Kiddie tunes will keep you from singing the holiday blues
A road-test of new indie tunes for kiddies.
There are only so many rounds of "Row Your Boat" before everyone in the minivan is ready to jump from the speeding vehicle as it bumps over the river and through the woods.
Before you resort to cotton balls in your ears, we decided to road-test a slew of new indie tunes for kiddies (and the poor pitiful grown-ups strapped into those jukeboxes on wheels). We're hoping these rhythms come to the rescue just in time for those holiday road trips to Granny's, or anywhere — even the humdrum drive to the big-box store.
We enlisted our No. 1 expert on all toddler matters: Ella, a sweet 2 ½-year-old who has been listening to tunes since she was in utero, when her papa soothed her with his hand-whittled flute. Here are the top 10 tunes Ella and her very musical mama and papa couldn't crank loud enough, or play too many times.
You can find these indie albums (they also can be downloaded) at the fabulous kiddie music site cdbaby.com, amazon.com and many other digital retailers. (Most sites will let you preview the songs too.)
From Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem's "Ranky Tanky" (Mayhem Music), a collection of American roots tunes, as played by Arbo's mom-run string band: "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" and "The Green Grass Grows All Around"
From The Okee Dokee Brothers' "Take It Outside" (Okee Dokee Music), bouncy songs that encourage kids to get outside and frolic: "Bluegrass for Breakfast" and "Hero"
From Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band's "Oh Lucky Day!" (Lucky Diaz Music), indie pop-rock for seriously groovin' families, ones who insist on timeouts from "It's a Small World" and its ilk: "Say What?" and "Dreamland"
From Brady Rymer's "Love Me for Who I Am: Songs Celebrating Children of All Abilities" (Bumblin' Bee Records), roots rock songs inspired by kids with autism at a school where Grammy-nominated Rymer often performs: "Love Me for Who I Am," "I Don't Like Change," "Soft Things" and "Picky Eater"
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