The following is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.
Have you heard the Buzz Buzz? I pulled Laurie Berkner’s Buzz Buzz up on my iPod for this month’s review because the title just sounded like spring.
We first checked Laurie’s music out on a recommendation from a friend who found her music to have good inspiration to get up and dance, wiggle and shake your bad preschooler & preschool parent self around. I have to agree some of the tracks on this album really do make us want to dance.
And if the children in your house have a flair for acting—there are some great songs on this album for moving in “tune” with the words. Songs like “The Pretzel Store,” “Telephone,” and “Popcorn Calling Me” just lend themselves to natural movement.
Buzz Buzz is the second album in a collection of six offered by this artist. It’s the only one we own, but if you check out her album listings you’ll find she does a mix of classic children’s tunes like “Rum Sum Sum,” “The Erie Canal” and “O Susannah” as well as her original tunes.
I really enjoy seeking out non-traditional children’s artists in search of great music that both parents and kids can and will enjoy over and over. Laurie, who is critically acclaimed for being a major influence on the “kindie rock” children’s music scene, definitely falls into the category of a classic children’s performer. Therefore, you’ll find some of her tunes lend themselves more to the under 3 foot set than those grown up ears who will also be listening.
That said, real favorites from this album in our house include:
- “I’m a Mess” - perfect for singing to an almost one-year-old who has just finished his dinner
- “Monster Boogie” - a little fun, a little scary all at the same time
- the title track “Buzz Buzz” - you really do want to buzz around like a bee when listening to this one
If you want to check out more of Laurie, including viewing her online webcast and finding a concert listing visit her official website. There is also a lot to see of Laurie on You Tube. She looks like a fun artist to go see live with your kids.
Speaking of live kid’s music, have you heard of Kindiefest? Laurie, while not on the performance schedule, is speaking on a panel at this year’s event taking place next week (April 29 – May 1) in Brooklyn, NY.
The public fest takes place May 1. More information and tickets are available through the Kindiefest site.
A Cool Music Resource
I also stumbled upon a really cool music resource this month. If you’ve ever been frustrated because you can’t remember the words to your favorite camp song or the tune to “You’re A Grand ‘Ole Flag” just seems to escape you and your child is begging you to sing along, you’ll find this database from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to be a handy tool.
While the music examples aren’t the highest quality, they still provide you with a basic idea of the tune (enough to jog your memory) and all of the songs (and there are lots) include lyrics.
There’s even a section where you can play Name That Tune if you’re feeling brave.
Scripture Lullabies Sale
Scripture Lullabies is having a sale! During the month of April on Amazon.com. You can pick up Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture for $6.99 plus shipping and handling. You can read my review of this album here.
Finally, I wanted to share one last non musical tip with you in honor of Easter. I saved this cute sock bunny tutorial from last spring and my son and I tried them out today—they truly are as easy, cute and fun as they appear. It truly only took about fifteen minutes as promised too.
Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Dance, Dance, Dancing!