You're all invited to the Huckleberry Party! Bring your friends (a pot to bang on if you like) and get your hands ready to clap and your feet ready to stomp. Whether you're looking for some family road trip tunes or just a soundtrack to your summer, here's the perfect music to not just get your kids' toes tappin', but to inspire them to get outside to play and explore.
Living in the woods of New Hampshire where birds, bears and maple syrup are plentiful inspired many of Popovic's songs which remind us of the simple joys of being outdoors and all the beautiful creatures we'll see there. One of our favorites, Pie Bird, sings the praises of ceramic pie birds (and, more importantly, pie) but also gives shout outs to a host of birds for kids to learn about.
Other songs star semi-fictional characters like Stinky & Squeaky, brothers who are polar opposites in the hygiene department ("Squeaky he lived for bath time, took three or four a day. Stinky took a bath in October, and didn't take another till May") and Uncle Fred, that magical Pied Piper relative who attracts kids like flies. These songs remind us of Shel Silverstein poems with their quirky, fun sensibility.
Huckleberry Party is a rousing listen with a few slow songs thrown in so you can catch your breath and you won't mind if your kids ask for it again and again. You can preview tracks on the Huckleberry Party website where you'll also find song lyrics, a short story about how each song came about and guitar chords if you want to conduct your own family sing-a-long. The album is available for purchase or download on Amazon, CD Baby and as an iTunes download.
[Disclosure: I'm proud to disclose that Rich is my brother-in-law, the sole musical talent in the family. Soon after marrying my sister he became my mother's favorite child.]