Coronavirus lockdown: I spend my days with a 4 year old who is obsessed with Go Jetters, the animated CBeebies TV series. Screen time is limited, so much of the day is taken up with imaginative role play,
where I have to be one (or all) of the characters, usually re-enacting scenes from the show. It's fast-paced, intense and tiring. As a challenge, I wondered whether I could use the music of the Go Jetters to create some material for myself to use as a soothing, calming, warm bath for the ears & brain after everyone else is in bed, to help me unwind. A vaccine, if you will - an antidote for the exhaustion of role play made from the very thing that's responsible for it in the first place.
Each of the pieces presented here is constructed entirely from Go Jetters songs (themselves arranged by Banks & Wag, and usually based on classic pop hits), with no extraneous material.
The whole work is dedicated to Grandmaster Glitch, the show's antagonist, who is not only my personal favourite character, but the one I get asked to be most often. I'm usually very much against the simplistic nuance-free concept of baddies and goodies in children's media, so I appreciate the way that Grandmaster Glitch performs the superficial role of being the baddie without actually being one. He's self-absorbed and inconsiderate, but not intentionally mean. His 'evil schemes' aren't about power, control or wealth, they're all about him having self-indulgent fun and accidentally breaking things in the process. The show's tension and drama therefore don't arise from battles between good and bad, they're created by the Go Jetters trying to fix the things that Glitch breaks before there's an even bigger disaster.
All profits from this release will go to the Welsh Refugee Council
Mastered by Black and Red Mastering
released April 22, 2020
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