When I first took my son to a music program for toddlers, he wailed. While the other kids clapped along to the music and shook their tambourines, mine was the kid that cried… until the instructor played some country and western tunes, that is.
There’s no time for rest with Hullabaloo – the opening tracks, My Eyes (“I’m counting sheep but it’s not working, It’s not working and I’m wide awake …my eyes are wide open….”) and Raise a Ruckus set the theme for the remaining upbeat, rollicking tunes, all heavy on the appealing sounds of the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and even a washboard.
Dad Upside Down is perhaps the best song about palindromes you’ll ever hear – it’s clever, funny and catchy. Likewise, Out Standing is a fun play on words.
Kids will appreciate the sentiment of Green Beans Everywhere – a musical story about a kid that doesn’t get dessert until they finish their green beans and they’ll also laugh-out-loud to Bit Her –
“Everybody says my sister is so sweet
I’m here to tell you that’s not so
The truth is she’s more than a little bit bitter
I know because I bit her on the toe.”
Note that the biter doesn’t get away with this behaviour and soon finds himself in a musical time-out!
The highlight is Favorite Day where Hullabaloo are joined by Molly Ledford of Lunch Money. Apart from Ledford’s clear, sweet voice being a perfect complement to the warmth of Hullabaloo’s vocals, the lyrics of this song are wonderfully sentimental.
“I’ve got my blues, I got my reds and my greens
I painted you this picture of this perfect scene
I painted you this picture I call it my favorite day.”
Crammed with bouncy folk tunes, Raise a Ruckus will be an instant hit with pre-schoolers, particularly if they have a leaning toward a little bluegrass. It’s available via iTunes for $16.99 or from CD Baby for US$12. CD Baby ship internationally.