They canoed down the Mississippi River and hiked the Appalachian Trail, and this year the Okee Dokee Brothers rode horses up the Continental Divide from Arizona to Wyoming and have a brand new CD and DVD of their adventures, Saddle Up. They’ve kept their Grammy-winning sound and now when I listen to them I feel like I’m singing along with old friends. Their songs are new, their sound remains their own.
This CD/DVD collection takes us along a wonderful adventure through the mountains with fun songs and a smattering of geology and geography tossed in the mix. The Great Divide spells out the underlying theme of this whole album: what divides us is ultimately what unites us.
Somos Amigos is a Spanglish song of friendship, Sister Moon and Brother Sun is a Navajo creation story, and they are both great songs, I really love them. My favourite song, however, is Jackalope. You have to absolutely watch Jackalope (youtube video below,) which features a jackalope puppet from the master of puppets, Red Yarn. My children (and I!) couldn’t get enough of it; even the baby would stop what he was doing and watch when Jackalope came on, talking to the jackalope. It’s a song about hope, so even if you aren’t familiar with the lore surrounding this legendary animal you can appreciate it. And musically it hearkens back to the oldie Ghost Riders in the Sky, adding some legit western depth to this new song.
The DVD includes some of the stunning and diverse views of this amazing part of the country, it’ll make your heart soar just for the scenery. (I’m ready to start packing! I want to go!) Some of the activities highlighted include hiking, fishing, roping, cooking over a fire, a snowball fight on the 4th of July, and of course, horseback riding, furthering the theme that our differences unite us. The pair are charming and fun, easily for children of all ages to relate.
Saddle Up, which releases live to the public on May 13th, is the third in their Adventure Album series and a must-have whether you’re adding to your collection or starting fresh. Maybe you’ll learn something. Maybe it’ll spark your own desire to go adventuring. But you should surely feel a greater appreciation for the things that divide all of us and how they can really bring us closer together.
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