Cousins Jamboree. CD. 42 min. Prod. by Holcomb Rock Records. Dist. byCDBaby.com. 2010. ISBN unavail. $15.
PreS-Gr 3–Hope Harris’s album is a delightful combination of toe-tapping, sing-along ditties and quiet lullabies. The 14 original songs, along with the traditional “Five Little Monkeys” and “Down in the Valley,” cross a wide variety of genres from jazz to country and many styles in between. Harris sings silly songs about a boy who plays in an animal band, aliens, and Eddie the otter, as well as numbers about good manners and riding with your seatbelt buckled. Her big voice holds its own on the livelier tunes, and is tempered to blend beautifully on the quieter lullabies. Children will enjoy this collection at home or during story time where songs like “Howdy Hello” will be welcome additions. The wide appeal of this album makes it a must-have.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL
Hope Harris - Cousins Jamboree
- Ages: 4+
- Producer: Holcomb Rock Road, LLC
- CD Price: $15.00
Cousins Jamboree is decidedly energetic. Songs such as “Howdy Hello,” “Hang on Friend,” “I Love Apples,” and the fun loving title track all exude country warmness and good time celebration. When Harris turns her pen to such “lesson” songs as “Good Manners,” “Seatbelt Buckled,” and “A Little Bit Afraid,” she does so with style. A Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner.
2. COUSINS JAMBOREE Hope Harris
Songs for mischievous monkeys and an otter
that “wraps up in the kelp” turn little ones
into piles of giggles, but crazy confessions in
“I Am an Alien” take the cake. Holcomb Rock
Road, $19. Ages 3 to 10.
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With a 2011 Parents’ Choice® Silver
Honor Award for her new CD Cousins
Jamboree proudly in hand, independent
children’s musician Hope Harris is all set to
share her music with the world! Rocking
songs, whimsical songs, heartfelt songs, and
soon-to-be sing-along-songs combine on
this 16-track album of Hope Harris originals
and arrangements, each one set with
imagination, style, and country warmth.
Her cover songs like the lovely ‘Down in the
Valley,’ or ‘Five Little Monkeys,’ sit well next
to her finely crafted originals. This lively CD
had my children dancing and singing along!
“Five Little Monkeys” was the favorite song
of all the kids! This CD is pure audio joy!
(ages 3 – 10)
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♪ Yeehaw, ya’ll! It’s Hope Harris’ “Cousins Jamboree” takin’ you down home for some country fun. This southern belle kindly introduces herself in “Howdy Hello” and welcomes her lil’ listeners to the jamboree on the second track. It’s a fun record with ditties about critters, manners and friendship, plus a sleepy-time ballad toward the end for good measure.
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ONE TRACK MIND: Hope Harris “Cousins Jamboree”
There’s a little bit of Nashville in the title track of Hope Harris’ first non-lullaby family album. The song, an energetic celebration of spending time with all the special people in your life, showcases Harris’ joyful, Grand Ole Opry-quality voice which soars to the rafters while the music gets your kids dancing on the floor and shaking their homemade maracas.
The Bear and Mouse have a special affinity for their cousins – cherishing the time they get to spend with their relations nicknamed “The Monkeys” by Pop-pop. And its this brand of down-home, familiar love song that best describes that affection, the kind only possible when sibling parents stay close – geographically but more importantly emotionally – and make it a point to be together as much as they can despite each other’s differences and busy schedules.
Enjoy “Cousins Jamboree” by Hope Harris, then call your sister and/or brother and ask ‘em how they’re doing and if they’d like to spend some time together as families:
Virginia residents, be sure to catch Hope Harris at the 1st annual Diggity Fest with Dan Zanes and The Diggity Dudes on September 18th 2011. More info on this benefit event here.
*OWTK received a copy of “Cousins Jamboree” for review consideration. The opinions expressed above are unbiased and honest.
Hope Harris took the long way to get to town.
Most folks from Lynchburg just ride right on down U.S. 29.
Harris is coming back to Charlottesville by way of New York City.
“I was born and raised in Lynchburg,” the actress and singer said. “After I graduated from the University of Virginia, I hopped on Amtrak and went to New York to go to acting school.”
Teaching kids about kindness through song
When singer/actress Hope Harris moved from New York City to Richmond two years ago, it wasn’t long before she was inspired to write.
“Suddenly, all of these songs … just erupted,” says Harris, a Lynchburg native and E.C. Glass graduate. “I started writing like crazy.”