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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 www.musicforlittlepeople.com as well.
 

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we are HUGE fans of dan zanes & friends (www.danzanes.com)

funkier cd's include: the bottle let me down, mary had a little amp, music for kids 1 & 2.

putumayo puts out great cd's- we love their kids one (i think there may be more than 1- ours is yellow
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dd loved the clancy brothers & kids irish music & chants when she was a baby
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sandra boynton puts out really funny cd's- philadelphia chickens is a faux broadway musical- if your tast runs that way.

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
 

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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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I like 'Gather Round (Songs for kids and other folk)'. 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
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I just found it on Starbucks site, under the music part, in the 'more music' section, so it is still available.

I was 'gifted' with some Raffi, but I immediately 'regifted' it- I hear ya on the 'no Raffi' stance!
 

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I second Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes!

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... www.smartstartbaby.com

Don't forget regular classical music is good to play too! OK, that's just the violinist in me - but really it's good!
 

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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.

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.


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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.

We love Music Together. They have an online store at http://www.musictogether.com 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"
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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.

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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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