Artist: Caroline Herring
Album: I Will Go Into the Day
Age Range: 4 through 8
Description: The story of how Herring went from Kickstarting two albums based on children's literature to releasing this album of new material and a couple folk song covers is a long and, for Herring, very frustrating one. (Short version: children's book authors and publishers can be very possessive of their creations.)
But that doesn't mean the end result is frustrating to listen to. Songs like "Make It Yourself," with a kids' chorus, and "Today," are exuberant, while some tracks like "Music of the Mountains" are more thoughtful. (You can listen to the album over at Bandcamp.) A solid 32-minute album of folk music for families, with a theme of exploring the world near and far gently but firmly threading its way through the entire 11-song set. Fans of her previous album for families, The Little House Songs, will find her strong voice and warm arrangements in fine form. Recommended.