This CD is as fresh to today's ears as anything out there in the contemporary kids market. It's a lighthearted and fun rock 'n' roll album with Jonathan Sprout's witty kid-appropriate lyrics.
Winner of the NAPPA Gold Award (44 of the US's parenting publications considered it one of the three best "upper elementary age" recordings of the year!), this album of fun and educational songs includes: PATIENCE - a girl's dreams come true with perseverance, DANCING - a once-shy boy discovers self-confidence, DR. MUSIC - a kooky physician operates with an electric guitar mending broken hearts in the co-operating room, GOLD - an anthem to the Olympic Games, WYATT BURP - a famous lawman has "an air about him no one could tame," THE MAGIC WORD and more.
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT
The American Academy of Children's Entertainment voted Dr. Music sole recipient of "1996 BEST MUSICAL RECORDING"
"Zippy melodies, backed by crackling electric guitar, are beguiling ... clever..."
Parenting Magazine & Entertainment Weekly
"Captivating music and some excellent thoughts and perspectives on growing up."
"Bright rockin' tunes predominate on this disc, the best of which is the goofy, inspired silliness infecting the title track."
New York Daily News
"Jonathan Sprout has one of the biggest guitar and drum sounds in children's music, but his high-energy recordings possess subtle charms as well ... vocals are clearly understandable ... lushly produced... packed with good stuff ... exuberant."
Family Fun Magazine
"Jonathan Sprout cares about kids and music, and his love of both comes through in DR. MUSIC.... Highly produced with a fine rock orientation, he blends good advice with a mix of styles."
Metro Kids Magazine
"Wherever he goes, singer Jonathan Sprout stresses the value of hard work and patience to his audiences."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Great inspiring messages...loads of fun!"
"A refreshing upbeat collection of toe-tapping tunes. The hip contemporary arrangements defy you to sit still. Themes like self-esteem, bullies and babies are dealt with in creative musical ways, and some beautiful instrumentals tie this attractive package together. The Doctor is in!"
L.A. Parent Magazine
"When they're too old for Raffi and too young for Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Music is a nifty prescription: plugged-in-training-rock. Sprout's sophisticated-sounding songs approach worries (Dancing, The Bully) and goofing around (Wyatt Burp) with good humor and a good beat."
Radio Aahs Magazine
New York, NY
"A refreshing upbeat collection of fun, toe-tapping tunes. Hip contemporary themes like self-esteem or bullies are dealt with in creative musical ways. The Doctor is in!"
"Arguably the hardest rocking kids' artist out there."
"...this artist's unending creative vision has touched the hearts of over one million people....From the sweetly uplifting 'Patience' to the downright sidesplitting 'Wyatt Burp,' Sprout's top quality, no gimmick children's music is a memorable delight.
New Age Retailer
"Jonathan Sprout whips out his prescription pad as general practitioner on 1994's Dr. Music, dosing up a country cure here (the goofy, gassy "Wyatt Burp"), some healing hip-hop there ("Games"), and even a restorative hard-rockin' number ("Patience"). As with Sprout's American Heroes, the music here is impressively and adventurously performed. Where many releases for kids rely on the hackneyed hokey-pokey to get them grooving, Sprout energetically insists that "we're gonna clap our hands / and sing along / and dance around / and rock & roll!" ("Here Comes the Show"). The songs' subjects aren't strictly for fun: "The Magic Word" recalls the door-opening power of the P word ("You know that people love it / That's the beauty of it"); "The Bully" bravely pokes past the thorny exterior of the cantankerous Bobby to blow his bad-boy cover ("From behind the tough disguise / Bobby has tears in his eyes"); and "Patience" is in praise of the starstruck Jamie, who has her sights set on becoming the next Hendrix but hunkers down to practice, practice, practice, "even when it isn't fun." In all, Sprout in a stethoscope works. If flat, uninspired, flimsily produced kids' music is what ails you, the doctor is in.
Tammy La Gorce
Jonathan Sprout has performed more than 4,000 children's concerts, more than 1,000 adult shows and coordinated more than 700 songwriting workshops over the past 33 years. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and radio stations across the United States. He is the recipient of ten ASCAP special awards, two NAPPA Gold Awards, a Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and two Parent's Choice Awards. Sprout's two most recent releases include songs about American Heroes. In addition to releasing eight acclaimed albums, Mr. Sprout has contributed to several internationally released children's albums.
"This prolific children's music veteran has earned a devoted following for his rock 'n' roll stylings and positive messages ... family values in the best sense of the term ... a celebration of the imagination."
The Los Angeles Times
Produced by Leslie Chew & Jonathan Sprout
With vital assistance from the following musicians:
Andrea Clearfield - Arrangement assistance and Keyboard performances
John Mahon - Drums
Ritt Henn - Bass on "Gold," "Games," "Dancing," "Candy," "Patience Prelude," "The Bully Introduction" & "Wyatt Burp"
Billy Merc - Bass on "Magic Word," "Patience" & "The Bully"
Engineered by Leslie Chew
Graphic design and photography by Gary Jackson