When I first was offered The Harmonica Pocket‘s new release Apple Apple to review I knew I had to take a listen based on the album’s title alone. Coming from an apple farming family makes me more inclined to love all things ‘apple’ related (I know, I know, this is music – not actual apples.)
This was on of those instances where my apple-loving genes paid off. The Harmonica Pocket is part of a Seattle area collective of family centered musicians, and their music really is for the whole family.
“I’m Gonna Count” has helped my almost 5-year-old polish her counting skills while at the same time inspiring me to sing along. “Monkey Love” has become a family favorite (What’s not to love about monkeys?) and “Waiting Always Takes a Long Time” is a great lesson on teaching patience.
The Harmonica Pocket begins simply as the swinging songs of composer Keeth Monta Apgar. Keeth delivers storytelling lyrics accompanied by thick jazz chord progressions wrapped up into thoughtful, mature songs. Keeth’s songs are brought to life by a rotating musical pop-gang of friends. Harmonica Pocket songs are as diverse as the players who play on them.
The songs on the album cover a wide variety of styles, but don’t just take my word for it. Head on over to The Harmonica Pocket’s Music & Tip Jar for a listen to some of their songs.
And if you’re wondering, yes, you can definitely hear the actual harmonica being played on The Harmonica Pocket’s Apple Apple album, now if only they had more cowbell… 😉
Apple Apple :: $14.00 – physical CD; download prices vary
*The product in this review was provided to me for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own*