Sure, reviewing high-end diaper bags and fabulous children’s shoes is an awesome job, but what really floats my boat is the the wide variety of children’s music we’ve popped into the CD player so we can review new artists for our Daily Dish readers. I discovered some of my most favorite children’s CDs (Putumayo Kids collection for one) as a result of a Boutique Cafe review, and today I have three more CDs you might want to consider adding to your collection. (Stocking stuffers, anyone?)
Swimming in Noodles by Jim Cosgrove
Jim Cosgrove is an award-winning performer who channeled a lot of free-wheeling energy into his latest CD, Swimming in Noodles. I love an upbeat, bounce-in-your-seat children’s CD and this one definitely fits the bill. My favorite song is “Just Like You,” which was inspired by a chance encounter Jim had with two musicians from Uganda at a hotel pool. (Cool, huh?)
George had this to say about “Little Miss Floppy Socks” when it came on the car speakers: “I like his songs!” Livi said, “He said, ‘P.U.’ That funny!” And when track 14 came on, George’s comment was, “This is a wonderful song. I like it.” I couldn’t agree more, George!
You can find Swimming in Noodles and listen to sample tracks from the CD online at JimCosgrove.com.
Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
Though I generally prefer a children’s CD that makes you want to shimmy and shake, it is nice to take a little break from all that toe-tapping and enjoy something a little more mellow. Elizabeth Mitchell’s Sunny Day is that deep cleansing breath that keeps us centered. The CD features a variety of voices including Elizabeth’s husband and nine-year-old daughter plus cousins and friends. The tracks include everything from traditional American folk songs to Japanese and Korean nursery songs.
When track 2 came on, Livi’s comment was, “Hey, I yike this song!” (She still can’t figure out how to pronounce her Ls…) And when track 7 was playing, George said, “Mom, this is a different beautiful song. Keep this one, Momma.” Of course the best was track 1. George: “I love the little kid. Mom, do you love the little kid?” Me: “Yep!” George: “Me too…but not love, love, love.” (That kid is too funny!)
You can find Sunny Day, including a video and free song download of “Oh, John the Rabbit” on the Smithsonian Folkways website.
Use Your Words by Jeremy Zmuda of Jeremy Plays Guitar
The third CD in this roundup is Jeremy Zmuda’s Use Your Words, a more child-behavioral CD if there is such a thing. The tracks on this CD, which feature everything from jazz to rock to country-folk, are all about helping children learn “social skill development, purposeful language, and emotional concepts without compromising the joy and fun of singing and dancing.” It is definitely a teaching CD, but at least it teaches in a way kids will love. For me, 14 tracks of “parenting” is a bit much, but my kids didn’t seem to notice, so I guess that’s a good thing! They songs on Use Your Words are catchy and do teach some valuable lessons, and if it can get my kids to remember our “House Rules,” then I’m a fan!
You can find Use Your Words and even download the hit single “Jump So High” on JeremyPlaysGuitar.com.
*** We are giving away one gift set that includes a copy of Swimming in Noodles, Sunny Day and Use Your Words! ***
Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway:
•Leave a comment sharing with us your most favorite children’s song or CD.
•“Like” Jim Cosgrove on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
•“Like” Elizabeth Mitchell and Your Are My Flower on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
•“Like” Jeremy Plays Guitar on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
•Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: December 22, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.
- Congratulations to Tracie T., the winner of the CD gift set giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!