Sunday in Kyoto was sent to us to review from The Secret Mountain. It’s been a while since we’ve listened to a children’s cd where the music is completely geared to the children. I mean, I completely understand being the parent why cd artists are trying to appeal to the adult too. If the adult gets tired of the CD then the music will disappear conveniently. Well, this one is educational so perhaps that will stop parents from tossing it. Also, it’s going to be requested by the children if they are anything like mine.
We were in the car listening to the CD today and my daughter said I like this CD mom. Yes my two year old talks like that. She’s amazing. She’s like an adult in a two year old body. You wouldn’t believe it unless you met her. Her brother though, is all kid. 😉
The book has wonderful illustrations to go along with the words of the CD. I found myself giggling and laughing along with my children to the silly songs and different feel of each song. On of the songs made me feel like I was at the circus while another song made me wish I was in Kyoto playing the Koto in a Kimono.
An iconic poet and singer-songwriter deeply rooted in Canada’s history, Gilles Vigneault wrote the 14 songs that accompany Sunday in Kyoto. They evoke his love of nature, culture and travel and are imbued with natural imagery as well as multinational characters and settings. The title track tells the story of a Cajun musician who lives with his Japanese partner in Kyoto, enjoying Sunday afternoon jam sessions with friends from far away places, while other songs are educational, with counting and spelling in several languages including English, French and Japanese.
The storybook-music CD features vivid illustrations by accomplished French-Canadian artist Stéphane Jorisch, who also provided the artwork for My Name is Chicken Joe and has created sets for Le Cirque du Soleil. This innovative packaging, combining a hardcover book with a CD, is ideal for young children. For more information, please visit www.thesecretmountain.com/