Kelli Welli’s Latest LP Is Anything But A “Joke”

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Family music entertainer Kelli Caldwell (a.k.a. Kelli Welli) is scheduled to release her latest album this week in the form of Robots Don’t Tell Jokes. The 15-song record is scheduled for release Friday through 8 Pound Gorilla Records and will come barely more than a year after the release of her then latest album, Let’s Go Pistachio! Caldwell’s forthcoming album offers plenty to appreciate in part through its diverse musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. The album’s lyrical themes are diverse in their own right and will be examined a little later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the record’s presentation. All things considered, they make Robots Don’t Tell Jokes anything but a joke of a family music album.

Robots Don’t Tell Jokes, the latest album from family music entertainer Kelli Caldwell (a.k.a. Kelli Welli), is another positive addition to this year’s field of new family music albums. That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements are diverse, taking audiences in a variety of directions from one song to the next. Right from the album’s outset, ‘Rainbow Love Song,’ audiences get an arrangement that blends Caldwell’s kid friendly leaning with a 60s folk style approach and sound to make the song a unique presentation in itself. Later as the album progresses, Caldwell tugs at parents’ heartstrings in the subtle country western style sound and approach of ‘I Will Miss You.’ When the deeply emotional arrangement, which again is so subtle and simple in its presentation, pairs with the song’s lyrical theme of a parent telling his/her child that he/she will be loved no matter how old he/she gets, it will bring tears to any parent’s eyes. Caldwell’s take on the classic children’s song, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ stays true to its source material while adding its own heartfelt touch while on yet another hand, a song, such as ‘Dognado changes things up even more, its eventual energy doing well to mirror the energy in a family’s attempt to handle multiple dogs at one time in the home. Between these arrangements and all of the others featured in Robots Don’t Tell Jokes, the whole of the album’s musical body makes for reason enough for audiences to take in the album. When the album’s musical arrangements are considered along with their companion lyrical themes, the record’s appeal increases.

The lyrical themes featured in Robots Don’t Tell Jokes are just as diverse as the album’s musical arrangements. From the serious to the silly and areas in-between Caldwell touches on plenty of content. Among the most notable of the album’s silly songs is the simply-titled, ‘Stinky Shoe.’ Caldwell sings about, well, a stinky shoe in this case and what to do about it. The song’s subject tries to pass off the smell sneaker to someone else, but that person clearly wants nothing to do with the apparel. It is a completely lighthearted moment that is sure to put a smile on any listener’s face. Caldwell also encourages her young listeners to enjoy math with the aptly titled ‘Multiplication Song.’ She does so here by teaching a basis lesson about multiplying, actually multiplying 1 and 1, 2 and 2, and so on until she reaches 100. That she can put the skill, which so many children despise, in such a fun fashion will hopefully get her young charges to be more accepting of the importance of this math skill. On a much more serious note, Caldwell promotes the importance of individuality through the album’s title track. In this original approach to the familiar topic, she uses a robot who defies society’s expectations and standards and tells jokes rather than just being another robot. The metaphorical language that she uses here is a great, original way to take on the topic. On an equally serious note, Caldwell touches on the topic of inclusivity in the album’s opener, ‘Rainbow Love Song.’ The topic is broached by pointing out that all of the rainbow’s colors each bring something positive to the bigger picture and compares that to how every person brings something positive to the world, and that because of that, we should all come together like the colors of the rainbow. It is a wonderful way to approach the always important topic and just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. When it and the other themes examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s themes, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. When they are considered alongside the album’s musical content, the whole in that case makes for even more appeal in the album. Even with all of this in mind, there is still one more item to examine in the album’s presentation. That item is the album’s sequencing.

The sequencing of the album’s content is important because it takes into full account, the diversity in the album’s musical and lyrical themes and uses that diversity to keep audiences engaged and entertained from beginning to end. The diversity in the arrangements and their energies ensures that the album’s energies remain relatively stable from one song to the next, as well as their styles. The variance in the lyrical themes changes just as much as a result of the sequencing, doing even more to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment. When all of this is taken into consideration, the result is a general effect that is just as appealing as the album’s overall content. Keeping that in mind, the whole of the album’s content and sequencing makes Robots Don’t Tell Jokes another positive addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.

Robots Don’t Tell Jokes, the latest album from Kelli Caldwell (a.k.a. Kelli Welli) is another enjoyable offering from the respected and talented family music entertainer. That is proven in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements are of note because of their diversity. They offer audiences touches of kindie pop and folk, a little kid friendly Celtic punk (believe it or not) and even some subtle country western leaning among so much more. From one song to the next, the arrangements ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment in themselves. The album’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation because they are also so diverse. They touch on topics from the silly to the serious and items somewhere in-between along the way. The sequencing of that content ensures a positive general effect throughout the presentation. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make Robots Don’t Tell Jokes anything but a joke.

Robots Don’t Tell Jokes is scheduled for release Friday through 8 Pound Gorilla Records. More information on the record is available along with all of Caldwell’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.kelliwelli.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kelliwellikids

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/kelliwellikids


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Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top New Family Music Albums Shows The Present, Future Of The Genre

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The genre that is family music is one that has always stood out from the rest other genres that make up the musical universe.  That is because by and large the music that fills that space is constantly so diverse even as the lyrical themes in so many songs are largely the same.  Even being so much the same from one song to the next, the themes are important because they promote individuality, self-confidence, creativity, and so many other items that are key not only for personal growth and development in younger people, but for continued development in older audiences.  To that end, those themes are just as accessible for younger listeners as for their more seasoned counterparts.  In the same vein, the diversity in the genre’s musical content is just as enjoyable if not more so.  That is because honestly, more often than not, it is more diverse than in so much mainstream music for older audiences.  At the same time, it will again, more often than not, appeal to such a wide range of audiences.  Keeping all of this in mind, the world of family music really is just as deserving of having its own list of top new albums as any other genre, and that is why this critic has continued to present exactly that for so many years.

This year is no different from past years, either.  This year was another successful one in the family music world.  New albums from veterans, such as Laurie Berkner, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band joined new records from up-and-comers, such as Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots, Twinkle, and Stacey Peasley among many other established acts.  All in all, this year’s field of new family music albums represented the present and future of the genre very nicely, as today’s list will show.

Keeping in mind everything noted about the importance of the content in every family music record, developing a list of the year’s top new albums in the genre is never easy.  This critic tried, though.  The result of those efforts is this critic’s view of the year’s top 10 best family music albums and five additional honorable mentions, for a total of 15 new offerings.  So without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2021 Top 10 New Family Music Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2021 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY MUSIC ALBUMS

  1. Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Slow Clap
  2. The Story Pirates – The Strawberry Band
  3. Sarah Watkins – Under The Pepper Tree
  4. The Bright Siders – A Mind of Your Own
  5. Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band—Crayon Kids
  6. Laurie Berkner – Let’s Go
  7. Twinkle – It’s OK To Be Me
  8. Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman – Folk For Little Folk Vol. 1
  9. Tracy Bonham – Young Maestros Vol. 1
  10. Genevieve Goings – Great Indoors
  11. Tunes With Tim – We’re All Human
  12. Stacey Peasley – Make It Happen
  13. Jenn Cleary – All Together Now
  14. Kelli Welli – Let’s Go Pistachio
  15. Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots – Seconds

That’s all for this year’s list of top new family music albums.  The new year is just around and the corner and no doubt, lots of new family music is coming with the new year, too.

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Parents, Educators, Kids Alike Will Enjoy Kelli Welli’s Latest LP

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Family music entertainer Kelli Caldwell (a.k.a. Kelli Welli) is scheduled to release her latest album this week.  Let’s Go Pistachio!, her fifth studio recording, is a presentation that pre-schoolers, their parents and teachers alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to its musical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical material adds its own appeal to the presentation. It will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content puts the final touch to the record’s presentation, bringing everything full circle.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Let’s Go Pistachio!  All things considered, they make the record a presentation that while that audiences might not go nuts over (yes, that awful pun was intended), but will still appreciate.

Kelli Caldwell’s latest album Let’s Go Pistachio! is a work that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  From pre-schoolers up to second graders, this record offers plenty to like.  Parents and educators will equally appreciate the record as it proves itself a useful tool in helping raise and educate the noted younger audiences.  Its musical content is just one of the aspects that makes it so appealing to audiences.  The record’s musical content is so important to address because while the record was marketed as a country music style presentation, the 15 songs that fill out the record’s body offer more than just country music.  Case in point is the musical arrangement featured in the album’s title track.  That song’s arrangement features a distinct rockabilly style arrangement complete with solid time keeping and infectious guitar work.  ‘I’m Proud of You,’ on another note does present a subtle country music influence in its arrangement.  At the same time though, the song is more of a lullaby type composition that just so happens to have a touch of a country music influence.  On yet another note, ‘Jumpin Beans’ is anything but country in its musical approach.  Yes, there is a guitar and what sounds like either a banjo or mandolin (or possibly both), but the work in whole is more of a standard kindie pop style work than country composition.  It’s just one more way in which the musical content featured in this album proves its importance.  When taken into consideration with the arrangements at the center of songs, such as ‘We’re Almost There,’ ‘Growing Like A Stringbean,’ and maybe ‘Can’t Find My Appendix,’ the subtle variety in the record’s musical presentations becomes even more evident.  That subtle variety makes even clearer, the importance of the album’s overall musical content.

While the musical content that makes up the body of Kelli Welli’s new album does its own share to make the record appealing, it is just one part of what makes the album stand out.  The record’s lyrical content creates its own appeal for audiences.  That is because it is even more diverse than the album’s musical content, and more clearly so at that.  From celebrating the power of imagination through the use of something as simple as a hat in the album’s opener, ‘The Hat Song,’ to a silly song that plays on something as simple as alliteration (‘Peanut, Pinenut’), to a song that helps children learn about the importance of patience in ‘The Waiting Song’ and its companion ‘We’re Almost There,’ audiences get a wide range of topics here.  That’s just a sampling of the diversity in the record’s lyrical diversity.  ‘I’m Proud of You,’ which comes a little more than halfway through the album, will connect with grown-ups and children alike with its reminder that parents are proud of their children no matter what.  ‘Tonight I’ll Be Brushing One Less Tooth’ is a song about a child losing his/her baby tooth and the excitement that the child in question feels in losing that tooth.  Children will connect easily with this concept while grown-ups will be taken back to their own childhoods in hearing this work.  Simply put, the album’s lyrical content shows great diversity from start to end, covering a lot of ground.  That variety will help serve as a solid starting point for a variety of topics for parents and educators alike.  To that end, it generates even more appeal for audiences.  Together with the subtle changes in the musical arrangements, the two elements collectively make the record’s content reason enough in itself for children and grown-ups alike to hear this album.  The overall content is still just a portion of what makes the album so appealing for audiences.  The sequencing of that content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation. 

The sequencing of Let’s Go Pistachio! is important to examine because of its role in keeping the album diverse in terms of its content.  Additionally, the sequencing plays into the balance of the album’s energy throughout its run.  As noted, the album covers a lot of ground in terms of its lyrical content.  The sequencing ensures that the record’s lyrical content changes constantly from start to end, keeping things interesting enough.  Also as noted, the record is being marketed as a country music style presentation, yet there are some subtle changes in the songs’ arrangements that audiences will catch when they listen closely.  The painstaking efforts to sequence the album while keeping this in mind paid off.  Audiences will agree to this.  That subtle touch will certainly keep audiences entertained in its own right.  There are hints of bluegrass here.  There are more blatantly forward country music tunes, too.  Additionally there are influences of other styles thrown in, as has also been noted, too.  The change in those styles from beginning to end adds its own enrichment to the record, showing even more, the importance of the album’s sequencing.  The sequencing of the album regards to its energies puts the final touch to this presentation.  Over the course of the record’s first half, the energy moves at the right pace and in the right directions at all of the right points.  It opens in upbeat fashion through its first two songs before pulling back in ‘She’s So Bright,’ the record’s third entry.  The more relaxed energy carries on in ‘Growing Like A String Bean’ though that song’s arrangement is slightly more upbeat than that of ‘She’s So Bright.’  What audiences get in the latter, in other words, is a subtle return to the higher energy in which the album opened.  It is not until ‘Tinkle Tinkle Toot,’ which come just past the record’s midpoint, that the energy pulls back again.  From there the album’s energy remains relaxed until the album reaches ‘Kickin’ It With My Chicken.’  From there, the energy actually gets slightly more relaxed right up to the end of the record in ‘We’re Almost There.’  The overall picture is that of a record whose energy rises and falls at all of the right points, to the end that is keeps things just as interesting as the sequencing of the record’s content.  When all of this is considered along with the content itself, the whole leaves listeners knowing by the record’s end, they have listened to a work that is another of this year’s top new family music albums.

Kelli Caldwell’s new album Let’s Go Pistachio! is a strong new offering from the up-and-coming family music entertainer.  That is evidenced in part through its musical arrangements.  The subtleties in the mostly country-style arrangements change things up just enough from one song to the next to keep listeners engaged and entertained through this presentation.  The lyrical content that is featured alongside the record’s musical content adds even more appeal for listeners.  That is because it presents its own expansive diversity.  It covers a wide range of topics that parents and educators alike can use as starting points for lessons on the topics in question.  The sequencing of all of that content and in regards to the record’s overall energy puts the finishing touch to the record’s presentation, ensuring in its own way, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  It makes certain that the record never becomes monotonous as it changes things from one song to the next.  It brings everything full circle.  When it is considered along with the record’s content, the whole of the album proves itself to be a pleasant new presentation from Caldwell that deserves its own spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family albums.  Let’s Go Pistachio! is scheduled for release Friday.  More information on the record is available along with all of Caldwell’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.kelliwelli.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelliwellikids

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelliwellikids


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