Thursday, November 12, 2015

Music Minute: Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner released a two-disc album, Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs, on October 23rd.  The album includes 51 well-loved, traditiional children's songs, plus six "bonus" tracks of favorite Laurie Berkner originals.

This is the only album Laurie has ever released that is comprised almost exclusively of traditional songs.  Highlights include a rollicking "When The Saints Go Marching In," an "Amazing Grace" that achieves its depth of meaning by parsing away the non-essentials, and a funky, hip-hop take on "This Old Man," with additional rhymes penned by Laurie. Other highlights include a duet performance of "There's A Hole In The Bucket" with Laurie Berkner and Brady Rymer that's filled with spontaneous hijinks, a "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" that hits a home run in the third inning with its swinging jazz style, and "Old King Cole," featuring the fantastic fiddle of Kenny Kosek (Laurie Anderson, Steve Goodman, John Denver, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia), as well as renowned jazz trumpeter Warren Vaché (the Benny Goodman Band, the Concord Super Band, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Wein, Howard Alden).

I got a copy of the album to review, and it was a lot of fun. I loved the back-to-the-basics inclusion of so many songs I remembered singing as I grew up. It was a great way to introduce them to my kids, or sing along with songs they knew too. The upbeat take on them was engaging and made it a great album to play in the background while we were doing chores, for music time at home, or for an impromptu dance party!

Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs is available wherever favorite albums are sold, at, and at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.  Digital pre-sale starts in iTunes on September 25.

Laurie Berkner - Performance Highlights - Nov. - Dec. 2015
Nov. 15 - NYCB Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, Long Island, NY - Holiday Show!
Nov. 22 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA - Holiday Show!
Dec. 12 - Duke Energy Center - Raleigh, NC - Holiday Show!
Dec. 19 - Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY - Holiday Show!

Visit Laurie Berkner's website HERE.
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