Tuesday May 21, 2013
After the quiet lullabies and naptime tunes of 2007's Napper's Delight and the raucous Rock Paper Scissors from 2009, what else could we expect from the seemingly limitless imagination of Dean Jones than something completely different.
When the World was New weaves together ancient and modern instruments, organic and electronic production techniques, and lyrics that are at the same time silly and deeply thoughtful within the same song. For the uninitiated, When the World was New might sound a little different from your typical kids' music album, but those attributes of Jones' composing and production style put him in a class by himself.
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Wednesday May 8, 2013
The Limeliters don't hold the historical sway of, say, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, or The New Christy Minstrels, but their square in the vibrant folk music quilt of the late 1950s and early 1960s is still an important one. One of their most beloved and popular albums was released in 1962 on the RCA Victor record label, and remains a constant seller to this day.
Through Children's Eyes: Little-Folk Songs for Adults was performed live and recorded in Berkeley, California, in December 1961, and includes lots of witty patter, historical tunes, and enthusiastic sing-alongs, encouraging the whole family to join in on the musical good times.
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Tuesday April 30, 2013
The Putumayo World Music label specializes in bringing us songs and melodies from around the world, and their latest release on Putumayo Kids, the sub-label dedicated to family music, fits the bill nicely.
Putumayo Kids Presents Latin Dreamland compiles lullabies and quiet time tunes from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, presenting a mixture of traditional songs and newer compositions in a variety of styles from Latin America sung in Spanish and Portuguese.
To explore the label's full range of music from all over the world, be sure to visit the Putumayo World Music website and the Putumayo Kids website.
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Thursday April 25, 2013
Today's Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of one of America's greatest treasures, Ella Fitzgerald. The singer recorded dozens of timeless musical treasures that feature her flawless vocals, but one recent collection compiled several of her tunes that are well-suited to the youngest listening group. Miss Ella's Playhouse includes classics like "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "The Muffin Man," "Old McDonald," "Old Mother Hubbard," and "Chew-Chew-Chew (Chew Your Bubble Gum)." A super CD for the whole family, and a great way to introduce Ella Fitzgerald to your kids!
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