Peter Himmelman’s trampoline has room for many

Peter Himmelman's My Trampoline kids' music CDIt’s not easy to get into the mind of a kid — just watch me trying to pry “how was your day” from my eight-year-old—but LA singer-songwriter and father of four Peter Himmelman seems to have this knack on his new kids’ music CD, My Trampoline.

Whether he’s singing about a child’s unabashed love for a pet tortoise or extolling the virtues of lying under a tree, his ability to wrap smart lyrics around pop-rock beats gives my kids and me something to both listen to, and think about, on our drives around town.

Peter’s voice reminds me of Elvis Costello in a peppy mood — more Veronica than Alison. Most of the songs on My Trampoline have a “get up and bounce around” beat that my kids adore, and I love the rich assortment of instruments like trombones, violins and trumpets. Given that Peter has had a long and successful career writing music for grown-ups as well, his children’s music has a sophistication from those years of experience.

Very young kids may not understand the spoken-word Statistical Factoids or the four-minute sweeping anthem Ten Billion Blades of Grass, but both will give older kids some food for thought. But, if you have a son named Peter, you may want to warn him that Peter the Pin Head is about the singer and not a written insult to your beloved. –Christina

Get $2 off of Peter Himmelman’s My Trampoline at Minivan Productions from now through 10/31 with code coolmom. You’ll also find My Trampoline at our affiliate, Amazon.

Congratulations to Michelle M., lucky winner of Peter Himmelman’s My Trampoline!


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

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