Opinion Saturday: Good kids music

Some days people are just plain grumpy. (Yes, even at the sunny Owlhaven. Just because I don’t blog tons about it doesn’t mean we’re never cranky.) I’ve found that putting on some lively music can be a real mood lifter for everyone. This week I’d love for you all the share the music that puts the spring back in your step, and a smile on your children’s faces on those days when people need a lift.

Share your favorite artist or CD in comments, and tell me what you like about it. Either spiritual or secular is fine, any style as long as it’s family fare. And by all means, mention your favorites even if someone has already mentioned it. Multiple votes for one thing will make me more likely to consider buying it. You have until Wednesday evening to share your favorites. I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win an award and be my Very Interesting Person this week.

Hit me with your best music!

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  1. We love the Girl Authority CDs. They have a new CD out that I’ve picked up for an Easter basket present. The songs are fun (even for brother) and more appropriate than a lot of the kids’ music we have seen out there.
    We love to dance around and act silly. We all do “solos” and perform for each other too.
    On the site you can listen to a clip and decide before you buy. All the girls are their own unique selves and I like that about them.

    http://www.girlauthority.com

  2. Toby Mac’s new cd, “Portable Sounds”, all the way, Baby. There’s not a mood dark enough that “ignition” can’t pull us out of. It rocks hard, but sometimes that’s what we need.

  3. Just found a new contemporary christian artist (to me) named Aaron Shust, who sings “Matchless,” a song that re-visits the names of Jesus.
    Check him out at http://www.aaronshust.com/index.html. Part of the lyrics I love are

    Son of a Man, Great I am, King of heaven,
    son of god, you hold the measure of my days
    Holy Lamb, spotless Lamb, You are worthy, I am not
    Before Your throne I stand amazed

    Your name is matchless, Your name is priceless
    Your name means more than i could know
    You’re so far above me, the way that you love me
    goes further than any love could go

    Wonderful Counselor, Root of David, morning star
    you are the way, the truth, the life
    lion of the tribe of judah, Mighty god is who you are
    The only perfect sacrifice

  4. There is a great Canadian artist who writes lots of kids Christian music. This is not the sappy, moralistic fare that much of the Christian music becomes when it is written for kids, but deeply biblical songs that tell stories and have great theology.

    Jamie Soles is his name, and his website is http://www.solmusic.ca. We have Ascending and Memorials, which are both excellent, but he has many other discs you can buy from his website that are also good.

    And I’d like to “ditto” the Andrew Peterson “slugs, bugs, and lullabies” recommendation. It is really excellent.

  5. I love, love, love any Jack Johnson. And my son loves Laurie Berkner; she is his rock star. So, as long as it’s not “I’m Not Perfect” which makes this mom of a special needs kid bawl her eyes out. (I even sent her a fan email about how much I love that song.) That one I love, but it does not get me up and moving.

    We have found that some of the best high chair tray drumming happens when listening to the 70s & 80s music on my iTunes radio. As others have said, The Beach Boys are one of his faves, as are The Who (excellent rhythm practice, but lyrics not always ok), and Neil Diamond. I swear he will stop mid-bite when he hears Neil Diamond’s voice, point at the computer and laugh with pleasure before he goes back to breakfast. Sometimes he’ll do that for Gordon Lightfoot too. He’s got his dad’s taste in music.

  6. We love three CD’s by the children’s book author Sandra Boynton: Philadelphia Chickens and Dog Train are our favorites. They are hilarious and good musically too. A favorite is “I need a Nap” sung by Kate Winslet and Weird Al Yankovic. Also a beautiful lullaby by Alison Krauss is on the Dog Train CD.

    Also, I love your blog. We are thinking about adoption (have two children currently) and I have really been inspired by your story. I recently checked out There is No Me Without You from the library after first hearing about it on your blog. Thank you for sharing your life!

  7. I think that most everything I’m recommending has been mentioned already, but here goes. These are the ones that make the rounds in the CD player most often.

    Dan Zanes, Family Dance
    Jack Johnson, Curious George soundtrack
    tobyMac, Portable Sounds
    Superchic[k], Beauty from Pain
    Sandra Boynton, Rhinoceros Tap
    John Pizzarelli, Bossa Nova

    And, it’s not music, but my children adore any of the Jim Weiss story recordings.

  8. You already have a ton of suggestions, but I wanted to throw in my vote for best kids music CD:

    Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake: I love this CD. It is awesome because it is real, high-quality jazz music – not just kid-i-fied versions of great songs, or plain old kids music with a little syncopation thrown in to call it “jazz”. A compliation of classic performances by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and Louis Armstrong, this CD is the real deal. It is not just my favorite “kids” CD, but it is genuinely one of my favorite CD’s overall – great quality music, with a fun whimsical edge.

  9. I love the worship series for kids from Hillsong, great stuff!

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