Brett Raymond

Primarily for Grown-Ups

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Singer/songwriter Brett Raymond rearranges children's primary songs beloved by millions of Latter-day Saints worldwide in this collection of newfangled arrangements written Primarily for Grown-Ups. The songs he selected are normally published in a book titled The Children's Songbook by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for use in their children's Sunday School classes. A gifted pianist, Raymond jazzes, rocks, and otherwise ups the beats of songs such as "Book of Mormon Stories," "The Handcart Song," "Oh, What Do You Do in the Summertime?," and "'Give,' Said the Little Stream." He also jazzes and blues down some ballads in "Keep the Commandments," "Stairway to Lasting Joy," and "Father, Do You Love Me?," giving the tunes a nice reflective feel. He recruited his four daughters to lend their voices to "Father," giving it a further tear-jerking touch. Another heartwarming while completely upbeat treatment is given to "In the Leafy Treetops," which he arranged as a tribute to his infant son. A nod is given to the nice selection of Christmas melodies found in the songbook with his quiet, mostly acoustic arrangement of "When Joseph Went to Bethlehem." He begins and ends the album with his only original piece, "Through a Child's Eyes." This album features wonderful production values, but is bound to be appreciated most by the LDS listener.

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