Tag: Children’s Music

Ella Jenkins ‘123s and ABCs’ from Smithsonian Folkways {Children’s Music Review}



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Smithsonian Folkways distills the genius of America’s ‘First Lady of Children’s Music:’
Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs available January 28th

Ella Jenkin’s has quite the way with words, song, and grasping the attention of listeners. I know my three year old son has certainly enjoyed listening, learning, getting up and moving, and singing along with her latest album! There are a lot of great songs here and some are presented in English, Spanish, Swahili, and Yiddish.

On Ella’s album 123s and ABCs children are introduced as well as possibly reacquainted with some well and some not so well known (at least by me) songs featuring numbers and the alphabet. My son knew a few of these to begin with and after a few more times of playing the album, he’s caught on to the new to him songs. What makes this album really neat too is that Ella is also accompanied by children singing along on a variety of tracks! Continue reading

Music & Giveaway Review: HULLABALOO: Raise a Ruckus

TOP 10 BEST CHILDREN’S CDs OF 2010: “As good as it gets when it comes to children’s music.”
– Parents magazine

Hullabaloo is farm-fresh, free-range, organic kid-folk in a genre filled with musical Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. Don’t get us wrong (and please don’t sue us Hostess Foods Inc.), Twinkies and Ding-Dongs are great (in small doses). But, after a while, you need something with a little more substance—something that won’t induce an insulin coma.

Here at Hullabaloo World Headquarters, we like to say “We’re putting the music back in kid’s music!” because, until recently, it’s been a pretty sad state of affairs. A lot of parents raised on rock’n’roll have a hard time down-shifting to singing dinosaurs and hamsters and, frankly, we don’t blame them.

We’re proud to be part of a growing number of artists that have found a way to honor and entertain kids without making their parents want to jump out of a moving mini-van.

Steve’s a folksinger and a songwriter and Brendan is a long-time rock’n’roll drummer so, you’ll hear traces of twang, funk, rock, folk and blues in our songs. We play the time-tested favorites we all grew up with and we write songs that make kids laugh, think, sing, dance, clap and stomp their feet.

Our Thoughts…

Parents get ready because Hullabaloo’s CD Raise a Ruckus will be out on September 4th! This is a children’s music CD that you shouldn’t be without. The engaging lyrics found on the album and the rich tunes won’t send adults running for the hills. And that is something to be totally desired when it comes to music for your kids!

Raise a Ruckus has great rhythm from beginning to the end of this twelve songs album. I really enjoy each and everyone of the songs on this album! The first song on the cd is called “My Eyes” which talks about seeing everything the world has to show us and hitting the ground running so as not to miss any bit of it!

There are some pretty silly songs on the album like “Green Beans” for example. My four year old daughter giggled and kept asking to hear that song over and over again! My son seems to really like “Raise a Ruckus”, a song that will always get him dancing! I personally love the song “Trash is My Treasure” about a Seagull that is a dumpster diver. It’s a really cute song that you’ll just have to hear for yourself!

I really enjoy how the songs all seem to tell a story and prompt kids to really think about what they are hearing! The upbeat tempo always gets my whole family in a great mood! My only disappointment (because we love the album so much) is that we wish there more songs to enjoy but I guess we’ll just have to wait for the bands next album!

Run time of Hullabaloo: Raise a Ruckus is about half an hour long so it’s great for a short car ride or an at home fun music time. This album is best suggested for children ages 6 and under. And it’s one that we highly recommend, especially if you like folk/country music!

Buy it: You can purchase Raise A Ruckus online at Amazon.com and at other retailers.

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I’m excited to annouce that Ben Rudnick & Friends  will be releasing their tenth album on October 2, 2012! 

Love is a Superpower is Ben Rudnick & Friends at the very top of their game. The album blends the vivacious spontaneity and ebullient creativity of the band’s live shows with the intricately layered textures that are possible in a highly crafted studio recording. Add stellar contributions from guest artists like Antiguan master bassist M’talewa Thomas (Entrain, Greatful Dread), fiddler Kenny Kosek (James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson), trombonist Jon Garniss (Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops), trumpet player Rick Hammett (Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Temptations), and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) to the mix, and you have one remarkable CD with such sophisticated underpinning that repeat listening becomes an adventure.

Ben Rudnick & Friends take pleasure in introducing kids and families to music that reflects the many hues of our cultural fabric. On Love is a Superpower can be found music inspired by classic performances of ’70s soul and funk, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, T. Rex, and The Grateful Dead, paired with an intelligent retrospective of earlier, thoroughly American musical styles that include traditional bluegrass and country and a particularly authentic salute to Bob Wills style western swing. The result: kids and grownups listening, learning, singing, and dancing together, sharing a sense of community fun.

Notes Ben Rudnick, “It’s amazing to realize that families are strengthening their bonds while they enjoy our tunes. Our new album has a loose theme of ‘Love.’ What do I want to express? I wish people would love each other more, trust a bit more, have more confidence and self worth, be generally happy, take care of the world a bit better, get a little silly, and like western swing. In my twelfth year of making music for families, I feel incredibly fortunate to get to play as many shows for as many people as I do and to have been able to make recordings galore. I want to be sure to say the things I want to say while I have the chance. Love is a superpower! Love each other!”

Ben Rudnick & Friends have been joyfully laying down the sound track of families having fun together since 2000. The band’s previous albums include Live in Lexington: Under the Copper Beech (2011), It’s Santa Claus! (2010), A Frog Named Sam (2009), The Challenger Baseball Song and Other Hits (2007), Grace’s Bell (2007), Live at the Playground: WERS 88.9 FM Boston (2005), Blast Off! (2004), Fun and Games (2002), and Emily Songs (2000).

Our Thoughts…

We’ve been enjoying listening to Love is a Super Power lately. This album is super kid friendly and imaginative! What clearly drew me to the album right off was the fantastic album cover art! It’s rich with color and the Heart shape on the front is filled with all sorts shapes and designs! The back of the album cover art list the tracks with another heart with rays of light coming from it. The art on the outside and inside completely reflects the mood of this album which is that Love is super!

Now the real test was to see if my children were fans of the album, and I’m pleased to say that they are. My kids are ages 4 years old and 1 and a half pointed out that they like the songs Where are the Dragons?, My Horse, Here Comes the Sun, & Scribbling. The tracks are silly, fun, and do a great  job of reaching people of all ages.

There are fourteen tracks total and the CD is roughly around 45 minutes long. I enjoy the different sounds in each of the song with everything from bluegrass to rock! After listening to this album, I’m not surprised at all that Ben Rudnick & Friends  were crowned with six Parents’ Choice Awards! They’ve totally won us over with their latest project and I am sure many other parents and kids would agree with me that this is an awesome CD!

Be sure to pick up your copy in October of Love is a Super Power by Ben Rudnick and Friends. SRP: $14.95

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