Lulu and the Tomcat | All the Cats Were Playin' (CD)

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All the Cats Were Playin' (CD)

by Lulu and the Tomcat

This Prairie Music Award winning recording includes classic story songs, sing-a-longs, lots of action and participation, as well as humour and good clean fun.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All the Cats Were Playin'
3:22 album only
2. The Owl and the Pussycat
2:43 album only
3. The Abyssinian Belly Rub
2:35 album only
4. Aeiou, I Love You
3:30 album only
5. Wind Goes Round
4:24 album only
6. Rats, Rats, Rats
4:42 album only
7. The Cat Came Back
3:34 album only
8. The Minute Waltz
1:32 album only
9. Gonna Be a Cat
2:52 album only
10. Mewighany Stew
4:00 album only
11. A Dragon Named Howard
4:42 album only
12. Sweet and Low
4:17 album only


Album Notes
Rambles (a cultural arts magazine)
written by Joyce Rankin
published 26 April 2003

LuLu and the TomCat
All the Cats Were Playin'

This is that rare thing valued by the parents of young children -- high quality children's music that isn't sickeningly sweet and doesn't give the parent a headache. In a style reminiscent of Duncan Wells or Teresa Doyle, Lulu and Tom Neufeld have produced a fun-filled CD that
works for a wide age-range. To tell the truth, I found myself playing it even when my children were not around.

Written mostly by Lulu, the songs range from the upbeat funky sound of the title track, "All the Cats Were Playin'," to the ballad sounds of "A Dragon Named Howard" and the lullaby that ends the CD, "Sweet & Low." The progression from fast and funny to quiet and soothing
works well for those who are trying to settle down a carload of children, or send one to sleep. It also avoids any jarring juxtaposition.

Edward Lear's "The Owl & the Pussycat" makes a lovely and entertaining little ballad, with perhaps enough amiliarity to draw children in to this recording on first listening.

Although a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour can be entertaining for adults when listening to children's music or stories, there is a trap that adults performing for kids and adults sometimes fall into, which is to make in-jokes with references that children don't understand. I'm glad to say that this recording doesn't do this. (Not that there is anything wrong with producing different levels of humour for different level of understanding. It's just that children know when they are being condescended to.)

"The Minute Waltz" is a quirky little monologue-song that made me and several children who heard it want to try the same feat of fitting the song-about-singing-a-minute-long-song into 60 seconds, ending breathless and laughing. A good party trick if you can do it!

- Rambles
written by Joyce Rankin
published 26 April 2003

LuLu and the TomCat have been described as creative, energetic, enthusiastic, very child friendly, with a highly interactive stage show, a musical extravaganza of sing-alongs, storytelling, puppetry and participation. A wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter, with a colourful catalogue of tunes... a fresh and fun approach to family "edu-tainment." As international "edu-tertainers," these multiple award winning "cool cats" have also performed in schools and community centres in Cuba, and represented Canada at the World Expo in Japan.

They will be presenting to the South West Conference of Language Teachers in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April of 2007.

LuLu and the TomCat have been involved in music and education for many years, creating fun and educational materials for children. With experience as teacher and librarian, they have long recognized the benefits of using music to teach reading. LuLu teaches Early Years French Immersion, and writes and produces music and stories for her multiple award-winning group, LuLu and the TomCat, with her husband and former public school librarian, the TomCat. LuLu and the TomCat's recording, All the Cats Were Playin', received a Prairie Music Award for "Outstanding Children's Recording." The title track also received an "Honourable Mention" in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Their recording 3, 2, 1 Kadoozee, received a Parents' Choice Silver Award, a Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" award, and a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Children's Album. Their recording Stick To It! received a Parents' Choice Recommended Award, and a Children's Music Web Award.

They have opened for Fred Penner in concert as well as released a series of children's books, based on songs from their recordings.

Using enticing music and rhyming stories is a fun way to help children learn to read. LuLu and the TomCat know how to hook kids on reading. Their upbeat melodies with companion colouring books are designed to challenge children while showing them just how fun reading can be. Classic and original children's poems and stories are set to music to draw children into the magical world of reading. Adorable colouring pages keep young readers focused and involved.



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