Pre-schoolers music with a disco flair – if you’re not a seventies fan, please listen to this album without prejudice, it’s groovy man!
Making Silly Faces by Nick Deysher (whose band is called In the Nick of Time) is an eclectic blend of all that was good musically in the seventies. While Deysher cites the influences of Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and even Snoop Dogg, listening to Making Silly Faces is all about Silver Convention, Hues Corporation, ELO and classic Stevie Wonder for me (Nick, if you are reading this, that’s a compliment!).
While you’ll get a feel for the style from the clip below (the title track, ‘Silly Faces‘) my hands down favourite song is ‘Dancing Pants‘. In fact, I’ll declare that ‘Dancing Pants‘ is the grooviest kinder dance track I’ve ever heard – parents, when you listen, dig deep and pull out some ‘Stayin’ Alive‘ dance moves.
“When I hear that sound,
You know where I’ll be found,
I’ll be dancing…
Now I’m cutting the rug, cutting the rug,
In my dancing pants.”
Kids will like the rebellious message in ‘Pirates Never Say Please‘ and the mambo rhythms of ‘I Tried It, I Liked It‘. Parents are likely to feel a little melancholy with the superb anthem, ‘In the Nick of Time‘ but that’s about as slow and sentimental as the album gets –
“I may not be a superhero wearing a cape,
I may not know how to make a flying escape,
I may not have muscles or Superman’s shape,
But you know I’ll be there…in the nick of time….”
Deysher’s knack of taking a distinct sound and adding kid-friendly lyrics is impressive – it’s amazing that this technique isn’t used more often in children’s music (I suspect because it’s actually harder to achieve than you might expect). The best example (aside from ‘Dancing Pants’) is ‘Slumber Party’ – it’s Lady Gaga, Rhianna and Pink rolled into one.
Making Silly Faces is available on iTunes for $16.99.