Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wexstun | Silly Songs for Kids, Vol. 1 - EP

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Silly Songs for Kids, Vol. 1 - EP

by Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wexstun

BRAND NEW. An enchanted journey for the entire family to an imaginary land of make - believe. Stan Ridgway (Wall Of Voodoo) & Pietra Wexstun (Hecate\'s Angels) & pals spin kid-friendly songs & stories in this much anticipated 1st EP. Cover by Mark Ryden.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bring It in the House
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
2:23 $0.99
2. Sing Along Song
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
2:40 $0.99
3. Spider's Web
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
2:28 $0.99
4. Mountain Top
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
4:01 $0.99
5. Jackie's Pixie Garden
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
2:43 $0.99
6. Mr. Moonman
Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Ridgway and Wexstun take the approach that music directed to children can also be enjoyed and sung along to by adults while still charming the young ones"

Special 6 Song EP - Exclusive digital download! Only here at CDbaby!

For kids of ALL ages! Jump on board everyone and take a trip to an imaginary land! Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo), and Pietra Wexstun (Hecate's Angels) throw a sing along party with their funny, furry friends in a faraway land. A friendly place. Where fat green frogs sing songs with little buzzing flies in a land of make - believe. gee. It's FUN like you've never had! We promise.

Say Stan and Pietra, "With lots of of nieces and nephews around, we are always making up songs for them when we get together and well, things just happen. Childish and silly? We hope so. I guess you could say we are exploring a new frontier. This collection includes our friends Ralph Carney on horns, Rick King on the slide guitar and a few other folks, real and imagined, as well. And the cover is by our friend Mark Ryden. Hope you all enjoy singing along!"

Yes - A magical, musical place where talking tiny beetle bugs ride on the backs of happy backyard pixies. Where sad wooden dummies laugh out loud with soft and friendly dopey dogs. Where small cuddly spiders walk sideways smiling on blades of grass and then just go home to bed. Where... well - you get the idea. Fun and frolic for the entire family!

Along with Stan Ridgway on guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, and Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, autoharp and vocals are special guest musicians Ralph Carney on woodwinds and flutes (CarneyBall Johnson, Tom Waits), Rick King on slide guitar and bass ( Drywall, Bees vs. Moths), Lil' Beetle and Big Beetle on fiddle and vocals, Dr. Jackie Teak Lazar on sandpaper and complaints and the artwork is by Mark Ryden.

A cast of thousands! This is "Silly Songs For Kids - Volume One"! More to come so collect them all.

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A Review from "Revenge of The 80's " website:

One of the world’s most original and creative musical couples recently introduced their newest album, and it is aimed at listeners who think Wall of Voodoo is something that Hecate’s Angels once used to decorate a Drywall Project. While one never knows what to expect from longtime musical partners Stan Ridgway and Peitra Wexstun, Silly Songs For Kids: Volume 1 may not have come from the proverbial “left field” as one might suppose; it was only last year that the vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire released a musically superb standards album: The Way I Feel Today (Crooning the Classics). Should children be deprived of what other generations are enjoying?

Established artists who sing tunes aimed at the younger set tend to mellow down their music, losing the very elements that endeared them to fans in the first place. The results of such works are inevitably hollow and offer the impression that the performer(s) in question are being sung down to. This kind of music is invariably accompanied by what it known as the “Disney keyboard sound” — the mellow safe electronic piano backup that we children of the 1980s had become all too familiar with thanks to songs like “Somewhere Out There” from the movie An American Tail, the vast majority of “boy-band ballads” and loads of Celine Dion songs. That kind of sound is not found on Silly Songs For Kids, Volume 1.

Ridgway and Wexstun take the approach that music directed to children can also be enjoyed and sung along to by adults while still charming the young ones. The duo lead off the CD with the impressively bluegrass/jug band reminiscent “Bring It On In the House.” Ridgway plucks away at the banjo as he sings the happy tune about taking a car ride to someone’s house. He and the rest of the band seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves even though they might have dropped their cake twice according to the lyrics. Ridgway, Wexstun and the rest of the band, which includes Drywall partner Rick King (slide guitar, bass), Ralph Carney (drums) and the zany “Teak” Lazar (credited: sandpaper, complaints), treat youngsters to high quality but kid-friendly music that takes a cue from recent trends in family movies that purposely appeal to both adults and children alike.

Ridgway and Wexstum switch vocal parts in the quirky “Sing Along Song,” which could also be titled: ‘Fun With the Voice Synth and Ducky Impersonations,” “Mountain Top” and the strange-but-whimsical “Jenny’s Pixie Garden.” The latter two might inadvertently be interesting endorsements for breathing helium, but truly are geared to appeal to a child’s sense of wonder and fantasy. For the third track, “Spider’s Web,” Ridgway employs an eerie tone over a prominent bass, piano and muted trumpet arrangement reminiscent to 1920s jazz. After five tracks of fun on the six-song EP, Ridgway closes with the calming lullaby “Mr. Moon Man,” an ode to the Earth’s natural satellite on a cloudy evening The songs may be silly, but not campy and patronizing as much of today’s music for kids womds up becoming. Silly Songs For Kids, Volume 1 is ripe with the classic Ridgway sound and storytelling that his fans have coem to know as well as splendid musicianhip all around from him, Wextun and the band.

One should not be put off from listening to this album by its title. Though the CD is really aimed at children, this well-performed EP should ideally be considered more a masterpiece built for the next generation of Stan Ridgway fans. While parents would do well to have Silly Songs in their library, those without small children around will also enjoy this enchantful offering from Ridgway and Wexstum.



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Portland Parents

Stan and Pietra thank you! Put this one on for the kids and they went into a quiet trance. Just sat there glassy eyed. Gave us parents 20 minutes or so to relax and take a break! How do you do it? You mix the dark with the light! Please make more.


Simply Enchanting!
Did you know that Albert Einstein is recognized as one of the smartest men who has ever lived. A little known fact about Einstein is that when he was young he did extremely poor in school. His grade school teachers told his parents to take him out of school because he was \"too stupid to learn\" and it would be a waste of resources for the school to invest time and energy in his education. The school suggested that his parents get Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could. His mother did not think that Albert was \"stupid\". Instead of following the school\'s advice, Albert\'s parents bought him a violin. Albert became good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin. He loved the music of Mozart and Bach the most. A friend of Einstein, G.J. Withrow, said that the way Einstein figured out his problems and equations was by improvising on the violin. I will speak more on this the meantime you can\'t go wrong with this simply enchanting collection!


Wonderful Songs
Right smack into the ipod here Stan and Pietra! - CDbaby is the best and has never let me down. Totally trustworthy transactions. Zip - and no hassles. See ya both at the House of Blues. These songs are great. The kids need it! and I do too. Great cover by Ryden too. It shows up in the window and says it all. The kids and me are ready as hell for an imaginary land. Dig that Spiders\'s Web with Ralph on the horns and Pixie Garden with Lazar. Love it! And I love it\'s that its a download too. Pappy\'s soon?...maybe? keep it safe.

John Trivisonno

43 and childless...
...and yet, I am enjoying this... immensely!

Also, nice to hear Carney as a guest on here (When are you gonna do another Oranj Symphonette record, Ralph?).

Sweet, sweet tunes...