Katherine Dines is an award-winning children's songwriter from Colorado, USA. She performs as a solo artist and also with the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. Katherine has been entertaining family audiences since 1993, and her songs have been recognised across the globe. She is certainly appreciated here in Australia, so much so, I included this particular song on one of our playlists to take on the road. It initially caught my attention because the music evoked memories of my first visit to Ireland, when I caught the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin all those years ago. Although this particular boat trip is more ambitious, and takes the listener "All The Way Around The World".
The song is featured on the album Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta: Hits and contains three minutes of inspired magic, combining a wonderful country feel with some Celtic flourishes along the way. The track begins with a melodic flute every bit as catchy as Men at Work's "Down Under", before the arrival of the vocals which take centre stage. Her voice is as clear as crystal, and dominates the track throughout.
The lyrics are cleverly structured, providing the required space for the artist to describe the various emotions 'this boat's going to carry'. These include 'harmony', 'happiness', 'love and peace' and finally 'hope and strength' which are carried 'all the way around the world.' The chorus further expands the musicality of the track with a lively fiddle and flute playing off each other with flair and zest. The drums really pick up the pace on the second chorus, before we are treated to a truly exquisite fiddle solo during the middle eight.
The song finishes in fine style repeating the song title to further cement the idea, as what sounds like a banjo gradually fades into the distance. Before the artist signs off, she has one final treat for the attentive listener including a swirling mix of Celtic instruments and a haunting, soulful didgeridoo.
Katherine Dines is a talented artist, with an impressive grasp of lyrical composition and melodic ingenuity. Her music is original, diverse and authentic, and she has the most beautiful voice you will ever hear. This is a great song, which is sure to captivate the listener from beginning to end. Incidentally, I have also been exploring her back catalogue, which contains an abundance of fabulous tunes out there for all you music lovers to sing along to.
Katherine Dines - love and peace to everyone.