Pamela Kay Hawkins began writing children's music in the late 1990s. She'd just become a grandmother and singing lullabies to her granddaughter was just the beginning. Years later, her work as a musician has reached that all-important stage of a CD release. She retells the steps of this journey in her blog.
It would be a mistake to judge the quality of her music by the appearance of her blog, or the writing in it, because whilst Pamela might not be a blogger, she clearly is a musically gifted, loving parent and grandmother. She is also a devout Christian and highly driven, entrepreneurially-spirited woman who has worked hard to promote her CD, despite some early pitfalls.
The CD has ten songs, presented first as full versions sung by various artists and the second time as instrumentals. One of the artists, Joseph Tygart, is of an adorably young age and despite it, presents real blues-singer stagemanship on the track "Rocking-Horse Blues". Most of the songs feature the vocals of either Meredith Lee Easley (whose voice is good and clear, if somewhat school-matronly), or John Weller, whose strong but soothing tones exude a homely and comforting aura.
The titular track on Rockin' the Day Away feels like the theme tune to a children's programme on television or radio. It isn't particularly memorable in its own right, but opens the stage for what is yet to come. The whole collection could be summarised as "simple, fun and entertaining," which is surely not a bad thing when talking about music aimed at children and their parents, relatives, teachers and companions.
"Walkin' Around" has a simple melody and creates a strong visual of a mum, a dad, or a favourite auntie frog-marching an infant around the room on their tootsies. The unimaginative lyrics are a little disappointing: "We're walkin' around, to see what there is to see". It's the sort of song that any parent could have made up during the daily chores; perhaps a tip of the hat to the roots of Pamela's music creation.