Parents Magazine said it best when they described Laurie Berkner as “the Pied Piper of the Preschool Set.” With her melodic tunes and unforgettable harmonies, The Laurie Berkner Band are just as much magicians as they are musicians—at least for my music-obsessed kid.
First introduced to this well-loved band’s tunes after becoming avid fans of Jack’s Big Music Show on Nick Jr., Laurie Berkner’s song lyrics are now part of our everyday vernacular. ‘Shaky Egg’, ‘Rainboots, stomp, stomp, stomp’… you name it, Laurie’s lyrics and music have made our entire family fans for the long haul. Like magic.
Released last month, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band cd is a comprehensive collection of the band’s best songs. As their sixth cd, if you’re a longtime fan, such songs on the cd are expected, but for newer fans, this cd is a staple for your budding kindie rock collection. Unlike the songs recorded for Nickelodeon, Laurie’s Greatest Hits cd have a softer, less processed sound. Songs like “Shady Tree” exude the sweet, while songs like, “Monster Boogie” reinforces the silly. But overall, the 20-track cd encompasses the folk sensibility that keeps kids dancing and singing, and their parents humming and smiling.
Craving even more Laurie Berkner Band? Let’s Hear It for The Laurie Berkner Band!, a new dvd with a host of Laurie’s most loved music videos, is set to be released on September 28. The dvd will feature some of Laurie’s appearances from Jack’s Big Music Show, including some of our personal favorites like, “I’m Not Perfect”, “I Really Love to Dance”, “Victor Vito” and more.
Are you in the Northeast and attending one of The Laurie Berkner Band’s upcoming shows, Umi Shoes and Laurie are partnering up to collect donations of slightly used shoes from her audiences for the charitable organization, Soles for Soles. So, if you’re attending one of these shows, be sure to help a worthy cause!
And guess what, I’ve got one copy of The Best of Laurie Berkner Band to giveaway to one lucky NKT reader. Just comment below and tell me your favorite Laurie Berkner Band song and why! (each song is an entry)
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This winner of this giveaway will be chosen via Random.org. This giveaway ends on 11:59 p.m. on August 9.