Beloved children's entertainer Raffi has announced that he will release his new album, Dog on the Floor, on July 27. The 15-song album - his 25th - embodies the qualities of fun, imagination and learning that have always animated Raffi's songs. This album's themes include playtime ("Play Play Play"),affirmation ("The Way It Goes") and the nurturing roles of family and community ("Love Grows Love," "Market Day" and "It Takes A Village").
Turning 70 this summer, Raffi is as busy as ever. He is working towards a September 2018 launch of an online course in Child Honouring-an original philosophy for redesigning society for the greatest good by meeting the universal needs of the very young. https://www.childhonouring.org
Dog on the Floor has no less than three songs inspired by Raffi's new puppy Luna: the title track, "Walking My Dog" and the self-explanatory "Luna's Song." "Listen to the Horses," "Dragonfly" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb" add to the animal fun.Other album highlights include the rousing instrumental "Fiddle Dance," and a memorable interpretation of George Harrison's classic "Here Comes the Sun."
Dog on the Floor continues the relaxed recording approach that Raffi began on his 2014 album Love Bug, which marked his return to recording after an extended hiatus, and its follow-up Owl Singalong. Raffi did most of Dog on the Floor's recording in the informal atmosphere of his home.
As the world's best-selling children's entertainer, pioneering troubadour Raffi has spent more than four decades delighting successive generations of kids-and their parents-with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. In that time, Raffi has recorded numerous gold and platinum albums and performed countless sold-out concerts. He has also emerged as a respected advocate on behalf of children, lending his voice, insight and experience to a number of crucial issues.
A recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations' Earth Achievement Award, Raffi also holds four honorary degrees. He is associated with many NGOs, including the Center for Partnership Studies, the Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development.
Now, as millions of former kids who grew up with his songs-whom the artist has dubbed "Beluga grads"-sing those songs to their own children, and bring their children to his concerts, Raffi is enjoying making music as much as ever. He has a string of upcoming concerts in Canada and the U.S. Twenty five years after his sold-out Broadway concerts, fans love his live performances.
"I feel I'm at my musical best these days," he says. "I'm as musically engaged and creative as ever. And it's wonderful to be able to say that. "