Someone asked me once what children’s music to download. I had to think about my answer carefully, because I believe that live music is best. But even I don’t sing all the time. In my car, I usually make my kid listen to NPR or music that I like. When he’s fussy, I’ll flip to the classical music station. I can’t stand most recorded music for children–not that it’s all bad, but I do have a low tolerance for Barney or Kids Bop, which is what I fear people talk about when they refer to kids music.
One CD that I put on at home that I LOVE is World Around Song by Hugworks. What I like about this CD is that it’s made for kids, but the composition and performance and arrangements are so good that I can listen to it over and over and still like it. And when one of these songs get stuck in my head, I don’t feel like I’m going crazy.
The first track is “Fishy Mon” and the minute I hear the opening bass line, I just want to dance. The verses tell a story, but the chorus is catchy and easy to sing along with. “Homemade Cookie” is next and is sung by Noel Paul Stookey (Paul from Peter, Paul, and Mary), and is a fun song about sharing.
My favorite song comes next: “If you Can’t Fly”. This catchy tune is about belonging, using your strengths, persevering, and just makes me feel good! The bridge lyrics are, “Who said you couldn’t do it? Who dug you in that hole? You’ll only see your obstacles Each time you take your eyes off of your goal.” What a great message!
The rest of the songs continue with the positive theme and fun music. The first several songs are upbeat and danceable, the last few are slower and comforting, so if you listen to the CD in order, it will put you (and your kids) in a good, energetic mood and then calm you down at the end.
Full disclosure: Hugworks helps to pay for my position at SMU, but I do not receive any money or other consideration for the sale of their products. I haven’t even told them I’m writing this review. I just think they are a great company and their songs have a great message. And they are kids songs that I don’t mind listening to over and over and over and over!
- June 17, 2011 – Therapeutic Music Entertainment (themusictherapyshow.blogspot.com)