I'm so thankful for Dan Zanes and Friends and The Laurie Berkner Band!
Since he was about a year old, Mitchell has been a huge fan of both, and I'll admit that I like them as well. Dan totally rocks, and Laurie is just plain silly.
If you don't know Dan, you're truly missing out. Apparently, he had a rock band called the Del Fuegos. Now he sings great folk songs and original lyrics with great musical accompaniment. In one song, he'll play a banjo and in another, the harmonica. He has a rapper named Father Goose who appears in some songs, and I totally love the vocals contributed by Barbara and Cynthia. (Is it sad that I know the names of the band members? I also love Yoshi and Colin!) We have Dan's DVD "All Around the Kitchen." It has a recording of a concert and then videos for a bunch of his songs. Mitchell and I dance like crazy when we watch.
Laurie, I love, because Mitchell finds her very soothing - and silly. Right now, he's resting on the sofa while she sings about being a dinosaur. In the car, he gets really worked up when this song comes on. Our favorite part is to roar at the end.
When Mitchell was younger, I used to joke that he thought that Dan and Laurie were his other parents. He'd ask for them all the time. I thought they had faded to a distant memory, but this morning he asked if he could watch them both. I can see in his little eyes that he's tired (he woke up around 5 this morning but, luckily, went back to sleep), so I gave in. This is the first time this week that we've turned on the TV before 4 p.m., when I let him choose a show to watch (with limited choices like "Miss Spider" or "Jack's Big Music Show").
So, I'm off to start a load of laundry, work on my grocery list for this afternoon and maybe even attempt mop the kitchen floor, as Noah is taking a nap and Mitchell is mellowed out with music.