A Place to Call Home. Performed by Dana Cohenour. CD. Approx. 40 min. Music Playground. 2020. Digital: $7.00.
Dana Cohenour performs on piano, keyboard, organ, and synth steel drums for her 11 original songs. Her clear, soaring vocals adeptly handle the various musical styles of pop, rock, bossa nova, bluegrass, and reggae. Dana’s heartfelt melodies are professionally backed up by guitars, bass, fiddle, viola, dobro, banjo, mandolin, saxophone, flute, drums, and percussion. An enthusiastic and cheerful children’s chorus joins in on several of the songs. Everyone and every creature needs “A Place to Call Home.” Creatures digging tunnels create an “Underground Traffic Jam.” Accompanied by humpback whale song, "Migration" tells of the annual tug felt by the whales. Beavers tell each other “Let’s Build a Dam,” in this rollicking, driving rock tune, complete with guitar riffs. Bird calls enhance the “Rainforest Symphony,” as do gentle sounds of splashing water. The “Honey Bee Bee Bop” shines a light on the bee’s waggle dance to direct other bees to flowers. A “Bluebird” flies high in the sky accompanied by a lovely flute descant. It’s hard to sleep with a “Dog on My Head.” For a hermit crab, every day is “Movin’ Day.” Lots of animals like to play “Animal Hide and Seek” and reach home base. “Home” can be many things: a cabin on a lake, a castle, an apartment, etc. Partly bouncy and lively, and partly gentle and soothing, this album ably presents young listeners with different concepts of home.