About a year ago we bought a new car.
The most exciting thing about this, apart from the obvious benefits of no longer driving a death trap, was that our new car has a CD player!
Yes folks, we had been delighting in the charms of a cassette player up until then.
When the cassette player died a few months before we sold the car we resorted to good old fashioned singing and conversation.
As you can imagine, we are delighted that we are now able to listen to music on long journeys.
Our kids CD collection is extensive.
People often bang on about how “there should be no such thing as children’s music” and “my kids listen to Pink Floyd, ACDC, whatever we want to listen to…” To a point I understand this and agree, but my kids ask questions ALL the time, and after having to explain genetic engineering one day, thanks to a Jamiroquai song, I began to really appreciate the benefits of kids music. Also, call me crazy but there is something a wee bit distasteful about a 3 year old singing “hey, sexy lady.”
While the girls enjoy listening to a wide variety of non-kiddie music: Jamiroquai, Tina Arena, Ella Fitzgerald, The KLF, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Oscar Peterson, George, ABBA…we all enjoy some great kids music.
Here are our favourite Kids CDs!
The Mighty Buzznicks: A local Melbourne band who ROCK! They sing songs about spiders, giant squid, stinky smells, nose bleeds and they do a rockin’ version of the ABC song.
The Gee Wizz Kids: Another Melbourne band who have more of a country feel. They sing songs about what happens on a farm, animals, a frog who likes to bark and they have a groovin’ cow called Moova who dances at their gigs. Check them out!
They Might Be Giants: Remember them from the 80s? I am guessing that they became parents at some stage and started writing songs for their children. Their CDs Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 1,2,3s and Here Comes Science are GOLD! Each CD deals with its particular subject matter in a humorous and highly entertaining fashion and the music is really smart and the styles are varied. Current favourite from Here Comes Science – the Blood Mobile, was used as a pass the parcel tune at a recent birthday!
Coco’s Lunch: Another Melbourne group! 5 women, A cappella, incredible harmonies and great songs like the Wally Wombat Shuffle, Rat Trap Snap, Baby in her Belly, Everybody Let’s Dance and Alien at my Table. Very sophisticated sounds, but very singable for kids and VERY enjoyable for adults.
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Including Tubby the Tuba, and the Mother Goose Suite as well as the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, this is a firm favourite.
Justine Clarke: Yes, from play school. Her music is fun, songs use a great variety of styles and are very singable. Songs about rainbows, swings, birthdays…
Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter: More Melbourne people. Their music is used a lot in schools, so they tick all the actual educational boxes, as well as having really singingable songs. My girls LOVE the “Biggest Band in all the Land” and we often get our music box (plastic tub of percussion instruments) out and play along. All these casual kind of rhythmic activities have really set Piano Girl and her little sister up for having great internal rhythm – which has really helped Piano Girl this year as she began piano lessons, and it’s also helped with ballet too. One of little sister’s favourites is G’Day My Friends from their Bop in the Bath CD. Highly recommended!
John Feireabend CDs. These ones are perfect for very young children. John has collected a huge range of traditional songs from across England.The singers on his CDs have gentle voices, percussion sounds are gentle and ideal for introducing the idea of singing rounds and call and response songs. The girls loved them when they were very little and they still like them now.
Dance Songs for Kids. You know your life has changed forever when you find yourself at 9pm on New Years Eve dancing the Hokey Pokey and the Macarena with a herd of under 5s. All is not lost though, this CD is actually really fun. Everything from the Boot Scootin’ Baby to the Chicken Dance, The Numbers Rhumba and the Nutbush, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and the Limbo Rock. A MUST HAVE in every collection for those impromptu dance party moments.
I’d love to hear if anyone else has any recommendations for great kids CDs.