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My 3 and a half year old really likes his Raffi Down By The Bay and Toddlers Sing. We have a Weesing but I find it to be annoying. My personal favorite is The White Album which is done with a jazz type piano and soft vocals, it's really nice and easy to listen too, great for winding down. I am looking for recommendations outside of the mainstream Barney and Elmo stuff. We also liked Kindermusik cds but have only the ones for younger kids. My ds doesn't like any of the rock albums they try to gear to kids either, he says, "that's Daddy music, I want kids music."
 

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My friend gave me a cd called "Still the Same Me" by a group called Sweet Honey on the Rock (I think that's right?) Check it out. it is a lot of fun.
 

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I love Raffi too, and another Canadian group called Sharon, Lois & Bram. Don't know if they're still going - we had their records when I was little (early 70's).<br><br>
DS (2 yrs old) loves classical music of all kinds. But his latest favourite? Miles Davis "Kind of Blue", which is kind of a surprise, since dh & I are not jazz fans, per se. It is a great album though.<br><br>
The other favourites around here for ds and parent alike are the Putamayo World Music CDs. We have the Christmas CD, and the collections from Africa and Brazil, and we love all of them.
 

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siddie,<br><br>
Let me introduce you to ..... Dan Zanes. His music is cool, funky and folksy! Here is his website:<br><br><a href="http://www.festivalfive.com/pages/home.php" target="_blank">http://www.festivalfive.com/pages/home.php</a><br><br>
~Laura
 

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YEA!!! Dan Zane and Friends! We LOVE the Nighttime! CD---I listen to it all the time, even when the kids aren't around.<br><br>
Another GREAT CD, especially for the younger crew, is called "Alphabet Parade" I think the woman who put it out is called Melanie Snowden. Or Melanie Dill. Anyhow, real musicians, a mix of traditional and new songs, well done. Very tolerable! No fake Disney voices!<br><br>
For the older kids, we also like "Keltic Kids" by Larry Kirwin. My girls love that one, too.<br><br>
But Dan Zane is our favorite, definately!<br><br>
Lori
 

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we love Dan Zanes too. my dd (3 1/2) also really likes the <i>they might be giants</i> cd NO. I also have to add that <a href="http://www.musicforaardvarks.com/cgi-bin/music/cds.html" target="_blank">music for aardvarks</a> is great too. it's a class we take, but it's cool kids music-with songs about playdates, bagels and taking the taxi.
 

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Ella Jenkins for sure!
 

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personally, I like raffi the best. I have heard that the man( John something from third rock from the sun) made a kids album which I would love to ear.<br><br>
As long as I don't hav to hear Barney, I can tough out just about anything.
 

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My ds really enjoys Veggietales music and starting to sing along now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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So I went to Dan Zanes website to check him out. What fun!<br><br>
So which CD would you all recommend for a 3 1/2 year old?<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
Golden
 

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"For the Kids" -Various Artists (Cake, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, etc)<br><br>
"NO" They might be Giants<br><br>
"Choo choo Boogaloo" Buckwheat Zydeco<br><br>
"Daddy O' Daddy" Various artists (Billy Bragg, Tom Waits...) sing family songs of Woody Guthrie<br><br>
"This land is your land" Arlo & Woody Guthrie<br><br>
"Philadelphia Chickens" This CD came with a Sandra Boynton book of the same title<br><br>
"At the Bottom of the Sea" Ralph's World<br><br>
We spent a lot of time in the car this summer and these were our best friends! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We also love rabbit ears CD story books. Great tales- awesome background music.
 

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Always love a new thread to post this on ...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
"Not for Kids Only," by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. The kids love it, and so do we. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh, and we do love Raffi, too ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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"For Our Children" Volume I with Little Richard singing "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and Springsteen doing "Chicken Lips/Lizard Hips". It's the one cd no child should grow up without!
 

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We have many of the albums mentioned above, but nobody has mentioned our favorite yet...<br><br>
Laurie Berkner!!!<br><br>
We have her "Victor Vito" album and it is just so much fun! She just writes these great lyrics that kids can relate to. Every kid who has ever listened to her in my car has asked their mom to get it for them. I keep looking for her other album but I can never find it - gotta check amazon I guess...
 

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I want to second <b>Ella Jenkins</b>! - Rhythms of Childhood is our fav and also <b>Peter Paul and Mommy</b> (no kidding but it is peter paul and mary). Great thread we love music and are always looking for different artists - will have to check out Dan Zanes as he comes so highly recommended.
 

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I don't have my little one yet, but I can tell you what kids music _I_ listen to!! (My shameful secret....)<br><br>
I am also a huge fan of Sandra Boyington (sp?)'s Philadelphia Chicken. Man, that album gets me laughin' and dancin' -- I totally love it. I have a friend who teaches music and her kids love it, too.<br><br>
I admit to still listening a LOT to Marlo Thomas' Free to Be... You and Me. Am also fond of "Free to Be... a Family" though I don't think it's quite as much fun.<br><br>
We love They Might Be Giants for thier silly lyrics, and we have their kids' album as well.<br><br>
I have Donovan's children's album which is fun, but not the greatest.<br><br>
A great album for kids, I think, is the Broadway original cast album of. <i>You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown</i> and <i>Snoopy</i> There's also a compilation of good-for-kids songs from Broadway shows called <i>A Child's Celebration of Broadway</i> that has fun things like "Lonely Goatherd" from Sound of Music, "76 Trombones" from Music Man and the like.<br><br>
(I was terribly into show music as a kid and wore my Music Man, Sound of Music, and Carnival records into the ground. With my luck, my kid will love Alvin and the Chipmunks. :puke )
 

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As a little kid, I was really into The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Mammas & The Pappas. Hippie music, I guess. :LOL I also really liked Billy Joel and The Police. I still like all that stuff, but I remember thinking when I was 6 years old (in 1984) that music had totally peaked sometime in 1968. :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
Eli is particularly fond of Vivaldi (The Four Seasons) and Tori Amos (but not everything; he really likes most of Little Earthquakes but will scream bloody murder if I try to listen to Choirgirl). I've gotten some kids music out of the library, and he likes some of it but seems to prefer recorded books and my music. I like to expose him to different kinds of things to see what he's into. It's fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I will say, though, that I took a Baby Mozart disc out of the library and made dh take it back that same day. They took some really beautiful music and turned it into <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">uke. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My 3.5 yr old grew out of Raffi at about 2. We are big into kiddie music. He (we) love:<br><br><b>Dan Crow</b> Live 2 CD album - he's very silly. He plays with 2 other musicians, one (Fred Sokolow) plays slide guitar. It's so funny, since DC introduces them (and DS has it memorized) he knows *** who *** Fred Sokolow is. We went to a local Fiddle & Folk Festival and Fred was playing there. So that's how DS got introduced to the slide guitar (there were stands where you could try to play them) and we couldn't pull him away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Same thing when we went to <b>New Orleans Jazz Fest</b>. He wanted to stay in the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guitar.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guitar"> Fender guitar booth strumming the guitars. Who wouldn't?<br><a href="http://www.dancrow.com/" target="_blank">http://www.dancrow.com/</a><br><br><b>Ralph's World</b> "At the Bottom of the Sea" & "Ralph's World"<br><a href="http://www.ralphsworld.com" target="_blank">http://www.ralphsworld.com</a><br><br><b>Greg & Steve</b> (perfect for kids 3 and up, a lot of emphasis on getting up and movin')<br>
"Playing Favorites", "Kids in Action" (great version of "going on a bear hunt"), "Fun & Games"<br><a href="http://www.gregandsteve.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gregandsteve.com/</a><br><br><b>Billy Jonas</b> "What kind of Cat are You?"<br><a href="http://www.billyjonas.com" target="_blank">http://www.billyjonas.com</a><br><br><b>Joanie Bartels</b> "Sillytime Magic" (go to Amazon to see song list and reviews.)<br><a href="http://www.joaniebartels.com/" target="_blank">http://www.joaniebartels.com/</a><br><br><b>Bev Bos</b> She's an early childhood educator (she runs a preschool) and her songs and very simple and sweet. It's like a grandmother sitting doing clever, original, nursery rhymes with you. There are lots of kids (older) singing along in the songs and kids like to hear that. We have "Hand in Hand", "We've Been Waiting for You", "Thumbprints, Too", "I have a Box."<br><a href="http://www.turnthepage.com/" target="_blank">http://www.turnthepage.com/</a><br><br>
I take him to see a lot of live Children's musicians in my area. It's the best. Dan Crow, Bev Bos and Greg & Steve are AWESOME. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Especially Greg and Steve. We just saw <b>Barney Saltzberg</b>. He was good live, but his CD "Where or where is my underwear?" (IMHO) tanks. DS likes it though.<br><br>
And since I want my son to learn Spanish, we listen to <b>Jose Luis Orozco</b> "Diez Deditos" & "De Colores" My son has most of these songs memorized!!!! Traditional Spanish lullabies, nursery songs and English songs in Spanish, like the Itsy, Bitsy Spider. Very cute!<br><a href="http://www.joseluisorozco.com/" target="_blank">http://www.joseluisorozco.com/</a><br><br>
BTW, we hated the Philadelphia Chickens album. To each his own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Can't wait to try Dan Zanes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Popular music? DS likes <b>Sly and the Family Stone</b>, <b>Beyonce Knowles</b>, :LOL <b>The Stones</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jammin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jammin"> (great to bang his drums with), <b>J. Lo</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: DH puts that on... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 
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