Stephen Star, Los Angeles based composer and leader of the Star Kids Music Club, has released his full-length album, “Star Kids Music Club Presents: Country Pop” as half of a two-part release.
Stephen Star, Los Angeles based composer and leader of the Star Kids Music Club, has released his full-length album, “Star Kids Music Club Presents: Country Pop” as half of a two-part release. This digital record has an authentic tone in the tradition of country music's best performers, such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, or the Oak Ridge Boys, and is intended to fill the gap between music for toddlers (such as Sesame Street) and music for adults, much like the work of alternative music geniuses They Might Be Giants, and easily as effective. The music of “SKMC Presents: Country Pop” is not only expertly performed and engineered, but also so cleverly written and catchy that adult listeners will often find themselves wishing that more country pop, the kind produced for adults, were comparable to it in terms of all-around quality and musicianship.
Star's lyrics in “SKMC Presents: Country Pop” are entirely original, often humorous, and brilliantly written. Each line sounds natural in cadence, rhyme and meter, his diction careful without sounding forced. His balanced use of poetic devices such as symbolism, alliteration and assonance make for extremely enjoyable listening, as well as an excellent introduction to higher writing skills for growing boys and girls. His themes are varied, unquestionably positive, and often endearing. They include (among a great many others): learning, feelings, friendship, respect, safety, dangers, heroes, pets, patriotism, the acceptance of others and oneself.
Stephen Star is not new to music, nor to the study of human intellectual development. A Grammy-nominated songwriter, he also has a working educational background in sociology and psychology. He is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and has worked for years with music professionals worldwide. Of his goal as a songwriter, Star writes, “Kids need songs to open their minds, and to provide them with positive messages from a friend. I wrote Country Pop to be an album that kids, their friends, and their parents can listen to together, opening a line of communication about the topics in the songs.”
The music on “Star Kids Music Club Presents: Country Pop” does this job with aplomb, and belongs on the same top shelf with the best music for kids available today. Parents would do very well to give “Country Pop” a listen, and also to pay attention to the other half of the Star Kids Music Club twin release, “Pop Rock.”
MondoTunes Staff Writer
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