"Ever listen to an album for the first time and say "Oooh, I like that song"? Ever listen to an album for the first time and say "Oooh, I like that song" fourteen times? That's the great pleasure of Apple Apple by The Harmonica Pocket." - Technorati
"Utilizing a multi-layered and multi-instrumental approach, there's a lot going on here, and it's all exceptionally played behind pitch-perfect vocal harmonies." - The Rockfather
"The rotating Harmonica Pocket cast continues to redefine kindie rock." - Seattle Metropolitan
"...A melodic dream. The eloquence with which the words and instrumentation flow throughout the album leave you feeling like someone just whispered a gentle lullaby in your ear." - Kids Can Groove
"Light and fun, with utterly catchy lyrics." - CD Review by blogger Mommy On A Shoestring
"Highly recommended." - The Midwest Book Review
The Harmonica Pocket, a solar-powered Puget Sound based band, announces the birth of their third family music CD and sixth studio album. The 14 songs on Apple Apple reflect the band’s deep connections to the natural world as well as the humor and wonder of childhood. This truly green recording was produced off the grid at The Harmonica Pocket’s solar-powered studios on an island in Puget Sound, and won a Parents' Choice Gold Award.
The Harmonica Pocket is part of the acclaimed Seattle area collective of family-centric musicians. Fellow “Kindiependent” artists Chris Ballew (aka Caspar Babypants) and Jack Forman (of Recess Monkey fame) and Johnny Bregar (whose songs are featured on Putumayo Kids CDs) appear as guest artists on Apple Apple. The Harmonica Pocket won a Parents’ Choice for their second children’s album Ladybug One, which also won acclaim from Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, New York Post, Parenting and Time Out New York magazines among others. Like Ladybug One, the vibrant cover art for Apple Apple was created by Seattle artist Matthew Porter. Check out the album artwork on The Harmonica Pocket's website: http://www.harmonicapocket.com/buymusic/inside_apple.html
Kids might learn a thing or two from these songs, including how to count using stones on a beach (“I’m Gonna Count”). They might begin to sound out the syllables for words like apple and banana in the title song, and they might learn a little bit of patience from “Waiting Takes a Long Time.” But the impetus for this release is more related to the world around us: “Wood and dirt and sky and earth / Beaks and birds and leaves and worms” (a lyric from the song “Bare Feet”).
One thing that’s changed for principal band members Keeth Apgar and Nala Walla since the release of Ladybug One is that they became parents. Their son inspired many of the songs, including the humorous “Diaperman” and “Little, Little Baby.” Even the song “Monkey Love,” ostensibly about Keeth’s favorite animal, becomes a celebration of how people come together to make a family. Some of the songs have a dreamlike quality, the sort of musings a new parent may swoon over, like “Afraid of Heights” and “Dream a Dream.” The song “Reflections” was written after one of Keeth’s frequent rambles with his son: “I was just walking along, humming and singing, and this song started to come out. I sang the verses over and over to him so I would remember them by the time I got back home to a pencil. While he slept I quietly plucked out the melody on the guitar so that wouldn't get lost either.”
“Happy Mother’s Day,” a reggae-inflected track is a special one. As Keeth explains, “The song is written for my mother and also for Mother Earth. Like Shel Silverstein's story of The Giving Tree, our mothers feed us, help us grow and continue to give throughout our lives.” The song has become a favorite with audiences.
As both a recording and live performance project, The Harmonica Pocket is known for its outside-the-box, headphone-pop, and highly improvised live shows laced with unusual cover songs. The Harmonica Pocket has performed in sold out theaters, clubs, classrooms and libraries, and festivals nationally and internationally.
Keeth Monta Apgar – acoustic wah-wah guitar
Nala Walla – vocal harmony and hula hoop
PK – stand up bass
Jon Ryser – alto saxophone
Tom Zgonc – drums and percussion