The Laurie Berkner Band released its latest hits compilation The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection this month. The compilation of songs is not the first hits collection released by Berkner and her band mates. However, it is still an enjoyable collection in its own right. This is especially the case for any early childhood educator, as audiences will learn in listening to the compilation. It is loaded with songs that are a good fit for any pre-school setting. One of the best of those songs is ‘My Energy.’ This is a great song as educators can use it to get kids moving and get out their energy. ‘Mahalo’ is another good addition to this collection of songs. That is because it proves to be a multi-purpose song. That will be discussed at more length later. Perhaps most interesting of all the songs in this collection, is the inclusion of the standard ‘The Cat Came Back.’ That, too will be discussed at a later point. It is a good addition to this collection, regardless. And it isn’t the only positive addition to the record in whole, either. ‘Drive My Car’ harkens back to another standard. And the record’s opener ‘Walk Along The River’ is a wonderful celebration of one of childhood’s joys much like ‘Running Down The Hill.’ These are each positive additions to The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection as are the compilation’s other tracks in their own right. Altogether, the songs culled together for this record prove why it is a welcome addition to any pre-school classroom.
The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band is a welcome addition to any pre-school classroom setting. The reason being the songs culled for the compilation mix together catchy, simple tunes with lyrics that teach equally simple lessons. The end result of that combination is a grouping of songs that proves to be a useful teaching tool for any early childhood educator. One song that proves this is the up-tempo ‘My Energy.’ This song is a great tool in itself for said teachers. Berkner sings more with her young listeners than to them about having so much energy. Interestingly enough, the song’s musical style contradicts its title and its lyrics. That’s not to say that it doesn’t possess any energy. Rather, its energy is not as frenetic as one might think. That aside it will still have young listeners singing and dancing along. So to that extent, it still proves to be a good addition to this compilation in its own right.
‘My Energy’ is a good addition to The Laurie Berkner Band’s new hits compilation. It serves as a good tool for pre-k teachers looking for a way to get kids active in the classroom whether in sun, rain or other inclimate weather. It helps get kids’ energy out while also entertaining them at the same time. That dual use makes it one of the record’s best pieces. Staying on that same thought pattern, ‘Mahalo’ is another great addition to this compilation as it too proves to be a dual-use song. On one side, the song introduces young listeners to a whole new culture through the use of traditional Hawaiian music and instrumentation, and the most basic of Hawaiian language. On the other, Berkner and her band mates give teachers a way to start a lesson on manners having crafted a song here that centers on the words “thank you.” That in itself could lead to discussions with young children about being grateful for what they have. The song comes in at just over two minutes. For such a short song to have so many purposes makes it even more worth the listen, and even more valuable an addition to this latest hits compilation from Berkner and her band mates.
The songs that make up The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band’s new hits compilation each possess the ability to both educate and entertain young listeners in a variety of ways. That is evidenced in the previously noted songs. While many of the songs on this compilation offer a good balance of education and entertainment, there are those pieces that are strictly there for entertainment. They add their own layer of enjoyment, too. One of the most interesting of those songs is Berkner’s rendition of the children’s standard ‘The Cat Came Back.’ The song is rooted in Harry S. Miller’s 1893 song by the same name. Since its first publication over a hundred and twenty years ago, the song has seen its lyrics change multiple times as it has been passed down from one generation to the next. The rendition handled by Berkner and her band mates here is just as entertaining as any other rendition. Unlike the original in which the cat died, Berkner is content having the cat survive a train wreck and come back once more. The train element is a constant in many of the song’s variations. However its use within the context of the song has varied within each of the song’s variations. Adam Bernstein’s walking bass line drives the whole thing, making it all the more enjoyable and one of the compilation’s best moments, too. It proves to be one more reason for any early childhood educator to add this record to their daily lessons.
‘The Cat Came Back,’ ‘My Energy,’ and ‘Mahalo’ are each excellent examples of why The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is a welcome addition to any pre-k classroom. They are just a few examples of what makes this album so enjoyable for young listeners and teachers alike. Listeners will also enjoy ‘Drive My Car’ as it harkens back to another standard in the form of ‘Bear Hunt’ with its use of sound effects and acting out behaviors. ‘Walk Along The River’ and ‘Running Down The Hill’ both celebrate the joys of childhood in their own ways. They, too will entertain young listeners as well as older audiences. The same can be said of any of the compilation’s twenty-plus songs that haven’t been noted here. Collectively, the songs on this record will impress any listener whether they are familiar with Berkner’s previous work or not. The record is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Berkner’s website at http://www.laurieberkner.com. Fans can also check out her official website for all of her latest news and tour schedule updates. They can also keep up with the latest from Berkner and her band mates via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.