For Your Consideration
Best Children's Music Album
“My youngest daughter loves everything about this album because the songs include some of her favorite things which are rainbows, colors, cake, animals, sunflowers, birthday celebrations and lets not forget fairies.”
Recording in Nashville’s Secret Sound Studios, producer Kurtis Parks and Kate Moran collaborated on Total Eclipse of the Rainbow to create a fun album that serves a dual purpose. Kate enthuses, “Having worked in education for over 25 years, I wanted to provide teachers with a resource to use for circle time or when they are teaching lessons on colors, numbers, animals, plants, or the weather, while also serving as a catalyst for parents to support this learning at home or in the car. My artistic vision was to create an album of beautiful songs rooted in authentic musical styles that connect with the real-life experiences of a child.”
Total Eclipse of the Rainbow kicks off with “Crazy Cakes,” a splendid counting song in which the mandolin lead combines with guitars and fiddle to give a strong sense of the American folk tradition. “Lee Lee the Lizard” is a rocking number about colors, while “Sunflower” slips into a country sound to imbue botany and photosynthesis with a melodic voice. “Sparkle Fairy” showcases Kate Moran’s extraordinary vocal prowess as it presents lyrics about an element that looms large in a child’s world: sunshine.
Other highlights include the driving, pop-rock style of “Samuel the Zookeep,” which comes replete with pedal steel guitar punctuations as a salute to animal husbandry, and “Rainbow Lullaby,” a song rooted in a country, Nashville soundscape. Total Eclipse of the Rainbow ends sweetly with the album’s birthday song, “It’s Your Birthday,” whose rhythmically sophisticated statement by solo banjo is immediately absorbed into the texture of a multi-layered, celebratory rock anthem.