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#1 of 47 Old 11-11-2009, 08:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I think I am ready to enter the world of kid music but I am not talking Disney CDs here! I need stuff that we can all listen to and not want to pull our hair out. Plus I just want it to be kinda mellow and good.....I don't know what else to say, but I bet somebody will know what I'm talking about!

My dds birthday is at the end of the month and I want to surprise her with a few cds to go with the rest of her presents!


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i've only heard a few songs, but they sound like something mellow and not annoying that the whole family could get into.

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This was my favorite kids CD when the girls were younger. Now that they're older, they just listen to whatever I'm listening to (no more "kiddie" music here anymore).

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1. Pure Imagination - Maroon 5
2. We Walk - R.E.M.
3. Rainbow Connection - Dixie Chicks
4. Little Star - Madonna
5. Sing Along - Blue Man Group, , Dave Matthews
6. Baby Mine - Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was)
7. 3 R's - Jack Johnson
8. Anchovie - Moby
9. Life Line - Ann Wilson, Brian Wilson, Nancy Wilson
10. Gentle Breeze - Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed
11. Wild, Wild Party in the Loquat Tree - Indigo Girls
12. How to Be Strong - Rosanne Cash
13. When You Wish Upon a Star - Joe Henry
14. Teach Your Children - Graham Nash
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Dan Zanes is awesome.

I also really don't mind Laurie Berkner.

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Lullaby Renditions of Bob Marley

It isn't a sing-along thing, though. Just very relaxing to play at bedtime.
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We like Lunch Money a bunch (Going to the library, to see my librarian. . .). That's my DD's current favorite that I like also. We also like Dan Zanes, Ralph's World (M-o-m-m-y needs c-o-f-f-e-e), and Laurie Berkner. And They Might Be Giants.

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my kids current favs are;

Dan Zanes
Putamyo
Jerry Garcia/David Grisman
lots in the funk, folk and bluegrass categories
Bedtime with the Beatles

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Love Dan Zanes and Ralph's World.
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I'm not sure all of these would qualify as "mellow," but they are great albums for kids!!

The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides (this is a compilation album of artists on Bloodshot Records doing songs for kids)

The Johnny Cash Children's Album

LeadBelly Sings for Children

Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder

DogTrain: Midnight Express and Other Improbabable Songs by Sandra Boynton performed by a great variety of artists incl. Spin Doctors and Allison Krauss

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Keep an eye on Kids' Corner, a program run out of WXPN in Philadelphia. I love love love their stuff, and they keep up to date on all the new artists as well. You can also get them streaming from the website.

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Elizabeth Mitchel, Frances England, Barenaked Ladies, the new Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack, Alphabutt by MDC's own Kimya Dawson!
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They Might Be Giants


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Our faves are They Might Be Giants, look them up on youtube, there's tons of songs there. And the Deedle Deedle Dees, they rock...I need to see if they have another CD out. Another one I really liked but the kids didn't get totally into was Lisa Loab, it was more mellow and we're not much for mellow around here.

Oh and the Beatles are always a favorite. Not kiddie at all but my dd learned opposites from "Hello, Goodbye". (That counts right?)

I'm totally going to check out the others mentioned, we love non-kiddie kids' music and could use an update!

I had no idea Kimya Dawson had a kids' CD! We love her...going to look at that right now!

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Oh and the Beatles are always a favorite. Not kiddie at all but my dd learned opposites from "Hello, Goodbye". (That counts right?)
We love the Beatles here, DD's favorite's are Yellow Submarine, Obladi Oblada (instrumental), Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Help!.

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perhaps not what you are looking for but I adore Laurie Berker as does DH and DS We listen to it constantly in the car and while I do get a little tired of it, the songs are nice and it's really catchy (not mellow though). We have some other music for DS but he almost always wants to hear her songs.

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Another vote for They Might be Giants. I LOVE Here Come the ABCs and I don't even have kids (but yes, I have been exposed to it for hours on end and I still like it). The 123's and Science CDs/DVDs are cool too.

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I love the Garcia/Grisman kids cd but then again I love the dead so you know!

Is there anyone who doesn't do kids music. I am really not interested in it and would just as soon have DD listen to our music. I remember when I was little and would hang out with my cousins that their mom would only let them listen to kids music and even then I hated it!
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Is there anyone who doesn't do kids music. I am really not interested in it and would just as soon have DD listen to our music. I remember when I was little and would hang out with my cousins that their mom would only let them listen to kids music and even then I hated it!
I try to stay away from it. One reason I suggested Kids' Corner was because they play a lot of "real" music - TMBG, the Beatles, fun old stuff like "Monster Mash" and "The Addams' Family" and "Ghostbusters" along with the kids stuff.

My DS (17mo) loves punk music and Elton John. It's really cute to watch him headbang whenever the Ramones comes on or run to the piano and start banging on it whenever Elton John starts playing.

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Yup they are awesome, in fact they will be DS's first concert this weekend cause I love them but they happen to do kids stuff too. "No!!" is my favorite kids album, well before we had DS.

Right now though DS prefers punk and industrial haha!

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Our favs are Ralph's World and They Might Be Giants. But then, they love Johnny Cash (NOT his kid's album, awful) and Elvis. Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Yo La Tengo.

Really, there's so much great stuff I don't know why anyone settles for that Disney crap.

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As far as specific "kids" music, mine love Raffi. I wouldn't rock out to it on my own, but it doesn't bug me either. I haven't heard it but there's a Jack Johnson children's album. (maybe from the curious george movie?)
Ds loves Led Zepplin, dd is into my indy rock. I mostly listen to Sirius xmu and they like it. Also reggae, though that grates on my nerves after a while, it's fun for them to dance to.

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Google "Funky Monkeys." They're funny. Last time I checked they had a playlist available on their website so you could hear whole songs before getting a CD.

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I'm sorry, but where is this?

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The Nields "All Together Singing in the Kitchen" - current fave
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Dan Zanes
They Might Be Giants
The New Amsterdams did two kids albums, "If you ever see an owl" and "Jerzy the Giant"
The comp album "The Bottle Let Me Down"

All those are music for kids--but with real musicians, great song writing and styles. It's real music. Actually, a lot Dan Zanes and The Bottle are some traditional songs.

Good stuff. Check it out.
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Our kids music includes

Laurie Berkner Band
They Might be Giants (adult and kid stuff)
Raffi (more mellow, folk-y)
Beatles (again fairly mellow)
Bob Marley (pretty mellow)

our son also really likes the old Michael Jackson - like Off the Wall and Thriller albums. That and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters LOL

Bob Marley is a must have for bedtime though and always helps calm DS. He also enjoys DH's trance music and will go to sleep listening to that some times....there are a few that are women singing that are really incredible.
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