Monday, September 17, 2012

Andy Z's The Grand Scream of Things Review & Giveaways

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Independent children's musician, Andy Z releases his 5th studio album, The Grand Scream of Things (a2z Productions), perfectly timed for the Halloween season! The Grand Scream of Things is a unique audio play that combines musical stylings from multiple eras and types--Big Band to today's pop--intermingled with narration to tell a Halloween adventure about a witch who has lost her way and a boy who discovers his.  The album is specifically designed for tweens, ages 8-12, which in itself is quite unique--I know I haven't found many albums specifically for this age group. The Grand Scream of Things teaches some great lessons along the way including if you worry about what could happen too much, you will miss what is actually happening and Friends are some of the greatest gifts we can have. 

To help you get a better understanding of this unique and awesome album, here is the synopsis of Andy Z's The Grand Scream of Things from the press release I received:

This Halloween fantasy begins with young Andy Z emerging from a dream state where he has been exhorted to “Find the Witch.”  The narrative employs colorful characters like Andy’s high-energy pet Chihuahua, Reggie, who not only barks but has learned to speak with a “south of the border” accent.  Reggie discovers a magic wand that confirms the veracity of Andy’s nocturnal visions and sets him on a path to find the owner of the wand – Sandy Witch.  Very much in the mode of an “old time radio show,” Andy’s day is a series of surreal adventures, which are mysteriously under the spell of his romantic interest, Pleadia, a teenage alien.  The Grand Scream of Things is like Fibber Magee and Molly meets Sponge Bob on a Halloween Day packed with more stream of consciousness adventure than even James Joyce could “conjure up.”
 Driven by Andy Z’s quest to introduce a new art form to the landscape of entertainment for the 8 to 12 year old set, The Grand Scream of Things gives kids a chance to use their imaginations to create their own visual images for this hip bit of aural theater that incorporates a mixed bag of pop musical styles. Andy’s buddy, “Danger Dude,” being a teen punk rocker from England, right away breaks into a song about “The Punkin Patch.” Pleadia introduces the boys and Reggie to the Lizards of the Lounge, who do some scat singing and other swinging to the driving sounds of a hot horn line and a cool rhythm section. Other encounters of a musical kind include Jam Master Z and the Baking Fools, whose recipe for pumpkin bread is offered up in hip hop fashion, and a skateboarding punk rodent, Blue the Rat, the Andyland school mascot. Andy Zcontributes his own bit of punk, a song about his “Alien Girlfriend,” and he later laments the way things are turning out with a power pop tune, “The Right Thing.” The show concludes with a couple of big production numbers, “The Grand Scream of Things” and the grand finale “Friends.”   

The Grand Scream of Things is a super fun album with lots of upbeat musical variety that flows perfectly with the storyline and works perfectly with the age group it targets. My son is a bit below the target range, but we still enjoyed the music--even though I am pretty sure he didn't understand all the lyric references. I think the lessons taught in this album are lessons that need to be reiterated with this tween aged group. I think it is a great Halloween story, that really can be enjoyed all year long!

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42 comments:

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Anything to do with Halloween appeals to me. It's one of my favorite holidays.

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I love that it combines different styles of music. I try to teach my grandchildren to appreciate all music.
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Puff the Magic Dragon was my favorite song as a child.
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Shay said...

I like that this CD features music and as well as a Halloween story & lessons.

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My favorite song as a child was Puff the Magic Dragon :)

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It's for a specific age group.

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