Some favorite tunes

About a year ago, Amazon had a special deal: 100 kids songs for 99 cents. I thought, “how bad can they be?” and decided it was worth a buck to find out. The answer? very bad: dorky karaoke-esque background music accompanying a kid’s choir butchering classics like “Little Miss Muffet.” I knew there was better kid’s music out there, but it took recommendations from fellow parents and friends and a bit of luck to find it. Here are some of our favorites:

We discovered this catchy rendition of the ABC song thanks to our friend Corry.

We have CD’s of local rock star Big Jeff on repeat in the car. His style is reminiscent of everything from Ween or The Beatles (think “Strawberry Fields”) to ska and hard rock. Jax is a huge fan (and his parents are too).

Big Jeff I

Big Jeff II

This heart-breakingly sweet lullaby is by Renee and Jeremy, found via our friend Curran.

It’s a Big World

There are also some awesome CD’s that have been given to us:

Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wriggle and Shake (Thanks, Abby!)

French Playground (Thanks again, Abby!)

Down at the Sea Hotel (Thanks, Mom and Dad – and love that Lucy Kaplansky autographed it, too!)

They Might Be Giants has a bunch of kid stuff, too (Thanks for the recommendation, Andrea!):

So what about you? Do you have any kid or kid-friendly favorites?

4 thoughts on “Some favorite tunes

  1. We’ll have to check ou Big Jeff, thanks for the rec! We listen to Elizabeth Mitchell and Frances England almost daily around here. But really, I’ve sort of stopped buying kids music and Milo just listens to what I do. Sufjan Stevens, Beth Orton and Tegan and Sara are all big hits with him 🙂

  2. We love Frances England! We really like Ralph’s World and Justin Roberts as well. Finn also listens to our stuff, but he really loves his Music Together music class cd’s, which are tedious but bearable 🙂

  3. The little girl in the front is trying to do the tootsie roll to the “Orange” song.


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