Archive for March, 2010

Beth’s Corner # 2

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Beth Blenz-Clucas

Cool Music for Kids

A World of Music with Kid-Friendly Lyrics

Spring 2010 – Pop Pop Pop for Kids – and More

You can’t underestimate the allure of pop hooks for kids. It’s the reason that Kidz Bop records consistently make Billboard’s top album lists. But I doubt parents are keen on hearing their tots learn the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s songs before they hit puberty. Do we want boys whose voices haven’t changed yet, singing “Poker Face” or, “I’m gonna chase you down until you love me,” as extolled by Lady Gaga on “Paparazzi?” (check out Christopher Healy’s astute review of this song, featured on Kidz Bop 17). As Jennifer Gish of the Albany Times-Union says, “I’m starting to think Top 40 radio is definitely off-limits in my car.”  Some aspects of KGOY are fine, but not this one.

Luckily, you and your kids don’t have to abandon the pop genre entirely just to avoid inappropriate lyrics. Enter bands like Debbie & Friends with their crisp and catchy tunes, and Justin Roberts, who will soon deliver a playground full of power pop tunes about iconic childhood experiences.

Don’t stop with pop. There’s a world of music out there with kid-friendly lyrics, whether you and your kids like rock, country, jazz or even string band style modern folk …

Everything’s coming up daisies

Ranky Tanky is generating rave responses all over. As Robbie Schaefer of Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live notes, “Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem avoid the cardinal sin of today’s adult-turned-kid/family artists: playing down to their audience. These are really good, well-performed songs, played by very talented musicians.”

Uncle Rock is about to celebrate the national release of The Big Picture, proving his thought-provoking lyrical skill and rockabilly influenced music. The Big Picture is a socially conscious salute to Uncle Rocks’ musical heroes, offering sonic nods to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, the Ramones, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Billy Idol. The humorous advice song, “Leave the Bees Be” is enjoying heavy rotation on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio.

If you like your funk played on a Hammond organ, complete with the funkiest drum kit ever to come out of Oklahoma City, be sure to check out The Sugar Free Allstars.

While the rock vibe will entertain even the most jaded parent, StarFish, a very fun group of dads from New Jersey, write lyrics that relate to important things in kids’ lives – treehouses, time outs, homework and parents who always say “No.”

Batter up! And Celebrate Earth Day

The aforementioned Uncle Rock offers a new song, “There Is No Away,” featuring the dreamy vocals of Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell, with lyrics to make us mindful of where our garbage goes. Earthworm Ensemble’s new self-titled CD has won national acclaim and tons of radio play nationwide. The song “That’s What the Earthworm’s For” is a great way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

A new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands… and More Stories to Celebrate the Environment, features seven animated stories and a guide for parents and kids with tips on how to live green.

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