Under a Shady Tree

Under a Shady Tree

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by Laurie Berkner
     
 

Noodleheads, brace yourselves! Laurie Berkner's fourth album breathes new energy into her already soaring career. This guitar-wielding songstress has won over the hearts of parents and kids alike with her brand of folk-pop for tots. Under a Shady Tree offers fans a bit o' reggae with the title track, some Hawaiian harmonies on "Mahalo," and an action-packed aSee more details below

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Noodleheads, brace yourselves! Laurie Berkner's fourth album breathes new energy into her already soaring career. This guitar-wielding songstress has won over the hearts of parents and kids alike with her brand of folk-pop for tots. Under a Shady Tree offers fans a bit o' reggae with the title track, some Hawaiian harmonies on "Mahalo," and an action-packed a cappella "Drive My Car." Berkner also adds a bit of polish to her typically tasteful mix, broadening her sound and her appeal with electric guitars, organ, trumpets, and ukelele But the charismatic former music teacher really stakes her claim with two toddler triumphs: "Running Down the Hill" -- a song that blossoms with fantastic, flowering imagery and Berkner's own flowing vocals -- and the clap-happy "I'm Gonna Catch You." Infectious and impassioned, both tracks are sure to remind listeners why Berkner is so often referred to as the Ani DiFranco of the preschool set. The slow tempo and simple sentiment of "Smile" and the harmonious "After It Rains" are perfect picks for naptime. But Berkner has not forgotten her super-silly beginnings, as reflected in the quirky "Do the Dragon" and "Song in My Tummy." Plus, the southern-flavored "Shortnin' Bread" never sounded better, with sweet vocals and lighthearted piano that will have kids cuttin' the rug in no time. Bolstering a powerful repertoire of smartly conceived silly songs and seriously impressive vocals, Ms. Berkner has scored another direct hit with the monkeybar mob. She went on to receive a number of awards, including the 2002 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and the 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Two Tomatoes
UPC:
0695842340423
catalogNumber:
23404
Rank:
9244

Tracks

  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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