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Look At All The Letters Laurie Berkner – Children’s music artist Lori Berkner will perform at UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall on Sunday afternoon. Bring your kids and their stuffed animals for a fun time! (Photo by Steve Vaccariello)
If you’re a parent, you know that a lot of children’s music gets old much faster than your kids. But luckily there are some kid music artists who keep the kids happy while keeping the parents healthy.
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One such artist is Laurie Berkner, who will perform in Campbell Hall on Sunday, April 19, as part of the UCSB Arts and Lecture Series. Tickets are available by clicking here.
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Berkner has been singing songs about dinosaurs, doodlebugs, chickens, bumblebees, belly songs and the like since the 1990s, full of clever lyrics and catchy melodies. He has also branched out into videos, books and musicals, and has made many TV appearances.
Berkner took time out of his busy schedule to talk about the upcoming concert. Click here for the full interview.
Laurie Berkner: It will be very active. I really try to keep a lot of my songs that encourage kids to get up and move and dance and use their bodies or interact with their families and make it something other than audience-listener-give-a-give. -My kind of experience [laughs]. So it will be a lot of music and movement.
I always like to encourage people to bring animals for their heads when I sing “Pigs on Her Head.” I usually look into the audience and get a chance to see what people have come up with and sing about them so it can be a bit more fun and spontaneous.
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JM: I know that parents will enjoy your concerts, but to you, what is the right age limit for children for your concerts?
LB: It’s a real mix. I know a lot of people bring very young children, and older children too, especially those who have been listening to my music for a long time. And when I say young and old, I mean the sweet spot of picking 2 or 3 to 7, but kids come in and parents swear to me that their kids love it. And I definitely get 9-, 10-, 11-year-olds.
The last show I did in New Jersey, I had a college student. She was home on vacation from Arizona, where she goes to school. Her mother brought her and her high school-aged daughter, both, to the show. Because they grew up on the music, you know, they heard it when they were very young and they just wanted to meet me [laughs]. It’s definitely wide, but I’d say the sweet spot is something like 3 to 7.
JM: Normally I don’t ask this question when I do an interview, but since you’re doing a show for kids I’m going to ask. What were you like as a child?
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LB: [Laughs] Well, I spent a lot of time doing shows in my backyard and my friends’ backyards. I don’t know – that’s a broad question. Anything more specific than that?
JM: Well, I know it sounds a little psychotic. “Tell me about your childhood.” So, have you taken any music lessons? What instrument did you play?
LB: Yes. When I was about 7, I started piano and then clarinet and violin. I didn’t take voice lessons until I was an adult, actually not too long ago, probably in my 30s. But before that I sang in choirs and bands. I did musicals in high school. During my junior and senior years I was the lead in musicals. Always just singing was something I loved to do. In the afternoon I spent my time listening to albums and doing dance moves. That was the show I did. And I accused people, by the way [both laugh]. It was, you know, I’m not just doing it for fun. Like, it’s a business thing [both laugh].
JM: Well, I think it says a little bit about what you were like as a kid [both laugh]. How did you write and perform children’s music?
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LB: Mostly, it was because about a year out of college I got a job as a music specialist. It was at Rockefeller University’s Center for Children and Families. I was babysitting my neighbor’s kid, and she was Rockefeller’s movement teacher, and when they let go of their very expensive paid music teacher, she gave me an interview there, and they hired me very cheaply [laughs] and really young. So I started trying to figure out what to do with these babies by the seat of my pants. I just had no idea, I must say. It took a few years to figure it out, and some help from a previous music teacher.
But once I realized what I needed to do, which was basically putting everything into the music rather than trying to tell them what to do, I thought, well, if I just write songs instead of trying to find people who wrote them. . Songs that worked for me in a classroom – well, it wasn’t even a classroom, it was a gym or an aerobics area – but anyway, songs that would work in a school setting, a class setting, I could make them up and it would be so much better. . Because then I could just ask the kids what they wanted to sing and I could just sing whatever they wanted [laughs] and it would all work. And it kind of is. And that’s where many of the original songs came from.
— Jeff Mohelis is a contributing writer and a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Recommendations for upcoming shows, musician tips, interviews and more are available on his web site, music-illuminati.com. Opinions expressed are his own.
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As trick-or-treating is discouraged this year, Lori encourages families to join her in bringing out their pumpkins, making their Halloween decorations and dressing up in their fine Halloween costumes. She will dress up for Halloween too! Laurie Berkner’s Halloween Party Concert will put audiences in the front row for the real Laurie Berkner show experience, complete with Halloween treats.
“For the past few years I’ve done a family Halloween concert in NYC. This year I’m thrilled to continue the tradition and share it with kids around the world! We’re pulling out all the stops to make this an incredibly fun holiday livestream event, especially for kids who aren’t going trick-or-treating this year,” said Laurie Berkner. “I want every child this holiday to still have something exciting that’s all about them – their very own, very special, Halloween party! “
To join in the fun, fans of all ages should plan to bring their superhero caps, their instruments (or noisemakers), their dancin’ shoes and a stuffed animal (for their head)! Halloween stuffed animals like cats, bats, or even friendly monsters would be great to bring kids to this show.
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Lori will be treating the little tricksters to her brand-new song, “What Am I Gonna Be (For Halloween)?” and “Superhero Mask Song.” He will sing along with everyone