________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV . . . . August 31, 2007

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Even Kids Get the Blues.

Lp Camozzi.
Montreal, PQ: Lp Creative (Box 425, Stn B, H3B 3J7 or www.lpkids.ca ), 2003.
1 CD 44 min., $11.99.

Kindergarten-grade 6 / Ages 5-11.

Review by Jeff Nielsen.

**½ /4

   
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Even Kids Go Country.

Lp Camozzi.
Montreal, PQ: Lp Creative (Box 425, Stn B, H3B 3J7 or www.evenkidsgocountry.com), 2006.
1 CD 44 min., 42 min., $14.99.

Kindergarten-grade 6 / Ages 5-11.

Review by Jeff Nielsen.

**½ /4

Lp Camozzi has unleashed a pair of roots-rockin' tunes for young boys. Covering a wide array of subject matter in a variety of simple styles, Lp (who has also written a self-published children's book) has clearly established a little niche for himself. His rough n' tumble style is intended to appeal to boys (though how many pre-teen boys listen to self-identified kids' music is unclear). His stylistic range (ignore the albums' genre designations - both are rooted in country and blues with few digressions) makes him unique as a children's entertainer. To his straight-up guitar, bass and drum arrangements, Lp adds lots of harmonica plus mandolin, some spoons and even yodeling! Despite a certain sameness in the melodies, Lp has come up with some rollicking songs: the Surfin' Bird-esque 'Mouth Music' got my three-year-old moving, and the cool lick in 'Mother has a Moment' had me doing a little air guitar.

     In view of Lp's stated commitment to the young male audience, one question remains unanswered: must every children's song be written from a child's point of view? Lp seems to believe so. The 30 songs spread over two CD's (from "Backpack Blues", to "I DON'T Want to do it" to "My Dog Stinks") almost all are composed and sung from the first-person pre-adolescent viewpoint. My own three-year-old loves songs as diverse as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Chug-a-Lug" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Surely many great songs for kids are built upon a child-like love of words and rhyme without the need to speak as the young listener?  To be fair, the Country CD album focuses more on recounting Lp's own early experiences.

     Even though the musician's child-eye viewpoint can be off-putting for the adult listener, in the end, credit must be given to Lp as a man who clearly loves what he does. I'm sure the singer could entertain a group of kids and get them stomping along with him. As well, these CD's could be of help to a teacher with one of those lop-sided classes consisting of 80% punchy-kicky-hitty boys.

Recommended.

Jeff Nielsen teaches high school English in Lorette, MB, and keeps an evolving kid-friendly play list (called 'To-to bye-bye') on his iPod.

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