In a Tree
Gigi & Joni, In A Tree (Self-released, CD) From the quintessentially quirky South Burlington neighborhood of Queen City Park comes this quintessentially quirky album of children's music. But unlike the flood of mass-produced gibberish pandering for your tyke's edutainment dollar, singer-songwriter Joni AvRutick and singer-fiddler Gigi Weisman craft their music around a singular and perhaps startling revelation: Your kids aren't dumb. With appropriately simple but engaging folk constructs and melodies, Gigi & Joni wind their way through such heady topics as the importance of taking your dreams seriously ('Song to Amelia Earhart'); the numerous benefits of trees ('In a Tree'); the All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten-inspired notion that sharing can solve many of the world's basic problems ('I Can't Stand It!'); and a clever - and refreshingly blunt - ode to bodily functions ('Human Body Symphony'). But the true charm of In a Tree is that it will likely hold up in heavy rotation, much to the relief of Raffi-rattled parents. Recommended If You Like (R.I.Y.L.): Sharon, Lois & Bram, Shari Lewis, sharing and caring To order In a Tree, contact Gigi & Joni.