Posts tagged lullabye

Dan Zanes and Friends

welcome_bandbenchAll I really need to say about Dan Zanes is that he is fabulous (and though he’s from New Hampshire, he did spend some time growing up in New Brunswick)! He’s about bringing people together, sharing and collaborating ideas, and just having fun. On top of the great band he regularly plays with, every album features a diverse collection of artists and a truckload of different styles of music. If you want to expose your kids (and yourself) to different types of music from around the world but don’t know where to start, or just can’t get into the Putomayo collection, DZ is a really nice intro.

The 2007 Grammy award winning “Catch that Train” (this album is my fav) features the gospel of Blind Boys of Alabama, Zulu folk songs sung by the children of South Africa’s Agape Orphanage, Natalie Merchant singing a scottish ballad, and topped off with a beautiful Mexican folksong.

“Family Dance” (2002) will get your kids up and moving, but I will add this caveat – waking up to “Hokey Pokey” at the crack of dawn one Sunday morning did not sit well with Boo’s dad (it was a 3 coffee morning) and has sadly turned him off DZ.

“Night Time” (2004) is a sweet album, great for tuning down your day. Amy Mann is always a nice touch, and Lou Reed singing music for kids? I love it.

DZ also released Rocket Ship Beach (2000), and Grammy nominated House Party (2003). In 2008 he showed his social activist colors with the release of “¡Nueva York!”, weighing in on the Immigration debate in the US by highlighting how immigration enriches music and culture. This album is full of songs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

His latest album, “The Welcome Table: Songs of Inspiration, Mystery & Good Times” (2009) is an upbeat collection of new and previously released recordings of North American gospel traditions, but they’re much less Blind Boys of Alabama style gospel, and more zydeco-get-up-and-dance.

It was really hard for me to choose a song to post, since he’s so eclectic one song isn’t a good representation of what he’s about. “Catch that Train”, though, is one of my personal favs…

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Rockabye Baby!

9600_100x100Why bore your boo with Bach and Brahms when you can rawk the cradle with the Rolling Stones and Radiohead? It’s never to early to teach your baby to fight the man with the Ramones, or to angst with the charming brit boys of Coldplay.

For those of you who aren’t ready to make the leap to playing Nine Inch Nails for your little boo, or for those of you that want something familiar but a little more chilled to play during naptime, this is a collection of albums for you.

9611_100x100 Rockabye Baby! a set of instrumental albums that cover the greatest hits of classic rock, pop and punk bands. There’s just something fabulous about having your boo fall asleep to a soft, lullabye interpretation of “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (a song I often find myself humming as I’m changing Boo’s diaper). 

9620_lrg_100x100 The music is digitally produced bells and vibes with no vocals, which make it great background music for your boo as she/he winds down. Although, it’s too bad they didn’t go an extra step and use some real instruments. There’s not a whole lot to them, so this post is a short one. I’ll just end with a list of albums that are out there…there really is something for everyone (oh Joey Ramone…when did you sell
out?).

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Metallica 
AC/DC
Led Zepplin
Coldplay
Radiohead
Tool
Pink Floyd
The Beach Boys
The Cure
Nirvana
Queens of the Stone Age
The Eagles
U2
The Ramones
Nine Inch Nails
Smashing Pumpkins
Bjork
The Beatles
Bob Marley
Green Day
The Rolling Stones
The Pixies

You can get these albums at Amazon.com, Emusic.com and the Rockabye Baby! website. Thanks to Michelle R.B. and Nora S. for the recommendation!

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