Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Preschool of Rock's "Everything Makes a Sound" by Michael Napolitano CD Review

There is nothing more exciting to me than a distinctively different sound that is both fascinating and inviting.  Michael Napolitano is a master at creating a very original soundtrack that embodies so many unique noises and sounds blending together to form body-moving music.  This album is sure to be on the top play list of any preschooler.  Both of my kids just jump up and down when I put this CD in.  I was very impressed with the "Safari Song," I felt like we were in the jungle.  And my son really liked the "Cupcake Song" when he could run, run, run and stop!  Michael also teaches classes for kids and parents and he is very engaging and exciting.   The song "Everything Makes a Sound" is composed of house keys, a book, compressed air, a paper towel, voices, whistles, tape, scratched glass, a bouncy ball, a glass jug, wrenches, clapping hands, an electric drill, knocking on wood, a chain and rice.  No traditional instruments were used in this song.  You will love this CD!!
Preschool of Rock
Everything Makes a Sound
Preschool of Rock Records
4 December 2012

Laying down a beat, from Doo-Wop to Blue Man Group ...


"A former music specialist at The Blue Man Group's Creativity Center (now the Blue School) in New York, Michael Napolitano is founder of Preschool of Rock, a curriculum-based music program designed to adhere to National Association for the Education of Young Children standards." -- 2012 Parents' Choice Awards "Fun Stuff" review of Preschool of Rock's Dance Party

METUCHEN, NJ -- Building on the momentum of their 2012 Parents' Choice winning album, Dance Party, Preschool of Rock charts new kids' music territory -- defining life as rhythm -- with the December 4 release of their third studio CD, Everything Makes a Sound (Preschool of Rock Records, $14.99, for ages birth - 8, run time 33 minutes).

Everything Makes a Sound features singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Napolitano who, as a second-generation drummer, lives and breathes rhythm.  Michael, founder of the popular New Jersey-based Preschool of Rock music classes, is well aware that rhythm, an intrinsic aspect of childhood from patty cake to jumping rope, provides the motor for individual development and a framework for social connections with other kids.

Michael Napolitano grew up in a home filled with music making.  His dad, Tony Napolitano, had several Top 10 hits as drummer wtih the '50s doo-wop group, The Ideals.  This band toured with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Joey Dee and the Starlighters, opened for Count Basie in Jersey City, and played the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  Tony later joined the sensational doo-wop band Chang Lee & The Zani-Acts, performing alongside a young Joe Pesci, who sang first tenor.

With memories of his earliest musical experiences prominent in his mind, Michael Napolitano wanted to make a Preschool of Rock record for what he calls "the me of 30 years ago," a boy who, even when very young, wanted to hear tunes with a more sophisticated voice, in different styles and genres.  On Everything Makes a Sound, he's included tribal rhythms ("Safari Song"), indie melodic hooks ("Shake It"), and even punk beats ("Cupcake Song").

Another tremendous influence on Michael Napolitano's music was his association with Blue Man Group.  He spent eight years in the organization's creative production department, working closely with its founders in the areas of music, sound, and research & development. Michael's experiences wth Blue Man Group during this period of dramatic growth and creativity -- making records, traveling the world, collaborating with world-renowned artists -- had a major impact on his Preschool of Rock recordings and on the props and instruments he uses in Preschool of Rock music classes.

Preschool of Rock has previously released two albums:  Dance Party (2011) and When I'm Jumpin' (2010).

Everything Makes a Sound will be available at CDbaby.com and iTunes.

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Work Song
Shake It
The Family Song
Safari Song
And We Dance
A Little Breath In
Cupcake Song
Everything Makes a Sound
Jump When I Get Up
Song in the Trees

Visit Michael at Preschool of Rock.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this CD by Waldmania! in exchange for my honest review.*

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