Every once in a while, I come upon some new children’s music that makes me want to grab other parents on the street, plop my headphones over their head and scream, "You’ve got to hear this!" Frances England is one of these arists.
While I know from experience that kids love hearing their own names in songs–even my own frighteningly off-tune renditions–I’ve got to admit I’m wary of those "personalized" CDs. The few I’ve heard have been absolutely, heinously, eardrum shattering. Then I discovered Name Your Tune, and suddenly I’m changing my tune.
Summer travel season is in full swing, which means it’s time to drown out the "she’s touching me!" cries from the back of the car with some fresh, fun music. Spin Your Web, the third release from award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Kaye, is one CD you’ll want to have on hand on that four-hour drive to the lake.
Before we even popped in their CDs, The Sippy Cups won our award for best kids’ band name. After giving them a listen, it only got better. Kids Rock for Peas is a live album of covers of mostly late 60’s and early 70’s psychedelia, including Pink Floyd’s Bike, The Rolling Stones’ She’s A Rainbow, and The Beatles’ Dear Prudence.
While I haven’t lived in San Francisco, I’ve spent enough time there to know that it’s just plain cool. Cool cafes, cool bands, cool parents with cool children. That’s why I had the feeling I was going to like popular Bay Area kids singer/songwriter Enzo Garcia.
Remember when you were both younger and would go see bands play at the local club? If you’re like me, your kids came along and put an end to that. Is it really worth forking over seventy bucks for a sitter to see your nephew’s garage band fumble its way though Sweet Home Alabama?
If you’re curious about children’s music artists like Trout Fishing in America or Justin Roberts, but are too indecisive to actually purchase an entire CD, here’s an easy solution.
In many ways, technology has made raising children a whole lot easier. Just look at the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! But one of the greatest inventions for moms and dads, in our opinion, is the podcast.
For any of us who ever rocked out to girl bands like the Go-Gos or the Bangles, the all-mom band Housewives on Prozac will remind us even though we’ve traded in our legwarmers and boomboxes for maternity jeans and minivans, we can still rock.
We love all the favorite kid’s music artists, and by golly, we sure hear enough of them at my house. However, after playing Parker Bent’s new release "I Am Your New Music Teacher" the other day, my daughter is definitely jumping ship.
If you are one of those moms who‚Äôd love to take your kid to music class but dreads singing in front of anyone except yourself in the bathroom mirror, then the Music’s Everywhere dvd is the perfect solution for you.
When word got out a few months ago that the Evil Mouse Empire was releasing an album of Devo songs performed by kids, many of my hipster brethren and I were dismayed. Personally I had visions of a KidzBoppian reworking of some of the most influential American rock music.
Call me crazy, but I think if I hear another cheesy kid’s song belted by an extremely happy male and female duo, I may just lose my lunch. I’m not sure what makes us think that kids like to listen to purple dinosaurs and four men in matching shirts when it’s perfectly obvious that if they’ll listen to that stuff, they’ll probably listen to anything.