Check out Bill Crosby’s latest kid’s album, “Turtles are home,” now available digitally for download from CDBaby.com! Go download it now! Thanks!
I’ve already written about “Turtles are home” in my last post, but, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. It features my first cello I’ve recorded. I had a woman I met at the local music store play the part first.
We had a “who’s on first” conversation about the key and clef that cellos play in. (“C” and “Bass,” we figured out.) She did fine, but, I was looking for a little something more, something undefinable. After listening to the parts during mixing, I thought I should try again. Mike Bush, my engineer, said to call a friend of his. I did. He came over and had the third and fifth fret of the cello marked with masking tape. Quizzically, I had him play the parts (he’s really a violinist, who doesn’t read music). He sounded better, but, I wasn’t psyched about the track.
I always wanted to be a cartoon. I mean…all the songs I write for kids could be cartoons. One of the great things about putting out kid’s CD’s is that I get to work with talented and creative people that understand that I am a little nuts. A perfectionist, but nuts. Not a perfectionist, perhaps…
Bill Crosby offers up an album of children’s music called Boomerang Orangutan that will delight the adults as well as the kiddies. The album is pure pop goodness, with lyrics that are funny and melodies that are catching.
Bill plays in many different styles and the lyrics are about different subjects, but they all share one thing—a very polished performance. Bill isn’t really singing just for kids—he’s singing for everyone who will listen. Songs like “Chocolate Everywhere” have an almost top 40ish sound, with great guitar riffs. The lyrics are silly but they aren’t childish, which means parents won’t be embarrassed if the CD is left in their car when they are traveling with the kids.
The best description of Crosby’s music might be somewhere between Squeeze and Jimmy Buffett, and that’s further proof that this is just not your usual album of kids’ songs. Bill seems to focus on the kid that is in every one of us. Whether he is singing about the love of books (“Bookworm”) or the joy of someone liking you (“Glad Somebody Likes Me”), the songs speak to the heart of the listener.