Mad Music Weekend - Sweet New Tunes!

Happy weekend! We’ve been listening to all kinds of cool new music in the KID independent household over the past month or so and I’ve decided that it’s about time I shared a few new tracks with you, our virtual family! So, pump up those speakers, slide on in to your favourite dancin’ pants, and enjoy our Mad Music Weekend.

Mad Music Weekend, Children's Songs

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D is for Django by Django Jones
Reviewed by local mum, Meghan Lawson

Formed from three members of the band Girlyman after they disbanded last year to bring music to children and families; Doris Muramatsu, JJ Jones and Nate Borofsky make up the band producing a sense of fun with beautiful harmonies and catchy tunes.

While I wasn’t too sure of this one upon first listening, my mind was soon changed. After a road trip with the CD on repeat at the request of my 8 and 5 year old, the inspired and catchy tunes became favourites and we now often break into the songs.

There are intro’s to most songs by the band member along with Django the dog. The tracks vary from energetic tunes to softer songs which, as they explain, is for parents to use to calm their children down to drift off to sleep (which my girls do).

There are educational songs in there about the body (Bones) self empowerment (Smallest Breed) and food related (POP). Our favourites were counterpoint – which explains this musical term in a lovely harmonic way (this one reminded me of They Might Be Giants) and smallest breed which shows that being different isn’t a negative.

>> Buy the album here!

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Count Me In by The Little Rockers Band
Reviewed by local mum, Meghan Lawson

This album came about after Chris and Jessie Apple started Little Rockers – cool kids music classes in New Jersey. I loved this CD! First and foremost a rock album, the songs are great to listen to for both adults and children alike. They also move into genre’s such as rockabilly and country. Songs that children will particularly like are those such as ‘Me and My Dog’ and ‘In the Bathtub’ and adults will love ‘Old Mick Jagger’ (one of my favourites) their own take on Old McDonald has a farm.

>> Buy the album here.

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In a Heartbeat by Laura Doherty
Reviewed by local mum, Meghan Lawson

This is Laura Doherty’s third children’s CD featuring guest artist Glenn Kotche of Wilco. Laura’s first two received a gold and silver Parent’ Choice awards. Laura takes her inspiration from the rolling hills of Hudson Valley as well as Chicago’s vibrant, urban energy.

Laura has folk-pop roots and this album has a great folk music feel and is very easy to listen to and to sing along. There were several favourites from this album such as Bicycle and Heartbeat as well as the great self empowering It’s Okay to be Shy.

>> Buy the album here.

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