MP3 Salt Light City - Salt Light City
Groundbreaking Cristian music for kids, this album is thoughtful, playful, down-to earth, easy to sing along with and completely original.
15 MP3 Songs in this album (42:17) !
Related styles: KIDS/FAMILY: Sing-Along/Interactive, FOLK: Children''s Folk
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If any two people were designed to play music together, Gary and Sara Scharrer were. And play is exactly what they do. Known to others simply as "Salt Light City", this dynamic pair is a whirlwind of fun, swooping into the Christian music scene with a style like no others.
As musicians themselves, it was only natural that the Scharrers wanted to add some new CDs to their "grownup" music collection when they had children of their own. Sara says, "We wanted our children to have CDs that they truly enjoyed and which were also high quality. To us, that meant music that is fresh, fun, designed specifically for kids, a reflection of our most important values, and real...Not just choruses of children singing karaoke versions of common Sunday school or adult radio songs,''Christianized'' versions of secular pop acts, or cartoon soundtracks".
Gary and Sara searched extensively but were shocked to find that what they were looking for didn''t seem to exist. They had often discussed the dream of creating their own music for children, but had assumed that the market was already bursting with choices. Their discovery to the contrary was the beginning of an exciting adventure together: the birth of Salt Light City.
Using only an acoustic guitar, a pair of kazoos and an assortment of world rhythm instruments, their sound is upbeat and full while providing a refreshing break from the over-produced, driving electronic "pop" so common in today''s mainstream music. And let''s not forget their amazing singing talent. Although they choose to sing in a style that is accessible to their young audience, it is obvious that Gary and Sara are well-trained vocalists. (They are also sometimes joined in concert by The Walkers, a trio of talented young siblings who add an extra guitar, banjo, mandolin and electric bass to the mix.)
The songs on Salt Light City''s debut album are well-crafted and catchy, with tight harmonies and lyrics that are simultaneously witty and thought-provoking. Don''t be surprised if your children seem to think of Salt Light City as just plain fun, though. Providing fun is what these two are all about.
Similarly, Salt Light City''s concerts intentionally cast aside extraneous hype. You''ll find no complicated light shows, distracting screen projections or canned choreography here. Instead, Gary and Sara rely on their own radiant energy and down-to-earth approachability to truly connect with each audience.
It is absolutely amazing to see a big group of kids (and adults!) so eager to participate, especially in our age of spoon-fed entertainment. Just moments after the first guitar strum or djembe slap, the whole room miraculously morphs into a shimmying chorus of joyful song. Gary and Sara often comment that they have the best seats in the house, because it''s so much fun to watch the audience "play" along. The fact that they make this large-scale transformation seem so natural is a testament to the sheer magic of Salt Light City''s performances.