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Thursday, September 14, 2006


Kids' CD Review

Eric Herman & The Invisible Band - Monkey Business

My kids love to listen to music. They also love to laugh. Combine the two and you're talking audio gold in my house. Eric Herman does just that on his Monkey Business CD. a hilarious collection of songs about monkeys, pirates, tongue twisters, and prune juice. Yes, prune juice.

I gave his disc the ol' family car workout to see what the kids would think. The sudden silence from the backseat meant they're interested. Continued silence meant they like it. A request to "hear it again" and we knew that it's a keeper.

The thing they seem to like most about this CD is Herman's oddball sense of humor. Even the grownups in the car had to laugh at such lyrics as "A pirate without treasure is like a monkey without a spatula." Or the boy pretending to be a robot who suffers a system malfunction when his mom asks him to clean his room.

Not every song has a punchline. After a funny sketch about a math gameshow, Herman slows things down with two beautiful lullabies that show off his chameleon-like vocal talents. But it's the previous dozen songs that my kids keep asking for, especially one of the best pirate songs I've ever heard.

Like so many of the very best children's CDs, these are tunes that even parents can listen to on a long road trip or during clean-up time at home. From the polished production to Herman's pleasing voice (which reminded me of Glen Phillips at times) to the clever lyrics, there's something here for kids of all ages.

You can buy the CD here at Amazon, or visit Eric's Cool Tunes For Kids website for song samples, info, and games. Oh yeah, he blogs too!


Blogger Katrina said...

Thanks for the recommendation! It's always nice to find something in music or the movies that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I'll definitely check it out!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Philip said...

We'll check out the website after lunch today, thanks!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Eric Herman said...

Phil, thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you and the kids are diggin' the tunes! My wife and I enjoy your blog. Best, Eric

8:57 AM  

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