When my husband listened to a track on Rocknoceros’ Colonel Purple Turtle CD four times in a row, I knew it was a hit with the whole family. It is always a pleasure to find music that both you and your kids can enjoy together. This CD blends great music with learning and fun. After some discussion, my husband and I decided this group sounds like a blend of the “Beatles” and “They Might Be Giants”- a very fun, relaxed but very peppy performance. With a host songs involving a variety of animals and other themes, this album will have you tapping your toes and singing along in no time. You’ll be singing Echolocation, Conservation and our favorite, Early Worm (Who knew there were so many different idioms, phrases or proverbs to put in a song?).
Rocknoceros, pronounced like rhinoceros, is composed of three guys who describe themselves this way:
Coach Cotton is the ring-leader, frequently immersed in a sea of knee-high concert goers. Wearing a wireless head-set microphone, he wades through the mass of dancing children, dispersing high-fives and shaking a tambourine.
Williebob provides the necessary string work for the show, moving among a collection of guitars, mandolins, and banjos while wearing a kazoo around his neck.
Boogie Woogie Bennie is a one-man-band within the power trio, employing a contraption that one four-year-old fan described as “the piano-drum”. The piano-drum allows Boogie Bennie to play the bass drum with his right foot, the snare drum and hi-hat cymbal with his left foot, and the keyboard with his hands (with his left hand playing the bass parts).
Together, Rocknoceros is able to cover a dizzying range of musical styles in each set. From Tin Pan Alley to the shores of Jamaica, Rocknoceros hops from genre to genre like a toad on summer asphalt.
Their newest CD, due out in mid-September, is Colonel Purple Turtle. It is an album bursting with fun songs. The lineup includes:
- Colonel Purple Turtle
- Harry Elefante
- Early Worm
- What’s Your Favorite Animal?
- Pirate Harvey
- We Are Frogs
- Double-O Chicken
- How Do You Do?
- Rocky the Dog
- Ladybird Beetle
- Truman Coyote
- Did the Moon See You?
- Fire of the Sun
- Ain’t Nothin’ but a Fox
- Attention Citizens
Many of the songs will teach a fact or two or twelve, but all are just plain fun. Plus, there is all kinds of entertainment value in hearing your 5-year-old try to sing Echolocation. Truly hilarious. My only complaint is that Colonel Purple Turtle is so hard to say (or even type) without completely mangling it. Tongue twisters as CD titles make for interesting conversations. You try saying it five times fast!
If you like this CD, don’t forget to check out their others award-winning CDs, DVDs and gear. And, if you order on their website, you will get FREE shipping. Plus, you can get more information on the group, see if one of their shows is going to be in your area, listen to some fun podcasts, join the fan club or listen to their music online. I enjoyed this album, and I think you will, too!
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