by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
There’s nothing better than sharing favorite songs with your kids, especially songs you can sing along to. Classic kids’ songs never go out of style and when they’re sung by the great Laurie Berkner, whom People magazine hailed as the “queen of children’s music” naturally it’s going to be a slam-dunk.
I recently received a copy of Laurie’s new album, Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs for review. All three of my kids, ages 3, 6 and 8, had so much fun picking out favorite tunes and singing along, and I, of course had my own selection.
Laurie’s voice is perfect for children of all ages. It’s very sweet and gentle, so it’s perfect for newborns. The familiar songs on the album will also appeal to toddlers and school-aged kids since they can sing along to their favorite tunes.
The two-disc album runs for 129 minutes and includes a whopping 57 songs! Here’s a list of the songs (click on the title to view the lyrics). Included are six original tracks from Laurie’s previous hugely popular albums (including We are the Dinosaurs and Victor Vito). Laurie is accompanied by her band members: Susie Lampert, Brady Rymer and Bobby Golden.
What I love about the songs, other than Laurie’s pitch-perfect voice, is that she changed some of the lyrics or added her own. Some of my personal favorites: I Gave My Love a Cherry (sung with Laurie’s daughter); There’s a Hole in the Bucket (a fun performance with Rymer); Take Me Out to the Ball Game is also cool – it starts out slow and then gets a jazzy rendition. This Little Light of Mine, Amazing Grace, Little Boy Blue and Alouette are especially gorgeous. You simply can’t go wrong with the album, there’s something for everyone.
Here’s a video of one of the songs in the album, Froggy Went A Courtin’
You can purchase the album at major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as Laurie’s website. You can also download it on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Watch Laurie performing this holiday season in one of her Holiday Show concerts:
Nov. 15 – NYCB Theatre at Westbury – Westbury, Long Island, NY
Nov. 22 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
Dec. 12 – Duke Energy Center – Raleigh, NC
Dec. 19 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
Photo of Laurie with guitar by Jayme Thornton. Photo of band by Steve Vaccariello.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a sample.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 8, 6 and 3) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.