Personnel: Jamie deRoy (vocals); Craig Carnelia, Tony McGill, Julie Gold (vocals, piano); Karen Mack, Brent Barrett (vocals, background vocals); Daisy Egan, Dee Hoty, Emily Bindiger, Faith Prince, Billy Mitchell , Dennis Deal, Todd Johnson , Jeff Harnar, Jim Russell, Jim Vincent, Lisa Asher, Margaret Dorn, Roger Bart, Shaun Murphy (vocals); Paul Rolnick (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Steve Bargonetti (guitar, acoustic guitar); Jeff Waxman (guitar, piano); Fred Bogert, Jay Berliner (guitar); Gloria Agostini (harp); Bob Mastro (violin, drums); Robin Zeh, Cenovia Cummins (violin); Peter Sanders, Roger Shell (cello); Paul Ostermayer (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone); Lanny Meyers (piano, synthesizer); Alex Rybeck, Rick Jensen, Shelly Markham, Christopher Marlowe (piano); Dave Philips (electric bass); Rex Benicasa, John Redsecker (drums, percussion); Lucy Simon (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Dan Lawrence.
Recording information: 1999-2000.
Arrangers: Tony McGill; Jeff Waxman; Alex Rybeck; Shaun Murphy; Barry Kleinbort.
Award-winning Jamie deRoy, an active performer in variety shows, musical comedy, and on TV in the New York City area, has released her second album paying homage to the joys, hopes, and tribulations (mostly joys) of growing up. DeRoy appears on only one track, leaving the performing to "friends" who work with her on TV. Childhood pictures of the friends, along with vignettes from their early youth, are in the liner notes. The tunes run the gamut from children's songs like "The House at Pooh Corner" and "Daddy's Girl" to Tin Pan Alley tunes like "Pure Imagination" to musical adaptations of nursery tales such as "Wynken, Blynken & Nod." The common thread is that they can be related to childhood events or phases. The performances and arrangements are light, gentle, and airy. There is nothing heavy on this album, including the voices of the singers. Soloists and groups sing in that nursery rhyme manner, which is designed not to alarm, but be pleasant to the ears of younger listeners who will be a major audience for this album. Some of the cuter performances include "The Ugly Duckling" and "Come on Snow," sung by Faith Prince and Craig Carnelia, respectively. In addition to members of the younger set, this album may appeal to devotees of the art of cabaret. ~ Dave Nathan