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This review is from: Poppin' Guitars : A Tuneful of Sherman (CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
As a lifelong Disney fan and as a huge admirer Richard and Robert Sherman (whose collaborative efforts as songwriters shaped my entire childhood), I was intrigued by the idea of this album of acoustic guitar versions of some of their most memorable tunes. If nothing else, these sort of guitar CDs always make for great music at my parties.....
Who knew that such iconic songs could sound almost brand new when interpreted by some of the world's most talented and creative guitarists? The first cut has the brilliant Tommy Emmanuel making "Winnie the Pooh" his very own...it absolutely transports the listener to a magical place. Wings Laurence Juber turns "A Spoonful of Sugar" into yet another one of his completely unique endeavors with savvy playing and miraculous, effortless riffs that knock you over with their surprising twists and turns. The DVD that documents the day that these two talented guitarists played for and met Richard M. Sherman is a terrific peek into what goes on at a professional recording session and the enthusiastic interview with Mr. Sherman is a wonderful extra treat that any Disney fan will thoroughly enjoy.
Doug Smith's "Feed the Birds" is so heartfelt that it brings tears to my eyes....and Doug's and Mark Hansen's duet of "It's a Small World" takes you on a mini musical trip around the world in its execution, which is so creative and whimsical that you can tell that more than anything else, ALL of these wonderful musicians are playing from their "inner children" and remembering just what these tunes meant to them way back when.
But don't think that this is just a "Disney" album....there are tunes on this collection that I had NO IDEA were penned by the Shermans such as the Ringo Starr hit "You're Sixteen." What a blast hearing this song played expertly on the uke by Greg Hawkes of The Cars....again, a whole new way of hearing a classic song.
Disney fan or not, this collection of the Sherman Brothers songs will help you remember the comforting and safe feelings of being a child of the '60s and '70s, when life was ever-so much more simple and twinkly. It's a lovely place to revisit as a forty-something "grown up" all these years later. What a treat - from the first song til the last.
The best way for me to describe "Poppin' Guitars: A Tuneful of Sherman" is to say that these songs were played on guitar strings and anyone who listens to this incredible album will do so with their heart strings.
This is a truly magical album. I can't stop listening to it....and smiling.