Fun in music

It’s no wonder Family Fun Magazine says “Victor Vito is really, truly neato” and Children’s Music Web claims Victor Vito to be the Best Recording for Toddlers. Laurie Berkner’s music is also a big hit with parents!

Gone are the days when parents would cringe and reach for the pain relievers and ear plugs whenever the big purple dinosaur would sing “I love you, you love me!” Berkner has knack for writing and performing children’s tunes. Parents are popping in the CDs because they too love to sing along. The lyrics may be silly, but the music is very acceptable to adult audiences.

Laurie Berkner has been involved with music since 1992, but her recent success as a children's recording artist was a surprise to her. "It was so unexpected," says Laurie. "I'd been performing in rock and struggling to write original music. Writing music for kids has not been a struggle at all. The more I started working on material for children, the more I realized that it opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had."

After college, Laurie worked as music counselor at summer camps, and later worked for several years as a children's music specialist at New York area preschool and day care centers. Working with children became the perfect creative outlet for Laurie to express her talents and create something that, she says, "has turned out to be incredibly rewarding."

Laurie is a mom from Princeton, NJ. There are two other members in her band, Susie Lampert, the pianist, is a longtime friend of Laurie's. Brian Mueller, the bassist, is Laurie's husband! In addition to her CDs and video, a new DVD will be released soon. Laurie also performs daily on the TV show, Noggin. NOGGIN is the only commercial-free educational channel dedicated to preschoolers 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Check your local listing).

Check out the song titles on her Victor Vito CD: Victor Vito, Bottle Caps, Moon Moon Moon, Froggie Went A-Courtin’, I’m Not Perfect, The Toy Museum, O Susannah, BOOTS, Oleanna, The Crabs, Sneaks, The Goldfish, Zodiac, Trucks, Fruit Salad Salsa, The Story of my Feelings, I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup, Shakin’ Down the Sugar, Googleheads, Tingolayo, White Coral Bells, Goodnight. It’s easy to see this is a fun album.

Many of her songs are just fun to sing and make you feel good. Others have a great life lesson tucked neatly inside Laurie’s acoustic guitar flute, harmonica, horns and maracas. If you’re looking for children’s audios that you as a parent will not only tolerate but have fun with too, Laurie Berkner is an artist to definitely listen to.

Fun in music

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