New Kindie Music Roundup and a Big CD Giveaway!

One of the best perks of writing this blog is that I get to preview so much amazing music for kids!  In my efforts to expose the Little Bean to as much music as possible over the last two and a half years, I have become acquainted with the world of “kindie music” — independent music for kids that is being creatively, intelligently and lovingly created outside of the studio system (ie. Nickelodeon and Disney) around the country.  According to my kindie rock friend Ashley from The Jimmies, kindie music is more of an organic, grassroots approach to childrens’ entertainment that results in much more creative music because the music makers aren’t bogged down by research and development teams and ad execs. Love it! And from what I’ve listened to, the variety of music out there is just as expansive for our kids as it is for grown-ups!

I’m so happy to pass on four more cool CDs for kids to you–each one as unique as the artists who made it.  And stay tuned, there’s a chance for you to win these four wonderful offerings at the end of the post!

Since I Gave My Heart Away by Meg BoscovSince I Gave My Heart Away by Meg Boscov – Meg Boscov’s whimsical cd mingles the world of Winnie the Pooh with sweet standards to create a delightful musical experience. Full of fancy, “Since I Gave My Heart Away” has a playful buoyancy perfect for a sunny Spring day.  Whereas many of the kids CDs I’ve heard so far mix folk and rock sounds for the short set, this album has more of a light classical sound.  Many of the lyrics come from A.A. Milne, and they have the sense of wonder and mystery in growing up that we all remember from the Hundred Acre Wood.  “Since I Gave My Heart Away” will add wonderful variety and depth to your kindie music mix.

The Flannery Brothers Music for KidsWake Up Songs by the Flannery Brothers – I became a fan of the adorably nerdy brothers from Maine after listening to their debut CD, “Love Songs for Silly Things.” Their latest offering, “Wake Up Songs” is a fantastic counterpoint to all those lullaby CDs in your collection. If you’re anything like me, when your toddler wakes you up at an ungodly hour, you fill their bowl with chocolate cheerios and plunk them in front of “Sesame Street” while you sneak another hour of sleep on the couch.  I guarantee you that “Wake Up Songs” will have you whistling while you cook up fair trade coffee and whole wheat pancakes for you and your wee one. Well, maybe not really…but it sure will put a smile on your face as you pop that frozen waffle in the toaster.   I said it before and I’ll say it again, the Flannery Brothers remember what it’s like to be a kid. From fascination with the “blue sky moon” to loving to ride your bike, they have a handle on what kids find fun.

I'm a Rockstar by Joanie LeedsI’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – This is a CD with a sense of humor and I love it.  The Little Bean decided she wanted to be a rock star after listening to the title track, and when it comes on, she grabs the first thing she can find (even, on occasion, a magic marker) and turns it into a guitar. And, “More Cowbell,” inspired by the SNL skit starring Christopher Walken, is genius.  “I’m a Rock Star” has charm and chutzpah and makes me smile.  Cool bonus — in the CD insert, after each set of song lyrics is a little suggestion for parents and teachers for additional activities or discussion inspired by the song. Very nice.

Mama Mac CD for KidsMama Mac by Mama MacMama Mac is the most recent addition to our music library, and I gotta say she’s perfect for rainy day indoor dance parties.  I love that the name Mama Mac comes from lead singer Amy Elkins’ volunteer role as the purveyor of Mac and Cheese to her childrens’ preschool. The songs are eclectic and cheerful and incredibly singable.  The Little Bean is a big fan of the opening track “Bongo Baby” and has taken to calling the entire album the “bongo CD.”  The second track is a sweet and really practical song called “Bye Bye Boo Boo” that teaches kids to make a butterfly with their hands and send boo boos flying when they come around. And “Family” (lyrics: “I love my family. I love my fam-i-ly….”) is the Bean’s new anthem. Mama Mac’s songs are active, encourage creative movement and will be a hit for boys and girls alike.  Just a neat assortment of tunes from a woman who was a Lilith Fair finalist.

You can buy each of these CDs at the links provided above, but one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win all four!  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the March Kindie Music Roundup Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Leave a comment on this post sharing a favorite song you listened to as a child!  That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of seven entries per person.

  • Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway  just cut and paste): I just entered the @BabiesGottaHavT Spring Kindie Music Roundup Giveaway.
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  • Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart

Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Tuesday March 16th and ends on Tuesday March 30th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Wednesday April 1st, will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Disclosure: These artists provided me with review copies of their CDs and copies for the giveaway winners.  I was not compensated monetarily, and all views and opinions with regard to the product or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.

Update! We have a winner! says “ 28″. Congratulations Mary Beth I!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!


39 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Ellen C. said,

    March 17, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    I use to love singing old lady mac mac. Thanks for the chance.

  2. 2

    KATIE KLEIN said,

    March 17, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    I loved to sing the Kukabura song about sitting in a gum tree. I couldn’t get enough of it and drove everyong crazy.

  3. 3

    KATIE KLEIN said,

    March 17, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    I’m a facebook fan.

  4. 4

    Tina McNew said,

    March 20, 2010 @ 12:32 am

    I always sang an old southern lullaby that my grandmother sang to me when I was little. I now sing it to my child.

  5. 5

    Marci J said,

    March 20, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    So neat! My nephews would love these. One of my favorite songs as a child was “When Your Happy and You Know It.” Sunday school favorite.

  6. 6

    Mary L said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    I loved to listen to my Grandmother sing “Two Little Girls in Blue.” Now I sing it to my grandkids.

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    lisa said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Wheels on the bus was always my favorite!

  8. 8

    Emily Irwin said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    i liked row row row your boat

  9. 9

    Janel C said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    My fav song was from Anastasia – “At the beginning”

  10. 10

    Shannon said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    As a kid we listened to the Wee Sing tapes. All. The. Time. I don’t know how my mom stayed sane. :)

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    Marissa said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    When I was younger, I always sang the songs from the musical “Les Miserables” not knowing what all the lyrics meant until I was older. It was the only music my mom would allow played in the car while she was driving.

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    Michelle said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    “The Lollipop Tree” by the Limelighters! My own kids sing it now…

  13. 13

    Liz Wise said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Wow, that Larry the Cable Guy drawing was fantastic! My brother & I listened to The Aristocats LP record repeatedly & we liked “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” (because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at).

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    Gretchen said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    I remember singing a lot of “Deep and Wide” as a child complete with the motions! I have to say that as an adult I am a pretty big fan of Laurie Berkner – especially “Buzz, Buzz”.

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    Gretchen said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    I am a facebook fan.

  16. 16

    Gretchen said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    I have emailed my friends too!

  17. 17

    Jennifer said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    My 11 month old daughter gets bored/upset if I don’t play “her music” in the car. I sometimes forget, I’ll hear her whining, and then I realize the problem. As soon as her music is on, she is happy again. Would love to have another CD to switch in and out.

  18. 18

    Jennifer said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    My favorite childhood song: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

  19. 19

    charity said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    mama’s little baby loves shortening bread

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    Tabathia B said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    The only song that comes to mind is abc by the jackson five

  21. 21

    Tabathia B said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    twitter follower & tweeted

  22. 22

    Tabathia B said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    fb fan(michelle barrett)

  23. 23

    Rachel C said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    I remember my mom playing a Tom Chapin tape for us when we were little. He’s been around a long time!

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    PS Mom Reviews said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    I remember a song called “I am a P” (and the lyrics were about being a Promise, a Possibility, etc) from a record that we had with kids songs on it. I still remember some of the catchy lyrics from it, but I don’t know much more about it.

  25. 25

    PS Mom Reviews said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I follow and tweeted-

  26. 26

    PS Mom Reviews said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I subscribe to your blog via feed reader.

  27. 27

    PS Mom Reviews said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I have your button on my blog.

  28. 28

    MaryBeth I said,

    March 28, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    I used to love the free to be soundrack. The song “Free to Be (you and me” is a favorite

  29. 29

    MaryBeth I said,

    March 28, 2010 @ 10:41 am

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    CanCan said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 3:53 am

    I liked the Monkees a lot when I was a kid. I think my favorite “tape” was Wee Sing Silly Songs :)

  31. 31

    Kristin said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    I like the Wheess on the Bus as a kids.

  32. 32

    AnnMarie said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

    I loved the song baby beluga.

  33. 33

    BQkimmy said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    I always loved the song Goober Peas. It was just plain silly. Of course I doubt many people have even heard it before.

  34. 34

    BQkimmy said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Facebook fan

  35. 35

    DEBIJOT said,

    March 30, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    I listened to “The Yellow Rose Of Texas”

  36. 36

    DEBIJOT said,

    March 30, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    your FB fan

  37. 37

    Tori said,

    March 30, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    I always liked Alice the Camel as a child

  38. 38

    Tori said,

    March 30, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    I am following you on twitter – mommatori82 and twitted:

  39. 39

    Lasse Kohau said,

    May 10, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    What a nice blog about kids !!!

    Check out my blog for cd player for kids and music.

    Have a nice day.

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