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MUSIC REVIEW: Steve Weeks-Alphabet Songs Vol. 1

I recently received this one in the mail, sent to me by Steve to review. (I get a lot of children’s music cds free this way, but very few of them make it to my review list…I’m really picky, lol!) OH MY GOSH!!! This cd is FANTASTIC!! Steve is SOOOO creative with his songs…most of which are story-songs with a fantastic repeating chorus that encourages kiddos to join in. He uses alliteration in each song, helping to enforce the letter of the song. My husband even loves some of the songs on this cd, and he usually hates kid music, lol! Another thing I like about this cd is that each song is so very very different! There is so much variety in this cd and the songs are so catchy, I find myself singing the choruses even when they are not on…caught my husband singing “Fred the Fish” chorus to my daughter the other day…a big thing if you knew my husband! :) An additional benefit to these songs it that I think when my daughter is a little older, this might also help her learn the sounds of the letters! Anyway, I can’t wait to hear the rest of this series! Hope he publishes more soon!

Visit Steve’s website and hear clips of his songs!
Also, check out my reviews of Vol 2 and Vol 3.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Steve Weeks-Alphabet Songs Vol. 2

Another GREAT CD by Steve Weeks! Just as great as the first!! We listen to both all the time!! Can’t wait for the next one to complete our alphabet songs collection!

Visit Steve’s website and hear clips of his songs!
Also, check out my reviews of Vol 1 and Vol 3.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Steve Weeks-Alphabet Songs Vol 3

I’m excited to say that volume 3 of Steve Weeks’ alphabet songs collection is just as great as the other 2!! This cd really rounds off the collection nicely, and provides the rest of the alphabet…so now you can get all 3 cds and have fun songs to learn the entire alphabet with! I really cannot say enough about Steve’s music…the stories and music are just beyond awesome!!!

Visit Steve’s website and hear clips of his songs!
Also, check out my reviews of Vol 1 and 2.

To learn more about my philosophy on kids music and where I’m coming from, visit this page.




Alphabet Songs Volume III (Rabbit Run) is the third and final CD in the Alphabet Songs series Like the first two volumes, it dedicates a single song to each letter of the alphabet and covers the letters R through Z. The songs are upbeat, catchy, folk-based tunes about the things that are important to kids and their parents.BIOGRAPHYSinger/songwriter Steve Weeks was born in the rural countryside of the Carolinas. He spent his summers in the bucolic fields of.... Okay, it's me... Steve. Most musicians' bios seem to be written from some adoring, anonymous person, but it just feels kind of funny talking about yourself that way, so I thought I'd just reveal myself up front. Here's my bio:I actually was born and raised in the Carolinas. I spent my summers mostly playing around in the woods and in abandoned cotton fields. Occasionally in the mountains, occasionally at the beach.As young as I can remember, music was everywhere. It rang out in church. It was passed from person to person at the community bluegrass jams in the old abandoned one-room schoolhouse up the road. It breathed out of the furnace vents at night when someone in the house was plunking on our old upright piano. It was quietly hummed on the front porch swing, shouted out during long car trips, and whistled in the garden. I guess it's no wonder that I turned out to be a songwriter. I sang in the choir, played in the school band, and tinkered around with just about any instrument I could get my hands on. In college at the University of South Carolina, I started playing the guitar, mainly because I had no access to a piano and my roommate wouldn't have appreciated trumpet recitals. I played in a couple of bands, collaborated on various recording projects, and discovered the joy of writing songs.1 Rabbit Run 2 Someday 3 Take the Tinkertown Trolley 4 Up! 5 I Can't Play the Violin 6 William 7 Xavier Xerxes Xenophanes X 8 Yellowjacket 9 Zed and Zoey
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MUSIC REVIEW: Jennifer Gasoi-Songs for You

Oh my, I can’t believe I didn’t review this awesome cd yet! I’m SO sorry Jennifer! This is just a wonderful wonderful cd!! I received it for review from Jennifer and I just LOVE listening to it! Jennifer has a lovely voice and such fun songs! I especially love the song “L-L-Lemons” which even my 1yr old enjoys trying to sing! It only has the names of fruits in it but is such a catchy tune and easy to pick up that we all really enjoy singing along to it in the car! Well, of course, we sing along to all the songs…that one is just our favorite! :)  This cd doesn’t have a bad song on it! The entire thing keeps me and my kiddos be-bopping and singing along! Very well written, very well performed…YA GOTTA GET A COPY OF THIS! :)
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Since completing her debut album "Songs For You", Jennifer Gassoi has taken the world of children's music by storm. Vancouver born and raised, Jennifer is an accomplished jazz musician and songwriter. Gassoi's CD is receiving rave reviews from children, adults and media alike.
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MUSIC REVIEW: Wee Rock-Silly Sammy Sings

This is another cd I was sent for review…This one is really fun! Very well done, I think! My favorite is the “Bubbles” song…My daughter adores “Harry the Tickle Monster” and has asked for it over and over again. I am always pleasantly surprised when I really like a new cd like this because I get sooo many sent to me and only a few do I really like. But mark this one up there as a keeper! It’s really cute! Everyone should check it out! :)
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Wonderfully catchy pop songs for kids. Very Parent friendly!!
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MUSIC REVIEWS: Amy Lauren-Close Your Eyes

This is a piano lullaby cd that is just sooooooooo lovely! This was given to me for review and within the first 5 seconds I fell in love with its beauty. Its just very simply a cd full of lovely, soft piano music. No vocals, just piano. With over an hour of wonderfully quiet, soothing music, this is the perfect cd for putting your little ones to sleep! HIGHLY recommended for rest time music! :)
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MUSIC REVIEW:John Lithgow-Sunny Side of the Street

I recently received this cd for review from John’s marketing coordinator and I have to say WOW!! I was a fan of John’s before, so I already expected this to be good…but was just really impressed with how different this cd is compared to the other one I have, “Singing in the Bathtub.” (He has another cd as well, Farkle & Friends, that I haven’t yet heard, but I expect to be just as excellent as the other two.) I love the other cd, but it’s always refreshing to find an artist that has 2 very different sounding cds that are every bit as good as the other!

Most of the songs on this cd sound like they are right out of an old black & white movie. Something in the era of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers. And it seems that was his point. I really like my children to be exposed to a variety of kinds of musical genres and eras so this cd really very much pleased me in that sense! Not only that, but I hadn’t realized that I myself enjoyed this kind of music until now! After listening to this cd, I’ve decided to go in search of more music from this era, especially those famous crooners Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra (I was already a fan of theirs, I had simply forgotten, entrenched in kid music as I have been lately)…including getting some old black and white musicals.

The title song makes me dance in my seat (we usually listen in the car) and feel like life is a-ok…Same with “Pick Yourself Up.” My daughter can’t listen to “The Laughing Policeman” enough times (it makes us laugh!)  and “Getting to Know You” makes me have fond memories of watching “The King and I” as a child…and make a mental note to check it out from the library soon to show my daughter! (We’ll fast forward some parts that wouldn’t be appropriate for a 5year old…)

There are some other songs on this cd that sound more like the kids music on Singing in the Bathtub (and just as good!), but most of the songs are big band style music made to appeal to modern children…altering some of the lyrics to be appropriate to children…very very neat!

I HIGHLY recommend this cd! There’s a feel to it that I have yet to find in any other kids cd…check it out! And while you’re at it……get [intlink id="1253"

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Star of stage and screen, John Lithgow is back with his Razor & Tie debut and third children's album - The Sunny Side Of The Street, featuring versions of classic songs from The Great American Songbook, with decidedly animated performances for children. A major player in children's entertainment, Lithgow is also the best-selling author of six picture books, a series of activity kits and software titles for kids.
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MUSIC REVIEW: John Lithgow-Singing in the Bathtub

I’ve been a huge fan of John Lithgow’s since I stumbled upon this cd at the library a couple years ago…I had no idea he did kids music. Yes, that’s the goofy guy from the TV show “Third Rock From the Sun”, and further back–the preacher father on “Footloose”….and so much more I can’t name them all.

With the exception of one song (“Triplets”, which I find a little disturbing…) I adore every song on this cd! I am particularly fond of “No One Loves You Any Better Than Your M-O-Double-M-Y” (which I just call “The Mommy Dance”)…this song is so sweet and fun it sometimes makes me tear up when I sing/dance to it with my children…I used to use it as a closing circle song awhile back when I did a Mommy & Me class in my home…I had the mommies dance to it with their babies…so fun!

The Hippopotamous Song and Ya Gotta Have Skin make me just laugh out loud…and the Gnu Song (Ga-noo)…I really can’t pick a favorite…they’re all so fun…and fun to share with children! The cd is well worth buying!

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MUSIC REVIEW: Darrell House–Makes Me Feel Like Singing

Darrell sent me both his cds to review and there is just something about his voice that I really like! There’s a warm, loving feel to it. He reminds me of Burl Ives…that warm friendly feeling, ya know? Its a deep, gravely, fun voice…and he sings his songs in a way that I can tell he’s smiling while he’s singing. I really enjoy listening to his music! On this cd I really like the songs “Pic-a-Nic”, “Skootelyottelydoodeleywoo” best.

Also check out Darrell’s ADORABLE children’s book!!! I have a copy of that too and we LOVE it!! SOOO cute!!!  Miller the Green Caterpillar. Read my review here.

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Makes Me Feel Like Singing (Audio CD)

By (author): Darrell House

A CD with new and original songs for children. Filled with songs ranging from frivolous to serious - but all guaranteed to entertain children - and many adults.
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MUSIC REVIEW: Darrell House-Underneath the Cushions of the Couch

Another great cd by Darrell! My 5yr old really loves the title song to this album, and also “Hugn’Snuggle” since she has a stuffed monkey that is her favorite. :)  I really like the folksy feel of Darrell’s songs…As I listen to “Let’s Get Back to Nature”, I can picture him on stage with the rest of the Folk singers on a recent folk music special I saw on pbs. :)  Good song! Other favorites of mine are “When I Close my Eyes” and of course “Ice Cream for Lunch.”  This is another great album by a fun children’s musician! I recommend checking it out!

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