Bright, Happy Songs Celebrate Food, Friendship and Family Life;Available from Hiccup Productions on October 5th
The high-powered sound of Swimming in Noodles marks Cosgrove’s first collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Tor Hyams, who’s also known as the founder of Kidzapalooza and Austin Kiddie Limits. Also, in keeping with a growing trend toward “crowdfunding,” Cosgrove appealed to his fans to help finance the recording and shape the look of the album.
“It’s probably my most energetic album so far,” Cosgrove said. “These new songs reflect what I value most in life and what I enjoy the most.”
This eighth release from the award-winning Kansas City-based performer serves up a free-flowing bowlful of happy songs with a sunny sound. Some are odes to food: “Spaghetti and Goofballs” (which was inspired by Jim’s “secret” recipe for vegetarian meatballs), “Chips and Salsa” and “Cookie Time.” Other songs, like “Cool Daddy” and “Hang on, Mama,” honor the joys of parenting. Fans will get a glimpse of Cosgrove’s own family life with heartfelt songs like, “Lucky Me,” “Shamrock On,” and “Little Miss Floppy Socks.” There are hints of Jimmy Buffett’s influence in the song about a friendly Guatemalan village named “Huehuetenango.”A mid the fun, Cosgrove invites listeners to imagine the world beyond their backyards. He was inspired to write the song “Just Like You” after a chance encounter with two musicians from Uganda at a hotel pool. One of them had never been swimming before and told him, “I have seen pictures of people in swimming in pools, and they always had smiles on their faces. Now I know why.” Cosgrove, who also delivers motivational seminars called, “Live Like a Child! Succeed Like a Child,” was delighted by the exhilaration of that child-like moment.
I must say that out of all the children’s music cd’s that my family owns, Swimming in Noodles is my husbands favorite! He said it was fun and the lyrics are catchy which I totally can agree with! This makes it great for the whole family and the perfect selection for our car trips.
There are 14 fun tracks full of silly songs such as “Spaghetti & Goofballs”, “Chips & Salsa, “Cool Daddy” and so many more songs. If you love fun and fresh, you’ll totally love Jim’s latest CD! I guarantee you’ll find yourself humming these songs throughout the day just like my family has been!
Disclaimer: Thanks Sugar Mountain PR(Beth) for providing a free copy of Swimming in Noodles by Jim Gosgrove for this review.