When Barry Louis Polisar performs, he speaks to the kid in young and old alike. Youngsters giggle and shriek and adults are transported back to their own childhood. His word pictures are of children too smart to conform to arbitrary standards. This audio recording features seventeen of Barry's songs recorded in a live, family show. Many of Barry's popular older selections are included in this 45 minute recording. Though the sound is not as full as Barry's other recordings, this "Live" recording makes for a good "sampler" of Barry's earlier work.
"A Parent's Pick!"
Polisar's unique blend of giggle-producing children's songs offers a refreshing alternative to the more directive, even didactic variety of much children's music. Family Concert is a worthy introduction to Polisar's music as well as a welcome recap of his choice songs.
--Booklist, American Library Association
K-Gr 6 Barry Louis Polisar's ability to capture childlike humor, fear, excitement and wonder has always been obvious from his song titles and lyrics. His interaction with the audience gives an even better understanding of the man behind such songs as My Brother Thinks He's a Banana. In introducing many of his songs, Polisar lets the audience know some of the history behind them. Polisar sings about the world of a child, the adults they have to deal with, and the cliches they have to listen to. In all his songs, children & adults get a chance to laugh at how ridiculous we all can be.
---School Library Journal
"Barry 's lyrics hit home.
When word got out that Polisar would be in Andover, the tickets went quickly. The heavy sales prompted planners to add a second concert."
--Eagle Tribune, Andover, Massachusetts
"Polisar changes his voice to fit the character he is portraying. He leads the children in rousing choruses of songs about dogs, monsters and children who get in trouble."
--The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Some of his lyrics are zany and some are plaintive, echoing a kid's feeling that the world is closing in on him.the key to Polisar's rapport with kids is that he treats them as equals.
--The Ledger Star, Norfolk, Virginia
"Barry Louis Polisar is a one-man symphony of comic anarchy. At a time when vast numbers of our kids see school as endless drudgery, Polisar says otherwise. He says, isn't the English language fun?"
--The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore,MD
Barry Louis Polisar is a delightfully subversive antidote to Mr. Rogers"
-- Tom Lehrer
Barry Louis Polisar is a 4-time Parents Choice Award winner whose work has won numerous other awards (including two Emmys for an educational TV show he hosted). He has written and published ten books, many videos and over a dozen collections of his songs. Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center and in schools all over the US and Europe.