Long before the recent changes brought forth to the world, Dan Zanes decided
it was time to step back from the rock and roll hedonist lifestyle and
get back to what’s really important-family and your kids.
As the front man for one of
the best rock bands ever, The Del Fuegos, D.Z. had seen and played them
all from tours with INXS and Tom Petty and miles of club shows in between.
After some solo work and work with Sheryl Crow on her “Globe Sessions”
CD, D.Z. hit on a radical departure, kid’s music. As unlikely as
that may sound, it works beautifully on his new CD titled Dan Zanes and
Friends/ Rocket Ship Beach. The CD is something that both kids and parents
can enjoy together and is simply delightful.
D.Z.’s sly wit is abundant in
his choice of songs, stories and instruments. He blends tuba, mandolins,
accordions, guitar and more together with a host of friends to compliment
him. Sheryl Crow and D.Z. duet on the catchy “Polly Wolly Doodle” to start
things off. Father Goose AKA Rankin’ Don does a medley of nursery rhymes
in a reggae toasting style with glorious out of tune background vocals
from Dan’s daughter Anna and other children. This is a real put a smile
on your face song. Suzanne Vega does a nice run through of “Erie Canal”
and Simon Kirke drummer from the legendary rock bands Free and Bad Company,
brings his own composition “All My Friends Live In The Woods”. “All My
Friends” has proven to be a winner with my kids who simply adore this cute
D.Z. adds his own touching song
“Hello” (well done Dan!) with harmony vocal from Barbara Brousal. The one-
two closing punch of “Sidewalks Of New York” and “Over The Rainbow” strikes
just the right chord at this time as both songs touch the longing for innocence.
Other bright spots are “King Kong Kitchie”, “Buckeye Jim” and the Carter
Family classic “Keep On The Sunnyside”. Rocket Ship Beach Revue has been
playing all over NYC and is getting lots of positive response. It’s nice
way to introduce your children to some fine music made by people who truly
love making music.
The CD package is also quite
novel. Shaped like a children’s story book it comes with extensive liner
notes from D.Z. and great illustrations of the songs, character and players
drawn by Donald Saaf
Dan Zanes shows you can
still play music that matters and is rewarding. The songs feel like the
kind you would sing around the campfire or in your living round with family.
And after all these are the things that really matter. Life is too precious.
Show the world some love, nurture, hug and kiss your kids everyday. They
are our most precious commodities. For more information go to www.festivalfive.com