September 9th, 2009 by ariana
It never ceases to amaze me how I get emails from readers asking for advice about issues that I’m currently grappling with myself. Take this email from last week:
I really liked that Happy Birthday song from Innocence Mission that you had
on Jaspers 1st bday party video. I was wondering if you had any suggestions
for more music like this. I wanted to create a few cd’s for my little ones
bday party that we can “all” enjoy.
As luck would have it, one of my labor day weekend projects was to find some children’s songs to make a mix for Jasper. Of course I have plenty of non kiddy music on my ipod, but there really is something about children’s music that the kidlets respond to. Plus, it seemed like a fun way to explore music with Jasper and get to know his musical tastes – for better or for worse!
So I started with some of the basics like “Raffi” and went from there. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised at how many great songs there are for kids – songs that I actually find running through my head, and not in an annoying way either. Songs I wish I had written myself, like “It’s a Big world” by Renee & Jeremy. I LOVE this song! (Though the songwriter in my can’t help but want to change the chorus to “It’s a big world baby, and your little for a little while, it’s a big world baby and you can fill it in your own time” instead of ” you can fiddle in your own style” which just seems like it was a stretch for a rhyme, but yeah, these are the annoying things that I think about.)
I even created an iMix called Jammin with Jasper so you can take a listen to some of these if you wish (in 30 second increments of course!):
And now I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite children’s music is.. and what your baby’s favorites are. Hopefully they are the same, but that’s asking a lot!
PS: I am well aware that Raffi doesn’t necessarily fall under the criteria of “non-annoying,” but I have fond memories of listening to Rafi with my little sister when she was a toddler – Nostalgia always counts for something with music! Plus Jasper loves Day-O because it says banana, which is one of his favorite words ;)
Updated to add this cute little animated video I found on Renee & Jeremy’s myspace page, thanks for the link to their website Shane. I also had to laugh because their myspace slogan is “fiddle in your own style!”
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