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Tuesday, November 15 2011 18:00

MIKE PARK - SMILE (Kids Music Review)

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As the founder of Asian Man RecordsMike Park has become a fixture in the independent music scene, having released records from ALKALINE TRIO, SMOKING POPES, and many more. He's also been known to release some of his own music from time to time, and as a Rock Father of two himself - Park's latest release sets sights on the world of children's music. Released this past August, SMILE is a 12-track collection of original songs for the little ones, personally approved by Park's own son and daughter (3 & 5, I believe).

smile mikeparkRaising a two-year-old daughter in a musical home, we're always on the lookout for things new and exciting - and having already begun some of the Dad/Daughter music and movement classes as well, we've been exposed to a lot of children's music that hits a wide spectrum in terms of both style and quality. Park has crafted a remarkable album that manages to place itself firmly near the top of both columns, touching lesser-heard genres for the kids market (indie-pop, ska, punk rock) while maintaining an almost "classic" feel.

Songs like I Can See the Ocean carry that more traditional, sing-a-long kids vibe, while my drum-obsessed daughter loves the upbeat whimsy of1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Drums, which would be perfect in those aforementioned music and movement classes along with When the Light Turns Red You StopSMILE has songs about frogs, worms, apples, the bus - all things that a toddler loves - which means that this record is getting a lot of play in our house. Plus, the cover looks like a Golden Book, which is pretty cool in itself. 

Available on iTunes or from Mike Park's official site.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: Reviewed from a digital promo sent to The Rock Father on behalf of Asian Man Records.

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.

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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.

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