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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Preschool of Rock: Everything Makes a Sound

Building on the momentum of their 2012 Parents' Choice winning album, Dance Party, Preschool of Rock charts new kids' music territory -- defining life as rhythm -- with the December 4 release of their third studio CD, Everything Makes a Sound.

Everything Makes a Sound features singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Napolitano who, as a second-generation drummer, lives and breathes rhythm. Michael, founder of the popular New Jersey-based Preschool of Rock music classes, is well aware that rhythm, an intrinsic aspect of childhood from patty cake to jumping rope, provides the motor for individual development and a framework for social connections with other kids.

Michael Napolitano grew up in a home filled with music making. His dad, Tony Napolitano, had several Top 10 hits as drummer wtih the '50s doo-wop group, The Ideals. This band toured with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Joey Dee and the Starlighters, opened for Count Basie in Jersey City, and played the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Tony later joined the sensational doo-wop band Chang Lee & The Zani-Acts, performing alongside a young Joe Pesci, who sang first tenor.

With memories of his earliest musical experiences prominent in his mind, Michael Napolitano wanted to make a Preschool of Rock record for what he calls "the me of 30 years ago," a boy who, even when very young, wanted to hear tunes with a more sophisticated voice, in different styles and genres. On Everything Makes a Sound, he's included tribal rhythms ("Safari Song"), indie melodic hooks ("Shake It"), and even punk beats ("Cupcake Song"). Michael also wanted to pay tribute to his parents and the importance of family. A special moment on the album comes when his dad sings on "The Family Song," joined by the rest of the family and a few close friends. This marks the first time Tony Napolitano has sung on a track since he performed with The Ideals in the '50s.

Another tremendous influence on Michael Napolitano's music was his association with Blue Man Group. He spent eight years in the organization's creative production department, working closely with its founders in the areas of music, sound, and research & development. Michael's experiences wth Blue Man Group during this period of dramatic growth and creativity -- making records, traveling the world, collaborating with world-renowned artists -- had a major impact on his Preschool of Rock recordings and on the props and instruments he uses in Preschool of Rock music classes.


Album and songs are available on and iTunes

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