Musician and Composer Ted Jacobs is the mastermind behind Back To The Garden (released September 20, 2011), who also created the award-winning recording A Child's Garden Of Songs. Both discs take works from Robert Louis Stevenson's book of poems A Child's Garden Of Verses and sets them to music in a way that seems like they always were. A Child's Garden Of Verses was one of my all time favorite books to read at bedtime when I was a little girl, and when the opportunity arose to review this CD I was very exited...but it was the songs themselves that I fell in love with!
Each of the classic poems is set to a wonderfully peaceful, and old-world, Celtic vibe that seems to transport you back in time to imagine the experiences. I found myself daydreaming about the little boys building a ship out of chair's and pillows (in A Good Play), while reminiscing about my own such experiences. Then being transported into a small country village where a child is flying high in an old rope swing from a large oak tree (in The Swing). I especially loved the songs that had children singing in the background and found that overall I listened to this CD with a giant smile on my face; to which LaLa (age 3) asked "Why are you smiling Mom? What's so funny? I don't know what's funny!"
Back To The Garden is just the right mix of mellow and upbeat that it really did calm Thing 1 and Thing 2 down and staring off into space. When asked what they were thinking about....I didn't even get a response; however, when the song was over I promptly got "play it again!"
This CD is now a favorite in our library, and I will absolutely be looking into purchasing A Child's Garden of Songs as well.