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Rocketship Run
Rocketship Run
by Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner's award-winning album, Rocketship Run, is full of original folk and jazz inspired songs that children can relate to. The album is a great mix of fast-paced, exciting numbers and slower-tempo lullabies. Throughout the CD, listeners will hear children's voices, electric and acoustic guitar, horns, bassoon, drums, conga, saxophone, strings, trumpet, and even a penny whistle.

Age: 3 Year-olds | Title: Rocketship Run  |  Artist: Laurie Berkner  |  Label: Razor and Tie

Laurie Berkner's award-winning album, Rocketship Run, is full of original folk and jazz inspired songs that children can relate to. The album is a great mix of fast-paced, exciting numbers and slower-tempo lullabies. Throughout the CD, listeners will hear children's voices, electric and acoustic guitar, horns, bassoon, drums, conga, saxophone, strings, trumpet, and even a penny whistle.

A treasure hunting motif is carried throughout the album in the songs and the media package. The cover book has Laurie, Susie, and Adam in all sorts of fun cartoon locations, each page with a hidden treasure chest for your little one to search for. Sprinkled throughout the songs are more treasure hunts, each with their own style. There is a blues version of Going on a Hunt, a calypso version, a jig, and finally a hand jive! Along with various musical genres, there is also a wide range of instruments featured in the album; Five Days Old begins with an a capella first verse, and then the bass, guitar, banjo, and hand claps kick in for the next few verses giving it a sudden bluegrass feeling. Mr. Bassman projected a catchy tune through bass solos with finger snapping and piano solos including pieces of very recognizable classic piano pieces, such as Mozart. Hearing the bass and piano engaged in a friendly duel just may inspire your little one to want to learn an instrument when they get older, so they can play those fun tunes too! The lullaby Nona and Winter Lullaby includes a string trio, and Jump and Fly features a baritone and tenor saxophone and a trumpet, creating a funky beat and feel. Each song has a creative surprise, whether it's a new instrument and sound, beat, or creative lyrics.

Has your child ever heard a bassoon? They will, in Candy Cane Jane, where they can also yell "giddy-up!" and clap right along with Berkner. Most of the songs offer fun sound effects for listeners to mimic, such as "Crack, crack, bam, bam, crashedy chrash!" in Thunderstorm, "oowah, oowah" (the sounds of the river) in Walk Along the River, or the animal sounds in Farm Song. Let's Samba is not only great dancing music, but it also sings the alphabet in Spanish at the end - a great learning tool for your child. Little listeners can lose themselves in imagining the lyrics coming to life in Mouse in My Tookbox, My Blue Sailboat, and One More Stop on the Train. The title track, Rocketship Run, makes dancing fun with abrupt tempo changes from the slower walking pace of andante to the to vivace allegro (lively and fast); it also offers practice counting down from five and ten.

My three-year-old friend, Sam's favorite song of the moment is Mr. Bassman, and he says it makes him want to play the piano when he's big. Sam made my favorite song be Fast and Slow after I witnessed him jigging his heart out to the Irish-sounding music. I asked Sam if he would teach me his jig, but he said I "probably couldn't do it because it's too hard." I guess I will have to be content just watching Sam dance his hear out.

--Audra

After graduating college, Berkner worked for several years as a children's music specialist at New York preschools and day care centers. The parents of the children she worked with encouraged her to record the songs she wrote and sang for the class. By 1998, Berkner former her own record label, Two Tomatoes Records, LLC to release her second album, "Buzz Buzz". Berkner was joined by Susie Lampert on the key board, and Berkner's husband, Brian Mueller, on the bass in 1999 to form The Laurie Berkner Band. Their success grew rapidly, and they even played a live show on The Today Show in 2001.

Berkner's fourth CD, "Under a Shady Tree" was released in 2002 and won multiple awards, including an N.A.P.P.A Gold Award and a Parent's Choice Silver Award. This was Berkner's first album as a parent herself. Two years later, Berner's first picture book with CD, Victor Vito and Freddi Vasco came out, based on the lyrics of her hit song, Victor Vito. After an appearance on the NOGGIN TV Channel (Nickelodeon's educational, commercial-free preschool sister station), Berkner's record sales superseded the million mark, and hit Billboard's "Top Album Sales" and "Top Kid Audio" charts. Berkner then appeared in nearly every episode of NOGGIN's original half-hour series "Jack's Big Music Show."

This CD has been an absolute smash at our house. The CD features a mix of folk and jazz music with plenty of fast paced songs as well as some slower lullaby type offerings. A&W love the huge variety of instruments and it is so cute to hear them sing along with Laurie as well as the children vocalist she includes. They really do love all the songs but I think Five Days Old would be the favorite if forced to choose!

Something else I love about Little One Books? For each and every product there is a description as well as extensive information on why the particular item was chosen. All of this information really goes a long way when you are deciding on what to purchase. For instance, my decision was made in part by Little One Book's description about the huge number of instruments used on the CD. A&W love music and love learning about different instruments and music types so I thought this would be a good fit for them and it certainly was!

--Kristin, Westbrook, ME
 
This is such a fun CD. Seriously. I haven’t met anyone that is familiar with Laurie Berkner that doesn’t love her. She can make just about anything into a super fun song thats 100% kid-friendly and makes you want to get up and move your parts!! This CD is cute in that it has a kind of "theme" throughout of a treasure hunt. The booklet that is included even has treasures to hunt for.

You won’t just hear singing on this CD- you’ll hear fast music, slow, gypsy, folk, blues- country- tons of fun instrument sounds and even a "penny whistle" (I had to look what that was called up!). I love exposing my kids to fun music like this and I am so glad I did. The variety of different sounds and music styles brings a lot to the table!

Singing and dancing is such a great bonding activity- and such a great mood booster- its hard to be cranky when you are dancing around singing silly lyrics at the top of your voice!! We love, love love to sing along with Laurie 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF (Rocketship Run)!- and we love to sing LOUDLY!! (Apologies to the neighbors- good thing we live on 1+ acre lots so not everyone has to listen). Going on a hunt (hand jive version) is a very close second favorite around here.

--Brett, Bolton, CT

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