Jul 28, 2008

New Children's Music

G’day, mates! Singer/storyteller Steve Blunt and didgeridoo musician Joseph B. Carringer have teamed up for this Aussie-flavored family CD. The highlight is “Hip Hop Kangaroo,” the story of a young marsupial who achieves fame rapping and dancing across The Land Down Under. The CD features traditional singalongs (“Waltzing Matilda” and “Kookaburra”), storytelling, and fun, upbeat original tunes...with rousing choruses and superb didgeridoo-playing throughout. Blunt and Carringer came together to develop material for the New Hampshire State Library’s summer reading theme for 2008, “G’Day for Reading!” (a celebration of all things Australian).

Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell perform a charming set of kids' sleepy-time music, featuring both traditional tunes and originals. Loeb's quiet gentle singing works well with the spare accompaniment. They are accompanied by guitar, banjo, piano, bells and children. From familiar songs, such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and "Big Rock Candy Mountain", they branch out into their own tunes. Calm, soft, and sweet, these songs will soothe children into naptime or bedtime.

A note from dan zanes. this is rocket ship beach, a record of children's music for the whole family. the songs are mostly traditional, with a few 20th century classics and originals stirred into the mix. the singers and players joining me are, among other things, parents, kids, babysitters, painters, celebrities, architects, and teachers. it's the sound of people playing together and having a great time doing it! where is rocket ship beach? it’s where the music is! it’s where you get together to howl at the clouds, to float sounds up through the trees or to watch them swirl around your feet, to try and shake some crazy old songs out of your head, or to stand out in the yard with a pan and catch some new ones as they fall from the sky. i hope that when you hear this, making music will sound like a great time (because it is) and it will sound easy (because it is) and that the next time it’s being made you’ll join in, because no matter where you are or who you are or how old you are, music is a party and everyone’s invited!

Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through fun, upbeat world and folk music. These CD's feature songs with child-friendly lyrics and liner notes that educate and inspire cultural curiosity. Take a walk on the wild side with this global musical journey into the animal kingdom! Since children of all nationalities are fascinated by animals, Putumayo found it only natural to create a collection of exceptional songs featuring animal themes and folklore from across the globe. This enhanced CD also includes an original music video for the song "No More Monkeys", featuring Trinidad-born artisit Asheba.

This ABC-learning CD has lots of opportunities for the kids to join in! They are invited and instructed in how to participate. The pace is slow enough for comprehension but fast enough to maintain interest. If you're looking for slightly goofy learning fun that you can take in the car with you, Alphabet Jam is the CD for you!

Beethoven's Wig Sing Along Symphonies are zany stick-in-your-head lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music. Filled with fact and fancy about the world's most notable composers and their masterpieces, each Sing Along Symphony opens the door to "serious music" in a way that's fun. As a bonus, the orchestral performance of each classical piece is included without lyrics. Educational entertainment for all ages. You will never hear these symphonies without smiling again!

Who doesn't remember singing "Conjunction Junction"?! These catchy, educational tunes are unforgettable. Covering all the bases from numbers to adjectives to the way a bill becomes a law, this CD will have your children singing along and learning at the same time.

These lovely, soothing songs entice even the most lively children to take a deep breath and say ah..... Mixing simple relaxation and meditation techniques with playful lyrics, the music highlights the importance of loving kindness in our lives. Calm Down Boogie is designed to help children find their inner calm, and to inspire peaceful moments and happy hearts.

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