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post #21 of 59
subbing...and I'll answer too
post #22 of 59
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
I love John McCutcheon. All his CDs are great. "Family Garden" and "Howjado" are great for kids and adults, but my favorite are his seasons CDs--Summersongs, Autumnsongs, Wintersongs, and Springsongs.

Our fave winter song right now is
Tommy, don't lick that pipe!
Your tongue, it will stick like glue.
I told you once and I wish you'd mind.
Don't you remember what happened last time!
You can do about anything else that you like,
But Tommy don't lick that pipe!
Thanks for the suggestion. I love seasonal songs and he sounds great. It reminded me of Michale Rosen's work or the clever words (poems) of Jack Prelutsky.

Quote Twinmom: Have you heard any of the Beethoven's Wig C.D's?

No I haven't and thanks for the link.
post #23 of 59
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Thanks so much guys. These are just so great. I really appreciate the suggestions. Mary Poppins, perfect! :
post #24 of 59
Here are some that i use in my library programs:

Peter, Paul & Mommy Too

A Child's Celebration of Folk Music by Music for Little People

Elizabeth Mitchell, You Are My Sunshine (one of my favorites)

For Our Children, Tenth Anniversary Edition (with Ziggy Marley, Bob Dylan, Sting, James Taylor, etc.)

Big Blues, Blues Music for Kids (Michelle Shocked, B.B. King, Fabulous Thunderbirds, etc.)

Mary Had a Little Amp (R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Indigo Girls, etc.)

Not for Kids Only (mentioned already I think)

Also there are many "adult" bands whose music can be used for kids, like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Cat Stevens, the Beatles...Not all of their songs of course, but many.
post #25 of 59
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Also there are many "adult" bands whose music can be used for kids, like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Cat Stevens, the Beatles...Not all of their songs of course, but many.
Yes! This is what Im wanting from you guys as well. Good (what we call) adult music that would be so great for a kids show. The Beatles are just about perfect.

Jack Johnson's stuff is great too and Im not talking just about his Curious George work.
post #26 of 59
I listened to a lot of oldies as a kid. Some songs that stick out in my head when I think about my favorite music back then:

"Peppermint Twist", Joey Dee and the Starliters
"Leader of the Pack", Shangri-Las
"Hang On Sloopy", The McCoys
"Venus", Frankie Avalon
lots of Beatles songs
lots of Beach Boys songs
"All I Have to Do Is Dream", Everly Brothers
"Twist and Shout", The Isley Brothers
"Duke of Earl", Gene Chandler
"Rockin Robin", Bobby Day

and a healthy dose of Motown.
post #27 of 59
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Thanks fishface, (I feel like Im calling you a name when I write that! I'm sure there is a story behind it)

What great suggestions.
post #28 of 59
I'd recomment visiting smallages. It's a blog about this very thing.
post #29 of 59
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sophiesue2, Thank you so much. Lots of good music links on this site. Thanks again.
post #30 of 59
We like Jim Gill he has a site you can visit: jimgill.com

and we like Ralphs world: ralphsworld.com

Jim is still a more local celebrity and we saw him at a local school when dd was younger but his songs are so fun and full of movement. Even I can't sit still when I listen!!

Ralph is actually on the Disney channel occasionally but we have been fans long before that but his older stuff rocks! one verse I remember is "take a little nap, have a little lunch, shake your boooo-ty!" quite hilarious!
HTH!
post #31 of 59
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We like Jim Gill he has a site you can visit: jimgill.com

and we like Ralphs world: ralphsworld.com
Thanks taterbug. Just a quickie to say your kids are beeeeutitul! Man, what kind of didgi camera do you have? Your pics turned out sooooo clear!
post #32 of 59
My daughter loves Carole King and the Bear Naked LAdies. In the "children's" genre, Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boyton is great and Sopngs From the Neighborhood - a medley of MR' Roger's Songs. Both are done by adult artists in a varity of adult type styles - swing, romantic, hip-hop, etc. I happily sing along to these songs.
post #33 of 59
dh has an extensive collection of MP3s and an extensive collection of children's tunes. i'll list some of ours here. for kid-friendly, but non kid intended songs try these:

Beatles -- Yellow Submarine
Beatles -- Blackbird
Beatles -- All You Need is Love
Beatles -- Twist and Shout (or the Isley Bros version)
i'm sure there are tons more Beatles tunes you can go through

John Prine -- Big Old Goofy World (this comes to mind, but i haven't checked the lyrical content)

the "Hairspray" soundtrack, specifically, "Shake a Tailfeather"

Stray Cats -- Stray Cat Strut

Kitty Cat -- Los Straitjackets

lots of those oldies dance songs like "The Locomotion", "Dancin' in the Streets", etc, etc.

for kids music aimed at kids, i'll second some already mentioned:
Elizabeth Mitchell
Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell
Justin Roberts
Dan Zanes
Ralph's World
and add a few more
Laurie Berkner
Billy Jonas
Jimmy Magoo
Baron Von Rumblebus
Farmer Jason/Jason Ringenberg
Wee Hairy Beasties
Doc Watson
Woody Guthrie

and then there are some gems i've scored at thrift stores over the years like The Yeaworth Family Singers and their rendition of "Amos The Famous Mosquito".

hth
post #34 of 59
Oh, the Woody Guthrie stuff for kids is absolutely wonderful. And my kid went through a long infatuation with the "Woody's Roundup" album (not Guthrie) -- it's not the soundtrack to Toy Story 2; it's old-fashioned "cowboy" music by Western music traditionalists Riders in the Sky. The conceit is that it's from a '50s cowboy-themed puppet show. Some classics, and some songs about Woody and Jessie from the movie. There's yodeling and everything!

Also, in "not made for kids" genre, ABBA and the Jackson Five. Poi Dog Pondering is worth a listen, too -- they're very quirky and fun. And you might try some zydeco; it's really upbeat and danceable. Maybe Buckwheat Zydeco or Queen Ida?

And finally, the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack! I could listen to Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride all day.
post #35 of 59
Pretty much anything by Trout Fishing In America.

Personal favorites:

"My Hair Had A Party Last Night"
"Five Little Ducks"
"Pico de Gallo"
"Baby's Got The Car Keys" <---Story of my life.
"I Got A Cheese Log"
post #36 of 59
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Oh these are great suggestions. Coleslaw, Carole King is wonderful! I'm so glad you reminded me of her.

Beanma, This music list is very helpful. Im looking forward to checking out the more obscure music you listed at the end of your post. I like to find those great surprise bands at the thrift shop as well. Doc Watson and Woody or both my inspiration for wanting to even start this kids radio. I can't for the life of me find the lyrics to It's a Big Ol' Goofy World". I love that song so I'll have to dig up the album and listen as John Prine has a way of sneaking in some pretty interesting lines. Here is a fun sight on his misheard lyrics. Check it out. http://www.jpshrine.org/misheardconf3.htm Thanks for your list.

Thalia....I never even thought of Poi Dog Pondering. I used to listen to their stuff ages ago and loved it! I look forward to seeing what might be appropriate. Looking forward to checking out Woody's Roundup.

Medenj, thanks for the Trout suggestions. I haven't heard all of these but Pic de Gallo is one of my favorites too. I saw them up at the Lyons Folk Fest and thought they were wonderful.
post #37 of 59
We love Greg Brown's Bathtub Blues.
He has great songs on there. Couple of good quotes from the songs are
"I'm gonna take care of my children if I can....payday....payday.....I'm gonna take care of my children payday."
And there's a song called Everything I've got is in the pawn.
Good adult/kid music.
Plus he's from Iowa (where I live) and he's hot.
post #38 of 59
there are a buncha john prine lyrics here -- http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/p...rld-10879.html . "big old goofy world" has "d@mn" in it once so not sure how you feel about that...

do you have "daddy-o daddy" -- the woody guthrie comp?

jillkuster, the "everything i've got is in the pawn" is an old blues song called "shake sugaree" written by elizabeth "libba" cotten. lots of people have covered it -- including dylan i think. taj mahal also does a great version. he has a buncha kids songs, too.

etta james has some kids stuff -- i think on smithsonian/folkways.

hth
post #39 of 59
Quote:
Thanks taterbug. Just a quickie to say your kids are beeeeutitul! Man, what kind of didgi camera do you have? Your pics turned out sooooo clear!
Simple living mama,
Thanks so much for the kind compliment- I think they're cute, but I'm partial!
As for the camera it's a Kodak easyshare Z760- they're pretty reasonable and ours came bundled with a charging dock so no batteries needed,plus it takes pretty decent video clips. It really has been a good camera. HTH!
post #40 of 59
My ds likes Buddy Holly (I have a "best of" CD). It's upbeat but not frantic.
He also likes the Ramones for "dancing" music.
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