A WONDERFUL LIFE is a wonderful album. Actress and singer Jessica Harper ("My Favorite Year") happens to be an accomplished songwriter with a whimsical, extravagantly fertile imagination that's well suited to her young audience. In "The Wings," the singer's persuaded her mom to buy her wings at "the angel store," whereupon she proceeds to fly "past the playground/Where the big kids like to fight/And the ice cream truck was fast asleep/And the swings were tucked in tight." In "Back Door Open," some Martians park their pink rocket in her kitchen sink, creating an awful nuisance for subsequent visitors Santa Claus, Captain Hook, and Goldilocks (" 'Say where,' says Goldie, 'can I wash my hair?/I tried the kitchen sink but there's a rocket in there.' ") Then there's the wholly adorable sing-along "Sounds Like," with its fantasy tableaux: "Meow, splash, cat in the water/Row, row, hoooo, owl in a boat/Hooo, hooo, owl to the rescue/Meow, splash, cats don't float." Harper's beauteous, burnished alto voice and jazzy, bluesy, swing-inflected tunes soothe and amuse stressed-out kids and weary parents alike.