Earlier this year I wrote about our family’s new music wish list for the year, and this month I’d like to present the first review from that list. Since Simple Kids is talking about family relationships this month, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to review Family Time by Ziggy Marley.
I was initially intrigued by this album when hearing the song “Walk Tall,” a collaboration with Paul Simon, that’s simply fun & singable. My three-year-old was singing along almost immediately to this simply repetitive tune about holding your head high and trying new things again. While it’s fair to say that’s still probably our favorite song from the album, it’s definitely also representative of the collection as a whole—both fun & singable.
Reggae for the Family
Family Time is best described as reggae for the family, with a sweet collection of songs that have definite childlike overtones with “ABC” and “Ziggy Says” (his own musical taken on Simon Says) to songs that are equally enjoyable by a listener of any age such as “This Train,” “Take Me to Jamaica” and the title track “Family Time.”
I’ll admit it took me a couple of listens to really get into the music, but in anticipation of having this review coming up it’s been our standard playlist in the car for the past week. Surprisingly, in such a short time practically the whole family is singing along word for word. I found myself humming these new tunes on my “own” time without regret or the annoyance that sometimes comes with having music stuck in your head.
All Star Line-Up
Family Time is a quality collection of music with lots of bonus features including:
- Numerous musical collaborations including Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, the previously mentioned Paul Simon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Toots Hilbert & Laurie Berkner
- Two short stories read by Jamie Lee Curtis
- Proceeds from the sale of the album go to the Chepstowe Basic School in Port Antonio, Jamaica
- Downloadable coloring pages to accompany the songs
To learn more about the music and watch a video of “Family Time” visit Ziggy’s official website.
Simply put, I think you’ll find Family Time a great addition to your music collection for “on the g”o or at home for your next family gathering.
A Freebie Music Find: I just got an e-mail about this & ordered the CD for myself, but I wanted to share with SK readers the opportunity to download a free song from Hidden in My Heart. What are you listening to with your family this month?