Original music for kids and their families filled with story-like lyrics, distinctive characters, and an indie folk-rock sound. Selected as one of Cool Mom Picks best kids' albums of 2009, Winner 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Award, Winner 2009 Dr. Toy Best Play and Learn Vacation Products Award, Winner 2009 Creative Child Magazine's Preferred Choice Award.
Children's music performer Mary Kaye offers twelve original songs that capture children's experience and imagination. In her slightly quirky style, her kid friendly voice has no pretension or affectations; her approach and her premise are child-like, not childish. Both her songs and her performance remind one of the nature based, early works of Buffy Sainte Marie, Donovan, and the Incredible String Band. Songs such as the playful Bug, the delicate Red Cardinal and the beautiful Sea Water embody a timeless quality and seem right in tune with the innocence and sense of wonder of childhood. Mary Kaye sings, plays guitar and wrote all the tracks; she is joined by Dave D'Aran on bass, keyboards and electric guitar, Andrew Beale on drums, and percussion, and the very tuneful kids of Mrs. Trite's third grade class at Central Elementary School contributed backing vocals on three of the songs. --Lahri Bond, Parents' Choice 2009
Children's singer/songwriter Mary Kaye's latest venture is filled with fantastic lyrics and vocals that balance between folk and alt rock stylings. Kaye infuses songs such as Bug, a tune about a bug that is captured in the house, taken outside, and set free, with a contagious melody that will have listeners singing along. Fun songs such as Hot Chocolate Fairy and Tasting Tea are among the12 songs that frequently feature a children's chorus that greatly enhances the pieces. Often the lyrics feel like poetry that is set to music as in Sea Water, which features delightful word play. Kaye's powerful voice drives the beat on songs such as Family, but never overpowers the musicians or chorus. Sure to be a hit with parents and children, this collection would be a welcome addition to children's music collections. --School Library Journal, December 2009
According to Maine singer and songwriter Mary Kaye, the world is a great big music box of sound. This CD, though just under 30 minutes in length, is full of sounds, short and poppy and long and wobbly. In Tasting Tea, Turtley Turtleloo, and Hobbly Dobbly House, for example, Kaye enthusiastically repeats syllables and tries out outlandish rhymes. Other tunes are equally fanciful, featuring characters in Hot Chocolate Fairy and Robbie Robot or sketching the attractions of Sea Water and Sleepy Land...for those in the mood, this collection of a dozen sweet and charming songs goes down easy. --Booklist, November 2009