The Harmonica Pocket’s Latest Album Is A Positive Addition To 2021’s Field Of New Family Music Albums

Courtesy: Goldfish in your Cocktail Music

Singer-songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar released his latest family music album this week in the form of Sing Your Song.  His fifth family music album under the moniker of The Harmonica Pocket, it was released Wednesday through Goldfish in your Cocktail Music.  The 13-song record is a presentation that families will find hearing every now and then.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes play their own pivotal part to the album’s presentation, too, so they will be examined a little later.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own part to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album an enjoyable new family music offering from Apgar.

Keeth Monta Apgar’s latest family music album, Sing Your Song will leave most audiences singing its praises.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements, for the most part, present a decidedly neo-folk/pop sound and approach.  That is evident right from the album’s outset in its title track.  The light approach taken in the guitar, vocals, drums and harmonica here walk that line of neo folk and pop expertly.  It conjures thoughts of works from the likes of Ben Folds and others of his ilk.  To that end, the arrangement proves just as appealing to grown-ups as to children.  In fact, older audiences might find the arrangement even more appealing than their younger counterparts.  ‘One Two I Love You,’ the album’s next track, is more of a kindie-folk/pop type of work in its musical arrangement.  What is oddly interesting here is that the short, almost percussive vocal delivery that Apgar uses here against the song’s instrumentation lends itself to comparison to a certain well-known song from none other than The Beatles.  It is so subtle but it is there, at least in the ears and mind of this critic.  That alongside the arrangement’s more pronounced neo-folk/pop sound and stylistic approach makes for all the more engagement and entertainment here.  Apgar changes things up again immediately following that song in ‘Nest.’  The even more subdued, simple approach and sound taken here immediately leads one to think of Jack Johnson.  That is evidenced through Apgar’s vocal delivery style alongside the simple use of the ukulele and guitar.  As if that is not enough proof of the interest that the album’s musical arrangements bring, the use of the horns in ‘Sand Song’ gives the song a little bit of a ska tinge.  It makes for its own interest, too.  From there through to the album’s end, the neo-folk styles change consistently, going so far as to include some country leanings in ‘Everything is Everywhere.’  Perhaps the most notable arrangement of all is Apgar’s take of the timeless tune, ‘Stand By Me.’ His neo-folk leanings are here, too.  At the same time though, he does well to stay true to the source material at the same time.  The balance of that original sound and style alongside Apgar’s own approach gives the song such a unique presentation and makes it really the most notable of the album’s accents.  When it is considered alongside everything else examined here and the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole makes clear, the importance of the album’s musical arrangements.  For all of the impact that the arrangements have on the album’s presentation, they are just part of what makes the album worth hearing.  Its lyrical themes are also key to its interest.

The lyrical themes feature throughout Sing Your Song are important because of their own variety.  From beginning to end, Apgar touches on a wide range of topics.  ‘Itchy 9’ for instance is a fun, silly, short song about those itches that we get and how it seems like they spread when we scratch them.  He is right, too.  Kids and adults will connect with this song because everyone experiences this every day.  An itch gets scratched, but then suddenly another spot itches.  It will put a smile on any listener’s face.  On another note, ‘Everything is Everywhere’ is another silly song, but in this case, it is a song about body parts being in the wrong place.  From the subject’s nose to being in his ear and on his chin, to the person’s eye being in his mouth, everything is all mixed up.  He even sings that his feet are on his shoulders and that his toes are on his face.  It is just another fun, silly song whose light approach will put a smile on listeners’ faces in its own way.  ‘Twinkle Twinkle,’ on yet another hand, takes the classic children’s song and just puts it into Apgar’s own unique delivery, using all of the song’s verses instead of the one that everybody knows.  Yes, this song has more than one verse, so it is nice to hear at least one artist present the song in whole.  It is just one more example of the variety in the album’s lyrical themes.  When that variety is considered along with the subtle variety exhibited through the album’s musical arrangements, the whole of that content gives audiences reason enough to hear this album at least once.

At this point, it should be clear that Apgar’s latest family music offering has plenty of positives in its content.  While the content does plenty to make the album appealing to audiences, it is still only a part of what makes the album work.  The content’s sequencing rounds out the album’s most important elements.  The sequencing is especially important because of the light approach taken to each and every song here.  Apgar and those with whom he worked clearly used plenty of time and thought in sequencing the record.  They made sure that the subtleties in the arrangements’ variances changed just enough from one song to the next.  They also ensured that even as light as the record is throughout its 42-minute run time, that it never gets too light.  Believe it or not, it is possible for a record to be too light (or even too heavy depending on the case).  In this case, Apgar and company’s attention to detail paid off.  The result is a record that succeeds just as much for this aesthetic element as for its content.  Keeping all of this in mind, the record’s sequencing and content alike make the album worth hearing occasionally.

Keeth Monta Apgar’s latest family music album, Sing Your Song is a positive new offering from the veteran singer-songwriter.  Its success comes in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements are relaxed and light from one to the next.  At the same time, each presents its own unique identity.  Those identities come through the subtle touches put in each composition.  The album’s lyrical themes are diverse in their own right, each being family friendly.  They will connect with listeners of all ages, too.  The sequencing of that collective content rounds out the album’s most important elements.  That is because it takes everything noted into account in ordering each song in the final product.  The result is that the album ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment from start to end.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Sing Your Song well worth hearing occasionally by any family.

Sing Your Song is available now. More information on The Harmonica Pocket’s new album is available along with all of the act’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://harmonicapocket.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HarmonicaPocket

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HarmonicaPocket

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.