Some British oi and American folk helps us Rise and Shine

Key Wilde and Mr Clarke Rise & Shine kids' music CDI require a vat of coffee and some peppy tunes to get me going in the morning, and my kids are turning out to be just like me, minus the java infusion. The aptly named Rise and Shine kids’ music album by Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke has the kind of jumpy beat, quick-as-a-whip lyrics and LOL surprises to get our day started on the right foot as we pogo through the morning routine.

Starting off with a bang (or really, a rooster), the quick-tempo Rise and Shine catches my kids’ attention with Mr. Clarke’s strong English accent singing, “Rise and Shine/It’s time to eat your worms/but do please wait your turn,” all with typical English politeness. And when he turns his vocals to the punky Favorite Names, let’s just say his British sounds more Johnny Rotten than Prince Charles. He must be quite a character in the high school science classes he teaches in New York when he’s not performing music.

Also nestled among the eleven songs are traditional American folk tunes that really show off the duo’s singing chops. Key Wil

de leads the singing in John the Rabbit with a voice that reminds me of one of the John’s in They Might Be Giants. But, he didn’t just sing and play on this CD–Key Wilde’s art is also all over this board-book/cd combo from Little Monster Records.

Hang in after the end of the last song, and you’ll be rewarded with a funky, weird little bonus track called Funkee Flora de Fiesta which sounds like a mini jam session to usher you out the door and help you start your day with a smile. -Christina

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