The Langley Schools Music Project - Innocence & Despair
Ever since NPR aired an excerpt of this 1976-77 school project, it's been selling like, well, cookies at a bake sale! Imagine a gym in western Ontario full of 60 children aged 9-12, singing the pop hits of the day and discovering inside themselves for the first time a love of pop music the joy and wonder of these kids is palpable! Then add in some Carl Orff-like percussion, and rudimentary bass and guitar, and the whole thing even takes on some avant-garde dimensions. Trust us, you've never heard God Only Knows; Space Oddity; Rhiannon; Wildfire or the Long and Winding Road sound like this!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 3.36 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Bar/None Records
- Item model number : 1996214
- Original Release Date : 2001
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Bar/None Records
- ASIN : B00005Q6NP
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,315 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The two solos are just incredible.
Listen for the heart and soul quality - not the audio quality. You won't be disappointed.
The whole concept sounds so bogus that to explain it is just lame - but here goes. In the mid 70's a music teacher, Hans Fenger, in a rural Canadian school district decided that he would start a project where the students would use improvised instruments, sing pop songs, record the songs and sell the LP recording to fawning parents and other students. Flash forward almost 30 years and the album with wonderful notes is issued on CD and....well, you have to listen to the songs. This also sounds lame, but there is just something wonderful and haunting about the music on this CD in the context of the time and place and methods of it's creation.
Can you imagine a 9 year old girl singing Desperado with such tenderness and meaning that it far exceeds the original artists interpretation? Hear it for yourself. This CD is well worth the price. Especially since there's fund set up to compensate the kids (now, long since adults) as they are located.
Don't miss this wonderful gem.
In short, if you're not too cynical or cool for something almost embarrassingly sincere, give this a try. Listen to it by yourself, it may not be for company or social listening.
But the real centerpiece are the kids themselves. Hans Fenger was wise enough to folow their lead and dropped all ideas of conventional and "children's" music and let the kids' innate grasp of emotion and drama take over. Their enthusiasm and innocence is infectious. Until I heard the version recorded here, I had always hated the song "Wildfire". "In my Room", originally rcorded by Brian Wilson sounds reborn when sung by children and there isn't a better version of "Desperado" out there.
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I find it hard to listen to all the way through because of the sound quality ( a lot of children singing in a gym for the most part) but it's super fun in bite sized pieces.
例外なく ”いいナ、このCD！” ということでお誕生祝い、
少女が唄う Desperado は印象深いのですが、”In America、
小さな３つの願い”でもアイルランドの少女が Desperado を