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I know that sounds confusing but I am starting up a radio show and love some of the new great stuff that is coming out that is made for both children and parent alike. Songs like You are my Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchell or Greg Brown's Bathtub Blues C.D. I even like songs like "Perhaps" from the movie Strictly Ballroom or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow' from the Wizard of Oz.

I find much of the music made for kids to be kind of annoying and dumbed down. (Not all though) I think kids just like great music like the Beetles or Leon Redbone. So, any of you relate to what Im saying and if so, do you have more you can suggest? I know there has been thread similar to this one but Im having a hard time locating it.

I have a fondness for any sort of folk either new or old.

Thanks for your help!!!!!
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I am 35 and I love the "children's" CD Bright Spaces. I also like Peter, Paul and Mommy -- the live concert at the Litte Red Schoolhouse.
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I went and found this thread in my subs. There are some great suggestions in it.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=588387

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Check out Dan Zanes. Our whole family enjoys his band.

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Check out Dan Zanes. Our whole family enjoys his band.
i was going to suggest this too!!
other suggestions...johnny cash made a kids album (johnny cash children's album), jerry garcia and david grisman did a kids album (not for kids only, putnumyo kids albums are really great
have fun! i had a radio show in college and my co-host and i looked forward to it every week.
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They Might Be Giants has a kids' CD, "No!" But a lot (not all, though!) of their songs would be great for children too. They are DS's favorite band. He likes Dan Zanes and Devo too.
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Kenny Loggins "Return to Pooh Corner" is a huge hit at my house, not only do my kids love it but I do as well.

But if you ask my kids right now who is their favorite my 3yr old son will answer "The Fray" so they aren't exactly into the "kid type" music.
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PiePie, thanks for the suggestion of Bright Spaces. I never heard of this one before. I love that it supports children in crisis and the artist look fantastic too. Peter Paul and mommy will suit the show great but Im having a hard time find a link to your last suggestion.

Riverscout, I can't thank you enough for that link! Melove and S.S.sister, I just learned about Dan Zane. Where have I been? He has so any c.d.'s out!

We must be on the same wavelength sushinesister because I have your other suggestions already. Thanks for them regardless. Yes, running a show is so fun. My dh and I also did one before we had kids and also found it great fun. I can't wait to start one up again.
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They Might Be Giants has a kids' CD, "No!" But a lot (not all, though!) of their songs would be great for children too. They are DS's favorite band. He likes Dan Zanes and Devo too.
Good to know Corbinsmama. I never thought to check their other music. Devo? How cool.

ChristyH, I love "return to Pooh Corner" . See, there is some great made for kids music so I just need to weed out the good stuff. Thanks for the suggestion. If your kids love "the Fray" I will check them out! I get the feeling they are not folk.
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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!

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Have you heard any of the Beethoven's Wig cds? Classical music has funny lyrics put to it--it's unforgettable. We listen to them so much they're in my dreams at night. All ages enjoy this, maybe you would like it, too! Here's their website.

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I really like Justin Roberts-

http://www.justinroberts.org/home.php
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They might be giants and The Aquabats have some (not all) songs that would be ok for kids. My son loves Worms Make Dirt by The Aquabats. It's his favorite song.

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I really like Justin Roberts-

http://www.justinroberts.org/home.php
I second this one, I bought the Yellow Schoolbus CD for me, I love the Nightingale/Giraffe Song. We all enjoy the CD.

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Doh, my suggestions, Peter, Paul and Mommy and TMBG are taken. Beyond that I'm lost. My four-month-old does like Neil Diamond but then, that might be conditioning.

It's not that the stay-at-home-parent gets to stay home with the kids. The kids get to stay home with a parent. Lucky Mom to DD1 (4 y) and DD2 (18 mo), Wife to Mercenary Dad
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I was referring to Peter, Paul, and Mommy Too.
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Dan Zanes is always loved in our house. But, here are some other options: Sol Y Canto--El Doble De Amigos/Twice As Many Friends is a great latin cd. The songs are bilingual and very fun.
Buckwheat Zydeco--On Track is one of our favorites. You just want to get up & dance! "Cooking with Pierre" is especially great for adults & children.

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A great vintage favorite in our house right now is the Mary Poppins SOundtrack
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The Jellydots! It's a great indy group from Austin TX.
http://www.thejellydots.com/

I found them on this blog, which is has a wealth of knowledge

http://www.kidsmusicthatrocks.blogspot.com/
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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.
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Thanks so much guys. These are just so great. I really appreciate the suggestions. Mary Poppins, perfect! :
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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I'd recomment visiting smallages. It's a blog about this very thing.
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sophiesue2, Thank you so much. Lots of good music links on this site. Thanks again.
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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!
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