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Children’s entertainers Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys are preparing to release their new album in only two weeks. The album, Wonderful You is a fun new effort from the veteran children’s musical act. The reason for the album’s success can be summed up in just one word: variety. Between the variety of musical sounds at the center of its 12 songs, the variety of the songs’ lyrical topics, and the variety in the songs’ sequencing, this record offers more than its share of variety, and in turn enjoyment, for the whole family.
Wonderful You is a properly titled new offering from Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. Set for release on Friday, October 14th in stores and online, the variety offered throughout the record’s presentation will keep listeners of all ages entertained and engaged from beginning to end. One way in which the record presents its variety is through the musical sounds presented at the base of each song. That variety begins with the album’s opener ‘One Foot In Front of The Other.’ This song’s musical arrangement is so interesting because of its ABCA format. It starts out with a dual folk/pop approach in its instrumental and vocal arrangement. The C section comes as the song turns to more of a Kansas City Dixieland vibe before switching back to the folk/pop approach of the A section. The variety of sounds and arrangements within this song is just one example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to note in its presentation. The album’s title song is another example of what makes the musical variety so important to note to its presentation.
The musical variety presented throughout Wonderful You is a clearly important part of its presentation. That is shown right off the top in the album’s opener ‘One Foot in Front of the Other.’ It is just one example of why the songs’ musical variety is so important to note. The album’s title track, which comes early in the album’s run, is just as important to note as its opener. That is because it takes a completely different path in its arrangement than the album’s opener. Whereas the album’s opener mixed folk, pop and Dixieland within its three-minute, six-second run time, the album’s title track is a more laid back, jazzy tune. Its arrangement transports audiences into a dimly lit jazz club with its gentle guitar line, bongos, piano and Trien’s own vocal delivery. Even the steady drive of the drums plays its own part in that musical journey. The whole of the song’s arrangement stands completely apart from the album’s opener and the rest of the album’s offerings, too. The result of that identity is another example of why this album’s musical variety is so important to note to its overall presentation. It is yet another example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to the album’s presentation, either. Trien and company also incorporated some reggae into the album as the basis for ‘Round & Round,’ yet another example of what makes the record’s musical variety so important to note in its presentation.
‘One Foot in Front of the Other’ and ‘Wonderful You’ are both key examples of what makes the musical variety of Wonderful You such an important piece of the record’s presentation. They are not the only songs that serve to exemplify this, though. ‘Round & Round’ is one more example of why that variety is so important to the record’s presentation. In terms of its arrangement it incorporates the instrumentation and classic reggae style very well. The easygoing guitar line, tambourine, and bongos instantly conjure thoughts of Jamaica and the Caribbean Sea, taking listeners familiar with their music history back to the days of Bob Marley and The Whalers. It’s nice to hear that full acoustic approach to the genre rather than what has, in so many cases within the genre, been watered down with so much electronics. So not only does this arrangement stand out from those of the previously examined song but it also stands out from so much other reggae out there today. To that end, it shows even more why the musical variety presented throughout this record is so important to its presentation. It is still not the last song that could cited in making that argument. ‘Chi Chi Bom Bom’ with its full-on bluegrass arrangement, ‘Willie and The Hand Jive’ with its similarity to Bow Wow Wow’s ‘I Want Candy’ (musically speaking of course) and the group’s ukulele-driven cover of The Beatles’ ‘All Together Now’ each show just as much the importance of the variety of the songs’ musical arrangement to its overall presentation. All things considered, it should be clear at this point why the musical variety presented throughout Wonderful You is so important to its overall presentation. It is not the only important element to note, though. There is just as much variety in the songs’ lyrical topics as there is to their arrangements. That is just as important to note as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements.
The musical variety that is presented throughout the songs of Wonderful You is in its own right a very important part of this record’s presentation. That is because with its many different musical arrangements it is certain to reach listeners of all tastes and ages. While it is clearly an important part of the album’s whole, it is not the record’s only important element. The variety in the songs’ lyrical topics is just as important to note as that of their musical arrangements, too. The album’s title track tells young listeners that they can be anything that they want to be no matter what. It does this in a way that makes the message accessible to those younger listeners, too. On another note, the album’s opener encourages listeners to keep moving forward no matter what happens from one day to the next. On a lighter note, ‘Magic Wand’ encourages Trien and company’s young audiences to use their imaginations. ‘Feeling Thankful’ takes its own turn with its message of…well…being thankful and appreciative for everyone and everything. Yet again here is another example of the variety present in the lyrical topics presented in the record’s songs. Any of the album’s other compositions could be cited just as easily as those noted here. That being the case, the lyrical topics presented throughout the record’s songs proves in the end to be just as important to note in the album’s presentation as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements. It still is not the last important element to note in examining the record. The variety in the album’s overall sequencing is just as important to note that of the songs’ lyrical topics and musical arrangements.
The variety in the musical arrangements and lyrical topics of Wonderful You’s songs is clearly important in both cases. That is because that variety will reach listeners of all tastes and ages, ensuring doubly the maintained engagement and entertainment of all involved. While that variety is undeniably important the variety in the bigger picture of the album’s sequencing is just as important to note as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical topics. From beginning to end, the variety in the album’s sequencing is in fact just as deliberate as that of the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical topics. The album’s first two songs are steady, upbeat compositions. When the album transitions to its title track, the song’s more laid back vibe makes an enjoyable change of pace for listeners. The album’s energy gradually increases again over the course of its next trio of songs before pulling back again in ‘Round and Round.’ This time, Trien and company waste no time picking back up. ‘Chi Chi Bom Bom’ and ‘Willie and the Hand Jive’ are both rather upbeat tunes, and a direct juxtaposition to the laid back vibe of ‘Round and Round.’ One more back and forth ride in the album’s final three songs rounds out the rollercoaster of its musical energy. The end result is a ride that will keep listeners just as engaged for that variety of tempos as for the variety in its musical arrangements and lyrical topics. All things considered Wonderful You proves in the end to be a record that is…well…wonderful.
Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys’ new album Wonderful You is a properly titled offering. That is because it is…well…a wonderful record. That is due to the variety presented through the record from beginning to end. Its musical arrangements present just as much variety as its lyrical topics. Even its sequencing presents its own variety, too. All things considered, that variety makes Wonderful You a wonderful new effort from Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys. Wonderful You will be available in stores and online via MonkeyJump Music on Friday, October 14th. More information on Wonderful You is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:
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