Tag: family-friendly music

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell make beautiful music together

I’ve always loved Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell for making such special music that families can enjoy together. And now they’ve joined musical forces to produce a collection of songs that is joyful, upbeat, and so very lovely. You won’t want to miss this one. [Keep reading for your chance to win your very own autographed copy for your kids, from Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. Whoo!] In their first collaborative CD Turn Turn Turn, Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell have put together a collection of original and deserve-to-be-heard-again folk songs. It’s sure to be a new classic, a...

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Frances England’s Blink of an Eye: One of the best kids albums of the year

Summer brings out serious nostalgia in me–maybe because it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was the one learning how to dive off the dock into the pond. And as I watch another summer unfolding before my eyes, I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing a brand-new release from beloved kindie-folk artist Frances England, which gorgeously captures these little moments in time. It’s just spectacular listening. And I think you’re going to love it too. [We’re giving away a copy of this new CD! Details after the jump.] With her pretty, lilting voice which reminds me a bit...

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It’s finally time for Recess with Justin Roberts

We have waited three long years to hear Justin Roberts’ newest kindie-pop album. Oh, sure, he gave us an awesome Lullaby CD last year, but we’ve been eagerly awaiting another rollicking CD full of his imaginative lyrics and stick-in-your-head choruses. Today? The wait is over, everybody. {Keep reading for how TWO readers can win a copy of this new release! And you can hear THREE songs from this release for free!} On Recess, Justin Roberts has once again crafted a collection of songs that seems fresh out of the mind of a child. Or a dog, as in the...

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Happy Birthday! Six perfect party tunes from our fave kindie artists

Sure, we all know what song to sing when the cake comes out, but the day becomes even more special when the music cranking at the party is all about your birthday girl or boy. And, when some of our favorite kindie artists get together to make an entire EP of birthday music? Well, that’s definitely something to celebrate. Four of our favorite kids’ bands from the Pacific Northwest, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, The Harmonica Pocket and Johnny Bregar, recently collaborated on a unique (and totally original) collection of birthday songs for kids. The result is Kindiependent’s The Happy Birthday...

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You’ll be pleased to meet Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke’s new CD

These hot and humid days of summer have my posse looking pretty sad and sluggish. It’s time to kick things up a notch around here, and we’ve got the perfect CD from fab fellows Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke. So get your groove on and break a sweat to their seriously fun sound.    {Keep reading after the jump for a chance to win a copy!} As they’ve done on both Rise and Shine and Hey Pepito!, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke have compiled a totally entertaining group of songs on Pleased to Meet You, a must-have addition to...

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Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids: Thanks, Alastair Moock.

Though there are already many wonderful charities and benefits to help support kids with cancer, we are so touched by one effort by dad and musician Alastair Moock who is using his musical talents to speak directly to these special kids, one of whom includes his own young daughter. [After the jump: Learn how you can win a copy of this CD for your own family, or to donate to your local children’s hospital] Alastair’s own daughter’s leukemia diganosis influenced the creation of a most-excellent collection of songs for the family: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s...

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Shine and the Moonbeams’ debut CD: The one our kids have been waiting for for 2 years. Really.

Ever since Shine and the Moonbeams turned an entire room of kindie-music industry folks into speechless putty at Kindiefest 2011, I’ve been anxiously waiting the release of their first full-length CD. When you consider that lead singer Shawana Kemp’s voice is featured on three of my top five kindie songs of 2012, well, that should give you an idea how ridiculously happy I am that the wait is over. And if Shine and the Moonbeams is new to you, keep reading to find out what makes their sound so special. [Win a free copy of this amazing CD: details after the...

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Web Coolness: Vintage Sesame Street, July 4th eats and cool IKEA hacks for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   When Oscar was orange: Design Mom takes us back with the first Sesame Street episode. A great post from our editor Liz in defense of kids’ music. (The good kind.) And we love Stefan Shephard of Zooglobble’s A Kindie Manifesto–which lays out why kids’ music IS important for kids.  This Summer Camp Word Game printable will make for some zany Mad-Libs type notes from your little camper. Our Editor Kristen shares what she thinks is the best lesson you can teach...

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Classically cool American tunes for your Fourth of July celebration

Whether you’re planning a July 4th BBQ or just want to share some classic American music with your family, I’m pleased to introduce a brand new Putumayo Kids Presents CD that will get your toes tapping as you get into the spirit of red, white, and blue. {Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of this new CD!} Beginning with Johnny Bregar’s harmonica-accompanying She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain and ending with a spirited This Land is Your Land by folk-and-bluegrass musician Phil Rosenthal, Putumayo Kids Presents American Playground breathes new life into tried-and-true tunes, many of which...

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A fun numbers book for your happy little punks and hipsters in training

With their penchant for throwing things, screeching at high decibels, and staying up way past bedtime, toddlers are naturally great punk rockers. But since they still need their parents to tuck them in at night, here’s a great bedtime story that will fill their heads with visions of fun music and friends (not anarchy) as they drop off to sleep. They can save the anarchy for when you try to serve mashed peas again. Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story runs up the numbers from 1 to 12 in a charming story about friends getting together for...

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4 “fantastico” children’s CDs in Spanish

Whether you’re fluent in Spanish or can’t even count past ten (er, diez), hearing songs sung en español is such a great way for kids to become more familiar with the language while they are playing, dancing, or nodding off at naptime. And I’ve found four great CDs sung in Spanish that will make a great addition to your kids’ music collection. So, iÁndale!  –Christina [Keep reading for your chance to win all four of these CD’s] From CMP favorites Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Fantastico is one collection of songs that will have you sweaty dancing to...

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Take the plunge with Recess Monkey’s Deep Sea Diver CD

On their last two CDs, The Final Funktier and In Tents, Seattle’s Recess Monkey cleverly pulled together songs that either overtly or subtly referred to life in outer space — or under the big top. And now, in their ninth release, and just in time for the hot days of summer, they’ve released an ocean-themed CD packed with 15 tunes. Jump right in, the water’s fine. {Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of this new CD!} Deep Sea Diver covers sand and sea with catchy rockin’ pop songs, from Beach Ball to Making Waves. But,...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day and bacon, chalkboard babies, and Sesame Street tackles a tough subject

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Take one cute baby and some basic supplies, and you’ve got the  most adorably inventive photographs of babies against chalkboards.  This Father’s Day, say “I love you” with bacon. Yum. Taking on one of the most difficult subjects, Sesame Street tackles incarceration. Our editor’s Liz piece on the Huffinton Post, There Is Only Now, really has parents thinking. Support Climb Out of the Darkness on June 21st to help raise awareness for postpartum depression and other anxiety disorders. (via Boston Mamas) Breastfeeding Wouldn’t Matter to Me...

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Lisa Loeb’s kids’ music gets you ready to move and shake. (Yes, you too.)

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Loeb’s voice ever since her days singing 90s hit Stay, but I really fell in love with her when she crooned the lovely, mellow Catch the Moon album for babes with Elizabeth Mitchell. Now Lisa’s back with a bunch of kids’ songs that aren’t made for napping, but for getting up and moving. And shaking. And yes, dancing. Get those smartphone video cams ready. Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’ includes ten tunes for doing just that. Half of the songs are originals like Turn it Down (The Air Band Song) that’ll...

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Rock this summer on the radio with Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live

I am a pretty big fan of SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live for many reasons, but mostly because it is hands-down the best media outlet providing today’s family music makers the national exposure they deserve. The station brings the best in kindie rock and all-ages entertainment into the cars and living rooms across the country and save plenty of us parents from a backseat full of bored kids. The summer’s programming on KPL will feature three exclusive new series that are totally worth tuning into. Kids Place Live, if you haven’t yet discovered, is much more than a typical radio...

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Web Coolness: helping Oklahoma, summer learning tips for kids, and parenting hilarity

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.     Our thoughts are still with Oklahoma, and if you’d like to help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charities, as well as ways technology can come to the aid of those affected. Do your kids now have a ton of questions about tornadoes? This Parents magazine article has some good answers. Such important food for thought in Kristen’s post, Embrace Your Physical Flaws Now — Before It’s Too Late. Need a laugh this week? Brooklyn Parents will especially appreciate the...

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Web Coolness: super girls, Mother’s Day gifts, and what the working mom debate should be about

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! How awesome is Alexandria Law’s illustration that was inspired by a little girl sporting her favorite superhero gear? Check out her ongoing collection of drawings in her Tumblr, Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheros Than You. Just over a week until Mother’s Day, but our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and bunch of shopping collections have got you covered. If mama is a tech-lover, don’t miss Favorite Tech Gifts Under $30 that she will love. 5 Cool Mother’s Day Gifts...

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If you like the Okee Dokee Brothers, meet their friend Paul Spring

If you’ve read Cool Mom Picks for any length of time, you probably know how much we adore the music of the Okee Dokee Brothers. So, when our favorite Grammy-winning kids’ music duo asked me to check out the new release from their friend, Paul Spring, I decided to give it a spin. And it’s been in our family’s music rotation ever since. Hailing from Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Paul Spring’s first family-music release, Home of Song, is so easy on the ears, this is definitely not one just for the kids. With catchy vocals, plenty of peppy banjo, and cheerful...

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Landfill Harmonic: Turning trash into beautiful music

As a former music professor, I’m well aware of the transformative power of music in the lives of children. But this unbelievable Kickstarter campaign is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Or heard. Landfill Harmonic is the story of a garbage picker and musician in Cateura, Paraguay which is essentially a slum built on top of a landfill. He turned the trash he found into actual functioning musical instruments for the children in need there, creating “The Recycled Orchestra.” And oh the music they make! The goal of their Kickstarter campaign is to complete a documentary film about several of...

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Let’s Skateboard! with the completely rad The Not-Its and a free MP3

If you’ve got little skaters like me, then you know that that skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport. It’s everywhere in pop culture. And skateboarding plus music equals sheer awesome, which is exactly how we feel about CMP-fave kindie rock band The Not-Its premiering their new skateboarding music video right here on Cool Mom Picks today. (Just for you!) {Don’t miss the exclusive premiere of The Not Its’ new music video PLUS a free download of their new skater tune and awesome giveaway just for Cool Mom Picks readers}   If you’re not familiar with The Not-Its, they’re...

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