After writing this post, it sounds like there are a few self-proclaimed music snobs among us. So I figure it would be only fitting if we banded together and shared our secrets. There are few things I like better than discovering new, good music.
So friends, what are you listening to? Are you imparting your great taste to your children? What are they listening to?
I’ll go first with a few favorites from a variety of genres…and honestly we all listen to the same music and our tastes are all over the map. The other day I was in the kitchen listening to bluegrass, I walked into the living room and Dan had Elizabeth in his arms, and the girls around him dancing to Dean Martin. Oh, and lest you worry, on some of the “grown-up” music we listen to, I do censor some of the songs…..
1. My all-time favorite children’s CD: Renee And Jeremy
: It’s a Big World. Watch it on YouTube, with another favorite song, Night Mantra.
2. Anything by Elizabeth Mitchell, though I’m rather fond of You Are My Little Bird
3. Catch the Moon
by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell.
4. When the girls were a little younger we were big into Laurie Berkner’s CD, Whaddaya Think of That?
. But I burned out and we haven’t listened to it in awhile. But it’s great.
5. Innocence Mission: Now the Day Is Over
…probably no. 2 on my list. So good.
Other here and there faves: Woody Guthrie
, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary (I feel like “Peter, Paul and Mommy” is the soundtrack from my childhood.) Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection, Best of the Land of Nod Store Music, we also do some classical, some odd Russian Folk music, we’ve even been known to bring home a CD of gregorian chant from the library.
In the “not necessarily intended for kids” category, but other stuff we like and all listen to:
6. Ricky Skaggs
and Kentucky Thunder
7. Gillian Welch : Orphan Girl
was the song I sang to emma every night.
8. Anything Patty Griffin
9. Emmylou Harris…they are really into the story behind the song Kern River
right now. And this one is a classic favorite
10. Dean Martin
11. The John Michael Talbot Collection
is our Sunday morning standard.
12. The Mills Brothers
13. Fiddler On The Roof. The movie
, the music
, the videos on YouTube–Le chaim, the bottle dance, “tradition“, matchmaker, “If I Were A Rich Man“. They can’t get enough. Elizabeth cheers when it comes on, shakes her belly and says something that sounds a lot like “yubba dibby dibby dum”.
So I know I’m forgetting some good ones, but that’s a sampling. I’d love to hear what you’re listening to!
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Happy Friday. Happy Weekend.