In advance of the release of his newest album, Randy Kaplan is on the road again. Fortunately for me, one of his stops was nearby so my youngest and I were able to catch him live and sit down for a few minutes after the concert to talk.
First things first, and you know I’ve said this before: if you ever get the chance to see a children’s performer live, do it. All the better if you know the music and can sing along, although that is not mandatory. You and your child will still enjoy yourselves even with no prior knowledge of the music. Watch your little one discover a lack of inhibition as he or she starts to dance to the music. Even if this concert is in the library, singing and dancing is encouraged!
If your child knows the music you’ll love seeing the look of recognition on their faces when a familiar song comes up. If the music is new I highly recommend picking up a CD (or getting a digital download) after the concert to relive this wonderful memory. You’re welcome in advance.
Randy’s concerts are much like his albums. He seemlessly blends storytelling with his music. So full of humour and wit, his style keeps everyone engaged and entertained.
He finished the concert with his cover of You Can’t Always Get What You Want which hearkens back to the beginning of his Not-JUST-For-Kids albums. All we parents were singing along to this classic song whose theme is just so familiar to parents. For the younger parents in the crowd, our parents may have even sung that to us. The Rollings Stones codified it, Randy Kaplan modified it, but this message comes to us from the beginning of time.
Randy’s music is a mix of original songs and Randy-ized versions of older works. Most of where he draws his inspiration is the early blues artists. It’s his bluesy work that I like best. That’s also what I find most intriguing. How does a kid growing up on Long Island get mixed up in all this blues music? I was glad of the opportunity to ask him a few questions. That was the first question on my list. You can read the entire interview here.
Shake It and Break It releases May 10th. You’ll definitely want to add it to your collection. If you haven’t read our other reviews, check out Trippin Round the Mitten and the one that was my family’s favourite for a very long time: Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie.