La Bella Stella – music that’s out of this world

It’s Earth Day on April 22, 2012. Celebrate with a little kid-friendly ‘out-of-this-world’ music.

La Bella Stella is the fifth release in the critically-acclaimed Celebrate Earth series from Recess Music.

The theme of the album is outer space and the songs focus on galaxies, solar systems and other wonders of our universe. The album is recorded especially for kids and features music in many contrasting styles – expect folksy guitar ditties, percussion-heavy rhythms and some upbeat pop songs.

Outer space fans will probably love every track but I have a few particular favourites. The sultry swing style of Tom Knight’s I Love the Dark is an exceptionally lovely arrangement.

Proving that you can make a song out of any topic is Gravity, sung by AudraRox – “Gravity keeps holding me down…” The vocals on this track are great and the changes of tempo help explain the importance (!) of gravity. Equally, Rocknoceros’s song about the plight of Pluto is fantastic (“Poor Pluto lacked the girth…”) – fun and sung in a storytelling style.

Fitting for a night time themed album, there are a few nice lullabies and ballads in the line up – Man in the Moon, Aurora Borealis and the sweet, orchestral Neptune Lullaby by Dr Planet. However the true gem is found at the end of the album – the closing track, So Long to the Day sung a cappella by Charity and the JAMband is stunningly beautiful, pure and perfectly fitting to send kids on their way to a night time of sweet dreams.

La Bella Stella is available directly from Recess Music for US$12.99 or via iTunes for $16.99.

For more information on Earth Day, head to the official website.

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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