The Laurie Berkner Band
Waiting For The Elevator (Concord)
From Laurie’s promo kit, “Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a children’s recording artist was a surprise to her. “It was so unexpected,” says Laurie. “I’d been performing in rock bands and struggling to write original music. Writing music for kids has not been a struggle at all. The more I started working on material for children, the more I realized that it opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had.”
It appears as though Laurie’s days of “struggling to write original music” are over. In writing music for children, she has found her calling. Blessed with a sunshine-pleasant voice to get her songs across, tiny ears will eagerly bend toward her.
Her chosen subject matter is varied, and not the usual kite-bicycle-mean sister trifecta usually associated with kids’ music. How many words can she rhyme with “elevator” while “Waiting For The Elevator”? You’re about to find out. Other delights include the silly “Chipmunk At The Gas Pump” and the sweet “A Hug From My Mama.” Berkner’s band is also first-rate, making this massive nineteen-song collection a real winner.
By Dan Pavelich