Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger | AESOP for all ages

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AESOP for all ages

by Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger

2004 NAPPA GOLD Award and WINNER of the 2003 Silver Parents' Choice Award. Sharp songwriting, deft musicianship, and a warm accessible voice will warm your ears to these songs based on the stories of Aesop. For all ages and persuasions.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aesop
2:20 $1.49
2. Each to Each Their Own (The Country Mouse and the City Mouse)
3:37 $1.49
3. Tell The Truth (Mercury and the Woodsman)
4:07 $1.49
4. Anticipate (The Ants and the Grasshopper)
3:06 $1.49
5. Sweet Dream (The Milkmaid and her Pail)
3:35 $1.49
6. You've Gotta Believe Me (The Boy Who Cried Wolf)
2:50 $1.49
7. Make an Egg (The Goose and the Golden Egg)
3:11 $1.49
8. Down the Line (The Mouse and the Lion)
4:13 $1.49
9. Slow and Steady (The Tortoise and the Hare)
3:18 $1.49
10. He Looked so Good (The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing)
3:53 $1.49
11. The Way to Go (The Wind and the Sun)
3:27 $1.49
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Aesop For All Ages

NAPPA 2004 GOLD Winner! (National Parenting Publications)
BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM 2003, 2nd runner up, Just Plain Folks

AESOP for all ages is an engaging collection of songs based on the familiar fables of Aesop, such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse and The Goose and the Golden Eggs. Conceived, co-written (with her father, lyricist H. C. Nachtrieb) and performed by Bay Area musician and teacher Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger, Aesop For All Ages brings the sturdy fables to life, vividly illustrating the lessons they contain. Sharp songwriting, deft musicianship and a distinctly contemporary feel allow this album to stand on its own merits, elevating it far above the level of bland sing-a-longs that form the bulk of "children's" records. The result is rewarding listening for anyone, regardless of age. In fact, it is intended FOR all ages.

AESOP for all ages moves from hauntingly beautiful ballads to sprightly mid-tempo folk-rockers to funky, percolating tracks that wouldn't sound out of place on a Bonnie Raitt album. Interesting textures abound throughout, from ethereal keyboard washes to twangy guitar hooks. But the centerpiece of the album in undoubtedly Zesiger's warm, accessible voice and effortless delivery, whether solo or layered in complex harmonies. The well-crafted lyrics benefit from ingenious arrangements, with frequent use of call-and-response phrases and quiet vocal interludes that highlight many of the songs' lessons. And it is full of unexpected surprises such as the harp flourish that punctuates the slaying of the golden goose on Make An Egg.

Included in the strong collection is the moody The Way to Go, based on The Wind and the Sun. Subtle keyboards wash over a delicate guitar figure reminiscent of Paul Simon's in Scarborough Fair, as an angelic choir of suspended-chord harmonies carries the song forward. Another standout is the lush folk ballad Sweet Dream (based on The Milkmaid and her Pail) with its strong melody, crystalline acoustic guitar and mandolin accents.

The project is the culmination of a six-year collaboration between Zesiger and her father, during which she fully utilized her three callings in life as musician, teacher and mother. Zesiger set out to bring these classic fables to life for children of all ages (that means grownups too!). Time spent with Aesop for all ages will convince anyone that she has succeeded admirably.

Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger is a San Francisco Bay Area performing and recording artist, classroom and music teacher, and mother.

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Jill Suttie

This CD is a rare gem...engaging for children, listenable for adults
The CD is a creative retelling of Aesop's fables. My 2 1/2 year old and 6 year old are both addicted to it, and want to listen to it every day. They are learning the fables through the music and enjoying the tunes, singing along. Luckily, the tunes are not the usual children's fare (so chipper you want to strangle the artist), but are catchy and good enough for an adult to enjoy. In a word the CD is fabulous and a must-buy!!

Edward Lawton

I was happy to learn that I liked it as well as my kids.
I got this for my 4-year-old son and expected to have to close the door to his room when I played it. To my surprise I find myself playing it for the whole family in the living room. It's well produced and great listening. I highly recommend it.

George Gosling

Aesop is a winner
I love this CD! It has been a huge hit with my nephews, not to mention my neighbor's kid. I'm looking forward to seeing what Anne Zesiger comes up with next! Check out the track: "Anticipate."

Peggy Monaghan

In a world of cute this cd goes way beyond cute to the realm of art for kids and
As a producer I applaud Anne Nachtrieb Zesigers production quality. As a musician I appreciate the complexity and deftness of her skill. As a singer, I just love to sing along to these great tunes.The beauty of these compositions will last as long as the fables themselves.


Great find!
What a great way to introduce the fables and to reinforce the values taught! Really fun music, our whole family enjoys it.


This CD makes kids think!
This CD is exceptional! My 3-, 5-, and 8-year-old all love it, and they all have favorite songs. What I love about it is after we listen to a song the kids want to know more about the fable and the lesson to be learned! Anne reminds me of Suzanne Vega - her voice is beautiful and the music/lyrics are wonderful. We really enjoy it!

Peter Sinn

Lush, fun, great lyrics, dynamic music
What a great album!

I used to read Aesop's fables as a kid. They remain great, engaging, stories with good messages that really hold true today. This album really makes these stories come alive with wonderful music and excellent lyrics. A perfect companion to reading the stories with your family. I plan on sharing this with my many nephews and nieces.

Zesiger has an amazing voice, and production and musicians on this album are really sweet.