I’m a little clueless when it comes to corporate pop. Despite the fact that she hit the national scene around 2001, the first time I heard of Laurie Berkner was when we partnered with Beth El Synagogue to promote their fundraiser for their Preschool Tuition Assistance program (Sunday, October 26th – buy tickets here). Tickets are going really fast, so get them before they are gone!
My kids loved Laurie Berkner’s music instantly. Her singer-songwriter style is straightforward and unpretentious; and she is easy to sing along with because she stays in a key most people can reach. If you are a Laurie Berkner fan, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is a must for the minivan.
She’s a little more hit and miss for me. I find the music a bit too syrupy sweet. Maybe because there is always so much chaos in my house, I find myself going to the stereo to turn off her music. To be honest, I can list at least five local children’s CDs that I would drop in my CD player first. My best advice is that if you like pop music, you’ll probably like Laurie Berkner for all the reasons my kids do. If your musical tastes lean more toward independent music, put the CD in your kids room and let them listen when they are playing on their own.
Our favorite song she did is a classic camp song, The Cat Came Back, by Harry S. Miller.
If you want to decide for yourself, you can hear Laurie Berkner’s music on her YouTube channel.