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Laurie Berkner & Putumayo Kids Music CD Giveaway!

I recently had the opportunity to review Laurie Berkner’s brand-new album, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band, and it was every bit as wonderful as I expected.

Laurie is SO talented. She is like the Sheryl Crow of kids’ music, and her band seems so adorable and sweet. Her music is catchy, fun, and totally captures my child’s interests, which says something considering he isn’t even two years old yet. When we sing Laurie’s songs together while the CD is playing, Zachary gives me happy smiles and giggles and even claps his hands! Music has always been a constant in my life so it’s important to me to find great music that my son and I can both appreciate together.

Zachary and I first learned about Laurie when we heard her on Nick Jr. I was captivated by the song Five Days Old and had to find out who the singer was. Since then, we’ve really come to enjoy seeing her music videos on the TV channel, plus her guest appearances on Jack’s Big Music Show (one of our favorite shows), so it’s been really fun to hear this compilation, which is her “Best of” collection.

Laurie has a perfect voice for children’s songs – light, airy, and happy! Her original lyrics are fun and cute, and real. She manages to maintain the unique standpoint of a child’s curiosity in her songs. I think that all of the songs are very good in their own way – after all, they did make the “best of” CD – but there are quite a few amazing standouts. Our favorite songs are Rocketship Run, We are the Dinosaurs, Victor Vito, and Five Days Old. I also particularly love I’m Gonna Catch You, I’m Not Perfect, and Fast and Slow. The new song, Open Your Heart, is really pretty, too, and a great addition to the mix.

There’s not much to change about this awesome CD, but aside from the new song, I think more thought could’ve gone into the bonus tracks. I like Moon Moon Moon, but would have loved an alternate version of Five Days Old instead… and maybe another new song instead of Pig On Her Head, which isn’t one of my favorites.

Overall, if you’re a Laurie Berkner fan, you’re going to LOVE having all your favorites in one place. And if you’re just starting out with Laurie, this is the best CD to get for sure!

BUY IT! If you buy the CD on Amazon, you’ll get a whole bunch of bonus videos and a digital booklet which isn’t included in the actual CD version! Pretty cool! You can also buy Laurie’s CDs on her website, LaurieBerkner.com.

WIN IT! Two Tomatoes Records has been sweet enough to provide a copy of The Best of Laurie Berkner Band CD and a bonus CD – Putumayo Kids Presents Rock n Roll Playground – for one very lucky reader! United States only, please.

MANDATORY ENTRY (worth 1 point): Leave a comment telling me either, a) what your favorite Laurie Berkner song is and why? or b) why you feel it’s important to encourage music in your child’s life.

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The contest closes on August 31, 2010 at 11:59 Eastern. Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Disclosure: I was provided a sample CD from Two Tomatoes to review, however I did not receive any compensation for this review & all opinions are my own.


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Too Much GoodAugust 12, 2010 - 8:30 pm

I have never heard of Laurie Berkner so I would love to win the CD to find more music for my daughter Lila. Music teaches kids to let ideas and thoughts into their hearts and minds. I still remember songs about having a cheerful heart and sharing from my childhood. I want those same values, as well as a love for music to resonate in Lila’s life.

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Stephanie V.August 13, 2010 - 12:16 am

music fills the heart and soul, music creates connections, music fosters IQ and EQ and music is forever
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JenniferAugust 13, 2010 - 11:31 am

I think it’s important to have music in my girls life because I think it helps develop personality.

JenniferAugust 13, 2010 - 11:32 am

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CeeAugust 13, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Each night, if it’s not a rerun, our little one loves watching the Backyardigans, and there is usually a song by Laurie Berkner and her band played before and/or after the show. Our daughter jumps up and dances (her favorite is the ‘when you’re in my heart, you’re in my family song :)).

CrissyAugust 13, 2010 - 4:04 pm

I’ve read that teaching children is often most effective when lessons are incorporated into music!

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CrissyAugust 13, 2010 - 4:07 pm
CUjoAugust 13, 2010 - 7:33 pm

Music is important in a child’s life as it is a great art form, promotes higher learning dancing and just sounds great.

CUjoAugust 13, 2010 - 7:34 pm

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MandaAugust 14, 2010 - 8:56 am

Out of all the reasons that music is important in a child’s life- the number one to me is that it is FUN.

MandaAugust 14, 2010 - 8:57 am

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MandaAugust 14, 2010 - 8:57 am

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MessyMissyAugust 14, 2010 - 9:32 am

Music is so essential in our lives and especially our children’s….it enhances emotional development and encourages expressional movement!!

MessyMissyAugust 14, 2010 - 9:34 am

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MessyMissyAugust 14, 2010 - 9:40 am

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Mary PrestonAugust 16, 2010 - 2:11 am

Music allows children to express themselves.

heatherAugust 16, 2010 - 9:27 am

Music enhances brain development and it’s a fun way for kids to learn and move!

Dawn KAugust 16, 2010 - 12:40 pm

I love Five Days Old. It’s a super catchy song plus the video has a little girl with Down syndrome in it and I love that

Dawn KAugust 16, 2010 - 12:43 pm

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Kim @ seven thirty threeAugust 16, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Is Laurie the one that sings the Family (F-A-M-I-L-Y) song on TV? My kids LOVE that song and we are constantly singing it – in the car, at dinner! ;) Music is a BIG part of our lives. I play Clarinet and piano, my daugher is learning the guitar and my son is constantly setting up “drums” out of cans and other containers. And my 1 YO is a dancing fiend!

cherAugust 16, 2010 - 4:20 pm

music is a super special part of our son’s life. His favorite thing to do is dance and listen to music. I think it is important to encourage his love of music because it is important to him. It is also really fun! Music expresses what the heart dreams.

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MadelineAugust 16, 2010 - 7:20 pm

I think exposing children to music enhances their imaginations.

JenniferAugust 17, 2010 - 10:48 am

My son loves Running down the Hill & Rocketship Run.

JenniferAugust 17, 2010 - 11:01 am

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JenniferAugust 17, 2010 - 11:20 am

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JDaniel4's MomAugust 17, 2010 - 1:35 pm

I love her version of Fly Me to the Moon.

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LizaAugust 18, 2010 - 3:01 pm

I think kids need music because it gives them inspiration and creativity, as well as reminders of wonderful family memories every time they hear those songs again.

Thanks for the chance to win!

–Liza

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IngridAugust 18, 2010 - 3:06 pm

I love her song Candy Cane Jane

Angela WAugust 19, 2010 - 2:29 am

My favorite is Google Head because my two girls have these cute alien-looking hats from Michaels and everytime that song comes on NickJR they run and grab those hats!

Angela WAugust 19, 2010 - 2:30 am

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Angela WAugust 19, 2010 - 2:32 am

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Angela WAugust 19, 2010 - 2:33 am

I follow @LaurieBerkner on Twitter (@FabFindFoodie)

Angela WAugust 19, 2010 - 2:34 am
ScarletAugust 19, 2010 - 8:21 am

We are the dinosaurs was one of my kids favorites for a really long time. We love marching around to it.

ScarletAugust 19, 2010 - 8:21 am

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LauraAugust 19, 2010 - 9:47 am

Hey I’m from MBC and saw your giveaway. I like, “I’m sitting here I’m one day old, I’m sitting here I’m two days old” I don’t know the actual name. We sang that all the time when Essie, my youngest, was born. My Anna LOVES music. It makes her face light up and she dances. We love Laurie!

I have a giveaway going too BTW: I’m giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card! http://www.annaandessie.com/2010/08/win-it-wednesday-15-amazon-gift.html open to anyone and ends 8/24

LauraAugust 19, 2010 - 9:51 am

I follow on Twitter (annaandessie)

LauraAugust 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

following Laurie Berkner on Twitter too! (annaandessie)

TracyAugust 19, 2010 - 12:58 pm

She is such a fun singer! Safe and fun music! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Our favorite song is “Victor Vito”…. ~ Take Care

Heather KellyAugust 19, 2010 - 1:13 pm

We really love the Dinosaur song, it has really come in handy when trying to get our almost 3 year old son to pick up his legs and walk to the car, etc.

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 19, 2010 - 1:15 pm

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I am now following Bright Autumn Sun on Facebook.

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Heather KellyAugust 19, 2010 - 1:16 pm

I am now following karenlisa on Twitter.

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Heather KellyAugust 19, 2010 - 1:17 pm

I am now following LaurieBerkner on Twitter.

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Heather KellyAugust 19, 2010 - 1:18 pm

I am now subscribeing to Bright Autumn Sun via email.

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Sarah LAugust 19, 2010 - 4:39 pm

We’ve borrowed one of her DVDs from the library, my two year old thinks I’ve Gonna Catch you is hilarious, because he loves to see people chasing each other.

Patricia MerryAugust 19, 2010 - 5:58 pm

I love “Pig on Her Head”

RitaAugust 19, 2010 - 9:41 pm

We love all of her songs that are on Nick Jr.

CaitlinAugust 19, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Our household favorite is Victor Vito. My 2.5 year old sings it and my almost 5 month old smiles when I sing it to calm him down when he’s fussing. Would LOVE to win a copy!!

LindsieAugust 20, 2010 - 8:57 am

I’m not sure of the name of the song….it goes “I don’t wanna go slow I go fast” then “I don’t wanna go fast I go slow”. Now I will be singing that all day!

elkmeese at yahoo dot com

LindsieAugust 20, 2010 - 8:58 am

I’m a gfc follower as Lindsie

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LindsieAugust 20, 2010 - 8:59 am

I subscribed via email

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Suzanne DenysAugust 20, 2010 - 2:33 pm

My daughter and I love Under a Shady Tree. It reminds me of our relationship before her brother was born. She was still little and sweet and needed much more than now. My son loves this song now.

Suzanne DenysAugust 20, 2010 - 2:34 pm

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Heather KellyAugust 21, 2010 - 11:09 am

I tweeted!

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Heather KellyAugust 21, 2010 - 9:55 pm

I tweeted!

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Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 22, 2010 - 10:41 am

I tweeted. (8/22)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/21834191545

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 23, 2010 - 12:24 pm

I tweeted. (8/23)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/21926002611

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 24, 2010 - 10:35 am

I tweeted!

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samanthaAugust 24, 2010 - 2:02 pm

victor vito- because it is my little guy’s favorite, lol
thanks!
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Heather KellyAugust 25, 2010 - 12:04 pm

I tweeted! (8/25)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22100013869

Heather K.
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Lisa WoodsAugust 25, 2010 - 1:45 pm

Music is important because it is a joyful expression.

Heather KellyAugust 25, 2010 - 4:25 pm

2nd tweet of the day! (8/25)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22116825257

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 26, 2010 - 11:06 am

I tweeted! (8/26)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22185046896

Heather K.
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KatieAugust 26, 2010 - 3:49 pm

I’ve heard great things about Laurie Berkner but have never actually heard her music. I think it’s important to encourage music in my kids’ lives because it encourages a sense of fun, opens them up to a different art form, helps them [if they play music] with math and other skills, and links them into something that all people can understand.

KatieAugust 26, 2010 - 3:50 pm

I follow you on GFC.

KatieAugust 26, 2010 - 3:50 pm

I like your blog on Facebook.

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KatieAugust 26, 2010 - 3:51 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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KatieAugust 26, 2010 - 3:51 pm

I follow @laurieberkner on Twitter.

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Heather KellyAugust 27, 2010 - 2:47 pm

Tweeted. (8/27)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22289684779

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 27, 2010 - 10:01 pm

2nd tweet! (8/27)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22317116111

Heather K.
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Heather KellyAugust 28, 2010 - 12:50 pm

I tweeted! (8/28)

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Heather K.
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Tracie TrumpAugust 29, 2010 - 12:14 pm

We love “We are the dinosaurs” and Pig on my Head! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Heather KellyAugust 29, 2010 - 4:44 pm

I tweeted! (8/29)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22465958987

Heather K.
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Daniel MAugust 29, 2010 - 8:19 pm

to encourage music it so encourage creativity

juliaAugust 30, 2010 - 10:22 am

music is important in development (learning rhythm, etc.) and having a well-rounded child

juliaAugust 30, 2010 - 10:23 am

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Heather KellyAugust 30, 2010 - 5:36 pm

I tweeted. (8/30)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22558101313

Heather K.
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Melissa B.August 30, 2010 - 5:53 pm

I encourage my children to enjoy music because it’s good for the soul. It’s also a great mood changer or enhancer.

Heather KellyAugust 30, 2010 - 10:15 pm

2nd tweet. (8/30)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy/statuses/22578001977

Heather K.
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JessicaAugust 30, 2010 - 10:48 pm

Love this giveaway, my son is a huge Laurie Berkner fan. I love Five Days old… I think this was the first song we ever heard from her.

Secret BurkheiserAugust 30, 2010 - 11:49 pm

My daughter’s favorite song is we are the dinosaurs by Laurie. She loves stomping around to the music.

Secret BurkheiserAugust 30, 2010 - 11:50 pm

following on gfc

Heather KellyAugust 31, 2010 - 3:44 pm

I tweeted. (8/31)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy

(I can’t seem to view my RSS feed on twitter, today, sorry)

Heather K.
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GiannaAugust 31, 2010 - 5:53 pm

It’s important because it helps them develop an interest in music and learning.

Penny WAugust 31, 2010 - 7:59 pm

I think it’s important to encourage music because, like prose, it’s one of the avenues we have to freely express ourselves.

Penny WAugust 31, 2010 - 8:00 pm

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Heather KellyAugust 31, 2010 - 10:26 pm

2nd tweet. (8/31)

http://twitter.com/matthewsmommy

Heather K.
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Lori Z.August 31, 2010 - 11:26 pm

I want my kids to love music because it’s a form of expression that can cheer you up in even the darkest times.

AdanmaAugust 31, 2010 - 11:50 pm

We like 5 Days Old here.