There are many benefits that come from children listening to music early on; they tend to develop better listening skills and do better in reading and math when they begin school. Plus, everyone loves an impromptu dance party in the living room, well at least I do. Finding kid’s music that is enjoyable for everyone can sometimes be a real challenge. I mean really, how many times can one listen to and sing “Wheels on The Bus”?
The majority of the time, my children end up listening to whatever music my husband and I choose. That doesn’t seem to be very reasonable and is not always pleasing for my daughters. So, I’ve set out to find music that we can all love listening to! Here are my three most recent finds that you will certainly enjoy:
Elizabeth Mitchell’s, ‘Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie’, is by far my favorite. Mitchell’s enchanting vocals are sure to lure you in and have you singing along. You definitely don’t have to be a Woody Guthrie fan to enjoy this album and I bet you will even recognize the song “This Land is Your Land”. I honestly can’t choose a favorite song, I love them all, and each song’s lyrics are sweet, loving and entertaining. Listen to a sample of ‘Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie’ here and pick up a copy of this fantastic CD.
Randy Kaplan’s, ‘Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie’, will have you tapping your foot and snapping your fingers. His songs are like musical stories that will certainly draw you in. You can’t help but dance and sing along! This silly and fun album is a mix of the blues and ragtime, taking old songs and reworking them into kid appropriate titles and lyrics but still delightful enough for adults. Randy Kaplan has recently been named as one of the” top children’s performers in the nation” by Time Out New York Kids magazine. Be sure to check out Randy Kaplan’s website here and myKaZoo Music for information and to purchase a copy of this CD.
The Sugar Free Allstars’, ‘All on a Sunday Afternoon’, fast funky music will definitely get your feet moving. This album is filled with a combination of soul, rock and funk that the whole family can enjoy. The songs “Love Train” and “Ice Cream Truck” are perfect for that living room dance party. If you are a Talking Heads fan you may even recognize the song “Stay Up Late” that the Sugar Free Allstars add their own little groove too. The duo behind the Oklahoma City based Sugar Free Allstars, Chris Wiser and Rob Martin, have been entertaining families for over 5 years. ‘All on a Sunday Afternoon’ is a definite must have CD which also includes a live concert DVD. To learn more about this band and to purchase their CD visit here.
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