One of the sweetest things you can share with your kids on the 14th, well, in my opinion, is this brand-new compilation album of kids’ music for Valentine’s Day called Heart Beats, featuring a whole bevy of artists whose music we’ve loved for years, from Laurie Berkner to TMBG’s Danny Weinkauf to the Verve Pipe. And unlike those candy hearts kids will eat by the handful, this treat is totally sugar-free and won’t leave everything they kids touch sticky. Kicking off with the sweetest little ukulele-backed tune, Little Bitta You, from quirky favorites Andrew & Polly, you’ll be sweeping up your...Read More
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With both my editors buried in winter storm Jonas and at least six inches outside my own suburban Boston window, it seems apt that today’s kids’ music download be one that sings of every school kids’ favorite day: A snow day. Snow Day by singer-songwriter Blue (a.k.a Williams James McAuley). has been one of my favorite winter anthems since I first heard it way back in ’99 on the obscure A Big Bang Holidang album. Since then, this joyful ode to a day off from school has been featured on the awesome kindie compilation For The Kids, and it is definitely one you’ll...Read More
We were all saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of David Bowie earlier this week whose voice so many of us group up listening to on the radio or on our favorite albums and cassette tapes. I know that many of us at Cool Mom Tech immediately turned on David Bowie’s music for our kids making sure they heard everything from Young Americans to Heroes. And, of course, we had to watch the hilariously goofy video for Dancing in the Street for a chuckle. Related: David Bowie, cassette deck memories, and me. | Thinking : Parent And while were were...Read More
Sundays are a great day to turn up the tunes and dance around the house. And to help ward off winter’s chill or maybe break up a long day indoors, our download of the week is a boogie-filled number called Rooms off the Grammy-nominated album Home by Tim Kubart. Starting off with a funky beat that reminds me of early 80’s dance tunes, Rooms tells of a joyful boy who is showing off his home to a new babysitter. Tim’s youthful voice, which your kids may recognize as the host of Sprout’s Sunny Side Up show, is backed by a chorus of voices...Read More
I’ve retired our collection of Christmas music for another year, but there’s one song that has been such a favorite wintery tune on my playlist for the past–gulp–25 years, that it will remain on heavy rotation until the first days of spring. Snow Days, by 90’s Minneapolis-based alternative rock band Trip Shakespeare, was not written as a kids’ song, but its message will appeal to kids who rejoice whenever snowflakes start to fall on a school day. And its sound will appeal to us grownups who loved the type of creative indie music made a couple of decades ago. Starting with gentle piano and quietly jingling bells, this...Read More
Free Christmas music for the kids: Santa Flying In Your Sleigh by Todd McHatton, our kids’ music download of the week
If your kids’ Christmas music playlist is already feeling worn out, we’ve got a great tune for you to check out, with the funky Santa Flying In Your Sleigh, by singer-songwriter Todd McHatton. And it’s free! The song contrasts a young child’s excitement over Santa’s upcoming visit against their increasing wonder about how, exactly, he gets it all done.Even the biggest believers can get caught up in the logistics, wondering how Santa can get toys to all the boys and girls in one incredibly busy night. And if your answers are falling short, then you’ll appreciate the lyrics as much as I do. I really like the sound of this...Read More
We know that not all of us can expect a white Christmas, but most Christmas songs are definitely written for those of us who open to the door and realize, baby, it’s cold outside. But now you Southern Californians have your own holiday anthem from Andrew & Polly that the rest of us can enjoy too while we search for the earmuffs, and shake our mitten-clad fists at your balmy December weather reports. In LA Christmas, the sweetly lush voices of Andrew & Polly are complemented by the super-funky vocals of Mista Cookie Jar as they sing about Christmas among palm trees, sand,...Read More
If you’re searching for some cool Hanukkah music for the kids beyond Adam Sandler (though hey, we love that song), check out one of our favorite bilingual tunes of the past few years, Choco-lalala by Mister G. It’s gone kosher with its remake as Challah-lalala. (Get it?) And we think this song is just perfect to kick off the start of Hanukkah once your kids have gotten tired of Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel. From his new album The Mitzvah Bus, Challah-lalala has such an upbeat and catchy chorus, it’s one your kids can sing around the menorah all week long. Maybe even longer. Happy Hanukkah! Download a copy of the cool Hanukkah...Read More
You may know Dasher and Dancer, but only a few of us grew up with knowledge of der Krampus the horned creature in German folklore who kept kids in line way better than some elf on a shelf could ever do. But since the Krampus is about to get his own movie, we suspect that a lot of kids will nervously be asking about this super-spooky creature who comes for the “naughty” kids at the holidays. You can reassure them that der Krampus isn’t going to bother them one bit with this great little song from one of our favorite...Read More
Kids’ Table free download for Thanksgiving, from members of Recess Monkey, The Harmonica Pocket, and Johnny Bregar
We like to joke about the poor kids who get stuck sitting over at the kids’ table on Thanksgiving when, really, they are all having a blast on their own without having to listen to all the boring grownups talk about boring grownup things. And that’s the spirit behind the super-fun song, Kids’ Table, by Kindiependent which is made up of members of kindie-favorite bands, Recess Monkey, The Harmonica Pocket, and Johnny Bregar. Starting off slowly, this song hits the gas and doesn’t slow down as it sings about joining family for Thanksgiving. Fast-picking banjo, lively guitar, and drums will get...Read More
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