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 children's concept album (portraying a musical journey on a rocket ship in search of treasure, with a couple of trains and airplanes thrown in) is family-safe and well produced. Parents and older siblings may grow weary with repeated listenings, but young kids will be entertained.
What's the story?
Laurie Berkner, along with pals Susie Lampert and Adam Bernstein, delivers two dozen well-produced, beautifully-performed, mostly-original songs on ROCKETSHIP RUN. Billed as a musical rocket-ship journey in search of treasure, the CD features songs in many musical styles from samba to jigs to gospel-infused country. Laurie's clear-as-a-bell soprano, backed by some imaginative instrumentation, guarantees a smooth and pleasant -- if not terribly exciting -- trip to the moon on gossamer wings.
Is it any good?
Highlights on Rocketship Run include "Let's Samba," one of the more energetic tracks, and "Five Days Old" -- with a gorgeous a capella intro sliding into fine banjo work and perfect country-style harmonies -- a rare song written from the point of view of an infant, rather than his or her ambivalent older siblings. "Mr. Bassman (and Piano Girl)" features excellent piano playing and fun instrumental virtuosity. Toddlers can sit back in between dance tunes and enjoy the ride.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of a series of songs that tell a story, in this case a rocket-ship trip in search of treasure. "Jump and Fly" is basically a list of things the singer wants. Maybe you can make your own list, or draw some pictures to go with the story told here.