Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ted Jacobs: Back to the Garden...Review & Giveaway!

There is delightfully peaceful CD coming out today that I am so excited to tell you about.  Ted Jacobs:  Back to the Garden will soothe you and your child away from the craziness of a long day.  Here is a little background about Ted Jacobs as well as some information about this latest release...

Musician/composer Ted Jacobs is dedicated to presenting exquisite acoustic musical settings of the world’s most beloved poetry, and it is with tremendous pride that he announces the September 20 release of his third studio CD, Back to the Garden, a collection of songs based on poems from Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses.  More than ten years in the making, this album is a companion to Jacobs’ award-winning recording, A Child’s Garden of Songs.

Throughout his highly celebrated life, Robert Louis Stevenson possessed the unique gift of being able to maintain extraordinarily close contact with the spirit of his own childhood, the result of which was his beloved collection of poetry,
A Child’s Garden of Verses. Amid the hustle and bustle of today’s world, children are often deprived of time to dream, and, at the same time, there isn’t much stimulus for reflective thinking to be found in the majority of contemporary children’s music.  Back to the Garden affords a perfect antidote to urgent schedules and electronic fascination, providing time and space for children to reflect, dream, and imagine while they nurture their creativity with music that’s an ideal match for Stevenson’s poems. All the singers and players who came together to create Ted Jacobs’ A Child’s Garden of Songs reunited to decorate Back to the Garden with the sounds of uillean pipes, fiddle, penny whistles, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, and other acoustic instruments. Celtic players of olden times would feel right at home with Jacobs’ original compositions, which also sparkle with contemporary relevance. The resulting collaboration has such a way of lighting up the meaning of the poems that children find themselves memorizing without even realizing they are doing so. The poems are sung exactly as the poet wrote them. Nothing is repeated, nothing is deleted and the singing, both ensemble and solo, rings with artistic integrity and beauty.  



This CD is so original!  This was our family's first exposure to Ted Jacob's and I really enjoyed this CD and so did the kids.  I loved that the kids were getting exposed to poetry through the songs and I think the way Jacob's preforms the music is just a perfect match to the poetry. The music is truly the perfect accompaniment to the verse.  We love The Swing and right now we are really enjoying Autumn Fires which features some lovely children's voices.

Back to the Garden is a great way to introduce your child to some famous poetry and some calming, pleasant music.  Thumbs up all around from the Reviewed by Mom crew!  Purchase your copy today from Ted Jacob's website HERE.

I am so happy to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of Ted Jacobs' Back to the Garden. Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...

21 comments:

Amy W. said...

I learned that he went to Berkley College of Music in Boston. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Madeline said...

I learned that he taught himself how to play piano and guitar!

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Gina said...

Learned Ted was born in Park Ridge, Illinois

Hifam said...

I learned that he started creating songs at 5 years old. That's amazing to me.

Shannon said...

His first two albums,received the Parents’ Choice Award as well as the National Parenting Publications Award

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Heather said...

I learned that Ted was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
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lisawith4 said...

learned that he started creating music and a very young age.

sweetpea18 said...

i learned that he produced a girl group featuring fergie
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jenzen69 said...

he was a staff writer for sony music
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Rae said...

He began making up his own songs at the age of five,

Heather said...

Learned that he started making music at a very young age, and that he was born not too far away from me, here in Illinois.

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Megan said...

I learned he has written songs for TV and movies
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Marci J said...

I learned he started writing at age 5!
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corey1971 said...

He sold his first song in 1985. (olomon@Hotmail.com)

Diana said...

I learned he taught himself how to play the piano and guital
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Crib Couture said...

I learned he started making up songs at the age of 5. cribcouture@yahoo.com

jadavis said...

I learned that His first two albums, A Child’s Garden Of Songs and The Days Gone By received the Parents’ Choice® Award (Silver & Gold respectively) as well as the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA).

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Laura said...

He went to Berkley!

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Dana said...

That he began making up songs at 5...dmatthews38751@yahoo.com

Justin said...

I learned that he was born in park ridge, illinois.

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Alicia C. said...

I learned that he played Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion & Dulcimer on this CD