This past Sunday was definitely a sun-day. My family and I were treated to a performance by none other than the former Sun resident himself, Gustafer Yellowgold. For those of you not familiar with the name…well, get out from under that rock ! He’s the original cartoon brought to life by the imaginative Morgan Taylor, an indie kid rocker whose lively songs and amusing animation make a multimedia marriage that audiences practically gobble up. We were witnesses to this phenomena ourselves when Taylor (and Gustafer) were on tour to promote the just-released Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day. Taylor’s comfortable, yet playful demeanor won over the younger crowd happily clutching their Gustafer dolls, while his inside jokes were a hit with the moms and dads who have been subjected to one too many Wiggles concerts. In fact, the guy seated next to us confessed that Gustafer helped him get through a recent family road trip from New York to Boston without a hitch (take that, SpongeBob!). As a mom of two girls in different age brackets, I can appreciate Taylor’s ability to appeal to short attention spans and critical listening ears. Whether it’s Gustafer’s wacky perspective (think breakfast taking over the world in “Pancake Smackdown”) or his unusual pairing of geography and fashion (“Wisconsin Poncho”), we love that his music lets us get outside of our heads and think about things…differently. And with Gustafer, oh, what a wonderful world it can be.
In a Nutshell: One part clever cartoon, one part kid music we can listen to without with protest:We heart Gustafer. Check out his latest entertaining DVD/CD package, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day, available now.