MC loves music, and we have done our best to expose her to many different genres and styles of music - both through our own personal musical tastes and also through the Kindermusik and Music Together classes she has attended.
But she naturally gravitates towards "kids" music, and who can blame her - it's fun and upbeat...and sometimes really annoying. So I made it my mission when she was a baby to find kids' music that BD and I could also enjoy. We've discovered several great artists over the years, but our hands-down favorite is Laurie Berkner. We have several of her CDs and DVDs, and you may remember that MC's first concert was to see Laurie in Raleigh earlier this year.
So naturally, we were excited to hear that Laurie had new music coming out this fall - Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs. I was very interested when I realized that this album would be classic kids' tunes instead of LB original songs, like the other LB CDs that we own. We have not had very good luck finding albums of 'classic' kids' songs that we all can enjoy, so I was hoping that Laurie was up to the task.
We started listening to this CD on the same day it arrived in the mail...and basically we haven't turned it off since. (Except for this week, when we're now alternating between this one and the Christmas album!) As the title implies, it is classic kids' music that I remember from my own childhood - favorites such as O Susannah, Bicycle Built for Two, The More We Get Together - but almost all of them have a twist with a new, fresh sound. It is a 2-disc compilation, with almost 60 songs on it...2+ hours of fun music! And the icing on top is that is also has a few of Laurie's greatest hits - including MC's favorite We Are The Dinosaurs and my favorite Under A Shady Tree.
In addition to listening to this new music over the past few weeks, next weekend we are going to see Laurie in Raleigh again for a holiday concert. We purchased our tickets months ago - the same weekend they went on sale, and MC has been talking about it practically non-stop since then. If you are local, I highly encourage you to buy tickets and take your whole family; it will be one of the highlights of your holiday season.