Family music entertainer Jenn Cleary is scheduled to release her sophomore album, Happy Day June 17 independently. Set for release a little more than a year after the release of her debut album, All Together Now, the 10-song record is a presentation that will make audiences happy every day. That is due in part to the album’s musical body, which will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes add their own interest to the record’s presentation and 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 way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered they make the album a successful second offering from Jenn Cleary.
Happy Day, the second new album from Jenn Cleary, is a positive new presentation from the family music entertainer. The record’s success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements. Speaking more specifically, the diversity in the arrangements is what makes them so important. The album opens with a mid-tempo kindie rock composition in the album’s title track but then quickly changes things up immediately after in ‘Magical Music Train.’ The bluesy harmonica line and the guitar line give the arrangement in this case an identity totally separate from that of the album’s opener. The addition of what sounds like a Hammond B3 organ to the mix adds even more to the engaging and entertaining blues approach here and ensures even more, older audiences’ engagement and entertainment. ‘Plant A Garden’ changes things yet again, taking listeners on a zydeco ride. Cleary and her fellow musicians take another hard right yet again in the very next song, ‘I Like Candy,’ this time in a more country western direction. ‘Take A Walk in the Woods,’ which serves as the album’s midpoint, keeps the changes coming, this time offering audiences a semi-country rock approach. From there to the record’s end, the sounds and styles continue changing just as much all the way through. By the record’s end audiences will agree that the varied arrangements presented throughout the album’s body make for reason enough to hear this presentation.
As much as the album’s musical arrangements do to appeal to audiences, it is just part of what makes the record worth hearing. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements add their own share of interest to the presentation. From the serious to the silly, Cleary presents themes that will resonate with audiences of all ages. What’s more she does this in a way that makes them accessible to just as many audiences. Case in point is the light, flowing ‘Turtle Time.’ The song is a reminder to audiences of all ages that we all need time to slow down after being so overly exposed to the now, now, now nature of the world today. That nonstop energy of the workday and school day. She even notes in her song that parents need that turtle time just as much as children.
On a separate note, a song, such as ‘I Like Candy’ promotes proper dental health and proper eating habits all in one. She sings from the vantage point of a child who loves all kinds of candy but ends up paying for it in the end at a dentist appointment. The dentist goes so far as to tell the child to cut back on sweets and try to eat healthier.
On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Fly, Seagull, Fly,’ which comes across as a sort of neo-folk style composition, is a celebration of the simple things in life. The song’s subject is out on the beach, watching a seagull flying casually up in the blue sky. The seagull is a representation of those simple things that we should all take into account daily and appreciate. It really is a unique way to approach such a deeper concept that will connect with a wide range of audiences. It is yet another example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes so important to its presentation. When it and the other themes pointed out here are considered along with the rest of the album’s themes, the whole leaves no doubt as to the noted importance. It is just one more part of what makes the album appealing. The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.
Throughout the course of the album’s run, the sequencing creates a fully immersive and positive general effect. This is the case even as the sounds and styles of the songs change from one to the next. Other than the record’s finale, ‘It’s Time To Go To Sleep,’ the only other point at which the album’s energy pulls back (and fittingly so) is ‘Turtle Time.’ The relaxed sense of the arrangement does well to help translate the message of needing that time to slow down and just relax. To that end, the stability of the album’s musical content even amidst its constantly changing sounds and styles, the sequencing ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right. When the success thereof is considered along with the impact of the album’s overall content, the whole makes Happy Day a successful sophomore offering from Jenn Cleary.
Happy Day, the new album from Jenn Cleary, is a welcome addition to this year’s field of new family music albums. Its appeal comes in part through its featured musical arrangements. The record’s musical arrangements stand out because of their variety. From one to the next, Cleary offers audiences something different throughout the album. That in itself is reason enough for audiences to hear the album. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical content are just as varied. They range from the serious to the silly. What’s more they are delivered in a fashion that makes them accessible to audiences of any age. The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation. It ensures the album’s energy remains stable throughout its run even as the sounds and styles change. The result is a positive general effect that is just as important as the album’s content. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered they make the album a presentation that will make the whole family happy every day.
Happy Day is scheduled for release June 17. More information on the album is available along with all of Cleary’s latest news at:
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