Young audiences in Plymouth MA have something to sing about, the 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims. And 28 Plymouth elementary students are singing their hearts out on “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock“, a new children’s music album based on “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” a children’s storybook by Diane L. Finn. “Watching and listening to the children record at the Funk Lab was like a dream come true. Some of them possessed a musical poise beyond their years.”-Songwriter Candido Bretto
In Finn’s book “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” the story of the Landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 is told from the rock’s point of view. Listen to the song “A Speck in the Distance” which describes the moment the rock sees the Mayflower. Hey, if a potato can have eyes so can a rock! And not only eyes but also it possesses a deep love of the sea and a “secret” desire to move and groove. When 28 Plymouth MA elementary students lend their voices to these 12 new original Pilgrim songs, something magical happens! You the listener are quickly transported back. Way, way back before the “Wampanoag” harvested quahogs along the shores of Patuxet (now Plymouth). Long before humans existed. Back to when the rock was a large glacier deposit.
The album features the songwriting talents of Candido Bretto. Bass guitarist and background singer with Johnny Drama and his Funky Entourage from A&E’s Wahlburgers. The reality show co-stars Plymouth native Johnny “Drama” Alves. The album also features the orchestration talents of recent Berklee College of Music graduates. From South Korea, Haegal (Joongwon) Hwang, Sowon Lim and JongHa Kang. From Japan, musicians Yuki Kodama on acoustic bass and Yuki Monolog Kanesaka and Yohei Kambe on drums. “An alumnus of Berklee College of Music myself, I felt a special bond with Hwang, Lim, Kang, Kodama, Kanesake, and Kambe. Musically we all spoke the same language.”-Candido Bretto
Also featured on the album is renowned NYC jazz guitarist Rick Howard. Click here to hear Rick’s new album “Lil’ Noir”. “Rick Howard was a great find in Naples, FL. I needed a guitar style with “special sauce” and I found it in Rick.” -Candido Bretto
Discover the story of the Pilgrims through the rock’s eyes via the book and music. Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims with your very own copy of “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” available for purchase at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants online store.