Ah! I love the sound of fresh music in the morning. And the afternoon and evening. I had the pleasure of checking out three great artists in the past few weeks and I am truly loving them all! Each bring a totally different feel and vibe. For fun, I’ve matched up the albums with the times that I think they are best enjoyed throughout the day with your kiddos!
For the morning: What a Zoo! from Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights. First of all, can you get a cuter name? This charming album just makes me smile. And who doesn’t want to start their day with a smile? Joanie provides a great mix of hilarious originals and fresh takes on old classics. She glides effortlessly through different genres with a strong but accessible voice. One of my favorites has got to be “Tofurky” which explores the glories of the tofu turkey that vegetarians opt for on Thanksgiving. Hilarious. Also, her hip-hop infused jazz rendition of “Froggie Went A Courtin’” (yes, you read that correctly) is pure genius. It is no surprise that Joanie has received accolades from the Washington Post and Parent’s Choice Award for her work. If you are lucky enough to be in the NY area, check out Joanie’s CD release show on April 10th.
For the afternoon: All I Want! from Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals creator, David Weinstone. Let’s pick things up a little and rock out after lunch, eh? Praised by Entertainment Weekly, Time magazine, and the New York Times, this Nick Jr artist may be funny but he is no joke. His strong vocals and awesome guitar skills are as appealing to adults as they are to kids. Whether he’s talking about how he’ll clean up his dream puppy’s “stinky poo,” or wailing away in the title track, Weinstone brings great energy and life to his songs. He doesn’t talk down to kids, literally or musically, which is really refreshing. I will say that you have to be in the mood for a little rock and roll for this album. It is not background music! But this goes along with Weinstone’s point – all your kids really want to is be with you. So stop multi-tasking and have a dance party already.
For the evening: Infinity Sock from Gustafer Yellowgold. This mellow, but by no means sleepy, album will round out your day with a touch of sophisticated absurdity. Creator, Morgan Taylor, reminds me so much of a kid-friendly Ben Folds. His easy voice and pleasing harmonies make you forget you’re listening to children’s music. In fact, it’s really no wonder that Gustafer Yellowgold has opened for the hit band, Wilco. To explain the funky name to those who are not familiar: Gustafer is a little, yellow cone-head who has come from the Sun to visit Earth. In this installment (the 4 album/DVD set), Gustafer has landed in Minnesota (of course) and is exploring his new world. In this album, the little guy is searching for the end of a seemingly never-ending sock. Ridiculous, yes. Enjoyable, absolutely. In fact, I have a challenge for you. Add Infinity Sock to your regular playlists and see if you even realize you’re bopping along to alien kids’ music about a sock.
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