When I think Deborah Harry I immediately start humming the opening riff from Call Me however a new generation of Harry fans will get to know her for her patience — in particular, her Patience Bossa. Patience Bossa is just one of twenty tracks on the star-studded A World of Happiness album.
Heavy jazz influences and rich production make A World of Happiness a nice change from the simple guitar and drum outfits that make up the majority of children’s recordings. A World of Happiness features layers of percussion, brass and vocals that kids aged five to ten will enjoy. Clever lyrics sung by some big names — Samuel.L.Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Rosanna Arquette and Magic Johnson — make this great listening for the whole family.
Harry’s distinctive voice comes through on Don’t Cha Wanna Know which has a familiar The Tide is High lilt. Other stand-outs include the big brassiness of Lou Rawls’ title track A World of Happiness, Knowa the Cat by Samuel. L. Jackson and Kassandra the Snakeby Gretchen Parlata, who positively slinks from the speakers!
My favourite track is the stunning In the Details by Lisa Loeb. Gen-Xers will remember Loeb best for her hit, Stay (I Miss You), from the Reality Bites soundtrack, however she has also recorded a considerable number of songs for children, including teaming up with one of my favourite children’s artists, Elizabeth Mitchell to record the superb album, Catch the Moon. Loeb’s voice is perfect for the kooky track In the Details. The message of the song is essentially that everything that matters is in the details — from tearing the wrapping paper off a present to a ladybird’s smile — a sweet song for fast paced lives!
A World of Happiness is available for $16.99 from iTunes or can be purchased through Amazon.