Awesome! Performed by Jesse Jukebox. CD. Approx. 17 min. Bovine Music. 2020. CD: $10; Digital: $5.
Clevelander Jesse Friedberg performs six original, energetic songs on his third album, with help from Grammy Award winner Dean Jones, who contributes his talents as producer, vocalist and instrumentalist. Diagnosed with ADHD as a child, Friedberg wants this album to encourage children who are going through similar learning trials. Friedberg and Jones perform beautifully on guitars, bass, keys, toy piano, synths, flutes, harmonicas, trombone, drums, and percussion. Some talented children also join in on the songs. Many things are “Awesome,” including macaroni and cheese, polar bears, five-foot pancake stacks; so, show the entire world how awesome you are. When you need to make a decision, “Listen to Your Gut” and trust your intuition. One of a kind, my “Incredible Shoes” have flashing lights, lightning bolts, springs on the bottom and help me dance and run. I’m a “Complicated Kid,” having a hard time in school because I can’t pay attention and need to move around. “I Wanna Learn,” and I learn something new every day-- that dogs don’t sweat, they pant; rats like to be tickled; octopuses have three hearts; and it rains metal on Venus, etc. When you try something new and start to make a change, you’ll discover that you are “Right Where You Belong.” An excellent album with songs that will encourage all children facing learning obstacles.