Archive for October, 2008

October 29, 2008

New Laurie Berkner!

As a Music Together teacher, I often have parents asking me for recommendations for good “kid” music. Laurie Berkner is always at the top of my list. Why? Her music is silly, sweet, and smart. Her songs are full of rich harmonies and lots of tonal and rhythmic variety—it’s not the repetitive melodies and cloying lyrics often found in music written for children. I often compare her to the Indigo Girls.

I’ve been listening to her new CD, Rocketship Run, this past week and she’s delivered the goods again. My personal favorite is the last track, a beautiful acoustic cover of Fly Me to the Moon. I also really like the way she cleverly weaves Going on a Huntthroughout the album in five different “flavors”—samba, blues, jig, conga, and hand jive. I’m going to use my iTunes technology to play all five versions back to back in my class so that the kids (and caregivers) can experience the different feel of each type of rhythm. Variety is key to fostering musical aptitude; it expands the musical palate.

If you want to check out some other music by the Laurie Berkner Band, I highly recommend Under a Shady Tree, Victor Vito, and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz. Enjoy!