Robert Minden Ensemble | The Boy Who Wanted To Talk To Whales

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The Boy Who Wanted To Talk To Whales

by Robert Minden Ensemble

An environmental tale about the power of nature and a desire to connect with other species gently told with acoustic music that will fascinate the young at heart.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ginger Snap
1:06 album only
2. Overture
4:04 album only
3. Midnight Dream
3:13 album only
4. The First Journey
1:59 album only
5. Serenade
3:27 album only
6. The Second Journey
2:02 album only
7. Reprise
1:07 album only
8. The Boy Who Wanted To Talk To Whales
2:34 album only
9. Log-a-rhythm
4:27 album only
10. The Train Story
3:59 album only
11. The Third Journey
2:17 album only
12. Whale Song
2:36 album only
13. Journey Home
2:41 album only
14. The Boy Who Wanted To Talk To Whales
1:48 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This original musical story recounts the adventure of a boy compelled by a powerful dream to communicate with the great whales. His encounter with a curious musician playing music on a carpenter's hand saw is the beginning of an adventure filled with possibility and transformation; a simple folk tale about the power of nature and a desire to connect with other species. The recording is an excellent resource for introducing ideas about sound discovery and whales that will enchant the young listener.

Gentle, sensitive storytelling with an acoustic score performed on an odd assortment of ordinary things transformed into musical instruments--you are not hearing synthesizers. You may want to remind yourself of this as you listen to the warmth of a world of sound derived from objects found in your own household. Also included is the music of the waterphone, a twentieth-century acoustic invention that has been used successfully to communicate with whales.

Nominated for Best Children's Album JUNO AWARD 1990/ Canada

"There has never, ever, been an album in Canada (or anywhere else) quite like this one for younger listeners and it might be a long while yet before anyone else comes close to following the Minden Ensembles' act... An original tale that meshes a young boy's dream of talking to whales with his very real quest to do so. Minden's program isn't anything like the usual run of accompanied songs that deal with all sorts of things kids already know something about. You can't listen to this album in neatly segmented and fast-paced chunks (the 37 minute poem-story-instrumental suite runs continuously)...The Boy Who Wanted to Talk to Whales may be the most unusual young people's album you hear this year; it will also be one of the very best. Highly recommended for ages five and up, approximately."
(Pauline Durichen Aug. 23, 1990, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Canada)



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