A Prestigious Honor from the American Library Association for Oak Park Musician's Latest Recording

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Jim Gill's new CD and DVD, Music Play for Folks of All Stripes, has been awarded the highest honor that the American Library Association presents to recorded materials. On January 23rd the organization announced that the recording was named a 2012 Notable Children's Recording because it “exhibits venturesome creativity,” “respects young people’s intelligence and imagination," and “in exemplary ways reflects and encourages the natural interest of children.”

“I appreciate that librarians from all across the country took the time to listen to this recording and have honored it in this way,” says Jim Gill, an early childhood development expert who has created “music play” for young children and families for over twenty years.  “I have a great deal of respect for librarians’ knowledge about literacy development and how well informed they are about all of the materials out there on the market. This award means that even more libraries will make space on their shelves for my CDs and books. That’s exciting, of course, but it means more than that.  There is no higher arbiter of quality than the American Library Association.  These are the folks that name the Caldecott award for books!"

This recording is Jim’s sixth CD.  Over the years his recordings and books have received five separate awards from the American Library Association.

“I think the American Library Association is honoring my approach to children’s music, which is unique,” says Jim.   “I recognized long ago that young children don’t merely look to consume music in the same way teens and adults do.  Young children seek to actively play along with music.  That provides an opportunity for a different type of songwriting. When I am writing I am thinking about more than just crafting a song. I am thinking about the possibilities for play."

Jim Gill’s unique style of songwriting combines clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games and, like all of his CDs, Music Play for Folks of All Stripes invites playful participation from listeners. There are clap-alongs, finger plays, pretend games and imaginative dances – all suitable for playrooms and family rooms as well as classrooms, libraries and symphony halls. The 15 songs represent a range of musical styles, from symphonic music to country to improvised jazz to polka, so there is something for music lovers “of all stripes.” There are show tunes, a country waltz, a piece accompanied by bagpipes and a piece called “Living Inside of a Jar,” which is accompanied entirely by musicians who blow, pluck and strike, xylophone-style, on glass bottles!

%uF729Jim will celebrate his award from the American Library Association with concerts at public libraries all across the country in the coming year.  A listing of Jim’s public appearances can be found at his website, www.jimgill.com.

The CD is available for purchase in downtown Oak Park at Magic Tree Bookstore and Geppetto’s Toy Box and also at Val’s Halla Records in the Harrison Arts District.

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