Saturday December 7, 2013
Hap Palmer has been at the educational kids' music game for several decades now, so sometimes it's nice to go back to his beginnings to see how his output has changed. Let's take a look at Getting to Know Myself.
Palmer's simple and fun songs on his 1972 album Getting to Know Myself are never overcomplicated, allowing even the most musically unskilled adult to lead his or her children in fun and engaging musical group activities. The album intermingles movement and activity songs with tunes about feelings, friendship, and emotions, creating a nice little classroom aid for caregivers and teachers of our young children.
Getting to Know Myself, one of Hap Palmer's earliest records, is a great musical resource for Early Childhood and preschool classrooms, and First and Second Grade students will still enjoy and be engaged by the sometimes silly and energetic songs, as well.
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Sunday December 1, 2013
If you've come looking for rousing, jolly, majestic holiday tunes, you've come to the wrong place with this album. However, if humble, sincere, authentic, homespun renditions of Christmas songs are your thing, The Seeger Sisters' American Folk Songs for Christmas will be a true listening treasure for you.
The Seeger Sisters' American Folk Songs for Christmas gives listeners a unique look into a long-lost genre of music: historically correct, lo-fi folk music, performed without a hint of schmaltz or irony. Sure, the album isn't for everyone, but everyone should give it at least one spin. And make sure to check out Elizabeth Mitchell's updated version of this project, the recently-released The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In and Out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook.
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Thursday November 28, 2013
Hanukkah officially began at sundown yesterday, so here's our list of Hanukkah music for kids to help celebrate. From klezmer to pop, from traditional tunes to humorous remakes, our list includes one album for each night, plus a bonus CD to wrap up the season.
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Sunday November 17, 2013
Back in the late 70's, years before The Disney Company had their hands on The Muppets, Jim Henson and friends produced a pretty endearing and unforgettable film with an equally endearing soundtrack. All the tunes on The Muppet Movie soundtrack were written by the team of Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams, and included classics like Kermit and Fozzie's jaunty "Movin' Right Along," Miss Piggy's epic "Never Before, Never Again," Kermit and Rowlf's smoky piano tune "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along," Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem's rowdy "Can You Picture That?" Gonzo's melancholic "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday," and, of course, Kermit's timeless "Rainbow Connection." Search your flea markets and thrift stores for this one, folks, it's a winner!
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