Have you ever been driving along with your kids in the back seat asking you to repeat the same song over and over again? Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of The Wiggles, but after hearing it for the gazillionth time, I have to pull a “The CD player is REALLY tired and needs a rest.” To be honest, I need a rest too.
When I was pregnant with my first I received the advice, “NEVER play your kid’s music in the car. If you start, you will never be able to listen to your music again’. As wonderful as that sounded, my little one wised up at about one and a half and we had to find some compromises. The greatest compromise we came up with…Justin Roberts.
Imagine that the musical messages from Sesame Street or Yo Gabba Gabba had a baby with Fountains of Wayne and Big Star. That’s the music of Justin Roberts. He mixes both educational concepts and social messages with an amazing pop sensability to create hooks that you can’t help but sing along to.
I first met Justin in 1997, after he had left his job as a Montesorri teacher in order to attend graduate school at The University of Chicago. We became instant friends and he played me some of the songs he had written for his students. From these songs came his debut Great Big Sun which was named “Best Music Gift of the Year” in 1998 by Sesame Street Parents Magazine. He followed up with Yellow Bus (I am an “underwater singer” on “Willy The Whale”…It’s my claim to fame), Not Naptime,Way Out, Meltdown, Popfly , and his latest Jungle Gym, scheduled for release this June. He has received rave reviews by both critics and parents alike, but the true test is how kids react to his music. Go to a Justin show and witness the power of songs like “Imaginary Rhino,” “Student Crossing Guard,” “Stay at Home Dad”…the list goes on. Kids LOVE it! Justin has an amazing band called The Not For Naptime Players and their enegry brings the crowd to their feet, and better yet singing and dancing along.
Justin has a song for almost every parental need. I have sung “Meltdown” to my daughter on too many occasions, “Giant Size Butterflies” is perfect for the first day of school jitters, or “Kickboard” for your tentitive swimmers. His songs are great parenting tools, but most importantly, they won’t make you want to rip every hair in your head out. Hurray for compromise!
-posted by Miss Steph, who wants to you to know that Justin Roberts will be performing at The Vera Project in Seattle Center on August 13. Give yourself a treat and bring your kids along.
For more information on Justin Roberts go to http://www.justinroberts.org/