Pomes's CD On-The-Loose Dreams On-The-Loose Dreams
Like something out of Alice in Wonderland, On-The-Loose Dreams sends listeners young and old alike on an enchanted exploration of that curiously mysterious territory between their ears: the human imagination.


“Highly rewarding.” – Paul Shackman, Booklist

“A keeper.” – Lynne Heffley, Parents’ Choice

“Children's music doesn't get much better than these 15 songs by Pomes in a Pail. amazing collaboration... The great vocals combined with incredible instrumentation gives the entire album a Broadway feel. This extremely high quality production deserves a space in every collection.” – Veronica Schwartz, School Library Journal

"Imagination abounds in this writing workshop that went oh, so right – a terrific musical tapestry of songs, singers and sounds!" – John Wood,

"Thoroughly entertaining and very sophisticated! If Mom and Dad don't understand all the intricacies of this enchanting album, the kids will no doubt explain it all to them. What a treat for Rock-sore ears and Rap-dimmed brains." – John Sparks, Artistic Director, Theatre Building Chicago





2007 Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award! (Parents' Choice Foundation)

2007 NAPPA Honors Award winner! (National Parenting Publications Awards)

2007 CMWA Best New Artist for Older Children! (Children's Music Web Awards)

The Pomes In A Pail Creative Team:

South African Native KARENA MENDOZA is an award- winning composer and former opera singer. In 2004 she won Best Song Writing at the New York International Fringe Festival for Africa & Plumbridge. Mendoza is Musical Director for the Art Miles Mural project.

STEPHANIE SNOW honed her songwriting skills in Nashville and Theatre Building Chicago. But she credits her knack for knowing what kids like to her years of teaching piano to the children of Northbrook.

Lyricist/screenwriter ALEXANDER JENNY is locked away in a cabin in the northwoods, hard at work on a story with a happy ending.

Producer/arranger ED TOSSING has arranged and conducted string and bass ensembles on platinum CDs by Styx and Dennis DeYoung. His keyboard credits include recordings by Barbara Streisand, Peter Cetera, Burt Bacharach, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler. Ed is the recipient of two Emmys for songwriting, arranging and producing of several children's TV specials starring his wife and producer/co-writer Gaia Tossing.

The Pomes In A Pail Singers:

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Cerrone of Riverside, featured in six songs, has performed in musical productions in New York and Chicago.

Ten-year-old Marianna Oharenko, a performer since the age of four, has sung at numerous city festivals as a member of the Chicago Children’s choir.

Michael Hall, 17, is a recent graduate of Glenbrook North High School and former member of the musical group OW.

Wheaton resident Dana Roesner, 7, has performed in Amahl and the Night Visitors at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Jackie Gessert, 13, Miss Indiana Pre-Teen 2005, can currently be seen as Addy in the American Girl Theater productions of The Revue and Circle of Friends.

Elmhurst native Giselle Ruecking, 17, performed in Africa & Plumbridge at the New York International Fringe Festival and Circle of Friends at American Girl Theater Chicago, where she originated the role of Kit.

Jonah Zimmermann, 10, is a pianist and saxaphone player, and performs in school musicals in Oak Park.

Gaia Galvan of Janesville, Wisconsin, one of the two grown-up voices on the album, has over 20 years of experience as a studio vocalist, jingles singer and performer in musicals.

Shy, smooth-singin' cowpoke Cal Renner was raised by a pack of wild Chihuahuas. Cal rides into town and works his magic behind the mic, only to disappear once again like a puff of campfire smoke. Giddyap, Cal.

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