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Choo Choo Boogaloo
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?
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.