Mr. David | Jump in the Jumpy House

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Jump in the Jumpy House

by Mr. David

Another rockin' album for kids and their families by award-winning children's musician and songwriter Mr. David, featuring classic, sixties–inspired, eclectic rock and a guest appearance by Greg Lisher of Camper Van Beethoven fame.
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1. Crocodiles Are Hungry
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2. Hey! It's Lunchtime!
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3. Miss Pila
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4. Jump in the Jumpy House
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5. She's a Good Dog
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6. Ragtime Honey
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7. The Stars Are Grains of Sugar
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8. Them Devils
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9. Little Girl
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10. Cabin Blues
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11. Exit Zoo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Release Date: August 25, 2007

Jump in the Jumpy House is the latest CD for Mr. David and a follow-up to his award-winning CD, The Great Adventures of Mr. David, which was named one of the country's Top 10 Albums for Kids and Families in 2006.

Jump in the Jumpy House shows once again that music for kids can be original, deeply entertaining and simply rock'n. Mr. David lives up to his reputation as “the champion of imagination and observation.” His beat-poet style and stream-of-consciousness lyrics are backed by solid musicianship that features catchy melodies, bold guitars, beat-driven bass lines and solid back beats. As the album unfolds, each song (in classic Mr. David style) challenges the listener to take another look at the world, from the monkeys in the zoo to the stars in the cosmos.

“I don’t ever want to make the same album twice. I went into the studio hearing new beats that were so different from the folk sound of The Great Adventures. I couldn’t wait to get them down. I’m psyched about the results because I think we created an album that will get the entire family dancing.”

Mr. David opens Jump in the Jumpy House with what could be one of his best songs yet, a Paul Westerberg–inspired tune called “Crocodiles Are Hungry,” that extols the virtues of living free and letting loose. He then goes on to mix genres and styles in track after track, taking families on a sonic expedition and yet another Mr. David wild ride. With songs that flow from the wildly cool title track “Jump in the Jumpy House” featuring the electric guitar virtuosity of Greg Lisher (of Camper Van Beethoven fame), to a boot stompin’ ode to Johnny Cash in “Them Devils,” and a softer, string supported lullaby “Little Girl,” Jump in the Jumpy House is Mr. David’s best work yet.

Mr. David recorded his first album for kids in the summer of 2004 at the request of parents and teachers who loved the music he was playing in the classroom. Its folksy, sixties-influenced sound was an immediate hit with his fan base. His second album, The Great Adventures of Mr. David, was named one of the Top 10 Albums for Kids and Families in 2006 by the Fids and Kamily Poll. The poll combines top 10 lists from critics, writers, radio programmers, and others involved in the music industry. It was also given the award for Best Recording for Younger Kids Ages 5-8 by the Children’s Music Web Awards (CMWAs), the only international awards that are guided by adults and chosen by kids.

Stefan Shepard (Zooglobble) said of Mr. David’s last album “(it) sounds like nothing else you've heard all year. It's got a sense of wonder and playfulness that will interest kids (and their adults) for a long time. Definitely recommended.” And Warren Truitt, librarian for the Donnell Central Children’s Room of the New York Public Library and blogger for Kids Music That Rocks continued with “it’s an indie rock masterpiece that kids, grownups, college students . . . that everyone will fall more in love with every time they listen to it."


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Brad at CD Baby


If Jonathan Richman were to make an album for kids, I imagine it would sound something like this. With a lyrical approach that is sharply stream-of-consciousness and keeps tongue planted firmly in cheek, these songs are bizarrely appealing, unassumingly witty, and never dull. With a loose and jangly (in the best way) approach to songwriting, these tracks are rooted in both new wave pop and the uncompromising ethos of punk. The melodies are sly and catchy, feigning non-existence until they creep into your subconscious and become buried in your head. On the surface, this could be perceived as a fun-time train of non sequiturs, but upon closer inspection, you'll see these songs are as calculated as they are nutty, only straying off track when it makes perfect sense. With a voice that is able to righteously pull off high pitched squeals (the title track) and a passable version of Johnny Cash ("Them Devils"), there's ample variations of wackiness on this one for the kids, and plenty of hummable tunes to keep the grown ups locked in and listening.

laurie a clarke

lots of fun!
Again, catchy and fun -- this album and "Great Adventures" are some of my favorite kids' music CDs!