Waiting For The Elevator
New York based singer/songwriter/musician Laurie Berkner’s newest album Waiting For The Elevator, has 19 new songs about exploring and learning emotional, practical and life skills. The lively opening title track teaches patience by using counting, movement and animal sound games as a way of passing time when you are “Waiting for the Elevator.” Monetary mathematics are made fun in her “A Dollar,” counting is covered in her lovely duet with bassist Brandy Rymer on “Do You Hear The Bells,” and the alphabet and months of the year are explored on “Look At All The Letters” and the Freddy Mercury-inspired “12 Months.” There are songs about emotions, as in the sweet “I Missed You,” and a very effective song about anger and what to do about it in “I Am Angry (Yes I Am),” as well as a couple of great movement songs in “This Mountain” and “Did You Go To Ohio?” which features a guest appearance by Tony Award winner Gavin Creel. Elsewhere, colors are investigated on “Big Blue Box” and the Beatle-esque rap of “Purple Bricks In The Sky,” and newfound abilities are celebrated in the rocking “I Know How That Works,” and the hide and seek rumba of “Come Out Come Out.” Berkner has a great facility for creating songs that are educational, fused with musical sophistication and plain old-fashioned fun. Even her songs about family relationships, as in “I Love You Daddy” and “A Hug From My Mama” manage to avoid sentimentality in favor of fresh songwriting. The album closes with the prehistoric march “Somos Los Dinosaurios,” which you scarcely need to know Spanish in order to get the gist of the story. Always inventive and playfully educational, a new album by Laurie Berkner is a cause for celebration.
Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.