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Under A Shady Tree

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Winner of: 2003 Gold N.A.P.P.A. Award; 2002 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award; 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and 2003 Children's Music Web Award.

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From the reggae-tinged title track to the light blues of "Drive My Car" to the irresistible tease of "I'm Gonna Catch You" and at all stops in between, the 20 tracks on Laurie Berkner's fourth record for kids dance off the disc and into the imagination, with a Goldilocks just-right ratio of silly ("Do the Dragon") and serious ("I'm Me and You're You"). Driving home her reputation as an Ani DiFranco for kids is the earthy "Running Down the Hill." "Shortnin' Bread," the Southern traditional, will compel kids to tie on aprons and tap their way across the kitchen floor. The Hawaiian thank-you number "Mahalo" and the Eastern "Boody Boody Ya Ya Ya" draw upon world music, but otherwise, Berkner's days of shaking her noodle head (a favorite dance ditty off an earlier disc) to the delight of 2-year-olds seem numbered. That's not to say Shady Tree's canopy doesn't extend to the sippy-cup crowd, only that Berkner's branching out. --Tammy La Gorce
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006JKGN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Laurie Berkner came to N.H. 2 years ago to perform a benefit concert, and ever since my family has been HOOKED. I purchased "Whaddaya Think of That" and "Victor Vito" and we loved them. Recently, I bought "Under a Shady Tree" and was once again blown away by her music. My children want to hear the CD over and over again, and so do I. She has added horns, jazz, an ethnic flair and so much more to her music, which really gets you going. We can't stop from moving when we play this CD. It also has made long trips to Grandma's house much more enjoyable. We all sing along and it seems like we just started our trip when we arrive happy and energized. We call "Under a Shady Tree" our "traveling CD" not only because we bring on all of our trips, but because it goes from the car to the house, and from the house to the car. I don't like to be without it.
After a long day with the kids if I start to feel overwhelmed, I put in the CD and forget about all of my problems. It is impossible too listen to the music and stay in a bad mood. The kids and I just sing and dance and laugh at the songs.
I am unable to pick just one, or even two or three songs, that are our favorites, because they are all so good. Each song has it's own "Special Something" that makes it differennt from the rest. But I must say that the one song that comes closest to my heart is "Smile". I am brought to tears everytime I hear Laurie sing it. The words and music are so powerful about the love a parent has for their child and how he/she makes them feel. I sing it to my children every night before they go to sleep.
I also have to comment on the remarkable ability that Laurie and Suzie have to harmonize with one another.
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This is just another wonderful CD by one of my kids favorite artists. Most all the songs are fun and lively, with creative lyrics, and a couple old favorites as well. This is the type of music that your kids can dance around and even act out some of the songs in play. You won't be disappointed in any of Laurie's albums if you like creative music that even adults can enjoy!
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In the past year our family have gone from being Laurie Berkner newbies to Laurie Berkner junkies, thanks only in part to our now-2½ year old's enthusiasm for her work. Mom and Dad find themselves humming this stuff at wierd moments as well. We were eager, when we heard that a new CD was poised for 10/2002 release, but the previews for "Shady Tree" raised a red flag or two--what, there's ELECTRIC BASS on all the tracks? And a horn section on a bunch of 'em? Won't that dilute the fun, basic, energetic, punky-folky sound we've come to enjoy so on the previous 3 CDs? The answer is, not at all, you goofball! It's not laid on thickly at all--for instance, we get to hear Suzie open up a little with some jazzy piano, and "Chock-o-lot" absolutely sizzles with Laurie doing her torch-song, soulful belting over a horn section, but y'know, she's still singing about candy. Well, I think that's what she's singing about. It's what the kids hear, anyway.
And I've got to say something about the packaging--along with lyrics, there are concise author's notes on each track (per usual), and some great photos. The photo-spread shot says it all--Laurie's prone on the stage floor, looking a little like Iggy, snarling away. It could be any rock-and-roller pic, I guess, except you can just about see what must be a stuffed monkey draped over an amp, in the background. That says it all. Buy. Enjoy. Your kids will love it too.
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We are big fans of Laurie Berkner's entertaining lyrics and folk-singer musical style in our house. Under the Shady Tree is probably her best album to date. She varies slower, quieter songs with fast, jumpy songs. Her lyrics continue to be amusing and clever so mom and dad are happy to listen to her again and again and again and again.... If you are buying just one Laurie Berkner album, this is the one to get. (But it is better to own all 4!)
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I bought this CD after noticing how much my 3 year old loved listening to Laurie on Noggin. This instantly became her favorite CD and she had almost the whole thing memorized after a week. My daughter doesn't usually like to play by herself, but if I put this CD in, she'll sit in her room and play with her toys while listening to it. The songs are excellent. The music is incredibly creative. My husband and I also enjoy it and we plan on buying more of Laurie's CD's and videos soon!
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Thank goodness for the Laurie Berkner Band! I just couldn't take the kiddie-songs any longer, and my personal music collection had to be reviewed before I put it in the player. With this CD, driving is a breeze. Not to mention the lyrics are creative, fun, uplifting and this is a great help for my 19 month-old to practice his words. The lyrics are clear and easy to memorize. Thank you!!!
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This CD is wonderful! We also own Buzz Buzz and Victor Vito. My 2 year old can't get enough of it. What a refreshing change from the syrup-y mass-produced mess that most children's cd's turn out to be. He loves to Do The Dragon and goodness knows the world would probably end if he didn't listen to Pig On Your Head and Song In My Tummy at least 10 times a day. And what is even better is I enjoy it too. Every parent should own at least one if not all of Laurie's albums.
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