Family music entertainers Wendy and DB are scheduled to release their new album, Into The Little Blue House Sept. 23 through Tigerlily Music. The 13-song record (its fifth) came Monday roughly two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Hey Big World. That record won the NAPPA Award, Mom’s Choice Award, and Creative Child Album of the Year. The duo’s latest album is certain to generate its own share of acclaim, too. That is due in part to its featured musical content, which will be discussed shortly. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical content makes for its own appeal and will be examined a little later. The sequencing of that content brings everything full circle and rounds out the album’s most important elements. 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 welcome presentation for the whole family.
Into The Little Blue House, the latest studio recording from family music act Wendy and DB, is a presentation that continues the success of the pair’s existing catalog. That is proven in part through its musical content. The musical content that is presented here is a full-on blues work. From the familiarity of 12-bar blues to a touch of some Chicago blues and even some more modern sounds, the record’s musical content offers audiences of all ages a wide range of blues styles. Each is sure to engage and entertain audiences in its own way. One of those more modern pieces comes in the form of ‘Peanut Butter Blues Jam.’ The use of the fiddle alongside the drums and organ kind of gives the arrangement something of a country blues approach a la the Allman Brothers Band. The purer 12-bar blues approach that the pair takes comes early in the record’s run in its opener, ‘Little Blue House.’ ‘Please Go To Sleep,’ the album’s penultimate entry, offers a little bit more of that approach. What’s really interesting here is the sense that said arrangement establishes when it pairs with the song’s lyrical theme of a parent just wishing his/her child would go to sleep. Parents won’t be able to help but smile a little bit hearing the mom plead for her child to go to bed in his/her own bed. Those cries of “Please, go to sleep” against the children saying they want to stay up are really funny and accessible for any parent.
Getting back on the subject at hand, the album ‘Tie My Own Shoes’ offers audiences another variant of the blues with its light swing. The arrangement here is something of a jazz/blues style composition that is just as certain to engage and entertain audiences. On yet another note, the gospel-tinged blues of ‘Women of the Blues’ gives audiences even more variety. When it is considered along with the other styles examined here and with those in the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the musical content featured in this record a strong starting point for the record. It is just one part of what makes the album so enjoyable. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s diverse musical arrangements makes for even more engagement and entertainment.
The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is important because of its own diversity. From the album’s opener to its end, the record’s lyrical content focuses on topics ranging from the silly to the serious. Right from the album’s outset, Wendy and DB take on the all too familiar topic of diversity and inclusion. Wendy sings right from the song’s intro that there’s a “Welcome sign/at the door/All accepted/Come explore/A world built from love/Real as it seems/Just imagine/A place of your dreams/Roar like a lion/Whose friend is a mouse/All live together in the little blue house.” The chorus adds, “Where love is planted/Love is grown.” Without question, this small amount of content makes clear, this song indeed takes on the issue of diversity and acceptance. The added note of people talking and listening to one another rather than fighting and learning to express feelings adds even more to that clear message. In an age when this country has become so divided, this message is hugely needed and welcome in itself. It is just one of the many varied themes featured in the record’s body. The pair also promotes women and their contributions to the world through the aptly titled ‘Women of the Blues.’
Wendy sings of the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Minnie, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe among so many other famous women of the blues in this song. Tharpe gained fame through her take on her unique combination of electric sounds and gospel. The hybrid approach brought her fame among fans of rock and roll and R&B alike. while Memphis Minnie (a.k.a. Lizzie Douglas) really became a groundbreaker for women in the genre in general. That is because she was really the first woman to start playing the blues during her lifetime and to break through in the process. Koko Taylor is briefly mentioned as one of the groundbreaking women of the blues. Taylor, often called the “Queen of the Blues” remains today one of the most revered figures in the blues, not just women of the blues. That is because of the way in which she blended so many styles of blues to make her songs and make them so enjoyable in the process. It is noted in the song that she and the others noted here (along with others) have paved the way for women in what was for decades a largely male-dominated world. So in essence, this song is not just about women in the blues, but about promoting gender equality in general. That deeper theme is such that adults will appreciate it, too.
The theme of parents wanting to get their kids to sleep (that eternal struggle) is also approached in this album late in its run in the also aptly titled ‘Please Go To Sleep.’ Every parent will relate to this song’s theme. That is because every parent has fought that proverbial battle of wanting his or her child(ren) to get some much-needed sleep so that they themselves can sleep. The way that the mom basically pleads with the children to sleep in their own bed while the kids say they want to stay up all night is certain to bring plenty of laughter. When it and the other themes examined here are considered with those in the rest of the album’s entries, the over all lyrical content in this record makes for even more reason for audiences to hear the album.
The sequencing of the album’s content puts the finishing touch to its presentation and is also worth examining. The sequencing is important because it keeps the record’s energy flowing from one arrangement to the next while also ensuring the diversity in the record’s content changes constantly throughout. The result of the attention paid to the sequencing is that it keeps audiences just as engaged and entertained throughout as the content itself, because of the positive general effect crafted through said presentation. When it is considered along with the album’s overall content, the whole makes the record a complete success.
Into The Little Blue House, the new album from family music act Wendy and DB is an impressive new offering from the duo. The record’s success comes in part through the album’s musical content. That content is important because it takes on the various sub-genres of the blues throughout its body. That in itself creates plenty of engagement and entertainment. The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical content makes for its own engagement and entertainment. That is because it is just as diverse as said content. The sequencing of that content rounds out the most important of the album’s elements. That is because of its impact of the album’s general effect. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered they make the album one more of the year’s top new family music albums.
Into the Little Blue House is scheduled for release Sept. 23 through Tigerlily Music. More information on the album is available along with the duo’s latest news at:
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