When it comes to kids' music, there's a lot out there to choose from, and a lot of it is, well, difficult on grown-up ears. Not Justin Roberts. With a "kindie"-rock style and lyrics that will dazzle you with their cleverness, Roberts appeals to kids of all ages. Learn a little more after the jump!
The New York Times featured Roberts in an article last April, describing his music as "witty, smart, raw." His recently-released CD, Jungle Gym, illustrates the kinds of songs he usually produces, ones that recall oft-forgotten childhood rituals, milestones or challenges with insight and humor. "Snow Day" brings back the fun of an unexpected day off ("Please don't say the words 'late start' / that would only break my heart"), "Fire Drill" evokes the excitement of that deviation from routine ("I can't believe the thrill / I'm on a fire drill"), and "New Haircut" explores the trauma of the salon ("And when I stepped out of that swirling chair / the floor was covered with my hair").
All his albums feature multiple breakout hits that you will find parents singing at his concerts-- they usually know all the lyrics. "Stay-At-Home Dad," from Pop Fly, is one such hit; you'll find kids and adults alike shouting "Cause he's a STAY... Stay-at-Home Dad, chips can fall where they may / I've got a STAY... and if I were giving grades he'd get a B or an A." (You can see his video for this one, featured on The Land of Nod website, here.)