April 14, 2008

Sunshiny Day

By Shauna Lyon


Some catchy songs are irritating (“Macarena,” or anything by Weezer), some are not (everyone has their own examples; let’s just say that Stevie Wonder and the Beatles were good at this). Scientists have studied the catchy-song-running-through-your-head phenomenon, and have determined that there is nothing you can do about it but wait. So, it goes without saying, when parents are introducing their kids to music, they have to be careful. Morgan Taylor, the author and performer of the Off Broadway kids’ show “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation” (at the DR2, on Saturdays at 11 and 2, through May 17), has some pretty catchy, mellow songs. With his Gustafer act, he has opened for bands such as Wilco and the Polyphonic Spree, and combines a Beatles-esque sound with brightly hued animation of the world of Gustafer Yellowgold, a little yellow guy who has a pet eel and counts a pterodactyl among his friends. At a recent show, attended by children aged twelve months to twelve years (and their parents), Taylor, between tunes, amiably fielded questions from the audience, such as “Why did Gustafer once live on the sun?” The answer? Because he was born there, of course