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This Pretty Planet
Tom Chapin
This Pretty Planet
Genres: Folk, Pop, Children's Music
 
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Tom Chapin's music for children has always been conscience-driven. But This Pretty Planet is far and away his most thematically focused work. His musical map is still wide ranging, from the opening brass-band cadence of "C...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Tom Chapin
Title: This Pretty Planet
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony Wonder (Audio)
Original Release Date: 4/4/2000
Release Date: 4/4/2000
Genres: Folk, Pop, Children's Music
Styles: Educational, Sing-A-Longs
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646379820

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Tom Chapin's music for children has always been conscience-driven. But This Pretty Planet is far and away his most thematically focused work. His musical map is still wide ranging, from the opening brass-band cadence of "Come Blow Your Horn" to the two-step folk pacing of "Two Kinds of Seagulls" and on and on. Chapin's songs here, apropos of the CD's title, all focus on environmental connections and concerns. The title track first appeared on Family Tree, but most of these cuts are newly recorded (or never before recorded). All highlight Chapin's unbeatable knack for involving the hearts and minds of kids. The lyrics turn on tricky phrases that will build kids' vocabularies (and, hence, sense of self) but they also rely on great rhymes, intricate--though never intimidating--musical arrangements, and heaps of humor. Appearances by Judy Collins, Michael Doucet (of Beausoleil), and Dr. Ruth Westheimer add to Chapin's delightful mix. --Andrew Bartlett

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This Pretty Planet
06/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While it is probably a special kind of sin to say it, I have always preferred Tom Chapin's music to that of his late brother, Harry. This Pretty Planet is just the latest offering by Chapin meant (perhaps) as a children's recording, but it will be enjoyed people of any age. The addition of the guest duet partners is a whimsical and entirely welcome surprise."
Not his best
N. Frees | CA United States | 12/27/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"We really enjoyed Tom's Moonboat CD, so I purchased a couple more for the kids (2 and 5 yrs) for Christmas. I was very disappointed in the content of this CD. We listened to a little more than half before the kids and I lost interest and turned it off. Every song is about "Green" subjects, which gets old after the 2nd song. The songs are not as creative and playful as his other work. We also bought the Family Tree CD, which is wonderful, and contains a better version of the "Pretty Planet" song. I recommend purchasing Family Tree or Moonboat over this CD, unless you're a teacher looking for music about environmental issues."
If you want to "grow an environmentalist" start here
K. Draper | Canandaigua, NY USA | 11/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have nearly all of Tom's CDs and love all of them. This one though is special in terms of teaching my five year old daughter about environmentalism. She absolutely loves it and it gives us a great deal of material to talk about! I've already bought 5 extra copies and given them away as presents and everyone we've given them to has loved them. I am about to get a bunch more and give them as gifts to the kindergarten teachers and others as birthday party giveaways."