Tag: family-friendly music

Not ready for Blurred Lines: A chat with Laurie Berkner about tweens and music | Spawned ep 73

As your kids get older, it can get a little tougher to find ways to bond and connect with them. One perfect way is through music. But can you handle what they’re listening to? That’s why we were so excited this week to sit down and discuss the issue with Laurie Berkner, the undisputed queen of kids music. Especially because she’s making the leap into music for older kids, with her upcoming Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes, which will feature 12 EMF dance tracks remixing favorite children’s songs over the past 20 years. Listen here now, or find Spawned with Kristen +...

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The 2017 Grammy nominees for Best Children’s Album are all winners (to us).

Tonight, as we cheer on the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards whose music plays in our car when our kids aren’t in it, we’ll also be rooting for the nominees whose music often is — and with good reason. This year’s Grammy nominees for Best Children’s Album are nothing short of awesome. We don’t envy the voting members of the Recording Academy — how can you pick just one of these? — but the good news for us is that we don’t have to. Here’s a look at who’s up for a Grammy this year in the children’s music category. They’re all winners to us. CMP is...

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8 family music albums that you’re going to want to add to your playlist in 2017

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we love finding the best kids music and sharing it with you. And I’m excited to share these 8 albums that I think you and your family will love right now. Of course, we’re always big fans of our friend Lisa Loeb and TMBG’s Danny Weinkauf, both of whom branched out to make really good music that the whole family can groove to. But in this list, we included some new additions to the genre, like Amy Lee, the lead rocker of Evanescence. All 8 of these family music albums are fresh, fun, and are likely to make their way onto your playlist in...

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The best kids music of 2016 | Editors Picks of the Year

It wouldn’t be our Editors Picks of the Year if we didn’t give a shoutout to our favorite kids music of the year. And if you’re thinking, huh? Cool kids’ music? then clearly you haven’t spent a lot of time here! For years now, there have been amazing kindie artists  — lots of whom you might have known as adult artists first, like Lisa Loeb or TMBG’s Danny Weinkauf — putting out family friendly music that even parents can get down to. And for that, we are grateful. So if you’re in need of some kids music that doesn’t make you...

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Wishing you a happy Hamilton Hanukkah! From Cool Mom Picks and the Maccabeats

Those of us Hanukkah revelers have always had slimmer pickings when it comes to great modern music. But now Adam Sandler and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have some great new company thanks to the Maccabeats, who are just out with Hasmonean: A Hamilton Hanukkah. If you have been loving Hamildolph as much as we all have, I think you’ll also dig this version of Lin Manuel Miranda’s opus, which happens to be a good history lesson too. Especially for those of you not quite as familiar with the backstory behind the Festival of Lights. Related: 8 of the most amazing printable Hanukkah coloring pages, one for each crazy night Oh and the...

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Web Coolness: Princess Leia gingerbread, the Hamilton Rudolph mashup, gift ideas for the hardest people on your list and more

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Princess Leia Gingerbread Cookies! Total win from the always brilliant Just Jenn (and one of our favorite geeky Twitter follows) for the Star Wars blog. Gifts that give back: The HSTRY Black Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater designed by Nas is donating proceeds to prison reform. (And it’s definitely cooler than the Royal Family’s Christmas sweaters. Eek!) Be sure to check out the brand new 2016 Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide, and a chance to win your own iPad Air! Terrific ideas for 15 cool...

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A family album tribute to David Bowie that gets everyone up and dancing

If the impromptu dance party my girls and I broke into at the dinner table last weekend is any indication, Spare The Rock Record’s soon to be released album Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie is going to be a huge hit with families. Whether you’ve been a long time David Bowie fan or you re-discovered his greatness when the world lost the amazing talent last January, Bowie’s music and message speaks to children and adults alike. Even the youngest of tots can’t keep from grooving to great music, something we talked about with Lisa Loeb in a recent Spawned podcast....

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Beyond Schoolhouse Rock: A fun new music video about Washington D.C. from the Not-Its

Looking for a fun way to get kids learning about the election — without all the awfulness of what’s appearing on the news lately? One of our favorite kindie bands, The Not-Its, are out this week with Are You Listening, a very entertaining new video for kids about Washington D.C. and all that goes on there. The way They Might Be Giants has been so great at taking on educational subjects without sounding like they’ve set textbooks to music, the The Not-Its are doing the same in their introduction to our nation’s capital. Related: The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube The rockin’ tune is quite catchy, and my...

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26 of the best car games and activities to keep kids happy without screens.

I was one of those parents who insisted that I’d raise the kind of kids who would play fun, screen-free car games on our family road trips, or perhaps watching the world whiz by while asking intelligent questions about all the sites and sounds around them. Sound familiar? Yeah. Well after one particularly long road trip, I quickly learned that sometimes screens are really, really useful for making an endless drive feel… not so endless. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve totally surrendered to the lure of electronics. There are times when all the screens need to go off so we can discover other ways to...

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3 great new albums for your next family road trip

There are few sounds as jarring and mind-numbing as super bored kids whining, Are we there yet? (I mean, could we be little more cliché, kids?) So, with spring break here for lots of families and summer vacations and other road trip opportunities on the way, I’ve rounded up a few new album releases by some of our kindie music favorites to help make the miles a lot more enjoyable. Whether you’re embarking on a long weekend adventure or a cross-country road trip, we think you’ll have fun with some of these sing-a-longs. Related: Family road trip tips: Tons of sanity-savers, tricks, and essential products to keep...

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Web Coolness: Everything you need for Valentine’s Day, modest Barbie, and Frozen coming to Broadway

Here are lots of links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Get ready for the 14th! We have tons of Valentine’s Day printable cards and over 120 easy Valentine’s Day recipes, drinks and last-minute DIY treats you’re going to love. (Top photo: Candy Arrows DIY at A Subtle Revelry) If you still need a gift, check out our last-minute Valentine’s gift ideas for your sweetheart. Fun Valentine’s Day lunch recipes on Cool Mom Eats. Amazing Kickstarter worth checking out: A college degree for $1000, and it’s legit. (See the comments for lots of good...

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David Bowie, cassette deck memories, and me. | Thinking : Parent

We’ve had conversations around here from time to time about musical artists, and the few of them who are able endure over time, even managing to evolve and experiment and remain relevant for four or more decades. David Bowie is easily on that list for us and we were all pretty devastated to learn of his passing today at just 69. David Bowie heroes greeting card by Etsy’s Lost Plots Shop. I know that some think it’s strange to cry for “a celebrity” you never personally knew; but that’s the genius of real artists. They have an amazing way of burrowing their way into your soul,...

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The coolest kids’ music of the year: Our 15 top albums | Editors’ Best of 2015

2015 was a very good year for kids’ music, with new releases from favorites like They Might Be Giants and Recess Monkey, as well as new-to-us bands like The Bazillions and Jazzy Ash. And if you have kids, but no idea what I’m talking about, well, you’re in for a treat! Kids’ music these days is definitely more than those albums of kids belting out pop covers in unison, and our children are lucky to have so much amazing music out there to choose from, that also happens to have lyrics that are fun, catchy, and don’t make us cringe...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Wow, you have got to check out these cool and stylish tech gifts for the holidays, plus a fun giveaway! 2. What’s new about Guitar Hero Live, and why it should be on your holiday wish list. 3. Amazing personalized photo gift options for everyone on your list. 4. Friendship bracelets go high tech. This is a gift your crafty kids will love! 5. A cool learning app that gives you an extra brain. Well, sort of....

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Fids and Kamily names the best kids and family albums of 2015

If you want to know about the best of the best in music for kids and families, you have got to check out Fids and Kamily, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This annual poll is voted on by publishers like us who cover the best kids’ music, as well as other notable people in the kids’ music industry. We take this role very seriously, as we listen to dozens and dozens of new music releases each month, just to help pare it down to those amazing tunes that appeal to kids, but that we adults really like too. And thankfully, there are tons of fantastic artists lending their...

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If you want the newest kids’ music from The Pop Ups and Lisa Loeb, there’s only one place you can get them: Amazon

If you want to get your hands–and ears–on the two new albums from CMP favorites The Pop Ups and 90’s pop icon Lisa Loeb, there’s only one place you’ll find them: Amazon. That’s right, Amazon is showing its support for kids’ music by exclusively debuting albums by these two GRAMMY-nominated artists, and all of you lucky Amazon Prime members in the US and UK can stream them absolutely free. About a year ago, I shared this cool perk of being an Amazon Prime member: Free kids songs to stream as a way to “try before you buy” additional music to share...

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This is kids’ music? 6 new family albums that may surprise even the pickiest adult listeners

I know there are parents who say they don’t like kids’ music and don’t understand why kids can’t just listen to whatever the adults are listening to, perhaps just quickly turning down the volume on their own playlists when the lyrics get a bit too mature. But, like Stefan Shepard of Zooglobble once said, and I paraphrase, if kids can — and should — have their own books, movies and television shows, why shouldn’t they have their own age-and-developmentally appropriate music that happens to be awesome too? If you haven’t learned from our own site by now, not all kids’ music...

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Maya Rudolph, Lisa Loeb and Chris Ballew join the must-listen musical magic that is Simpatico. Also? Men at Work. Really.

What happens when you mix the gorgeous voice of kindie favorite Renee Stahl of Renee & Jeremy with a motley vocal crew that includes Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Caspar Babypants, Lisa Loeb, and guest appearances from the lead singers of Men at Work and Toad the Wet Sprocket? The result is Simpatico, the perfectly named, perfectly cohesive album for families that is full of surprises. Like Maya Rudolph singing Prince, and totally killing it. I feel so fortunate to get the scoop on this fabulous new album that I think tons of families will love, right from opener Gather Round, in which...

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Letting kids make beautiful music with Compose Yourself. Now this is cool.

It may take special talent and years of study to compose music for a symphony, but we’ve discovered a fun shortcut with Think Fun’s new Compose Yourself, a creative, musical card game which lets kids 6 and up — and even adult neophytes like me — create beautiful music in minutes. You don’t even have to be able to read a note of music. Which is why I like it too. Related: How to foster a love of music in your little kids The system was created by Philip Sheppard, an accomplished composer and musician who has recorded with David Bowie, served as music director...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. These cord tacos make a great Father’s Day gift. No hot sauce required. 2. Everything you need to know about iOS 9 and all the big Apple News you might have missed this past week. 3. We rounded-up 6 of the best iPhone 6 screen protectors because we know life happens. Often times to your phone. 4. You won’t believe what these baby monitors can do. The future is here! 5. Hooray for free music! We’ve got...

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