Clarke pushes all the snooze but­tons

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

JUS­TINE Clarke will con­sider it the ul­ti­mate com­pli­ment if any of the au­di­ence falls asleep dur­ing her cur­rent chil­dren’s con­cert tour.

The per­son­able ac­tor, author, chil­dren’s pre­sen­ter and singer is tak­ing her new al­bum for tiny tots on the road and Py­jama Jam! is all about get­ting sleepy.

“I’d been want­ing to write a bed­time al­bum for a while but there are so many al­bums out there that re­ally fo­cus on the lul­laby and bed­time songs,” the Syd­ney mother of three said.

“I wanted to make one that cel­e­brated the path to bed­time.

“So the way it’s ended up is that it starts with a bath time song, then there is one about shuf­fling off to bed, how much you love your py­ja­mas, then it winds down af­ter some ac­tion-based songs and gets into the lul­la­bies.”

Clarke said her favourite track was Bobby the Trac­tor, which started out as a lul­laby for one of her lit­tle ones but had mor­phed from a soft lul­laby to a rock­ing, Bo Did­dley, blues-in­spired num­ber.

Be­tween the al­bum, work­ing with Scholas­tic on a sec­ond CD pic­ture book A, You’re Adorable and film­ing TV show House Hus­bands, Clarke has or­gan­ised her Py­jama Jam! tour us­ing more in­ti­mate venues than pre­vi­ously.

“Be­cause of the na­ture of the al­bum be­ing a lul­laby al­bum, I re­ally wanted to make sure the songs got a good air­ing and if the room was too big, I didn’t think the kids would con­nect with them,” she said.

“I ac­tively sought smaller venues and I fig­ure that way it can be more like a party and I can get out into the crowd.

“I in­vite ev­ery­one to bring their favourite cud­dly toy along and to wear their py­ja­mas; the band and I wear our py­ja­mas and I even have a pair of show socks.”

Clarke said the con­cert suited chil­dren up to six years old and also in­cluded her other hits like Wa­ter­melon.

“You can bring ba­bies be­cause there’s some beau­ti­ful lul­la­bies in the show,” she said.

“I’ve seen mums rock­ing their ba­bies in the show and lit­tle kids ly­ing on their par­ent’s laps.

“It’s not sleepy be­cause it’s bor­ing, it’s just more mellow.

“When we were shoot­ing the clip for song Good­night, Good­night, the fo­cus puller be­hind the cam­era was yawn­ing all the way through it; so putting the adults to sleep might some­times be eas­ier than the kids.”

In sleep mode: Aussie Queen of the Kids Jus­tine Clarke.

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