Mr. Doolittle | Out of the Box

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Out of the Box

by Mr. Doolittle

An original rock'n'roll children’s album that’s fun for adults as well as kids. Upbeat, educational, and catchy, with a little edge for the grown-ups. Perfect for Montessori children and more.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. The Big Pink Tower
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2. Jammys On
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3. Walking On the Line
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4. Trees
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5. The Ballad of Milo the Cat
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6. The Number Song
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7. I Know I Love You
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8. The Elvis Pokey
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Chris Doolittle (aka Mr. Doolittle) has been playing music since he was 11 years old, when he played his first gig at a local McDonalds in his home town of Simi Valley, California. He has been in love with writing and performing music ever since.

In addition to children’s music, Chris plays guitar, sings, and writes for the Kansas City rock band “Frank’s Dream,” and was a founding member of the locally popular 80’s band “The Front.” He started to perform children's music when his wife asked him to play for her children in her Montessori classroom when they were first dating. Since then she has consistently "booked" him to play for her kids and the other teachers’ kids at Highlawn Montessori in Prairie Village, KS. Mr. Doolittle credits Highlawn’s kids for inspiring him to create his current album "Out of the Box."

Chris Doolittle loves writing, recording and performing children's music. He also incorporates his own children's musical talents on his current album. Mr. Doolittle's son Alex, 16, plays drums on some of the songs and his other two sons are eager to help on his next album.

Mr. Doolittle feels strongly about the use of music to help children learn and express themselves. He believes the songs should be fun and educational for both the parents and the kids and hopes that he has accomplished this on his album.

“Out of the Box” is guitar-driven alternative rock for your kids. Blending early rock-n-roll, power pop, and a dash of twangy country, Mr. Doolittle has created a fun, edgy, and educational album for you and your children. A few of the tracks on “Out Of The Box,” such as “The Big Pink Tower” and “Walking On The Line,” are Montessori-specific rock songs that Montessori children should love, but that others will enjoy as well. Parents will especially like the cheeky irony of the Johnny Cash inspired “Wallking on the Line,” the dead-on Elvis impersonation in “The Elvis Pokey” (reminiscent of “Viva Las Vegas”-era Presley), and the hilarious sincerity of “Jammys On,” a bluesy, funky rocker about the pains of not wanting to go to bed that should make going to bed a rockin’ experience from now on. The rest of the album simply rocks! From “The Ballad of Milo the Cat,” a bittersweet and funny true story about the Doolittles’ lost kitten, to “Trees,” a catchy, bouncy tune to help you remember the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees, “Out of the Box” will rock you and your children. So go ahead and get “Out of the Box”!

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Paul Mazzoni

Kid's Need Good Music Too
Extremely catchy pop songs dominate this album. The Elvis mimic is dead on and has to be heard to be believed. Mr. Doolittle may look like Red Rider's Tom Cochrane in real life, but his music goes way beyond the "fun boundaries" of "Life is a Highway". He infuses some Johnny Cash and Replacements influence into his songs and the whole thing sounds great. All I know is my kids can't stop singing "Jammys On" and neither can I.
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Rick Pollak

Great Music
My grandduaghter just loves this CD and so do I. I love the Milo Song and she likes the Elvis Pokey.
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Tina Fitzgerald

Cheeky good fun!
Along with They Might Be Giants' kids stuff, this is the best alternative rock kids' music out there for the adults as well as the kids. It's full of clever, nutty lyrics (for example, "I know mammals have hair / I know reptiles don't but I wonder if they care" from "I Know I Love You") and makes really smart, cheeky musical references, from Elvis to Johnny Cash to Bon Jovi-style power pop.

You have to hear "Jammys On" -- it's as if a kid were singing a funky blues tune about the oh-so-terrible situation of having to go to bed when there's still fun to be had, and it has that same hilarious sincerity that kids have when they're deeply troubled by something that's really not that big of deal. And it's so foot-stompingly catchy that any kid who does have trouble going to bed will be excited to do it to the tune of this song!

My other favorite is "Walking the Line." I don't know anything about Montessori, but I bet you could get any little kids to walk on a line to the tune of this song. But even better, it clearly makes reference to Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line." How funny is it to think of your kids as mini outlaws of country trying to walk the straight and narrow for the sake of love?! What a hoot!

There are *layers* to these songs that adults will get while kids have fun learning what "deciduous" and "coniferous" mean or how to write their numbers, and so on.

I recommend this highly!
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