Cheerful Little Earful is the second jazz album for kids by charming real-life singing fairy Diana Panton. Her sweet voice interprets sparkling gems from the Great American Songbook and children’s classics from Sesame Street to Walt Disney. Sensitive and playful arrangements by Don Thompson (Order of Canada) underline the joyful nature of this spirited outing. The musical effect is a sprinkling of stardust that magically brightens your day and helps melt your worries away. This happy collection of songs is ideal for young listeners, as well as the young at heart. The album provides the stepping stones for kids to connect with jazz and adults to reconnect with their inner child.
Evaluation Comments from our Music Judge:
“Panton’s latest album could be described as “A Beginner’s Guide to the American Songbook” – and this is meant as a compliment! The award-winning Canadian jazz vocalist has fashioned a beautiful set of that is far more than just a “little earful” of cheerful tunes. The fifteen songs here include works by fabled songsmiths like Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Sammy Cahn, Harry Warren, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, along with such standards as “Red Red Robin,” “‘A’ You’re Adorable,” and “I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon.” Panton does a marvelous job at not making her arrangements too intricate nor overly simplifying her songs because this is a “kids album.” She winds up hitting a happy medium with her joy-filled jazzy music that parents just might want to slip on to provide a lift when they have a case of the grown-up blues.”