Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top New Family Music Albums Shows The Present, Future Of The Genre

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The genre that is family music is one that has always stood out from the rest other genres that make up the musical universe.  That is because by and large the music that fills that space is constantly so diverse even as the lyrical themes in so many songs are largely the same.  Even being so much the same from one song to the next, the themes are important because they promote individuality, self-confidence, creativity, and so many other items that are key not only for personal growth and development in younger people, but for continued development in older audiences.  To that end, those themes are just as accessible for younger listeners as for their more seasoned counterparts.  In the same vein, the diversity in the genre’s musical content is just as enjoyable if not more so.  That is because honestly, more often than not, it is more diverse than in so much mainstream music for older audiences.  At the same time, it will again, more often than not, appeal to such a wide range of audiences.  Keeping all of this in mind, the world of family music really is just as deserving of having its own list of top new albums as any other genre, and that is why this critic has continued to present exactly that for so many years.

This year is no different from past years, either.  This year was another successful one in the family music world.  New albums from veterans, such as Laurie Berkner, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band joined new records from up-and-comers, such as Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots, Twinkle, and Stacey Peasley among many other established acts.  All in all, this year’s field of new family music albums represented the present and future of the genre very nicely, as today’s list will show.

Keeping in mind everything noted about the importance of the content in every family music record, developing a list of the year’s top new albums in the genre is never easy.  This critic tried, though.  The result of those efforts is this critic’s view of the year’s top 10 best family music albums and five additional honorable mentions, for a total of 15 new offerings.  So without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2021 Top 10 New Family Music Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2021 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY MUSIC ALBUMS

  1. Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Slow Clap
  2. The Story Pirates – The Strawberry Band
  3. Sarah Watkins – Under The Pepper Tree
  4. The Bright Siders – A Mind of Your Own
  5. Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band—Crayon Kids
  6. Laurie Berkner – Let’s Go
  7. Twinkle – It’s OK To Be Me
  8. Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman – Folk For Little Folk Vol. 1
  9. Tracy Bonham – Young Maestros Vol. 1
  10. Genevieve Goings – Great Indoors
  11. Tunes With Tim – We’re All Human
  12. Stacey Peasley – Make It Happen
  13. Jenn Cleary – All Together Now
  14. Kelli Welli – Let’s Go Pistachio
  15. Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots – Seconds

That’s all for this year’s list of top new family music albums.  The new year is just around and the corner and no doubt, lots of new family music is coming with the new year, too.

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Laurie Berkner Debuts Her Take On Hanukkah Standard

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner is doing her part to help the Jewish community celebrate Hanukkah this year.

Berkner debuted her take on the traditional Hanukkah song, ‘Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel‘ Friday. Her version of the traditional Jewish standard stays true to the song’s roots. The main differences between her rendition and others is that she omits certain lines, shortening the song in this case, and of course the instrumentation.

The instrumentation in this case is more keyboard-driven, while other renditions are presented in various other fashions. There are renditions that are presented in semi-folk fashion, others that are more rock oriented, and others still that are presented in in a near Dixieland style (believe it or not).

More information on Berkner’s new take on ‘Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel’ are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Laurie Berkner Announces Details For Family Friendly Halloween Concerts

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner is offering audiences a safe, family friendly way to celebrate Halloween this year.

Berkner is scheduled to hold two separate, virtual concerts on Halloween. The first is scheduled to take place at noon ET and the second at 5 p.m. ET.

Berkner said in a prepared statement that concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the decision to return to livestream concerts.

“Out of an abundance of caution to protect my fans and their families, I have made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of my 2021 in-person concerts, so, I am bringing my livestreams back!,” said Berkner. “I’m so excited to be able to have a Halloween Concert this year that anyone can attend – and that keeps all of my fans safe.  It will be filled with extra on-screen Halloween magic and even a brand new Halloween song. I can’t wait to get back to joining families in their homes to sing and celebrate together!”

The new song in question is ‘I Picked a Little Pumpkin.’ Along with that song, audiences will enjoy other songs, such as ‘The Cat Came Back,’ ‘Monster Boogie,’ and ‘What Am I Gonna Be (For Halloween)?’

Tickets and virtual meet-and-greets are available here. Regular admission virtual tickets include access to one of both performances on one device and an exclusive “welcome” video from Berkner.

The meet-and-greet packages feature a group of extras noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

More information on Berkner’s new concerts are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Alison Faith Levy Sends Uplifting Message To Listeners Through Hew New Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Family music entertainer Alison Faith Levy wants audiences to know their worth.

That is the message in her new single, ‘You Are Magic.’ The song is the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release Sept. 3 through Strange Little Girl Music. Album pre-orders are open.

The musical arrangement that accompanies the positive, uplifting message in ‘You Are Magic’ is just as simple and straight forward as the song’s lyrical theme. It is a light, upbeat kindie pop type composition along the lines of something one might expect from Levy’s fellow kindie music counterpart, Laurie Berkner.

The video for ‘You Are Magic’ is simple in its own right, too. It features Levy on camera with flowers in front of her and the lyrics to the song presented on either side of her as she performs her new single.

More information on Alison Faith Levy’s new single, video, and album is available along with her latest news at:

Website: https://www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonfaithlevy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonFaithLevy

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Laurie Berkner Announces Details For Latest Virtual Concerts

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner will continue her virtual concert series next month.

Berkner announced Tuesday, she will host two live, interactive concerts to celebrate Father’s Day, June 20. The concerts are scheduled to take place at noon and 5 p.m. ET respectively on that day. They are the latest virtual concerts from Berkner, who last hosted live virtual concerts last month.

Berkner was upbeat as she talked about the upcoming concerts.

“It’s hard to believe that our next virtual livestream, on Father’s Day, will mark the one-year anniversary of when I started doing these performances!” said Berkner. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to create such fun experiences for families during this time when I can’t tour in person, and that we have reached so many fans who might not otherwise get to see me live. It’s also exciting to watch as families keep coming back, concert after concert! I’m really honored to be sharing live music with so many people.”

As part of the celebration of Father’s Day, Berkner will perform related songs, such as ‘I Love You Daddy’ and ‘My Family.’ The concerts will also offer other songs from Berkner’s catalog, such as ‘VIctor Vito,’ ‘Pig On Her Head,’ and ‘Moon Moon Moon.’ Additionally, the concerts will feature songs from Berkner’s latest album, Let’s Go!

Along with the music, Berkner will have activities for families to enjoy. Families can make their own musical instruments and sing/play along with her. The pre-show lobby will offer assorted games for families, as well as a star-decorating activity.

Meet-and-greet packages and tickets are available here. Tickets are $20. Those dealing with financial hardships can purchase tickets at a reduced price of $10. General admission tickets allow access to one or both performances on one device along with a “welcome” video from Berkner.

The meet-and-greet packages feature a variety of extras noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

More information on Berkner’s new concerts and album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Laurie Berkner Cements Her Place In The Family Music Community Again On Her Latest LP

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Veteran family music entertainer Laurie Berkner has made quite the successful career for herself over the years, producing so much music for listeners of all ages.  Her music has made her one of the most respected figures in the world of family music.  Let’s Go!, her latest album — scheduled for release Friday through Two Tomatoes Records – continues to cement her reputation and her place in the family music community.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  They will be addressed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements also plays into the album’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Let’s Go! All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from Laurie Berkner.

Laurie Berkner’s latest album Let’s Go! – her 14th album – is proof of why she remains one of the most respected figures in the family music community today.  That is proven in part through the album’s featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements – 16 in all – continue to offer audiences the familiar blend of kindie pop and pre-school style arrangements for which she has come to be known throughout her career.  Building on that is the fact that the sounds within the arrangements consistently give audiences something different from one to the next.  This will be addressed a little more later in the discussion on the album’s sequencing.  Adding to the appeal even more in noting the arrangements is that they are generally relatively short in their presentation.  The shortest of the featured arrangements clocks in at only 39 seconds, while the longest comes in at three minutes, 23 seconds.  In other words, not only are the album’s musical arrangements familiar in their stylistic approach, but they are also varied in their sounds and anything but long.  Those relatively easy run times ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment in their own way, ensuring even more appreciation for the noted stylistic approaches and sounds.   Keeping all of this in mind, the musical arrangements that are featured in Let’s Go! go a long way toward making this new offering from Laurie  Berkner worth hearing.  They make up only a portion of what audiences will appreciate from this recording.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds to the record’s appeal even more.

The lyrical content that accompanies the musical arrangements in Let’s Go! are important to examine because as Berkner noted during a recent interview, she crafted this record during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and was very careful about the record’s lyrical themes.  She was even tentative about releasing the album’s title track as a single, noting, “A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album.  What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO?”  That tentative nature paid off.  Yes, there is a pair of songs here that are related to the pandemic – ‘The Superhero Handwashing Song’ and ‘The Superhero Mask Song’ – but by and large, the lyrical themes are more everyday and in turn accessible.  As the title hints, the album’s title track/opener is a work that reflects a child’s desire to just get out and get active.  The song’s’ subject goes so far as to state that he/she is “at the door” before asking, “Where are you?/I’m ready/Let’s go/I can’t wait/How much longer will it take?”  Every parent can relate to this situation, the child just so excited to get out and go on whatever outing may be taking place.  It can be annoying, yes, but is also so endearing.  No parent can deny that feeling of joy that a child’s excitement generates in themselves. 

On a completely different note, ‘It’s Hard To Be 3’ will connect with younger listeners.  The song comes from the vantage point of a 3 year-old.  The child states here that for everything he/she says, the grown-ups say the exact opposite, adding, “If I say dog/they say cat/If I say this/They say that/If I say yes/They say no/If I want to stop/They want me to go/So I’ll say something I’m sure I know/It’s hard to be three.”  This statement seems minimal on the surface, but in the bigger picture, it is important because it reminds grown-ups of what is so easy to forget – they need to take the time to try to communicate with their children and empathize with their struggle as they develop.  It really serves as a wonderful starting point on those all-too-important discussions with parents about parental psychology and family dynamics.  To that end, it is another key way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important to its whole. 

‘Beautiful Light’ is yet another key way in which this record’s lyrical content proves so important to the album’s presentation.  This song is a simple yet so moving song that promotes self-confidence in children.  Those reminders are just as important for children, if not more so, as for adults.  Berkner reminds children they are “beautiful lights” and that they “shine so brightly.”   The young person here reminds himself/herself, in relation,  “I’ll make my  beautiful way this world/I have a beautiful heart just like you/A heart that’s beating and connecting/A heart that knows what’s true/A heart that laughs/A heart that lives/A heart that loves/A heart that gives/I have a beautiful heart just like you.”  All of this collective content is sure to put a smile on any child’s (and grown-up’s) face.  Anyone who is not touched by this song is either just cold or not human, and as of yet, beings from other worlds have not been proven to exist here on Earth.  It is certain overall to motivate and move any listener.  What’s more it shows even more, the diversity in the album’s lyrical content and the accessibility thereof.  Keeping that in mind, this song works with the others noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical themes to show the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  The lyrical content, together with the record’s musical arrangements, join to point to one more of the album’s important elements, its sequencing.

The sequencing of Let’s Go! is important to note because it brings together everything already examined and completes the record’s presentation.  It has already been noted that in regards to the record’s musical arrangements, each song gives listeners something different.  The drums, bass, and guitars in the album’s opener will get children moving.  At the same time, older audiences will agree that they join to make a sound that is comparable to the Strangeloves’ timeless hit single, ‘I Want Candy.’  The rhythm from the timbales and the guitar riff is undeniably similar to Berkner’s song here.  ‘When It’s Cold,’ which immediately follows, changes things with a lighter, piano-driven work.  The bluesy approach and sound here immediately changes things up.  Ironically, it has its own classic rock-style sound and approach here.  Meanwhile, a song, such as ‘I Saw a Butterfly’ changes things again, this time presenting more of a neo-folk approach.  That inference is made through the use of the fiddle, mandolin and guitar alongside Berker’s vocals.  It’s yet another way in which the sequencing of the album’s musical arrangement proves so important.  That aspect of the sequencing shows that Berker, Producer Dave Darlington, and all others involved clearly thought about spreading out the stylistic approaches to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment even more.  It is hardly the last way in which the sequencing of the arrangements prove important.  ‘Jumping Jack’ accounts for the noted kindie pop sound previously noted that the record exhibits.  ‘Happy New Year,’ which comes late in the album’s run, presents an infectious, funky, Latin-tinged sound and stylistic approach.  Once more, here is proof of the time and thought put into the record’s sequencing at least in the matter of the album’s musical arrangements.  It ensures the diversity in the record’s musical arrangements does its own part to keep listeners engaged and entertained.

Staying on the topic of the musical arrangements, the sequencing of the arrangements also plays into the sequencing in terms of the arrangements’ energies.  The energies in the album’s plays directly into the album’s pacing.  As already noted, the album is composed of 16 songs that run a total of 33 minutes.  In other words, the record is actually a relatively short presentation.  Even in that relatively short run time, the album’s energies are well-balanced, rising and falling in all of the right points.  This strengthens the role of the album’s sequencing that much more.

The sequencing’s importance is proven one last time in examining the album’s lyrical themes.  Right from the outset, the album takes on a child’s building energy as he/she gets more excited about going out on a family adventure.  From there, the album presents a song about a child just being cold (not in the heart strings fashion, but just the reaction to winter), and then to a child’s excitement at trying to decide what to be for Halloween.  That is just the first three of the album’s songs.  From there, the album turns to the COVID-19 pandemic, but only for the moment, before turning to the fascination of simply seeing a butterfly fluttering along and then to the excitement of going on vacation.  From that point on, the lyrical themes change just as much from one to the next right to the album’s end.  Simply put, audiences will note here that just as much thought was put into the album’s sequencing in regards to its lyrical themes as to its energies and musical diversity.  All things considered, the sequencing of Let’s Go! does just as much if not more than the album’s content to make it appealing.  It puts the finishing touch to the album, bringing everything together to complete the album.  When all things are considered wholly here, the album in whole leaves no doubt as to its success.

Laurie Berkner’s latest album Let’s Go! is another strong new offering from the veteran family music entertainer.  It offers much for listeners to appreciate, not the least of which is its diverse musical content.  The album’s featured musical arrangements present Berkner’s familiar blend of kindie pop and pre-school stylistic approaches, while clearly also showing other influences.  That means that they will appeal just as much to grown-ups as to children.  The lyrical themes that flesh out the album are just as diverse as the album’s musical arrangements.  They speak to and for children in so many ways.  The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation as it brings everything together, completing the record’s presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album unquestionably one more of the album’s best new family music offerings.  Let’s Go! is scheduled for release Friday through Two Tomatoes Records.

More information on Berkner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Laurie Berkner To Hold Two More Concerts, Release New Album Next Month

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Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner has two more livestream concerts planned for next month.

Berkner is scheduled to hold the concerts at noon and 5 p.m. ET on March 28. Audiences can watch the ticketed events here. Tickets are $20 while Meet-and-Greet packages are $80. General admission tickets allow access to one or both performances on one device along with a “welcome” video from Berkner while the Meet-and-Greet packages allow for a variety of extra experiences, all of which are noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

“Doors open” an hour prior to showtime. A pre-show will run for audiences’ entertainment and to test connections.

Berkner’s upcoming concerts are just her latest livestream performances. Most recently, she performed live Feb. 14 online.

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In other news, Berkner will release her latest album next month.

Let’s Go! is scheduled for release March 5. The album is her 14th full-length studio recording.

Berkner discussed the album during a recent interview.

“A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album,” said Berkner. “What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO? Somehow, through the remote help of my amazing producer, Dave Darlington, my great bandmates, and my incredible Two Tomatoes team, I was able to finish Let’s Go! from my home and put it out into the world. I love the shape of this album, and I hope families will, too.”

Berkner’s new album features songs, such as ‘When It’s Cold,’ ‘I’m On Vacation,’ and ‘Listen to the Sounds.’

Of the latter of that group, Berkner had the following to say:

“Quiet listening to what’s around me has always felt somewhat magical, but actually listening to my own heartbeat and breathing – my own life force – is something I only learned to truly love as an adult. I wrote this song hoping to open up the possibility for kids to feel that love for themselves.”

More information on Berkner’s new album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

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Rabner’s New LP Is A Timely Record That Is Worth Hearing At Least Once

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When COVI-19 made its way to American shores last year, no one could have possibly known that it would lead to the chaos that it has since caused.  Now with multiple vaccines available though, and more doses on the way along with lots of sites, this pandemic will hopefully come to its end sooner rather than later.  Until that time, we are still facing the virus and its impacts, which have been economic and social.  In an effort to help address those impacts and the pandemic itself, family music entertainer Eriba Rabner will release her new aptly titled record The Covid Album Wednesday.  The 14-song album is an intriguing presentation.  Its musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly, do their own part to make the album worth hearing.  The record’s lyrical content, meanwhile are of their own interest.  They will be discussed a little later.  The album’s sequencing brings everything full circle completing its presentation.  When it is considered along with the record’s collective musical and lyrical content, the whole of the album becomes a presentation that is worth hearing at least once.

Erica Rabner’s new forthcoming album The Covid Album is an intriguing presentation that is worth hearing at least once.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The musical arrangements that are featured in this record offer some variety for listeners.  Case in point is a comparison among the album’s current singles.  ‘Grandma, I Miss Ya’ is one of those singled.  The simple arrangement is reserved composition that features Rabner singing and playing a very simple group of chords on the guitar.  That pairing is accompanied by a subtle string arrangement and an even lighter shaker addition.  The light feel of the whole does well to help translate the emotion of a young, innocent child as he/she writes a letter to his/her grandmother, expressing the noted feelings and thoughts.  It is a moving arrangement in its simplicity that is certain to tug at any listener’s heart strings. 

In comparison to ‘Grandma, I Miss Ya,’ ‘Mask On,’ the album’s latest single, is the polar opposite.  This song’s arrangement is a much more upbeat composition.  The keyboards (and effects used on them) couple with the programmed drum and vocals to give this song a very pop style approach.  Speaking more specifically, the arrangement in whole lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Shakira.  Keeping that in mind, the arrangement is certain to appeal to parents who are pop music fans just as much as any child.

On yet another note, the lighter, but still pop-centric arrangement featured in ‘Wash Your Hands’ is another example of what makes the album’s musical arrangements stand out.  The piano-driven arrangement is an energetic composition that will connect with any young listener.  Its stylistic approach and sound lend themselves collectively to comparisons to works from Rabner’s family music counterparts, Joanie Leeds and Laurie Berkner.  It is just as different from the other arrangements noted here as they are from the rest of the album’s arrangements.  The whole of the arrangements makes the album’s musical content reason enough for audiences to hear the album.  While the album’s musical content gives listeners reason to take in this presentation, the record’s lyrical content poses a slight problem.

The problem with the lyrical content featured in Rabner’s new album is that it is more timely than timeless.  It is already known that odds are, the COVID-19 issue will eventually either be wiped out at the most or limited to a seasonal issue much like the flu.  Medical experts across the nation have already confirmed this.  So while yes, we are separated and things are complicated right now, things will return to normal soon, as much as certain governing bodies and so many germaphobes clearly wish they would not.  That baseball is starting back on time this year and that concert venues in New York state will soon start allowing the return of live music, and that schools nationwide are finally allowing students back into the classroom shows that this pandemic may finally be near its end.  To that end, the lyrical content here will help families navigate the waters of the pandemic for the time being, but once things get back to normal, the album’s lyrical content will be more of a documentation of sorts than something memorable.  What’s more, once we are all past this pandemic, no one is going to want to be reminded about the pandemic and its impacts.  So hearing these songs after the fact is not something most audiences are going to want to do.  Again, that is not to say that the album’s content is bad by any means.  However, the fact that it collectively centers on topics related to the pandemic means that the album in general is going to ultimately be dated and wanted to be forgotten by audiences.  That will ultimately serve as a detriment to the album.

That the lyrical content featured in this presentation will end up being dated, and in turn will make the album dated, is problematic for its presentation.  While it detracts considerably from the album’s presentation, it does not make the album a failure.  The sequencing of the album works with the content to benefit the work a little more.  The sequencing is important because it ensures clear separation of each discussion topic f or starters.  Rather than just going from song to song, the album clearly broaches each topic, opening with “real talk” segment before launching into the songs.  It gives that sense of a family talking about the same topics.  On another level, the balance in the record’s energies shows that plenty of thought and work went into the sequencing in this aspect, too.  The record starts on an upbeat tone in ‘Up and Roaring, It’s Finally Morning.’  ‘Mask On,’ which comes next, picks up the pace, but only temporarily before the record’s energy pulls back in ‘Grandma, I Miss Ya.’  ‘Imagination Station’ and ‘Manage Your Feelings’ (which is itself also part of Raber’s 2016 album PB & Jams) stabilize the record’s energy with their mid-tempo arrangements.  ‘Wash Your Hands’ finds the album’s energy picking back up before ‘Love Trumps Hate’ levels things off once more to close out the album.  All things considered here, the balance in the energy throughout ensures in its own right, that listeners will remain engaged.  That, along with the entertainment and engagement ensured through the album’s musical content, does just enough to offset the problematic aspect of the record’s lyrical content.  The result is that those elements make The Covid Album a presentation that may not stand the test of time, but is still worth hearing at least once.

Erica Rabner’s new record The Covid Album is an interesting presentation that while not perfect, is still worth hearing at least once.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical content.  The musical arrangements are varied throughout the album, ensuring in their own right, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  On another level, some of the arrangements in question bear similarities to works from artists that many older audiences might enjoy.  That adds even more to the arrangements’ appeal.  While the album’s musical content does much to make it appealing, its lyrical content detracts from that engagement and entertainment.  Yes, it will help get families through the pandemic as it continues to be battled.  At the same time though, considering that we will eventually get past the pandemic and that people are not going to want to look back afterward, the content in whole will ultimately be content that is more timely than timeless.  Once we are past the pandemic, people are not going to want to have any reminder of these times.  That is because it will only serve to depress them.  So, once again, it will help families right now, but ultimately will not stand the test of time.  It will garner more respect for Rabner among audiences since she is working to help families navigate these waters.  However, it will not find itself as being content that audiences will want to return to once this pandemic is over.  Even with this in mind, the damage that the lyrical theme does to the album does to its presentation, the sequencing of the content in whole makes up for those problems at least to a point.  It works to make sure the diversity in the musical arrangements and their energies keep things fresh.  Keeping this in mind, it and the musical arrangements do just enough to make The Covid Album a timely work that is worth hearing at least once.  The Covid Album is scheduled for release Wednesday through Sticky Jams.

More information on Erica Rabner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at https://www.ericarabner.com.

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Laurie Berkner Announces Two New Livestream Concerts

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Laurie Berkner will celebrate Valentine’s Day with two livestream concerts.

The famed family music entertainer will hold the ticketed events at noon and 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 14. General admission tickets are $20 while VIP meet-and-greet packages are $80.Grup discounts are available. Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

Each regular admission ticket allows access to one or both livestream concerts for one device. Additionally, audiences will get a pre-recorded “welcome” video from Laurie herself. Details on the VIP packages are noted below.

– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn.
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.

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In other news, Berkner will release her latest album this winter.

Let’s Go! is scheduled for release March 5. The album is her 14th full-length studio recording.

Berkner discussed the album during a recent interview.

“A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album,” said Berkner. “What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO? Somehow, through the remote help of my amazing producer, Dave Darlington, my great bandmates, and my incredible Two Tomatoes team, I was able to finish Let’s Go! from my home and put it out into the world. I love the shape of this album, and I hope families will, too.”

Berkner’s new album features songs, such as ‘When It’s Cold,’ ‘I’m On Vacation,’ and ‘Listen to the Sounds.’

Of the latter of that group, Berkner had the following to say:

“Quiet listening to what’s around me has always felt somewhat magical, but actually listening to my own heartbeat and breathing – my own life force – is something I only learned to truly love as an adult. I wrote this song hoping to open up the possibility for kids to feel that love for themselves.”

More information on Berkner’s new album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Laurie Berkner Announces Release Date, Title, Cover Art For New Album

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner will release her latest album this winter.

Let’s Go! is scheduled for release March 5. The album is her 14th full-length studio recording.

Berkner discussed the album during a recent interview.

“A pandemic is a strange and challenging time to make and release a new album,” said Berkner. “What’s really important? What’s going to change completely by tomorrow? I didn’t expect a song about handwashing to end up on this album, or a song about wearing a mask, and I waited to release the title track until after we were no longer under strict stay-at-home orders because … well, where were we going to GO? Somehow, through the remote help of my amazing producer, Dave Darlington, my great bandmates, and my incredible Two Tomatoes team, I was able to finish Let’s Go! from my home and put it out into the world. I love the shape of this album, and I hope families will, too.”

Berkner’s new album features songs, such as ‘When It’s Cold,’ ‘I’m On Vacation,’ and ‘Listen to the Sounds.’

Of the latter of that group, Berkner had the following to say:

“Quiet listening to what’s around me has always felt somewhat magical, but actually listening to my own heartbeat and breathing – my own life force – is something I only learned to truly love as an adult. I wrote this song hoping to open up the possibility for kids to feel that love for themselves.”

More information on Berkner’s new album are available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.laurieberkner.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/LaurieBerkner

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.