My son has a crush on an older woman, and her name is Laurie
Berkner. Judging by the number of times he’s listened to her new kids CD,
Rocketship Run, he has fallen hard.

Fortunately for the rest of us, we
can understand his adoration: her voice on Laurie’s first full-length CD in six years is
as lush and melodic as ever. Plus, she starts off with a song about
rocket ships—a siren song for my little boy’s ears if I’ve ever heard

Along with an entertaining treasure hunt that Laurie and
her band mates weave in between the songs, we love hearing all the
different musical styles on this CD. There is the sweetness of
Winter Lullaby, the big choir chorus of Walk Along the River, the
Irish-sounding Fast and Slow, and the Ska, Blues, Conga, Jig and Hand
Jive versions of Going on a Hunt. Yes, there is a lot going on here, but
Laurie’s pitch-perfect voice keeps it all sounding perfectly cohesive. Plus I appreciate her move to eco-friendly packaging since I have
enough broken CD  jewel cases here already.

To close it all,
Laurie sings a lovely acoustic version of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the
which she transforms into the most beautiful lullaby to sing my
little astronaut off to sleep. Houston, we have no problems. – Christina


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