemporary radio station because of its poppy licks and occasional bluesy riffs. In terms of its lyrical content, listeners of all ages will, again, relate to the song. That is because the young student that she portrays in the song says all of the things that every math student has said (and still does say to this day). She sings, “Yeah, math/You’ve got many problems for me/Don’t’ min the adding and subtracting/It’s everything else in you that’s distracting/For the first time ever my grade is on the line/Gonna lay it out for in the sum of mine/I just can’t find your x,y, and z/And I’m all out of shape with your geometry/I get so mixed up with all those coins/What’s with those decimals/Don’t see the point.” Everything that she sings here is so true. Who hasn’t said these things or something similar when tackling math in school? Her lighthearted vocal approach to the topic serves to make the song even more entertaining. When her vocal approach is set against the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content, all three elements come together in the one song to make the song in whole yet another example of what makes When I Was Your Age an album that will appeal, again, to listeners of all ages. When the song is set against ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ all three songs show this even more clearly. That is because of the growth that they exhibit from Palis-McLaughlin. The same can be said of the album’s other songs. All things considered, the album shows in whole why Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is one of the best kept secrets in the realm of children’s music.
Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin’s new album When I Was Your Age is only the independent children’s entertainer’s third full-length studio recording. Even being only her third album it shows in whole quite a bit of growth an progress from the Colombian-born singer-songwriter. It covers a variety of musical genres and lyrical topics from its opener to its closer. Those arrangements and topics make the songs compositions that will reach listeners of all ages. When they are set against one another, they make the album in whole even more proof of why she is one of the best kept secrets in the world of children’s music. When I Was Your Age is available now. It can be ordered direct from Nathalia’s website at http://www.nathaliamusic.com/#!music/c10tw along with her other albums. More information on Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is available online now along with all of her latest news at:
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