Uncle Rock | Plays Well With Others

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Plays Well With Others

by Uncle Rock

Rock Of All Ages. Rockin' Family Folk.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Rock Out!
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2. Playin' Possum
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3. Picnic In The Graveyard
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4. Brand New Butterfly
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5. Shoe Bandit
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6. Break A Few Eggs
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7. Gettin' Big Blues
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8. Sugar Talkin'
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9. Medley: Magic Carpet Ride/Hey Bo Diddley/Magic Bus
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10. Rock & Roll Babysitter
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11. I'm A Pirate!
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12. Disco Nap
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13. Pure Imagination
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14. Connected
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Since the release of his debut Here We Go!, Uncle Rock - AKA Robert Burke Warren - has lost count of the number of parents who have expressed relief and gratitude that a CD has been created that they can enjoy WITH their kids. The former globe-trotting bass player (with the Fleshtones), stage actor (as the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and Americana songwriter (with Rosanne Cash and for Wanda Jackson) stumbled onto his most satisfying creative endeavor yet as a teacher’s assistant at the rural School Of The New Moon in Mount Tremper, New York, where Uncle Rock was born. Warren, an erstwhile stay-at-home dad, went to work with guitar in hand, and, surrounded by preschoolers, found that requests for the darker stuff were constant. “It’s my natural bent as a songwriter to go to shadowy areas, and I was happy to be reminded that most kids have an innate interest in things like ghosts, wild animals, villains, misadventure and mystery.”

Fast forward to the present and you have Uncle Rock Plays Well With Others. Like Here We Go!, this CD explores oft-overlooked subjects that fascinate folks young and old: the largely Mexican/Central American holiday El Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) – in which families have a “Picnic In The Graveyard” to celebrate and break bread with folks who have passed on; the difficulties of progress that can be described as “The Gettin’ Big Blues” (“I’m talkin’ baby talk/Pick me up ‘cause I don’t wanna walk”); or the confounding loss of a single sneaker at the hands of the “Shoe Bandit.” And much of it rocks, with drums, bass, and instruments ranging from Irish tin whistle to kalimba to a RevereWare pot.

While this outing uses an actual recording studio in which to capture the music (as opposed to the portable four-track cassette machine for Here We Go!), the rawness and spontaneity remain, with many more singers and players gathering ‘round the microphone. From kids belting out back-ups on “Rock Out!” (“Shake my head like the head of a mop!”) and “Rock & Roll Babysitter” (“She’s got a tattoo on her back!”) to a neighbor’s dog barking on “Playin’ Possum” to a cardboard box being thwacked on “Magic Carpet Ride,” this is music in the moment, and it reminds one of how songs can be a way for families to interact, imaginations firing, legs jigging, heads bobbing. It was how and why music was invented in the first place – to bring everyone into the room to enjoy the sounds in the air. Together.


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simplykelly

can't drive without it!
Won a signed copy from CoolMomPicks.com & can't rave about it enough. My 4-yr old requests it to repeated over & over & over...and Mom doesn't mind about this one! I've recommended it to everyone I know & have ordered copies for Christmas gifts.

Charles' Mommy

Why Did I Wait So Long!
I could have been rocking out since Charles was born! But hey, I guess I was too busy, and even knowing how great Uncle Rock must be because I love the music of Robert Burke Warren, I must have been caught up in all the goo goo ga ga loving cuddly stuff, and somehow I waited until Chas was 2 before purchasing "Plays Well With Others". Well - it's never too late - we are so happy! Both of us! Music for both Baby and Mama. Day one: we listen and groove. Day two: I put Chas in his room for quiet time and ask, "What music do you want to hear during your quiet time honey?" He replies, "Rockstar". "What Sweetie?" He repeats, "ROCKSTAR!" "Oh! Do you mean Uncle Rock my Sweet Sweet?" "Yes" he says. Day three: He asks for Uncle Rock. So - if that is not success I don't know what is. He's up there today listening to our favorites, Brand New Butterfly, Playin Possum, Connected, and the rest. Thanks Uncle Rock, we can't wait to get to a live show! We love you!

Capitol Nannies

A great addition to the collection...
Finally a CD that both kids and adults will want to listen to over and over again!! I bought this CD just a week ago and my little clients can't get enough of it and neither can I. Believe it or not it's one I can even listen to in my off time. The lyrics are both cute and funny timed to a melody everyone can rock to.

Mrs. Davis

Seamlessly blends fatherhood with rock n roll!
If you haven’t yet caught on to the indie-rock-for-kids movement, Plays Well With Others, the new release from Uncle Rock would be a briliant place to start.

The artist is also known as Robert Burke Warren, the former bass player for CBGB's heydey-era music legends, The Fleshtones. But as Uncle Rock, he seamlessly merges his own high-profile rock and roll past with fatherhood and transforms it into family-friendly songwriting.

Plays Well covers some of the usual kids’ music themes, but in unexpected and creative ways. Take for example, titles like Disco Nap; or Rock & Roll Babysitter in which the title character has a tattoo on her back and plays in a girl band. Plus the inclusion of classics like Hey Bo Diddley and Magic Bus give parents the chance to look smart by knowing all the lyrics when they sing along. And singing along is exactly what you'll be doing.

This is the album you imagine your former-rocker husband would love to make for your own kids--if only you had let him buy that Stratocaster last year instead of replacing the washer and dryer.

Chase's Mom

Uncle Rock, You Rock!!!!
Uncle Rock, this is the BEST kids' CD ever, and actually one of my favorite of all CDs, not just kids' stuff! My 5 mo. old son loves dancing around to it, and I'm looking forward to the day he can sing along with me. I have a nephew with an eye patch, and "I'm a Pirate" is just his thing. My favorites are "Rock Out" and "Picnic in the Graveyard" - Chase's Dad loves "Magic Carpet Ride." What a great find!!!! Thanks for sharing your music and your fun with us.

Linda S.

Real Rock for Kids
Listened to this CD before giving it to my 5 year old granddaughter. The tunes were so catchy I was singing them myself. Actually it was really hard to let go of the CD when my grandaughter came to visit. I may have to buy a copy for myself.

Colleen

It's so nice to have a CD the entire family can rock to!
We really enjoy this CD! We bought this CD because my dad has always been teaching my daughter to say, "Argh," and "Shiver me timbers" from a young age. When we heard "I'm a pirate", we knew we had to have this CD. Since then we've really enjoyed the other songs and discovered a wonderful new artist that everyone can enjoy!

Jennifer Layton

"It’s giddiness and warmth packaged into fourteen well-written songs. It’s a fam
All through elementary school, I never played well with others. But Uncle Rock wasn’t teaching my class. If he had been, I would have been the one requesting songs like “Picnic in the Graveyard” (which is actually a lot more upbeat that the title suggests) and “Rock & Roll Babysitter.” (She’s got a tattoo and a red guitar and plays in an all-girl band. I hope those parents at least got references.)

Uncle Rock is Robert Burke Warren, whose children’s music CDs seem to be growing in maturity along with his son, Jack, who sings along with his dad on most of Plays Well With Others. Not only is Jack getting some quality time with his dad, he’s also learning to spell (stumbling along with the letters on “Playin’ Possum”) and getting some spiritual centering along the way. “Picnic in the Graveyard” is actually about a fond family reunion with some relatives who can't physically be there. “We’re gonna be with them again today,” Uncle Rock sings, and it’s not as ominous at it sounds.

We get songs that are sweet and beautiful, like “Brand New Butterfly,” about finding your wings and starting anew. We also get silly fun tracks like the 50s rocker “Rock Out!” which the Wiggles would give up their fruit salad to record. (“Shake my head like the head of a mop! That’s the way we rock out!”) His comically manic screams to the kids in the studio provoke an equally crazed chorus of shouted sing-alongs. Don’t play this to your kid just before naptime. You’ll never get him to sleep.

Speaking of hyperactivity, other silly songs include “Sugar Talkin’” (“Sugar goes in, words come out, but I don’t know what I’m talking about.”) I seriously think Uncle Rock was following my four-year old nephew around after he got into the M&Ms this summer.

But my favorite track far and away is the foot-stomping, pouty “Shoe Bandit.”

I’m standing on one foot like a flamingo
Everybody’s waiting outside but I can’t go
I got one two three four five frozen toes ...

Wait until you get older, kids. The dryer will eat your socks.

What makes this album stand out from other children’s music is that it’s not all for kids. While children may be able to relate to the mixed emotions of growing up in “Gettin’ Big Blues,” it’s also a bittersweet nostalgia trip for parents. (I remembered when my now-seven year-old niece was little enough to sit in that big car seat and got a lump in my throat.) Many of the songs have choruses designed to elicit participation from the kids, usually on the shouting, dancing, laughing side. It’s giddiness and warmth packaged into fourteen well-written songs. It’s a family connection.

It almost – ALMOST – made me want to have kids. Almost. Let’s not get crazy here.

Katie Murphy

Uncle Rock, kids music that rocks, as it advertises
Uncle Rock's Here We Go isn't annoying, cloying kids' music. For those of us who hope to wean our kids on Devo, Iggy Pop and Shonen Knife, it's music that you can feel happy when your kids choose it, again.