Clarke pushes all the snooze buttons
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.