Imagination Movers are way cool
I admit it: I'm a Wiggles snob. I guess it's because my 2-year-old son loves them so much, and I have soft spot for Aussies. Plus we really like to dance to Can You Point Your Finger and Do the Twist?
But when I was offered the chance to interview two of the Imagination Movers, Disney's latest discovery, I took it just to have the experience. (You can read the Movers interview here)
The group, scheduled to perform Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, were billed as a mix of the Beastie Boys and Mister Rogers. Never having been a fan of the Beastie Boys (I remember some of their lyrics as complaining about your mom confiscating "your best porno mag") I was a bit wary when I slipped in the CD Juice Box Heroes.
I didn't need to be. The songs are catchy and though they do have a bit of rap, it's more like the Will Smith variety. They deal with bedtime fears, messy rooms (Pick It Up is a snappy update to the old Clean up Song and first days of school.)
But as a Floridian, the song I found most touching was We've Got Each Other. It's about evacuating in a hurricane from a child's perspective. It's a topic the Movers know about all too well. The group is from New Orleans and three of the four lost their homes in Katrina. "We had a hard time getting through that one," Movers Rich Collins and Dave Poche both said.
-- Lisa Buie, Times mom
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