Is that Picasso? No, it’s Hope Harris, that’s who!

It’s a musical masterpiece! Billed as ‘adventures in art’, the new album by American singer and songwriter, Hope Harris, is quite unlike anything you will have heard before.

Each of the eleven songs on Harris’s latest album, Picasso, That’s Who!, tells the story of a famous artist, with music to match. There’s the rollicking ditty, A-C-T-I-O-N about Jackson Pollock’s drizzles, drips and pouring paint straight from the can; the dreamy ballad, Impression Monet, about Claude Monet’s haystacks and lily pads; and the title track, Picasso, That’s Who!, an ode to Pablo packed full of Spanish guitar and flamenco-inspired melodies.

The songs have a strong educational focus – it’s hard not to learn something new when the information is presented in such a fun way!

I’m not an art buff but do know enough to sort the Matisse from the Hockney – Harris’s short little songs are packed with interesting facts and certainly gave me a whole new understanding about some artists. In particular, Grandma Moses, a song about renowned American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses, tells how she didn’t begin painting until she was seventy-six – clearly it’s never too late for a career change!

The album closes with a sweet song inviting kids to put paintbrush to paper and create their own masterpiece –

“If they can do it, you can do it
Now’s the perfect time
Everyone starts somewhere…”

Picasso, That’s Who! is available via iTunes for $16.99 or at CD Baby for US$15.00.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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