IT’S A PURPLE TURTLE... IT’S A COLONEL... IT’S ‘COLONEL PURPLE TURTLE’
In tribute to their friendship of more than 20 years, Northern Virginia’s premiere power trio for children – Rocknoceros – celebrates friends everywhere with the September 13th release of its fourth studio CD and first-ever kid-friendly concept album, Colonel Purple Turtle. Within the context of exceptionally beautiful music, the album offers lessons in science and lessons in life. A 24-page book, Colonel Purple Turtle’s Purple Turtle Journal, will be available as a companion to the album.
Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie. The theme of Colonel Purple Turtle is one of friendship and working together, a subject close to the hearts of the Rocknoceros bandmates, who have been best friends since they were children. Colonel Purple Turtle reflects their abiding trust in each other and their desire to share a message of camaraderie through song and story.
With an astounding variety of musical styles, sounds, and compositional devices, the world of a mythical reptilian Colonel and his friends in their make-believe home of Soggy Bog comes alive on Colonel Purple Turtle. This album offers energetic music that is never raucous, reflective music that is never boring, and interactive music that does not patronize children. Above all, Colonel Purple Turtle exposes kids to a world of musical tone color that goes far beyond the industrial gray of electric guitars, synthesizer keyboard, and drums. On this recording, small ears are opened up to the colorful nuance of a violin-viola-cello string ensemble, the harmonic language of jazz, the velvety blend of a barbershop quartet, the rhythmic complexity and vitality of Latin music, the antique sound of a recorder ensemble, and the relaxed style of finger-picking acoustic guitar, in addition to the driving energy of rock and roll.
We Loved it!! Colonel Purple Turtle can be enjoyed and appreciated on many levels. It is fun and silly, festooned with colorfully descriptive language, word play, and humor, yet, at the same time quite serious and truthful. Kids and parents will enjoy listening to this CD and learn some valuable lessons too. Beyond the theme of friendship, the album’s songs also delve into such scientific topics as echolocation, the power of the sun, and the life cycle of ladybugs. We loved the catchy songs and the variety in the musical sounds. Each song has a different beat with a catchy tune and is easy to listen to. One of our favorites is Pirate Harvey.
Buy It: Colonel Purple Turtle CD (Ages 4-12, Runtime 47 minutes) can be purchased for $14.99 with or without the Journal ($9.99US), or $20US for both Sept 13th from Rocknoceros and Amazon.
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