Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cheerful Little Earful

A Cheerful Little Earful. Performed by Diana Panton. CD. Approx. 54 min. Little Things. 2019. CD: $12.99; Digital: $9.99.
Grades 1 and up

Two-time Juno Award winner Diana Panton’s lovely, clear voice expertly handles these 15 songs in various styles of jazz. Panton’s clear enunciation makes it easy to understand the lyrics. Well-known jazz musicians Reg Schwager and Don Thompson provide outstanding background music on guitar, bass, piano, and vibraphone. The tracks are covers of pop tunes and songs from various musicals. The playlist includes “Happy Talk” from Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific; “It’s a Most Unusual Day” from A Date with Judy; “’A’ You’re Adorable,” a pop song from 1948; “Red Red Robin” popularized by Lillian Roth in 1926; “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon,” a popular song from Sesame Street; “Cheerful Little Earful” from Ira Gershwin’s Sweet and Low; “If You Feel Like Singing, Sing” from Summer Stock with Judy Garland; “Music and Me,” a  1973 song popularized by Michael Jackson; “Pocketful of Miracles,” the title song from the 1961 movie Pocketful of Miracles; “Look to the Rainbow” from Finian’s Rainbow; “All in the Golden Afternoon” from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, adeptly sung by Panton in French & English; “Experiment” from Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant; “Aren’t You Glad You’re You,” a song from the 1945 film The Bells of St. Mary’s; “Sing a Rainbow” from the 1955 film Pete Kelly’s Blues; “Hush-a-bye Island,” a 1946 song popularized by Frank Sinatra. This album has already received a Family Choice Award and NAPPA award. These Canadian artists have created a wonderful album for the whole family to enjoy together.

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