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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Music Music Music

We were visiting with our friends Fiona and Isabelle yesterday at the local community centre’s Indoor Playground. After all the toys were put away there was time for a singing circle. We sang Sleep Little Bunnies, The Hokey Pokey and If You’re Happy and You Know It. It was great to watch all the kids and the nannies who knew all the words and actions. Sleep Little Bunnies is VERY cute. It was way too much for J. though. She didn’t like all that communal singing action at all. She just clung on and whimpered. A clear sign that we need to get into some sort of music class I suppose. It isn’t that we don’t listen to music or sing. Hells no! We sing all the time (You think that between when the teenager was a baby and now that someone would have banned Baby Beluga – but no) and we listen to 3 cds over and over again. As a matter of fact, we love them so much we decided to share them with you. They are kids albums sure, but not really.

Yodellin Crazy was A#1 Pop Music in its day, yodeling just really appeals to my daughter, it appeals to both my daughters actually. It is mostly public domain stuff, not licensed, so download it and listen to it over and over without feeling guilty.

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Sho, Mo & The Monkey Bunch are a local Toronto crew and they rock. Listen to the sample and if you like what you hear download the album. But remember, these are local musician, not mega-stars. So if you like it, go to their web site and buy it. Like I said, it is a kids album, but the tunes are so catchy and there are so many neat references and musical jokes that anyone can listen and love it. Track two seems to be a love it or hate it number. J and I are in the Love It camp.

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Dan Zanes – Catch That Train! I had never heard of this guy, but he must be pretty popular. He has a show on the Disney channel, and a whack of Cds and DVDs. Sure this is a kids album, but it is wicked great. It pulls together all sorts of and kinds of music, with tons of guests (Nick Cave on a kids album!) It reminds me of one of Woody Guthrie’s kid’s albums, if Woody could sing in key and wasn’t playing solo. If you like it, buy it. You can get this one at any Starbucks or probably from his website.

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Now these albums are all posted to Rapidshare. If you don’t know what rapidshare is, just click on one of the link and you can figure it out. If you don’t have a premium account you can download one file an hour or so. Just follow the instructions and you will muddle through. I have also posted samples from each album so you can give a listen to decide if you want to take the time to download. I ripped them all at 160 in iTunes and then zipped them using stuffit. They should play fine on any computer.


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