Aah, the era of piracy on the high seas. It’s hard to be sentimental about such disreputable scallywags, but Rich Manic has managed to create an entire children’s theatrical performance based around that period, crafting the persona of Pirate Captain Festus McBoyle. The award-winning New Zealand performer has released a new single entitled “This Song is Pants”:
Most people think that the kindie (kids independent) childrens’ music era started in the early 2000s. But the Laurie Berkner Band pioneered the movement way back in 1997 with her first album, Whaddaya Think Of That?
Hard as it might be to believe, but kids who grew up with songs like “We Are the Dinosaurs,” “The Cat Came Back,” and “I Know a Chicken” are now parents themselves. And Berkner is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the album with a remastered collection on the Kidz Bop label. There will also be a limited edition vinyl edition that can be pre-ordered, being released on November 18, 2022.
Here is a video for her classic song, “We Are The Dinosaurs” with artwork by children’s book illustrator Ben Clanton (known for his Narwhal and Jelly stories). He has also illustrated several of Berkner’s songs as their own books:
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