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"Pop Fly" Hits Home Run Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2008

For those of you not up on your tot rock, Justin Roberts has a new cd out – Pop Fly. Since Madeleine loves all things Justin Roberts, she received a copy of the album for her birthday a few weeks ago. The verdict?

Two enthusiastic toddler thumbs up.

Crack open any Justin Roberts album and you’ll find more hooks than my grandfather’s tackle box, and Pop Fly is no exception. The first track on the album is the title song, and it’s so dang infectious you find yourself bopping in your seat from the opening notes. Just today our playtime hit a wall, and I sneaked the cd into the system. When the first notes came over the speakers, both Cora and Maddie looked up, grinned, and hopped to their feet. FOUR repetitions later, and my jumping beans finally deigned to let the album continue to track two. As Maddie earnestly tried to explain to Daddy later, “It’s really cool, because it’s all jumpy and kicky and skippy music, but it’s got ballet music (slow parts) in the middle that really let me express myself.”

Straight from the dancer’s mouth.

My (I mean, my kid’s) other favorite tracks are “Henrietta’s Hair” and “The Backyard Super Kid”, but the album’s loaded. “Stay-At-Home Dad” has one of my favorite lines - “the way he folds the laundry/It’s a little naïve/But this man can play a rock and roll guitar/Like you wouldn’t believe”. How can you not want to hear more?

I’ve always loved Justin Roberts because I think he captures the essence of what it’s like to be a kid: fears, insecurities, pride at small accomplishments. He’s written songs about moving and leaving the only home you know, about building a backyard spaceship to the moon, about waiting for the schoolbus, dealing with bullies – the list is endless, and is practically a “dear diary” for every kid out there. For Maddie’s gym birthday party she requested all Justin Roberts music (yes, there’s something wrong with a 3-year-old making her own playlist), and we were happy to comply, since I think he’s got it all over Raffi, especially in how much an adult can tolerate.

So head out and pick up a copy of Pop Fly; I guarantee it’ll be your go-to cd for the summer.


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