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Over the past year, I've started seeing a increase in storytelling albums arriving for families. Taking a very theatrical approach, these albums tend to have a very "live" feel, and one of the latest to cross my desk is MYTHS OF ANCIENT GREECE by HELEN SLATER. It's nearly impossible for me to avoid clarifying that yes, this is a family album by the Helen Slater, who I watched countless times as a kid in SUPERGIRL and THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS. That said, she's been releasing music for over a decade, and this is her first album geared toward "children of all ages."

Helen Slater - Myths of Ancient Greece

Helen SlaterSeamlessly mixing story and song, Slater speaks directly to the listener, spinning the tales of "Demeter & Persephone," "Perseus & Medusa," "Cupid & Psyche," and more. The narration feels much like she's reading, and thus lends itself to future expansion in the form of a companion book or perhaps an animated special - either of which would be a fantastic addition to MYTHS OF ANCIENT GREECE

There's lessons to be taught within these MYTHS, many of which are well-tailored toward younger kids, who are still learning the proper way to treat others with kindness and compassion. But as Slater says herself in closing the album, "These are just some of the tales told in Ancient Greece. And there are so many more to tell."

Available now on iTunes or at HelenSlater.com


The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: As has been the case for much of the history of the recorded music industry, a copy of this album was provided for possible review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn, with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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