Kerplunks “get creative” on film

Rachelle Stein-Wotten

rachelle@soundernews.com

Monday, April 16 2012

Gabriola’s very own award-winning kids band, The Kerplunks, are getting kids singing and dancing once more with the band’s first-ever DVD.
Get Creative features music videos for 10 songs and “some additional silly and fun footage in between videos,” said band member Tina Jones.
“Our fans have been asking if we have a DVD for a long time! Kids are very visual and we’ve found that if they can see the musicians behind the music, it really gives them a sense of where it came from.
“We often write music about musical instruments. Children can hear the sound of the clarinet in the song ‘Licorice Stick,’ and now they can see the instrument being played as well.”
Gabriolans will recognize many island locations on the DVD, including Yerba Buena Farm, Agi Hall, Degnen Bay and a Berry Point sunset. Gabriolan kids and families participated in the filming as well, riding bikes and hanging out with farm animals.
There is one new song on the DVD, “Technology,” a commission from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) as part of their Careers in Technology initiative.
The DVD, two years in the making, is available through Tina or Dinah D by emailing info@thekerplunks.com.
It will also be available at Village Foods and DVD release parties in the coming months.
In addition to the DVD, The Kerplunks are competing in the Great American Song Contest with their song, “Honey Bee,” which was recorded for their last album.
“We’ve been finalists and winners in the past for other songwriting competitions as well,” said Tina. “Mostly it’s just for fun. For the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, we won a lifetime supply of throat lozenges!”

The Kerplunks with Gabriolans in the Agi Hall for one of the video shoots for the new DVD. (Sounder file photo)