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Under a Shady Tree

Laurie BerknerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a children’s recording artist was a surprise to her. “It was so unexpected,” says Laurie. “I’d been performing in rock bands (including Lois Lane, an all-female cover band, as well as her own original rock band, Red Onion) and struggling to write original music. Writing music for ... Read more in Amazon's Laurie Berkner Store

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Two Tomatoes
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006JKGN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Under a Shady Tree
2. Rhubarb Pie (Hot Commodity)
3. Mister
4. Drive My Car
5. I'm Gonna Catch You
6. Just Like the Sun
7. Mahalo
8. I'm Me and You're You
9. Choc-o-lot in my Pock-o-lot
10. Shortnin' Bread
11. Running Down the Hill
12. My Energy
13. After It Rains
14. Do the Dragon
15. Song in my Tummy
16. This Hat
17. Who's That?
18. Smile
19. Boody Boody Ya Ya Ya
20. Blow A Kiss

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Product Description

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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without it!!!!!!!!!! December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Laurie Berkner April 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confident, polished, yet every bit as fun as before November 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In the past year our family have gone from being Laurie Berkner newbies to Laurie Berkner junkies, thanks only in part to our now-2˝ 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Laurie Berkner's Best Album Yet! July 20, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Favorite CD September 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Relief! July 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album, but not Laurie's best June 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My 2 1/2 year old son loves Laurie, but this album is definitely our least favorite of the 4 she has out. This is a good buy if you already have the other 3, but it's not a good starter album...most of the songs just aren't as catchy, though there are a few classics included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few songs are potentially annoying, but are still not near the...
Laurie is by far more pleasantly musical than most children's artists. A few songs are potentially annoying, but are still not near the irritation level of the Disney channel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Customer
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Published 2 months ago by Arla M. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 year old approved
My son loves listening to Laurie's CDs in the car when he gets bored with my music. Upbeat, a wide range of instruments, and fun lyrics.
Published 6 months ago by Kelley RRR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs for kids
These are all great songs for children, even I don't mind listening to them. Bad thing is you will be singing them all day as they get stuck in your head.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurie Berkner magic...
My grandkids just love these. They have every Laurie Berkner DVD and play at least one daily. My 5 year old granddaughter knows all the lyrics! Read more
Published 7 months ago by a researcher in Michigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's Songs
My granddaughter is now 8 1/2 but she started listening to these songs when she was a little thing. She refers to the CD as "Grandma's Songs" and always wants it on when... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kenswife
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy and Clever
This is a delightful collection of children's songs. It includes mostly upbeat songs, with a few slower tempo ones mixed in. The songs are catchy without being annoying. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by E. Strickenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!
We love LBB at our house, we have several of her albums and I can't think of a single song that we don't like. LBB is great for the whole family, fun, upbeat, great lyrics. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by NaturallyMama
5.0 out of 5 stars My 18 month LOVES Lori!!!
This is our second CD. The first one being the "Best Of". I tried to make the second purchase to have as few repeats as possible and songs that I thought my daughter would love. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Donna B. Banham
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!
This is a great CD. My kids and I enjoy this in our car almost everyday. It makes the time go by quicker when we have to run a lot of errands and it makes it really fun. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by C. Meyer
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