Sunday, November 21, 2010

toddler jukebox

I asked M for an idea to blog about and she suggested I do a 5-day Thanksgiving countdown letting you all know what I'm most thankful for, and that I culminate the series with a post about her and how lucky I am to have her in my life.

So anyway, moving on. ;-)

M burned me a CD of E's top tracks and I thought I'd share his playlist with you. I already mentioned he loves the music on this album from M's childhood, so we started with tracks #1, 3, 4*, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 18 and 21, then added:
Jerk It Out - Caesars
My Sharona - The Knack (yup, I kept 'em)
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Sister Kate - The Ditty Bops
Give a Little Love - Ziggy Marley
The Sign - Ace of Base
Roy G. Biv - TMBG
The Vowel Family - TMBG (I loathe this song, but E adores it.)
I Love a Circus - Dan Crow
Green Grass Grew All Around - Pete Seeger
Be Kind to Your Parents - Pete Seeger
If I Had a Hammer - Pete Seeger (I got on a downloading roll one day...)
Get Up Up Up - Farmer Jason
A Spoonful of Sugar - Julie Andrews

These songs didn't make it onto this CD but will surely be on the next one:
Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
Two Mommies - Alistair Moock
Mr. Rock and Roll - Amy MacDonald
Imbuvu the Happiest Hippo - Ed Jordan
Holiday Road - Lindsay Buckingham
Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar
You are My Sunshine - Elizabeth Mitchell

He used to like Carbon Leaf and early Madonna as a baby but he hasn't listened to any in a while - mental note to get some back into rotation.

What songs/artists do your little ones like? Bonus points for music that won't make me want to take an ice pick to my ear drums. :-)

*This album was originally released in 1969 so there are a couple of songs that get skipped over as they don't quite mesh with our contemporary values. Those exceptions aside, I LOVE this album. The songs are musically diverse, creative and kid-friendly without being dumbed down. I'm really hard-pressed to pick a favorite as it seems to change week to week, but #4 is at the top of my list at the moment and you should check it out. It can be downloaded here or on iTunes, but be sure to get the Bernard Cribbins version. There are a lot of really awful remakes floating about.


Anonymous said...

Our boy is seriously hooked on Bob Marley. He loves Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, and now he's a recent fan of Van Morrison (the Moondance album). We think he might be a burgeoning stoner. Oops.

These are great lists, though! I'll have to steal some of these.

As for kids' music that doesn't prompt an icepick to the ear, have you listened to much Laurie Berkner? She's kind of the Ani Difranco of kids' music. Not bad, really. And Asheeba--he's from Trinidad, a cool singer/storyteller who turns kids' classics into these fabulous Carribbean-groove songs. Of course, there are the Putumayo "Playground" albums. My favorite is the African one, although the Hawaiian one is my next purchase. Yep, there's a lot more good stuff out there than I realized. I thought we were stuck with Raffi.

Strawberry said...

Miles loves the awful tinny-sounding music that toys make. Beyond that, he's really into 60's 'bubblegum' music, anything with a good, consistent beat. And sometimes he'll rock out to what I'm listening to, like the Gorillaz or the Bravery. It makes me smile when he likes 'my' music :)

Trinity said...

With regards to kids' music, it would seem that I am a big sucker for Dan Zanes. We took our niece to see him when she was 3, and I would always make an excuse to listen his stuff whenever we babysat her. :)

Inlocoparentis said...

Christopher likes Bette Midler. I know.