Choo Choo Boogaloo

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Robin Casey, Common Sense Media
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Lively tunes will appeal to all ages.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album offers a lively sampling of music in the Creole tradition. Families will learn about this distinctive style, replete with accordion and the Louisiana beat. The colorful narration in between selections provides fascinating introductory/background material for each song. The various instrumental lines are clearly delineated. After the last track, every instrument is heard individually and identified for the listener.

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Parent Written by3GrrlsMom January 16, 2014

Fun and lively

I don't know what the Funnyboy was listening to, but it couldn't have been this disk. We've had this disk since my 14yo was about 4, now listen... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Get on board: This \"choo choo\" travels to very danceable and authentic zydeco music. Buckwheat (Stanley Dural Jr.) has recorded many wonderful albums, but this is his first family endeavor. A modern-day master, Buckwheat was taught by the King of Zydeco himself, Clifton Chenier. The inclusion of a children's gospel choir from Baton Rouge helps make CHOO CHOO BOOGALOO kid friendly. \"Iko Iko\" is sure to get you up and moving with its great New Orleans shuffle. The dixie ragtime tune \"They All Asked For You,\" will transport you to the heart of Bourbon Street. The use of the squeezebox (accordion) in \"Give Me a Squeeze, Please\" provides more authentic Cajun flavoring.

Is it any good?

When you're talking New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and zydeco, you're talking party time, and that's exactly what you get in this fine recording, It's fun hearing these tunes, (many of them old favorites), done the way they do it on the Bayou.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the various instruments that seem to be integral to the Creole style. Also, compare "Skip to My Lou," the original version we are all used to hearing, with "Skip to My Blues," a terrific blues version. Listen for the soulful electric blues guitar and accordion solos.

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