Dancing Skunks and Stolen Toes in Florence
Family Concert at Cup & Top with Mr. Richard
“Richard Peeples [Mr. Richard] has a gruff singing voice that suggests he is more cartoon character than human, but that’s just part of his charm. On his second CD, he lathers his native Louisiana groove and gumption onto songs about dancing skunks and stolen toes.” – Cookie Magazine, April-May 2007
Mr. Richard performed several titles off of his Might As Well Sing album. A few of our favorites were “Airplane Jane,” “Zanyville,” and “Long Island Railroad Blues.” While we didn’t find his voice gruff (as suggested by Cookie Magazine) we did find his lyrics silly and fun. Several songs he performed had sound effects that engaged his audience. We ended up snorting like pigs to his song “Pigs Pigs Pigs” and tugging at pretend train horns as he blew into his harmonica in “Long Island Railroad Blues.”
I imagine what Lui Collins is to the Hilltowns, and Aric Bieganek is to Northampton, Mr. Richard is to Orlando, Florida. A bright engaging artist that makes young children laugh at silly lyrics, and dance around pretending they’re pigs, snakes, airplanes, and so on. A good formula that works well with young children.
Here’s a video of “Airplane Jane” from Saturdays performance, with Persephone breaking through a bout of shyness. She’s sporting her favorite dress she out grew last summer and somehow always locates it no matter where I hide it …:
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