Perhaps it’s because we listen to so much music in the car, but my kids have always been partial to a ‘driving’ song. It started with a Playschool CD that included the very jolly tune, Buckle Up, and extends to the Pointer Sisters classic, Kisses of Fire, that begins with ‘I’m driving in my car, I turn on the radio…’ – the common element is a strong, bouncy beat.
If your kids also like a backseat disco, then Backseat Driver by the Cat’s Pajamas will hit the right note.
Aimed at the littlest of passengers, the album opens with the fabulous Driving in My Car. It’s a story within a song and, in the tradition of ‘There was an old woman who swallowed a fly…’ tells of a movie star, her accessories (‘awesome sunglasses, a long silk scarf,, a big ol’ hat and a little doggie’) and a car trip. There are lots of bits that slow down and then speed up, giving kids good opportunity to sing along.
The second track, How Many People in a Family, is a clever look at what constitutes a family –
“Some people say a family is one
Playin’ solitaire is so much fun
Never have an argument, never have a fight
Never lose the covers in the middle of the night….
Some people say a family is more
Not one, not two, not three or four
But five or ten or a hundred and two
Mine has eleven! How about you?”
The band really hit their stride with Funky Bears – a funk re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They also drop in on another nursery character, Humpty Dumpty, in a brassy track of the same name.
Shovelin’ has a bluegrass-meets-jazz feel, heavy on the harmonica, a sound which is revisited in I Love My Toes, a cute track about feet.
The album closes with another car song – the bluesy Just an Old Jalopy which, like the opening song, is a story within a song.