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Looking for any "kids" music that I might find listenable as an adult- we listen to "regular" music, of course, but I'd like to find something a little more singable that we can listen to as part of bedtime routine, or driving, etc. No offense to anyone, but Raffi need not apply!
 

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I guess it depends on your musical taste. Raffi is fine with me, also Toddlers Sing and Bram, Lois and Jan. I guess I tolerate it because ds loves it so much. We have a really nice bedtime cd called Starry Night (it's a Windham Hill recording) that has Bobby McFerrin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, etc. on it, and a Music for Little People 25th anniversary cd with a bunch of different people on it (Michelle Shocked, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and yes, Raffi). The other favorite is called A Child's Garden of Songs, which is a collection of Robert Lewis Stevenson poems set to really great, eclectic music (artsy, celtic-y) that is fun to dance to and you learn some beautiful, valuable poems in the process. The voices on this one are wonderful- I think I might actually listen to it even if I didn't have children. We got it from <a href="http://www.musicforlittlepeople.com" target="_blank">www.musicforlittlepeople.com</a> as well.
 

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we love Laurie Berkner check out amazon for cds they are all decent each has a song or 2 that I could live without but my dd LOVES them she actually "sings" most of the songs and she isn't even 2 yet
 

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we are HUGE fans of dan zanes & friends (<a href="http://www.danzanes.com" target="_blank">www.danzanes.com</a>)<br><br>
funkier cd's include: the bottle let me down, mary had a little amp, music for kids 1 & 2.<br><br>
putumayo puts out great cd's- we love their kids one (i think there may be more than 1- ours is yellow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br>
dd loved the clancy brothers & kids irish music & chants when she was a baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:<br><br>
sandra boynton puts out really funny cd's- philadelphia chickens is a faux broadway musical- if your tast runs that way.<br><br>
dh likes ralph's world. laurie berkner is great in smaller doses. we have a ton of stuff in itunes ready to make a few greatest hits cd's but still haven't actually made the cd's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We really like Tom Chapin. Definitely still kids' music, but more variety in musical styles than Raffi. Lots of environmental stuff, and I like the way he thumbs his nose at some adult attitudes toward kids.
 

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They Might Be Giants has a great children's CD out.<br><br>
Also, Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell put out a children's CD that is very listenable.
 

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I like <span style="text-decoration:underline;">'Gather Round (Songs for kids and other folk)</span>'. It's put out by Starbletch (I mean Starbucks) and I just happened to hear it last year when I was in the airport getting coffee. It's got great kids songs done by a nice variety of artists. The biggest selling point for me was the fact it has 'free to be you and me'. How can any kid grow up without that?!!! Whoops, I might be dating myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .<br><br>
I just found it on Starbucks site, under the music part, in the 'more music' section, so it is still available.<br><br>
I was 'gifted' with some Raffi, but I immediately 'regifted' it- I hear ya on the 'no Raffi' stance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I second Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes!<br><br>
We also have a really cool CD with songs from different countries - exposes you kids to different types of music and lanuage - it's got some catchy beats -- we bought it from... <a href="http://www.smartstartbaby.com" target="_blank">www.smartstartbaby.com</a><br><br>
Don't forget regular classical music is good to play too! OK, that's just the violinist in me - but really it's good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I agree with the Putamayo rec's. We love their music and our 2 yo really likes the different instruments in all of the varieties of Putamayo out there.<br><br>
You might also ck into Music Together. We did classes and their summer music was nice and wasn't Raffi-esque which bothers me too. I don't know if you can buy their music w/o the classes or not but it might be worth a look. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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We like Putumayo Kids (especially African Playground) and Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton. We also listen to (and thinks our ds enjoys) Alpha Blondy (west African/French reggae).
 

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We love Music Together. They have an online store at <a href="http://www.musictogether.com" target="_blank">http://www.musictogether.com</a> I don't know if they bother selling the summer collections, though, because those are just collections of songs from the other sessions (kind of "Music Together's Greatest Hits" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).
 

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DD really likes the Sweet Honey in The Rock CD "Still the Same Me" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Jerry Garcia put out an album called "Not Just For Kids". Pete Seegar has a kids album too. We also love Peter, Paul, and Mommy. And Mary ( ahhh I just went blank on her name) She has a whole series of kids environmental and peace music. Mary Miche, that's it. My son loves "Chickens For Peace" and "Use a Word". Some of her stuff is pretty lame, like "Animal Crackers". I don't care much for that disk. But the others are great. I second the vote for Tom Chapin too.<br><br>
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lots of great recs...I just wanted to add that my library has most of the cd's mentioned. It's a great way to try them out & decide if I want to buy them.
 

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We have several kids' CDs I enjoy listening to: two Elizabeth Mitchell ones (You Are My Flower and You Are My Sunshine - listen to samples <a href="http://www.youaremyflower.org/home.html" target="_blank">here</a>) and one by Dan Zanes <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00006JYBG%2F104-8677509-3029533%3Fv%3Dglance" target="_blank">(Night Time)</a>.
 

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We love;<br><br>
Dan Zanes<br>
Ralph's World<br>
Putumayo<br>
Free to Be You and Me<br>
Really Rosie-Carole King<br><br>
And Taj Mahal has a kid's music cd too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I too am not down with Raffi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Banana Slug String Band is good<br><br>
I mostly just listen to the music I like: Grateful Dead and other classic folk and rock, and reggae.
 

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We LOVE LOVE LOVE Laurie Berkner, They Might Be Gaints (they have 2 out for kids...No! & Here come the ABCs), Peter, Paul & Mommy and Free to be Yo uand ME. Oh and School House Rock
 

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Anything will be horrible if your child gets stuck on the *one* song that has to be played again and again and again. So my recommendation is to use the extensive and excellent suggestions posted here and get your child interested in lots and lots of different songs.
 
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