Nobody's mentioned You're Nice People, You Are
by NRBQ, so I have to plug it. I like it better and better the more I listen to it. (Haven't had it in the rotation recently, but it's really a fine album. We bought it long before we had a child.) It's just that it's by a great band, who play a lot of playful/childlike songs anyway, and they put together a pretty nice set of songs specifically for kids. Complete with their typical awesome musical chops. There are a couple of songs I didn't gravitate to in the beginning (way in the beginning, before we had a kid), and some that outright annoyed me. But Encyclopedia
has grown on me until I actually like it (I didn't like the synth or the feel, at first) and you can't deny that it's a great, gritty guitar solo. And I can always skip The Music Lesson
if I'm really not in the mood to take it, but it's not so bad and my daughter is just fine with it. The rest of the album is really strong, and I like that it's quality music FOR kids but from one of our favorite bands, and there's always more to appreciate in it. Truly.
Originally Posted by punchy
Yup, Woody Gutherie, Dan Zanes, and how about 'Not For Kids Only' by Gerry Garcia and David Grisman? There's also a great Leadbelly kids cd. I'll be sure to let you know when MY kids cd comes out, but in the meantime checkout my adult cd @ www.cdbaby.com/nicoledueck
Yes, the Leadbelly CD is very good: Leadbelly Sings for Children
. I got it from amazon. (I do wish it had his lovely little "Chicken" song....C-H-I-C-K-E-N. Oh, well...)
There are at least 3 Woody Guthrie releases for children that are available currently, but there's some overlap between two of them. (They include a lot of the same songs, but not necessarily the same recordings of those songs. And that's not a bad thing; I'm just making the point.) I can think of Songs to Grow On
, Nursery Days
, and Songs for Mother and Child
. Plus, there's a beautiful picture book of This Land Is Your Land
that comes with a CD of Woody singing that song, with some other songs, too. Arlo Guthrie produced and added backing tracks and sings on it with older recordings of his dad's voice. It's a nice piece (my daughter loves the book.)
punchy: Funny that you mention your plans to release a recording of kids' songs. That's on my to-do list, too! (I'm mostly still working on arrangements for the songs on my list. But it's happening!)
Other children's albums in that Leadbelly/Guthrie vein.... I know the OP mentioned having Garcia/Grisman. (I'm assuming you have Not For Kids Only.) There's also Pete Seeger. The one I know is Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes
, but there are more that he's done.
And you get more than 90 true children's songs on this double CD set
by Peggy & Mike Seeger. There's probably lots of stuff by various Seegers, now that I'm thinking about it.
I ordered some music with gift certificates at Christmas, and got the Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection. I think I'm saving it for my daughter's birthday, or whenever we need something new to listen to, whichever comes first. It would be a good sampler-type approach for classic children's songs from the folk tradition.
Peter Paul & Mary did a children's album (I've never heard it. It's called Peter, Paul & Mommy
.) A lot of their regular stuff could work for kids.
There's also Really Rosie
by Carole King.
Doc Watson has a very nice children's album: Doc Watson Sings Songs For Little Pickers
. Some of the songs are beautiful, and many are engaging and winsome, funny, folksy, good for kids. And it's Doc Watson, so it's a treat musically. The guitar playing is as stellar as you'd expect, and his voice is so warm.
Originally Posted by Joya
My daughter (20 months) loves Bob Marley--can't get enough of it. This morning when she woke up she sang, "little darling, stir it up".....and whenever we mention the word party, she sings, "it's a punky reggae party...tonight". By the way, thanks mammas for the above links and suggestions.
My husband picked a specific Marley best-of CD for me for my birthday last month (had to have "Three Little Birds," and the compilation he found had the beautiful live version of "No Woman, No Cry") and my daughter does enjoy it.
I am going to join with others who've recommended Elizabeth Mitchell, and her album You Are My Little Bird
includes a cover of the Marley song, "Three Little Birds." There's no denying the specialness of that song in its original form, though, and even my two-year-old gravitates to the Marley version having heard it, now. (She heard it first on the Mitchell CD.)
Originally Posted by fuzzypeach
Definitely check out Elizabeth Mitchell, her You Are My Little Bird album is just wonderful!
Her earlier albums, You Are My Flower
and You Are My Sunshine
are worth a look (and listen), too. And as several people have mentioned, she and Lisa Loeb did the Catch the Moon
board book and CD, together. The thing that bugs me about that one is the editing on Oh Susanna. Okay, they edit out "sun so hot, I froze to death" and make it "I froze myself." No mention of death. So why do they bother editing the next verse (the "I dreamed I saw Susanna, coming up the hill" verse.) It is supposed to be: "The buckwheat cake was in her mouth, the tear was in her eye. Says I, 'I'm comin' from the south, Susanna, don't you cry.'" They edit it to be: "Says I, 'I'm come to take you home, Susanna, don't you cry." What were they sparing us from with that edit (besides a rhyme)? Still, I like it, and so does my girl.
(For that matter, Mitchell's version of Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train" on You Are My Flower
pales in comparison to Jerry Garcia's reading of the same song on Not For Kids Only
. But at least it spares us from every reference to death by basically only using the chorus....I find it jarring, but it is what it is, I guess. There's a lot of good on that album, and I'm not knockin' it.)
Originally Posted by riverscout
Another vote for Elizabeth Mitchell's You Are My Little Bird. It is the absolute best kids album ever. Honeslty it is just beautiful, and I would listen to it even without kids.
Yep, it's that kind of music.
Originally Posted by AEZMama
I also don't keep ds listening to "kids" music. One of his favorite songs is "Handle with Care" by The Traveling Wilburys.
I've got another little Wilburys fan, here. (Well, we've got a house full of Wilburys fans, so she comes by it honestly.) My favorites are the contributions from George (like "Handle with Care"!)