Every weekend, Larry Berger is the one responsible for making kids giggle, dance, and laugh with his silly music playlist.
The executive director and host of “The Saturday Light Brigade,” a national award-winning public radio program, has a knack for reaching a multi-generational audience. The 6-hour radio show includes live calls from kids and parents, quizzes and performances. One big part of the program’s success over the past 39 years — it’s one of the longest running public radio programs in the country — has been the lineup of special songs that kids and parents can enjoy together.
It was a difficult job to limit his picks to such a small number, but here are Larry Berger’s Top 10 favorite songs for kids:
“Be My Brontosaurus Baby” by Hugh Moffatt (The Life of a Minor Poet) — A folk singer’s proposal to his Jurassic partner.
“Quavi, Quavi” by Taj Mahal (Shake Sugaree) — An African folk song that’s fun to dance to.
“What I Want Is A Proper Cup Of Coffee by Trout Fishing In America” (from the album Big Trouble) — A modern version of a 1926 sing-along song with terrific tongue twisters
“Riddle & Rhyme by The Okee Dokee Brothers” (Through The Woods) — One of many amazing songs from three Grammy-nominated albums.
“Lemonade” by Justin Roberts (Lemonade) — Former teacher turned performer singing about this summertime beverage.
“Big Rock Candy Mountain” by The Persuasions (Good Ship Lollipop) — A new take on a classic folk song by legendary acappella group.
“Little Potato” by Metamora (Metamora) — One of our most requested songs for households with new babies.
“The Tennessee Stud” by Doc Watson (Songs for Little Pickers) — A bluegrass classic everyone can enjoy.
“The Three Bears” by Gary Rosen (Putumayo Presents Animal Playground) — A jazz version of the classic story in jazz.
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8” by Elizabeth Mitchell (Little Seed: Songs for Children By Woody Guthrie) — One of many songs written by Woody Guthrie for his own children.
“Still the Same Me” by Sweet Honey In The Rock (Still The Same Me) — A song about growing up from an internationally acclaimed female African-American a cappella group.
You can hear these songs and more by tuning into “The Saturday Light Brigade” on Saturday mornings from 6 a.m. to noon at 88.3 WRCT and other network stations listed at slbradio.org.