To call Justin Roberts a creator of childrenâ€™s music is to deny his songsâ€™ adult appeal. It would be like restricting Charles M. Schulzâ€™s Peanuts cartoons to kids. Like Schulz, Roberts has a knack for creatively (and tastefully) folding scriptural wisdom into his work. In the two-CD effort Why Not Sea Monsters? Songs from the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament (CarpetSquare) he steers clear of any ham-fisted agenda while staying faithful to the power and majesty of the Bible stories.
And he makes those stories his own. On the â€śHebrew Scripturesâ€ť CD, Roberts gets things off to a clever start with â€śWhy Not a Spark?â€ť Singing in a style that suggests John Lennon, James Taylor and Glenn Tilbrook, Roberts lays out the tale of creation as if God were a smiling child in a swirling cosmic sandbox: â€śOn the fourth day / God said, Where are the stars? / Whereâ€™s Mercury, Venus and Mars?/ Whereâ€™s all those old rusty cars? / Wait, thatâ€™s later!â€ť