Monday, November 12th, 2007
Children’s Music Review: Suzi Shelton
When the Suzi Shelton Live at Southpaw DVD arrived in the mail, I muttered to myself, "Ahhh, crap."
It was submitted for review by her publicist, but our 3-year-old daughter doesn’t watch TV (yet). I fired up the DVD player anyway, started the concert and turned off the TV, and to my surprise the concert was an instant hit. She didn’t need visuals to participate, or, of course, dance.
Suzi Shelton performs original pop-rock kid-friendly dance-worthy tunes. Visit her music page to listen to samples of all of her songs. Roadtrip, No Ordinary Day and Scooter Boy got my daughter twirling and jumping (sorry, no audio links for most of the DVD tunes).
When my wife reluctantly watched the DVD later that evening, she didn’t get past the third song. I found her crying, which having gone through postpartum depression together, shoots a million thoughts through my brain. But they were happy tears.
The song Lift Me Up struck a chord with her. It’s the story of a brother and sister who dream of flying like planes, birds and butterflies, but they are actually waiting for their dad to get home from work to ‘lift them up into the sky’ and buzz them around the room.
That’s the wife’s favorite tear-jerker… a peppy fun tune, not the intentionally sentimental 10,000 Kisses that is also on the DVD.
So, I felt compelled to check out Shelton’s latest CD release, Simply Suzi.
Now, parents of 1- and 2-year-olds (this is a baby blog after all) may shrug off kindie rock. Don’t.
There are certainly simpler tunes to be had elsewhere for the youngest ages, but you’ll discover differences between sing along, call-and-response and dance music. If you’re like me, you’ll play some of each type of music in your home, and eventually delve into some adult music too because you like it and your kid really digs the sound. But I end up wincing at some of the adult lyrics now that my kid is 3-years-old and asks me what new words mean.
So kindie rock like Suzi Shelton’s fills that roleâ€”she provides tunes you and your child can enjoy, and that carry forward with your child well beyond toddlerhood.