Music

The day the music died…that’s what you’re probably thinking right? Pretty soon you’ll be cruising down the interstate with Jr. in tow, jamming out to some Wiggles or Barney. Please…resist the urge to swerve into the median (if not for you then at least for your child).
And take heart, because there’s something happening out there and it’s something wonderful. Talented musicians are actually starting to make good music for kids, and get this…unless you pay close attention to the lyrics chances are you might not even realize at first that you’re listening to kid rock (not to be confused with Kid Rock).

That’s right, it’s kiddie music that is also fun for adults. These bands are to music what the Muppet Show is to TV. For the kids, but enough things thrown in for the parents to make it tollerable…dare I say enjoyable.

In addition to the kiddie music, I may on occasion try to drop some opinions on cool new big pants people music as well.

kidsapalooza

January 9th, 2007 ·

Trend: Baby Rock

Musicians, labels and clubs are specializing on music and concerts for the youngsters of the “hip” generation.

Trend Description
Gone are the times where there was music for kids and music for adults. More and more parents in their 30s and 40s want to enjoy the music together with their kids. Labels and Musicians actually adapt real rock classics for child-friendly albums or compose some kind of cool and funny kid rock, which parents can enjoy over and over again. On top of that there are also concerts and events where little children and their caregivers can start enjoying their family rock career together.

Trend Impact:
Sesame Street and Baby Einstein might have started the idea of kid’s music as a social connection between parents and their kids, but now more and more labels, musicians and festival organizer are taking this idea a step further. The market for records and events that children and even babies can actually enjoy together with their adults is huge. Today’s busy parents want to spend a lot of quality time with their children, they sometimes feel more like the “big brothers or sister” who want to show the little ones, what they consider cool. First marketing-partnerships are made, an example being Dan Zanes and Starbucks. Read More

Don’t Bother with the Peanut Butter

Friday, January 5, 2007

I heard a story on NPR about a guy who reviews children’s music on his blog called zooglobble, and I have to say he’s pretty spot on with most of his picks (though he hasn’t had a post in awhile). I’ll try to showcase a different band or album as often as I think about it. My first recommendation is The Jellydots.

Here’s what Zooglobble had to say about the Jellydots:

This band will change your life.

Not to get all Natalie Portman on you, but like the Shins, the Austin-based band The Jellydots might just change a few families’ lives, or at least their opinions on what kids’ music can be.

I pick the Shins as a reference point deliberately because it was their skewed pop I kept thinking of while I listened to the Jellydots’ first nationally-distributed CD, Hey You Kids! The simple pop of the title track, a melding of delicate guitar work and percussion work sounds like the spare pop on the Shins’ Oh Inverted World! CD while “I’m Not Ugly (You’re Not Either)” has a propulsive melody and beat that sounds like “Fighting in a Sack” off Chutes Too Narrow.

Works for me!

2 thoughts on “Music

  1. If you’re looking for some good music that both you & your kids can enjoy, pick up any of the Dan Zanes cds. (Way back in the late 80’s, he was in a roots-rock band called the Del Fuegos.) It’s all very kid friendly stuff, basically old folks songs and some originals too. People like Roseanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright, Natalie Merchant & Nick Cave have guested on his cds. All good stuff. Good enought that you may find yourself listening to them without the kids around.

  2. I’ve heard this brand of music referred to as”kindie.” My two year- old daughter likes to dance but I haven’t felt the need to stock up on any child-focused music. She just picks out her own favourites from what’s on offer.

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