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Life Circles

by Carrie Higgins

This colorful and spirited collection of original family music is a joyful celebration of humanity and positive values with multicultural influences ranging from Celtic to Cajun, African to Mexican and Caribbean to southern blues.
Genre: Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive
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1. Circle of Life
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2. Sweet Potato Pie
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3. Mama's Robe
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4. Rock-a-Bye
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5. Boomerang
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6. Blood Sugar Blues
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7. Jellyfish
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8. Itsy Bitsy Spider
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9. The River
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10. Birthright
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11. Mi Sombrita
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12. My Voice
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13. Circle of Life (Reprise)
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14. Black-Eyed Sombrita
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
- A dash of rock, a sprinkle of blues, seasoned generously with multicultural spice -
“Life Circles” is a treasure trove of original songs that joyfully celebrates the common chord of the human family. Carrie Higgins’ beautifully expressive and versatile voice combined with superb and varied instrumentation delivers songs that are lyrically well-crafted, layered with meaning and richly flavored with cultural influences.

The melodic Celtic inspired first track, her original “Circle of Life”, celebrates the circles of: giving and receiving; the seasons; human interconnectedness and with nature. Slide guitar captures the southern blues in “Sweet Potato Pie” celebrating the joys of family bonding through seasonal rituals. Cajun zest abounds in “Momma’s Robe” in which a child wraps herself in the fragrance of her mother’s love, and listeners will be tickled by the whimsical violin on the Gypsy Jazz infused rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” - a message about size not limiting accomplishment. Strong African drums back the soul stirring “My Voice” singing about the power of the individual and collective voice. Other cultural influences include Mexican, Cuban and Caribbean. The artfully done jacket includes all song lyrics. This musical kaleidoscope of songs takes the listener on a spirited musical journey!

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Lahri Bond - Parents' Choice Foundation

Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner
Here is an excellent debut album by someone sure to become a major voice in children's music. California native Carrie Higgins shares fourteen mostly original songs with her assured, strong and friendly voice on Life Circles. A diverse and professional set of musicians back her with acoustic and electric arrangements. Each song carries little messages such as the beautiful opener "Circle of Life," which bring home how all of nature (including humans) are interconnected.
"Sweet Potato Pie" is reminiscent of Maria Muldaur's early work, and celebrates the joys of family cooking traditions, while "Mama's Robe" explores how favorite clothes contain the essence of those we love. "Rock-a-Bye" addresses the scary subject of earthquakes, in a way that is reassuring and understandable to young children, and does so with a great rockabilly rhythm. Elsewhere, she even manages to instill lessons about instant karma in the Bo Diddley rhythm of "Boomerang," and gently warns about bad eating habits in "Blood Sugar Blues." Though "Jellyfish" relies on a bit of a cliché Calypso motif, she bounces back quickly with a splendid gypsy jazz reinterpretation of "Itsy Bitsy Spider," which transforms the song in a lesson about determination.
The River" is an extraordinary sound-making, story-song about a little girl's adventures in Kenya, which uses inventive percussion to teach a wonderful lesson in patience. "Birthright" celebrates children's need to be loved and cared for, and "Mi Sombrita" is a lovely Spanish language song, which is given an English translation as a bonus track.
The album finishes with a kid's sung reprise of "Circle of Life" and "My Voice." The latter is a powerful, percussion backed, spiritual celebration of self expression. The CD contains complete lyrics, and brief, informative liner notes, housed in a beautifully illustrated booklet, and is further supported by Higgins' website. In every way, Carrie Higgins’ Life Circles is a perfect example of how good children's music can be.
Review by Lahri Bond
© 2012 Parents’ Choice Foundation

Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner:
Here is an excellent debut album by someone sure to become a major voice in children's music. California native Carrie Higgins shares fourteen mostly original songs with her assured, strong and friendly voice on Life Circles. A diverse and professional set of musicians back her with acoustic and electric arrangements. Each song carries little messages such as the beautiful opener "Circle of Life," which bring home how all of nature (including humans) are interconnected.
"Sweet Potato Pie" is reminiscent of Maria Muldaur's early work, and celebrates the joys of family cooking traditions, while "Mama's Robe" explores how favorite clothes contain the essence of those we love. "Rock-a-Bye" addresses the scary subject of earthquakes, in a way that is reassuring and understandable to young children, and does so with a great rockabilly rhythm. Elsewhere, she even manages to instill lessons about instant karma in the Bo Diddley rhythm of "Boomerang," and gently warns about bad eating habits in "Blood Sugar Blues." Though "Jellyfish" relies on a bit of a cliché Calypso motif, she bounces back quickly with a splendid gypsy jazz reinterpretation of "Itsy Bitsy Spider," which transforms the song in a lesson about determination.
The River" is an extraordinary sound-making, story-song about a little girl's adventures in Kenya, which uses inventive percussion to teach a wonderful lesson in patience. "Birthright" celebrates children's need to be loved and cared for, and "Mi Sombrita" is a lovely Spanish language song, which is given an English translation as a bonus track.
The album finishes with a kid's sung reprise of "Circle of Life" and "My Voice." The latter is a powerful, percussion backed, spiritual celebration of self expression. The CD contains complete lyrics, and brief, informative liner notes, housed in a beautifully illustrated booklet, and is further supported by Higgins' website. In every way, Carrie Higgins’ Life Circles is a perfect example of how good children's music can be.
Review by Lahri Bond
© 2012 Parents’ Choice Foundation


© 2012 Parents’ Choice Foundation
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