Randy Kaplan – Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie
Let’s all admit… Blues music is probably not at the top of our favorite music to listen to. However, children don’t know the difference in most music. Their favorites usually become what YOU decide to listen to. I have been learning more and more to hide the things I am afraid of or don’t really prefer because they will be passed on without me even knowing. It took a while, I won’t lie, but the new Randy Kaplan CD Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie grew on me. After playing it several times with Ms. Elliot I began to actually enjoy the ragtime blues beat.
The CD starts with a Robert Johnson ragtime number; “They’re Red Hot” is a fast paced ragtime jig with a catchy chorus “Hot Tamales and They’re Red Hot” that will for sure get you into the groove.
No blues album could ever be complete with some good scat music…. “Ice Cream Rag”, a rag about getting the Ice Cream Man’s attention in which Randy comes up with a plan to do a dance called the “Pigeon Wing”. Not only does the song feature some tap dancing but we get to hear some mighty fine scat singing that made my ears perk up just a bit. 🙂
The album, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie is now available from MyKaZoo Music and runs for about 1 hour containing 17 ragtime numbers from the 1920’s, ‘30s and ‘40s with 7 segments featuring Lightnin’ Bodkins. The CD contains 20 colorful pages of liner notes giving kids more information on what they are listening to.
The album is just as interesting for adults as it is for kids, but an album that will probably be most appreciated in households where the blues style of music is already played. So what do you say?? How about you give your little ones a chance to experience the blues… in a positive way 🙂
The great public relations company of Sugar Mountain provided me with a Randy Kaplan CD to try it out and WE would like to provide a copy to one Africa’s Blog readers as well, just enter to win a copy using the Rafflecoptor below!
Good Luck & Di Bop Diddie Do Bop!!!
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