Rachel's Blog: Review: I Like to Sing - Justine Clarke

Tue, 09 May 2006
I Like to Sing! CD cover

Justine Clarke's I Like to Sing! passes the crucial test for an album for children. It can be put on repeat for days and days and nearby adults will not want to screw small toys into their ears to drown out the noise.

The music is complex, layered and fun. Writer Peter Dasent (Play School pianist) has used samba rhythms, circus music, jazz beats and a wealth of musical tricks to give each track it's own personality and story. The lyrics and themes have also been carefully written, being relevant to preschoolers, yet surreal and silly.

In the same way that Play School addresses each individual child, Clarkes' singing does the same. While taking on the role of a cheeky kid, she is singing to her best friend and expects them to join in. It's difficult not to.

Cook was in the kitchen, tapping both his feet
Banging on the pots and pans, chicken heard the beat
Stood up in the skillet and began to kick his legs
That chicken was as naked as when it was an egg
It was the dancing chicken, dancing chicken!

No costumes, no merchandising, no choreography, no dance troupe, yet excellent for car trips. If you don't think the W*ggles need any more encouragement, yet your youngest friends aren't quite ready for Rammstein, I recommend it.

In this interview with Preschool Entertainment Clarke discusses the background of the album and promises a tour.

Comment by Bonnie Porter on Sat, 20 May 2006

I cannot agree more! i find myself singing the songs when the cd's off! My 18mth old twin daughters wake up somemornings, come into bed with us and go "SING!" I'm going to have to get another copy - one for the car, one for the kitchen.
Don't think we'll get sick of hearing this fantastic kids album. Great musos on it too!

Comment by lyndal chittleborough on Tue, 27 May 2008

My Indonesian acquaintance asked for I like To Sing to be played at her wedding here in North Sumatra!! Its so catchy even across languages!! At our weekly playgroup i am instructed by the Indonesian helpers not to put on any other CD, and although normally shy about speaking English, the international mix of children and adults jiggle and jive and SING!! Great stuff, great for Australia's public relations, Justine or the album should receive an Order of Australia a thte very least, or something! Thanks so much for brightening our whole day!

Comment by Boaz on Fri, 06 Jun 2008

The older my 28 mth old son gets, the more into "I like to Sing" he gets. His favourite song from the dvd is always chnaging so he never gets bored. At the moment, it's Dancing Face". Here's hoping for #2 :-)

Comment by Boaz on Fri, 06 Jun 2008

The older my 28 mth old son gets, the more into "I like to Sing" he gets. His favourite song from the dvd is always changing so he never gets bored. At the moment, it's Dancing Face". Here's hoping for #2 :-)