Make a Happy Face EP 

Carol Niocdemi

2021 /Carol Nicodemi

19 minutes

5.0 out of 5 stars.  The "Make a Happy Face" EP is a collection of eight original children's songs composed and performed by Carol Nicodemi with instrumental accompaniment by Ed Nicodemi playing an amazing variety of instruments including guitar, flute, piano, theremin and percussion. Additional vocals are provided by Elyse and Melody Orecchio, Carol and Ed's daughter and granddaughter, making it truly a family project! The title song and "Dance All Over the Map" were released as singles earlier this year and both are a delight, as is this entire upbeat, fun and positive album. Carol and Ed have released albums together and separately and often perform as a folk and jazz duo. Carol is known primarily as a singer/songwriter, and much of Ed's solo work is piano and/or guitar.

Make a Happy Face begins with "Dance All Over the Map, a buoyant song about a child who is having trouble concentrating in class because his/her imagination is taking him/her all over the world, dancing to the music and rhythms that are bursting from within his/her own head. "My feet gotta move,  my hands gotta clap, my fingers keep snappin' , my toes wanna tap-gonna dance all over the map." "Do Like the Animals Do" is a cute little song sung by Elyse and Carol about imitating the sounds and movements of various animals and making yourself happy at the same time. The title song features Carol singing and playing kazoo with additional vocals by Elyse and Melody along with Ed's recording debut on a toy piano. This carefree little song should do it for anyone needing a little bit of musical sunshine in their day/week/month, etc. "Turn around your frown, turn it upside down." Who can stay grumpy with words like that? "I Love to Dance Ballet" is a sweet ballad about a little girl who, well, the title gives it away! Sung by Elyse, it also features piano and cello. Who doesn't need to be reminded that "It's Ok to Make Mistakes"? A mother/daughter duet with a jaunty beat, this is a handy song that offers reassurance to a tearful child. "I Make Funny Faces For My Grandpa: is sung by Melody, accompanied by Grandpa on guitar, xylophone and percussion- really cute!  "We're Twins" is a happy ode to having someone who looks just like you do. "Storyland" ends the album with a fanciful song about how fairy tales,  nursery rhymes and other stories can feed a child's imagination, allowing him or her to envision a world of make-believe much better than simply sitting in front of a television set or computer screen.  

Even though Make a Happy Face is intended as a children's album, the warmth and optimism are infectious and can give the day a real lift. In that regard, I can easily recommend it to "children of all ages" who could use a dose of musical sunshine. The album (and its singles) are available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify and other sites. It's a charmer!

Kathy Parsons

Mainly Piano.com 

9/15/2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "DANCE ALL OVER THE MAP" is the first single by singer/songwriter Carol Nicodemi, and what a bright and lively children's song it is! The lyrics are about a child who is having trouble concentrating in class because his/her imagination is taking him/her all over the world, dancing to the music and rhythms that are bursting from within his/her own head. Carol performs the vocals on this charming song and her husband, Edmond Paul Nicodemi, plays flute, guitar and bass: there is also a percussionist adding a joyful beat.  "My feet gotta move, my hands gotta clap, my fingers keep snappin' my toes wanna tap-gonna dance all over the map." I'm sure there are plenty of kids of all ages who can relate.

Carol has released several collaborative albums with her husband, Ed, and also released a solo album in 2012 called 'It Goes This Way." She has been working on a series of singles of original children's songs and the two she has released so far are utterly charming!

"Dance All Over the Map" is a real day-brightener!

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano 

June 13, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "MAKE A HAPPY FACE" is an utterly charming single that is suitable for kids of all ages. Truly a family project, Carol Nicodemi wrote the song, sings and plays the kazoo not all at once!); husband Ed (Edmond Paul Nicodemi) plays guitar, bass, toy piano and theremin (I don't think he played all of those at the same time either!); and Carol and Ed's daughter and granddaughter sing along. This carefree little song should do it for anyone needing a little bit of musical sunshine in their day/week/month, etc. "Turn around your frown, turn it upside down." Who can stay grumpy with words like that?

Carol and Ed have released several collaborative albums together, and Carol also released a solo album in 2012 called "It Goes This Way." She has been working on a series of original children's songs and the two singles she has released so far are a joy!

"Make a Happy Face' is a real day-brightener!

 

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano 

 June 14, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "SAD REFLECTIONS" is a haunting piano and cello duet by Edmond Paul Nicodemi. Nicodemi composed the piece and plays the piano, and Rachel Gawell plays the cello. Slow, graceful and deeply emotional, this piece is obviously reflective of the difficult times we have been experiencing for the past year and a half and expresses a profound sense of loss as well as great sadness. It is amazing how music like this can bring about a catharsis of  emotion, but can also offer a sense of empathy and a feeling of being understood. It's a beautiful duet that I'm sure many people will relate to. 

Ed has released a number of albums and singles both solo and with his wife, singer/songwriter Carol Nicodemi. His new age piano and film-score music has been heard on several television programs and his piece, 'Toy Piano,' can be heard in the movie "Fully Loaded."

"Sad Reflections" is both emotional and healing. 

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano 

June 13, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "DESOLATION" is a beautiful solo piano single composed and performed by Edmond Paul Nicodemi. Introspective and deeply emotional, the music expresses feelings of despair and loss, perhaps including the hopelessness so many have felt during the COVID pandemic. As difficult as those emotions are to endure, the music speaks directly to the heart and offers empathy, understanding and even a shoulder to cry on- all very helpful in the process of healing. 

Ed has released a number of albums and singles both solo and with his wife, singer/songwriter Carol Nicodemi. His new age piano and film score music has been heard on several television programs and his piece, "Toy Piano," can be heard in the movie "Fully Loaded."

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

June 14, 2021