The mixtape will just not go away, and that’s just fine by me. In this case, the beloved cassette of the days of yore now comes in form of a new MP3 player called the Mixxtape, courtesy of wildly popular Kickstarter campaign that blew away its funding goals faster than you can say don’t stop believin’. Order now and by the end of the year or so, you’ll be ready to start transferring your music library onto this sweet Bluetooth device that has a built-in LCD display and touch controls, a headphone jack, streaming capabilities, and an internal rechargeable...Read More
This nice fall weather is making me want to take our entertaining outside, so the kids can run around and play while the parents can sit on the porch with a mug of hot cider (or something stronger) and chat. But since it’s kind of sad to have the background music faintly drifting in from across the house — or worse, playing on our cell phones — it feels like the new must-have tech gadget in any home these days is some kind of portable Bluetooth speaker. Lately I’ve been using the SoundBlaster Roar 2 which offers huge sound, despite its small, portable size. Party saved. The SoundBlaster Roar 2...Read More
There’s a chill in the air this morning that lets me know that, without a doubt, fall is here. And since I know firsthand how hard it is to get kids out of bed on these colder, darker mornings, I’m recommending you follow my lead and download a song that will help get everyone moving — hopefully before they miss the school bus. Off of their most-excellent new album Rocksteady, Boston’s Josh and the Jamtones’ Tailfeather will have you all shaking it. Your tailfeather, that is. This is just under three minutes of pure energy that has a joyous revival feeling...Read More
How do superheros unwind after a long day of fighting crime? Well, according to this excellent power-pop song by Minneapolis’s The Bazillions, they form a rock band and hit the stage. Got a kid who loves superheroes? You need to play them Superhero Rock Band, a super-singable tune from The Bazillions’ new album On the Bright Side, about Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and other crime fighters using their super powers to make music that gets even their arch enemies singing along. Fear not, Hulk isn’t on vocals. Download a copy of The Bazillions Superhero Rock Band from our affiliate...Read More
You can laissez les bon temps roulez, or let the good times roll quite literally with Tandem Bike, a jazzy, New Orleans flavored number about riding a tandem bike with a good friend. This is one fun tune from singer-songwriter Jazzy Ash with a little help from CMP favorite Chris “Boom” Wiser of The Sugar Free Allstars. It’s a peppy song with horns, upright bass, and Jazzy Ash’s smooth vocals coupled with Chris’s soulful tone. This song starts off a pleasant clip and then really gets rolling as the pair speed things up. Download a copy and then see if your kids’ dance...Read More
When you’re setting the tone for bedtime, a lullaby or two can do the trick. . .that is, until the kids consider themselves too old for such sweetness. So even if they’re still heading off to slumberland with their favorite lovey, a couple of nightlights, and a few peeks under the bed to check for monsters, let them know how grown up you think they are by playing this too-cool new rapping lullaby by Play Date. Ninja Pajamas, off their brand-new release We All Shine, is mellow–but not too mellow–and perfect for bedtime as it sings about the power of a...Read More
Pluto may have gotten all the press last week, but tomorrow marks the 46th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin setting foot on the moon back in 1969. So in honor of National Moon Day–which, yes, is an actual unofficial holiday–we have a great tune to download about Earth’s own natural satellite. Danny Weinkauf’s rocking tune The Moon is Made of Cheese combines lyrics about the celebrated space walk back in ’69 with the amusing belief of kids everywhere that the moon is not rock and sand, but cheese. From his most-excellent debut album, No School Today, this song from the Grammy-award-winning composer and They Might Be...Read More
Later this week, my kids and I will gather around the television to watch the nail-biting action of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals. But before we start to marvel at the super kids who don’t get frazzled spelling words from autochthonous to zenaida , we’ve got a great tune to play by They Might Be Giants’ bandmate and Grammy-winning composer, Danny Weinkauf. Champion of the Spelling Bee, from Danny Weinkauf’s awesome debut kids’ album No School Today, features the vocals of his 11-year-old son, Kai Weinkauf, who sings of becoming the last speller standing at the end of the competition. It’s a rocking kids’ tune that...Read More
We are big fans of ladybugs here, especially when we find them outdoors eating the bugs in our garden and not all over our walls on a sunny day. So for this week’s music download of the week, we’re loving a new song from the eco-minded, collaborative effort Earthworm Ensemble that pays homage to the only bugs that have never made even the most squeamish kids freak out. Ladybug is an upbeat American folk song with terrific harmonies all united in singing about the wonders of those little red, yellow, orange, and gray ladybugs. Don’t be surprised if your kids ask to grow a few...Read More
From Vered‘s beautiful new album Hello My Baby, her song Thank You is just what we need to hear on this Mother’s Day. Because, even if our kids are too young to speak the words, we know just what they mean when they reach out their hands to hold ours. Even better, it’s a free song download today! Perfect little Mother’s Day treat — hopefully along with breakfast in bed, lots of kisses, and maybe a hand-scribbled card or a small gift picked just for you. Like Vered, we all certainly hope your Mother’s Day leaves you feeling loved and appreciated. If you need a reminder, play this sweet tune. It...Read More
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