Flor Bromley’s Latest LP Succeeds Through Its Musical, Lyrical Diversity, And Its Presentation

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Family music entertainer Flor Bromley is clearly the type of person who is not comfortable resting on her own laurels.  That is proven through the release of her latest album, Pachamama.  Scheduled for release Friday, the 11-song record will come barely more than a year after the release of her then most recent album, Fiesta Global.  The album’s success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add their own appeal to the record and will be discussed a little later.  The general presentation rounds out the album’s most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another positive offering from Flor Bromley that will prove another laurel for the family music entertainer.

Flor Bromley’s forthcoming album, Pachamama, is another positive offering from the hugely respected international family music entertainer.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangement.  Bromely’s Peruvian influences are present throughout much of the record.  However, she does add other influences.  Case in point is the hip-hop-infused song, ‘Peas and Carrots.’  The song’s lyrical theme will be discussed later.  The pan flutes and other Peruvian influences are there again, but the rapping and beats that accompany those elements make the song its own interesting composition, musically speaking.  ‘Totora Horse ft. Jason Lansing of Okee Dokee Brothers immediately changes things up again after ‘Peas and Carrots.’  Instead of more hip-hop, Bromley and Lansing bring some bluegrass to audiences this time.  In this case, Bromley’s Peruvian leanings are less prominent.  ‘Mother Nature’ changes things up again, offering more of a flamenco style composition, which has roots in Spain and Mexico.  On another note, ‘Drop of Water’ fuses Bromley’s Latin roots with a light, beachy sound to make another unique musical composition that fits the song’s subject well.   Between these songs and the other compositions featured throughout the album, the whole gives audiences plenty to appreciate in the way of the album’s musical content.  It is just one part of what makes the album stand out.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add their own appeal to the record.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout Pachamama are even more diverse than the record’s musical arrangement.  Going back to ‘Peas and Carrots,’ that song’s lyrical theme is Bromley’s way of encouraging young listeners to try and balance what they eat.  Rather than just sticking to one kind of food or another (which is what so many children do), it is important for kids to try other things.  This is a universal constant.  So to have this theme here is welcome.  On another note, a song, such as ‘Let’s Move It’ is a nice upbeat song whose lyrical theme does exactly what the title infers.  It encourages young listeners to get active, whether it just be through dance (which is highlighted in the song) or just in general, staying active and moving is just as important as eating a variety of foods.  That is especially the case considering the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity in America.  To that end, it makes this theme another key addition to the album.  ‘Luz’ which is sung entirely in Spanish, is clearly a lullaby.  Even someone who might not speak Spanish can understand that focus on getting a child to sleep, comforting the child.  It is yet another example of the diversity in the album’s lyrical content.  Between these themes, those of caring for the planet, and others, the lyrical content featured in this record offers audiences much to enjoy, too.  Considering that with the album’s musical arrangements, the whole makes the album’s overall content reason enough for audiences to take in this record.  It is all just part of the album’s success.  The record’s general presentation rounds out its most important elements.

The general presentation of this record is important because it shows Bromley’s clear intent to reach out to a diverse range of audiences. That intent is evidenced through the presentation of the album first in English and then in Spanish.  It shows that she wanted to include her Spanish-speaking audiences just as much as those who speak English.  It is a very smart course of action on her part.  That is because it ensures a wide reach for the album.  Keeping that in mind along with the impact of the album’s content, the whole of these elements makes Pachamama another definite success for Flor Bromley.

Flor Bromley’s forthcoming album, Pachamama, is a record that her established audiences will enjoy just as much as more casual family music audiences.  That is due in part to the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements show a certain level of diversity, which itself is sure to engage and entertain audiences.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical content is even more diverse than that musical content.  It adds even more appeal to the whole.  The assumed presentation of the album in English and Spanish in one platform makes the presentation complete, ensuring once more the album’s appeal.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from Flor Bromley.

Pachamama is scheduled for release Friday through 8 Pound Gorilla Records. More information on the record is available online along with all of Flor Bromley’s latest news at:

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Flor Bromley Debut’s New LP’s Lead Single, ‘Video’

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Family Music entertainer Flor Bromley is scheduled to release her new album, Pachamama this month.

Pachamana, her latest album, is scheduled for release Aug. 6 through 8 Pound Gorilla Records. Pre-orders are open. In anticipation of the album’s release, Bromley premiered the album’s lead single and its video Friday. The video is presented separately in English/Quechua and Spanish/Quechua.

The song’s musical arrangement highlights Bromley’s Peruvian roots through the use of instruments, such as pan flute and maraca as well as others. It might be just this critic’s own interpretation, but the song’s opening bars seem to hint lightly at The Kinks’ timeless classic ‘Lola.’ The comparison is subtle, but it is there, even if it was unintended. Again, that is just this critic’s own interpretation.

According to information provided about the premiere of Bromley’s new single and video, the song’s lyrical theme is a commentary about caring for the planet. That message is accented through the song’s video treatment.

The video features imagery, such as rich, green forests, beach scenes, and waterfalls. Bromley and fellow performer Wendy Sulca are superimposed over some of that imagery, performing the new single as the song plays over the whole.

More information on Flor Bromley’s new single, video, and album is available online along with all of her latest news at:

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Rabbit!’s New EP Will Give Listeners A Simple Happiness

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Veteran family music entertainment act Rabbit! will release its latest record Friday in the form of its EP, Happiness is Simple.  The eight-song record is the band’s eighth studio recording, following the release of three albums and four other EPs.  Whether listeners are familiar with the band’s body of work – which according to information on the band’s official website includes ad work with companies, such as Frito-Lay, Honda, and Crayola  — or they are less familiar with that work, the fact of the matter is that the new record is an appealing work for listeners of all ages.  That is due in large part to the record’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements add their own appeal to the whole.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  It will be discussed later, too.  When it is considered along with the record’s overall content, the whole makes the EP a successful new offering from Rabbit! that will give happiness to every listener.

Rabbit!’s new forthcoming EP Happiness is Simple is an aptly titled presentation from the veteran family music entertainment act.  It is aptly titled because it is such a simple way to bring audiences happiness. That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question exhibit a mix of modern indie-pop and vintage Beatles influence for the most part.  Even with that one connecting thread there, the arrangements vary from one to the next.  This plays into the record’s sequencing, which will be discussed later.  The EP’s title track for instance, which closes out the record, uses its infectious choruses and simple melody and rhythm to make a whole that is unique in its own right.  The choruses, as big and bombastic as they are, conjure thoughts of Mumford & Sons while the verses are much simpler.  That contrast, that juxtaposition creates a wonderful overall impact that is certain to resonate with listeners. 

On another note, a song, such as ‘Let’s Get Started’ bears an arrangement that lends itself   to comparison to Electric Light Orchestra’s famous song, ‘Mr. Blue Sky.’  At the same time, it also bears some similarity to works from The Beatles, too.  That mix of vintage pop music from two completely different eras that are still so similar makes for another work that is unique in its own right, too.  The call and response in the vocals against the keyboards, guitar and drums plays so well into that impact.  The whole is a work that stands well against the rest of the EP’s arrangements and shows in its own way, what makes the record’s musical content so enjoyable.

‘Dogs Like These,’ on yet another hand, changes things up even more, with something of a hybrid indie/ska-punk sensibility.  That is evidenced through the presentation of the guitar line and vocals.  The light, bouncy feel immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Reel Big Fish and Mighty Mighty Bosstones, just without all the horns.  It makes for yet another unique musical addition to the EP.  Together with the other arrangements noted here and the rest of the record’s compositions, the musical content in whole here makes the EP’s overall musical arrangements unquestionably important to the record’s presentation.

While the musical arrangements featured in Happiness is Simple are clearly key in their own way to the whole of the record’s presentation, they are just a part of what makes the record so appealing.  The EP’s lyrical content is important in its own way to the EP’s presentation, too.  The lyrical themes featured here are just as diverse as the record’s musical content.  Right from the EP’s outset, listeners are presented with a song in ‘Tough Enough’ that is a simple reminder to listeners that they are…well…tough enough to get through life’s more difficult situations.  The song even notes early on, “If you fall down/Then get up again/You’re tough as nails/Brick and stone.”  It even tells listeners that those who even do something as simple as sleep with the night light off are “the boss.”  That is a big statement in itself.  The song even makes not of people “rolling with the punches like a heavyweight/And dishing out as much as we can take/The Creature from the Black Lagoon might hesitate/To get in the way of a hurricane/Tough enough/We never give up/When the going gets rough/It’s when the tough keep going/There’s no time for slowing/’Cause we are on the move.”  That mention of the Creature from the Black Lagoon is a great reference that older listeners will appreciate.  The overall message that encourages young people to live their lives and just do their best; to be strong physically, mentally, and emotionally, is a wonderful theme for not just children, but grown-ups, too.  It is just one example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes.  ‘(I Let The) Wheels of the Bus’ is another great example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘(I Let The) Wheels of the Bus is so important to cite because of its own message of encouragement.  The song’s lyrical theme is one of simply living life as it comes, not stressing out about what comes.  That the band would deliver that powerful message by making reference to a simple children’s song in the title is brilliant in itself.  The delivery of that message makes for even more appeal.  It delivered most strongly in the song’s chorus, which finds the song’s subject singing, “I let the wheels of the bus/Take me wherever the wind blows.”  The note in the song’s lead verse that the bus’ “destination was not discussed” adds even more to that noted theme.  The whole of that and the rest of the song’s lyrical content makes for a message that every parent will welcome just as much as any child. 

The album doesn’t reserve its lyrical content just for serious messages.  ‘Dogs Like These’ is a fun, light work that is simply about someone dealing with a dog that apparently needs some obedience training.  From the mention of the dog chewing the couch, to not sitting and staying, to more, the subject asks time and again, “What am I gonna do/With a dog like you?”  The energetic questioning is something to which plenty of new owners will relate.  It’s yet another way in which the record’s lyrical diversity shows itself and at the same time shows its accessibility and entertainment as a result.  When it and the other lyrical themes are considered together with the record’s musical content, the whole makes this record’s content overall, a solid foundation for its presentation.  That foundation is cemented through the sequencing of said content.

The sequencing of Happiness is Simple is important to note because on the surface, it ensures the stylistic approaches to the arrangements varies throughout the EP’s half-hour run time.  On another level, it ensures the songs’ energies change just enough and in turn keep the record’s pacing stable.  Listeners will note that the record starts on a mid-tempo note in ‘Tough Enough’ but then picks up in ‘Submarine’ with its upbeat club style arrangement.   From there, the record’s energy gradually eases off more up until it reaches ‘Dogs Like These.’  That song’s musical arrangement dramatically picks things back up before giving way to the much more relaxed arrangement featured in the record’s closer/title track.  Simply put, the album’s sequencing ensures that it does not become redundant at any point, but rather keeps things changing from start to end.  This ensures once more, the record’s engagement and entertainment.  When this is considered along with the impact brought on by the record’s overall content, that whole makes Happiness is Simple a simple success for Rabbit!

Rabbit!’s new EP Happiness is Simple is a positive new offering from the veteran family music entertainment act.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question all exhibit a similar stylistic approach, but still present their own unique sounds.  That in itself makes for its own interest.  The lyrical themes that accompany the musical content range from the serious to the silly, making for even more interest.  The EP’s sequencing brings everything together, ensuring the variations in the musical and lyrical content keeps things interesting for listeners.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make the EP certain to generate its own simple happiness for audiences.  Happiness is Simple is scheduled for release Friday.

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Mike Phirman’s New EP Is A Small Record, But Boasts Big Appeal

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Family music entertainer Mike Phirman is kicking off the weekend by releasing his new EP, Activity Books.  The 17-minute presentation is a unique addition to this year’s field of new family music records.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements that are featured within the EP.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that is featured along with the songs’ musical arrangements add their own appeal to the record and will be discussed a little later.  The fashion in which the songs are presented here rounds out the EP’s most important elements.  When it is considered along with the songs’ overall content, the whole makes Activity Books its own interesting musical presentation that every listener will find engaging and entertaining.

Mike Phirman’s new EP, Activity Books is a presentation from which listeners of all ages will find something to appreciate, not the least of which is its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question vary from one to the next, but still present a positive, upbeat energy throughout.  The EP’s opener, lead single, ‘Connect The Dots/Luggage Dog’ for  instance, opens with an a capella approach and style that conjures thoughts of Sesame Street’s timeless animated pinball “sketch.”  The manner in which the perfomers sing-count is so similar to that of the noted feature.  Meanwhile, ‘Luggage Dog’ conjures thoughts of the light musical numbers from PBS Kids ‘Steve Songs.’  That the whole barely tops the 90-second mark ensures even young listeners’ engagement even more.  ‘Color By Number/Bobbing and Weaving’ changes things up again with its dual African percussion style approach to ‘Color By Number’ and the massively different EDM style approach to ‘Bobbing and Weaving.’  The stylistic approaches continue their constant change from there, with elements of kindie-pop and even some funk showing up at other points.  There is even a catchy drum cadence in ‘Maze’ that will appeal to so many listeners.  All things considered here, the musical content featured in this EP makes for plenty of enjoyment.  For all that the diverse range of musical styles does for the album’s appeal, it is just a portion of what audiences will appreciate.  The lyrical themes that accompany the EP’s musical arrangements add their own share of enjoyment and engagement to the record.

The lyrical content featured in Activity Books is important to note because it is diverse in its own right.  What’s more, the items that the songs touch on will all connect with young listeners.  From the simple joy of doing a word search in the aptly titled ‘Word Search’ to doing a connect-the-dots activity, to the equally enjoyable color by numbers activity, listeners of all ages will enjoy every work here.  Older listeners meanwhile will be taken back to their own childhoods as they take in each song’s theme.  There is even a song here that celebrates the joy of solving mazes in activity books, and finding things wrong with a given picture.  For those who don’t know, such activities still exist in the family favorite magazine, Highlights.  Getting back on the subject at hand, the lyrical celebration of the happiness that doing those activities brings pairs with the enjoyment generated by the record’s relatively diverse musical arrangements to make the record even more enjoyable.  Even with all of this in mind, that collective is just part of what makes Activity Books successful.  The manner in which the record’s content is presented rounds out its most important elements.

The manner in which the record’s content is presented is important because it actually shows that there is more content than marketed.  Overall, the EP lists a total of five tracks.  However, four of the EP’s five featured songs is composed of two parts.  So in reality, listeners get a total of nine songs, not just five.  Given, the longest of the EP’s songs – its closer — runs approximately four minutes, 24 seconds, but even if the songs were split, the EP’s total run time would still be the same.   In short, the presentation of Activity Books makes it look brief.  However, the presentation is misleading, but in a good way.  Audiences get here essentially nine songs, not five.  What’s more, those nine total songs run a total of 17 minutes.  The songs also present a relatively wide range of musical styles and lyrical themes.  So all in all, what audiences get here is a record that despite being brief, still is its own big presentation.

Mike Phirman’s new family music record, Activity Books, is a work that listeners of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the record’s featured arrangements.  The arrangements present a relatively wide range of styles.  That is nothing new within the family music realm, but is always welcome.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements are diverse in their own right.  Their collective body celebrates the simple joys of going through things like dot-to-dots, mazes, and word searches.  Adults will love this because of the nostalgia that it will instill in them, while children will enjoy the themes because even today, those activities are still enjoyed by children of all ages.  When these accessible themes are considered along with the short-but-fun musical arrangements, the record gains even more traction.  The actual makeup of the songs reminds audiences that they are actually getting more than is presented, putting the final touch to the record’s presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the record’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Activity Books a work that while small, packs big appeal.  The record is available now.

More information on Mike Phirma’s new EP is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Genevieve Goings’ New LP Largely Lives Up To Its Title

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Family entertainer Genevieve Goings has made quite the name for herself within the family entertainment world over the course of the past decade or so.  From her work on Disney Channel’s Choo Choo Soul, to her own music – which has earned her a handful of Gammy® nominations and even a Parents Choice Award – Goings has clearly made her own place within the overall entertainment world.  Now Friday, Goings will add to an already stacked resume when she releases her new album The Great Indoors.  While it is being marketed as an album, the record consists of only five songs, which is intriguing, but that brief 12-minute run – which is typically considered more of an EP type presentation than LP – is still a presentation that families will find engaging and entertaining in its own right.  That is proven collectively through the recording’s musical and lyrical content, as is shown in part through one of the record’s entries, ‘Grateful.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Shadow Puppets’ is another of the songs featured in this brief record that serve to show its strength.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘All Year Long’ does its own share to make Goings’ new record interesting, too.  It will also be discussed later.  All three songs do their own part to make Goings’ new album stand out.  Together with the other two songs not noted here, the whole makes The Great Indoors a record that every family will enjoy.

Genevieve Goings’ new forthcoming album The Great Indoors is an engaging and entertaining new offering from the veteran entertainer that families will find enjoyable.  That is evidenced through the record’s musical and lyrical content together.  ‘Grateful,’ which is one of the record’s singles, is one of the examples of how that content comes together to make the album appealing.  The song features a musical arrangement that will appeal to any R&B fan.  The steady beat pairs with Goings’ controlled vocal delivery and tone to conjure thoughts of vintage Whitney Houston.  If that is not reason enough for audiences of all ages to hear this song, then nothing is.

As if the musical aspect of ‘Grateful’ is not enough reason for audiences to hear this song, its lyrical content adds to that reason.  The song’s lyrical content is timely, as it focuses on the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  As we all know, the pandemic has led the nation’s elected officials to recommend that even families not come together.  Sadly it has forced families from even being able to be with their loved ones in long term care facilities.  In this song, Goings addresses all of that while working to remind listeners that they should just be appreciative to even be able to communicate through modern electronic media.  She sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m grateful/For my family and friends/Can’t wait to see you again/Gosh, I feel so lucky/’Cause I feel so much love/Like great big arms around me/Wrapping me in a hug/Gonna call up everybody/All across the globe/Wanna sing, sing/Let it ring, ring/And say hello, hello/It could be a zoom party or a Facetime piece/As long as we’re together/Doesn’t matter how we meet/We’ll be alright/Even if it’s on Skype/We’ll be alright/I’m grateful/For my family and friends/Can’t wait  to see you again.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “I know it isn’t so easy/Being so far apart/Util next time you see me/Keep me in your heart/’Cause when we got each other/We’ll never feel alone…”  Goings continues in similar fashion from here through the rest of the verse, so there is really no need to go on.  Simply put, she is striving here, to put a more positive spin on the emotional difficulty that has come with families and friends being forced to be apart as a result of the pandemic, noting that it is still possible to communicate even over long distances.  It is an admirable effort that will appeal to audiences.  The addition of the song’s catchy musical arrangement, which will appeal just as much to older listeners as to children, to the mix makes the song stand out even more.  The whole is just one of the ways in which The Great Indoors.  ‘Shadow Puppets,’ another of the record’s singles, does its own share to add to the record’s appeal.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Shadow Puppets’ is a bit of a reggae style composition mixed with some catchy, upbeat club influence.  The balance of the two influences and the clear auto tuning makes the song’s arrangement its own infectious presentation that will appeal to audiences of any age.  It lends itself lightly to thoughts of songs from the likes of Sublime, 311, and Sugar Ray.  That catchy, radio ready sound works with the song’s lyrical content, which as noted is about…well…making shadow puppets, and makes for even more interest.

Goings sings of the joy from simply making puppets from light, “Shadow puppets on the wall/Some of them are big/Some of them are really small/Anywhere we want to go/We can take a trip into the impossible/Have you ever seen a bunny bounce, bounce, bounce/On the bottom of the sea/Did you know that snails go round, round, round in Ferarris?/I saw three cockatoos/Chillin’ by the pyramids/When I asked them what to do/They said I should dance like this/Boogie to the left/Boogie to the right/Shimmy, shimmy up and down/Boogie all day/Boogie all night/’Til the light goes out.”  This fun, nonsensical language is a clear illustration of what happens when people use their imaginations to create the noted shadows puppets.  It really is a lost art that can help people develop their imaginative side.  That is something that is especially important for young people now more than ever.  That encouragement to use one’s imagination (whether alone or with family) continues in the song’s second verse, in which Goings sings, “Did you know baby elephants love, love, love swinging on the swings/I’m sure you know that dogs say, “ruff, ruff, ruff” even when they sing/I saw two cougars/They were working out at the gym/When I asked them what to do/They said I should move like them/Boogie to the left/Boogie to the right/Shimmy, shimmy up  and down/Boogie all day/Boogie all night/’Til the light goes out.”  Again, here is that continued encouragement for listeners to use their imaginations and get their feet moving in the process.  So what audiences get here is a dual-pronged tune whose musical arrangement not only encourages listeners to be creative, but to get moving while they are indoors, too.”  This is content that is certain to resonate with plenty of listeners of all ages and yet another example of what makes Goings’ new record appealing.  ‘Summer All Year Long’ is yet another notable addition to the album.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Summer All Year Long’ is a catchy pop/R&B style composition that holds its own against songs from any of Goings’ counterparts that are making the rounds on any mainstream Top 40 station out there today.  The infectious, steady guitar line and beat work with Goings’ vocal delivery to make a whole composition that lends itself easily to works from the likes of Jamiroquai, Megan Trainor, and others of that ilk.  That funky vibe will certainly get into older audiences’ heads just as much as those of their younger counterparts.  Of course the song’s musical content is just a part of what makes the song stand out.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement echoes well, the excitement felt in expecting summer and its high temperatures.

Goings sings of the noted expectations for summer in the song’s lead verse, “We didn’t get a summer/So we’re hot/All year long/So much time/Inside/Summer passed us by/Weather’s cooling down/Bring summer back around/Grab your hat/Grab your shades/Grab your beachball/Make some waves/Grab your towel/Grab a chair/Make it look like the beach in there/Pose/And switch/Head/And hips/Turn/Now freeze/Cool/Feel the breeze.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Free activity/That’s all you really need/Just use your mind/To make/A tropical escape.”  From here, Goings returns to the song’s chorus.  While Goings is right that using one’s imagination is important, this one might be a little more difficult because imagining the beach, or some random tropical getaway is not so easy — even in summer — in one’s back yard.  Garfield might have been able to do that in one of the shorts from the timeless animated series Garfield & Friends, but in reality, not everyone has a pool in their back yard.  It just means that imagining such a situation will be slightly more of a challenge (at least if people are not able to enjoy the beaches — god forbid).  Overcoming that challenge will hopefully result in families creating their own tropical paradises or realizing their “fantasies” with trips to the beaches.  Regardless, what Goings has done here is create yet another inventive way for families to pass time until the powers that be decide to tell us that what is okay for us is to go outdoors since they seem to think they know better than us.  When this song is considered along with the rest of the record’s songs, the whole of the five-song recording proves to be a record that will help spending time indoors great.  We can only hope that being forced indoors will only last a short time longer.

Genevieve Goings’ new record Great Indoors is a presentation that largely lives up to its title.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  The musical arrangements that flesh out the record will get listeners of all ages on their feet, passing the time dancing together.  The lyrical content that accompanies songs’ musical arrangements go a long way toward giving families creative ideas about things they can do together to pass the time, too.  All three of the songs noted here support the noted statements in their own way.  When they are considered along with the two remaining songs not addressed here, the whole of that content makes the record in whole that largely lives up to its title.  Great Indoors is scheduled for release Friday through 8 Pound Gorilla Records.

More information on Goings’ new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

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Frances England’s New EP Is A “Sweet” New Family Music Offering

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Grammy-nominated singer Frances England is scheduled to release her new EP Honey Friday.  The six-song record, scheduled for release through 8 Pound Gorilla Records, is a record that families will welcome into their homes.  That is thanks in part to the musical arrangements that make up the body of the 16-minute record.  They will be addressed shortly.  The record’s overarching lyrical theme adds its own touch to the noted presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here does its own part to make Honey appealing.  Collectively, they make the record its own sweet musical treat.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Frances England’s new EP Honey is an appealing presentation that the whole family will enjoy.  That is thanks in part to the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question immediately lend themselves stylistically to works from England’s fellow family music entertainer Diana Panton.  That is evidenced through the combination of England’s gentle, lullaby style vocal delivery that runs through each song and the equally gentle guitar work.  The vocals and guitar are just part of what is worth noting in regards to the record’s arrangements.  Audiences will like that the arrangements change from one to the next.  Case in point is for instance the EP’s lead single ‘Glue.’  The song, which also serves as the EP’s opener, is a light, bouncy work complete with what is either a pair of bongos or a tabla.  It is such a simple work, yet so light that it will put such a positive sense in listeners’ minds.  By comparison, ‘Home,’ the EP’s penultimate track is far more reserved, but not necessarily in a bad way.  Rather, it is a composition whose simple guitar and vocal layering echoes the relaxed happiness of being at home.  It really serves to reflect that happiness, ease, and security that is felt at home.  ‘Red Balloon,’ in comparison to each of the noted songs, is a light, airy work that helps illustrate the happiness that comes from using one’s imagination.  One could almost argue that this song’s arrangement can be likened to works from Jack Johnson.  When this arrangement and the others noted here are set alongside the EP’s remaining trio of compositions, the whole of that musical presentation forms a solid foundation for the record.  When EP’s musical arrangements are considered alongside the disc’s lyrical content, that presentation becomes even stronger.

The lyrical content featured in Honey follows one overarching theme – family.  That is evidenced right from the EP’s opener, ‘Glue.’  The song talks about the connection between a parent and a child.  In simpler terms, the song is about the importance of family and the ties that bind.  ‘Best Friends’ the record’s second song, is again a celebration of family.  In the case of this song, the best friends are the parents and children.  This is made clear early on in the song as the song’s subject sings about wanting to see that “best friend” first thing when waking up in the morning.  From there, the subject sings about doing so many things together, from simply hanging out in the backyard together, to swimming in the pool in the summer and just looking out for one another.  The EP’s title track is yet another song that exhibits the noted overarching theme.  It is called ‘Honey,’ but ‘Honey’ here is meant in the sense of a parent using the term of endearment for a child as he/she assures the child that he/she will be taken care of after a long day.  ‘Home’ and ‘Daddy-O’ also feature the noted theme in their own unique way.  As noted already, ‘Home’ is a celebration of that feeling of safety and comfort felt at home with family.  Daddy-O’ meanwhile is a tribute to all of the fathers out there.  Keeping all of this in mind, the overarching theme of family that is exhibited in the EP is clearer than ever.  When this is considered along with the EP’s musical arrangements, the two sides come together to make for even more appeal in the record’s presentation.  They are not the EP’s only notable items.  Its production is the last of those items.

The production featured in Honey is important to note because, again, of the minimalist approach to the EP’s songs.  Yes, there is some percussion.  Yes, there are vocals and a guitar, but each item is used in such subtle fashion throughout the record.  That meant that more work than usual had to be done in order to make sure everything was perfectly balanced.  Those painstaking efforts paid off, too.  The emotional impact of each song and its arrangement was maximized thanks to the attention to detail.  England’s vocal delivery was balanced so well with the instrumentation and vice versa.  The end result of all of the noted work is a record that will appeal to audiences as much for its aesthetics as much as for its content.  All things considered, the EP proves to be a sweet musical treat for the whole family.

Frances England’s new EP Honey is an appealing new offering from the Grammy Award-winning singer.  That is due in part to its arrangements, which take a minimalist approach, and in turn entertain in their own right.  The overarching lyrical theme that is featured throughout the EP adds to the record’s appeal even more.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation.  Each item noted plays its own crucial part to the record’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the EP its own sweet musical treat for the whole family.

More information on Frances England’s new single is available along with all of her latest news at

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Frances England Celebrates Family With New Single, Video

Courtesy: 8 Pound Gorilla Records

Grammy-nominated singer Frances England gave audiences their first preview of hew new EP this week.

England premiered the video for her new single, ‘Glue‘ Thursday. The song is the lead single from England’s forthcoming EP Honey, which is scheduled for release Nov. 6 through 8 Pound Gorilla Records. The video features visuals, such as a father and daughter shopping together at a grocery story, a mother and son bicycling together, and two sisters dancing together.

The imagery featured in the video is meant to help illustrate the message in the song’s lyrical theme. The theme in question is that of the importance of family and the ties that bind.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Glue’ is a gentle, semi-acoustic presentation that features England singing gently alongside a guitar. A pair of bongos builds on that foundation in its own subtle fashion, adding to the song’s impact.

The track listing for Honey is noted below.

Frances England  –  Honey
Track list

  1. Glue 2:18
  2. Best Friends (Alternate Version) 3:02
  3. Red Balloon (Alternate Version 3:03
  4. Honey 2:02
  5. Home 2:00 
  6. Daddy-O (Alternate Version) 3:09

More information on Frances England’s new single is available along with all of her latest news at

Website: http://www.francesengland.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frances-England-55733054744

Twitter: http://twitter.com/francesengland

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