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1 Girl Nation CD Review

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About 1 Girl Nation

Landing in the space where One Direction meets TobyMac, 1 Girl Nation is an exciting blend of upbeat pop music, with lyrics that are totally focused on living life for God, even while you’re young. 1GN, as they’ve already been dubbed, stars Carmen, Kayli, Kelsey, Lauryn Taylor and Lindsey, five girls with a passion for telling their fans about Christ through their music. Their first single, “While We’re Young,” can be heard on radio stations across the country and their self-titled debut album is available now!

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Even after reading the description above, I expected to hear something that I really couldn’t enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised.  1 Girl Nation has a sound that reminds me of a mixture of 80’s girl bands, modern day secular music, and a hint of contemporary Christian wrapped up in a praise and worship band.  As their pictures suggest, their music is fun and joyful.  With their primary target audience being pre-teen, teens, and young adults I think 1 Girl Nation should be on their way to the top!  I don’t think it will be long before they are being blasted all over Christian radio stations.  They sing songs that make you feel good but aren’t like the typical music you hear.  It wasn’t far into the CD before I was bobbing my head and enjoying the music.

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Originally posted 2013-11-16 06:23:20.

Tego Audio- Sound You’ll Love!

IMG_4733With music being such an incredibly important part of our society, it’s crucial to be able to have great speakers!  Between that and the incredibly mobile world we live in, Tego Audio has created the product you aren’t going to want to miss!

The Cera Wireless Portable Speaker has amazing sound from such a small speaker!  You can connect via bluetooth or USB to enjoy your tunes wherever you are!  With a reach of up to 35 feet, you can wirelessly play your music as you go from room to room or work in your garden!

A perfect Christmas gift or treat for yourself!  Super simple to use so that even the newest of technology users can use it but those adept will love it too!  If you wanna get one now, or anything else from Tego Audio, use the code below for 20% off!

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Originally posted 2013-10-07 00:01:38.

Block Party: Awesome Music For Kids

Poochamungas Block Party!

 

Poochamungas – Block Party! is a fantastic album for the kids.  Releasing October 8, 2013, Block Party is a collection of fun little songs that get ya moving to the rock beat.  The songs are cute and catchy and smiles tend to sneak up on you when you aren’t expecting them.  I’m warning ya though, you may find yourself being goofy too as you let the kids jam out to the music!  Listening to the songs you can see that they were once kids who loved rock and roll.  Not the head banging stuff, the genre of classic rock, the good stuff that I heard growing up.  

Block Party Playlist

 Around the World

Til the Sun Goes Down

My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)

Bah Humbug Halloween

Games We Played

Little King

Big Red Fire Engine/Truck

Places You Go

Valentine’s Day

Refrigerator Box

My Little Ballerina

End of the Day

Imagination Train

See ‘Em Live

Fall 2013

September 29 @Schubas in Chicago, IL

October 31 @ Trunk or Treat in Chicago, IL

November 16 @ World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA

About the Poochamungas

Taken From Their Website

 Born out of the Old Town School of Folk Music then fledging musician John Joyce went to take some harmonica classes and ended up taking a bunch of guitar lessons. After meeting a bunch of interested musicians(Don, Alton and Pete), mastering 3 chords, writing some lyrics that amused his daughter, a father/ son drummer exchange and finally forming a band! The Poochamungas went on to record Mud, Mommies and Mayhem in 2010 which won a NAPPA Award and played a bunch of gigs (block parties to festivals) the next few years. They have finished their follow up CD titled Block Party (to be released Septembert 2013). Musically diverse rockin’ angst free music is their goal at every show. The Poochamungas believe that good music should know no age and they rock out for audiences big and small. Singing, dancing and general silliness is the rule of the day when this band comes to play!

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Originally posted 2013-09-14 08:51:49.

Desert Island Disc R&G US Ends 10/20

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With a fun Island feel, this disc is sure to bring feelings of warmth and tropical adventure!  You can check them out at their site and learn a lot about them!  😀

Song List

Coconut Radio

Tallest Tree

Trailblazer

Hide and Seek

Long Gone

The Hermit

Peals of Wisdom

The Cove

My Treasure

Getting a Sunburn

Round the Campfire

Dessert Island

Smooth Sailing

Going Home

About Recess Monkey

Recess Monkey is a group of three teachers who are combining indie-rock music with their knowledge of what kids love to make some great hits.  Their music is currently rated #3 in America for Kindie bands and their site boasts that they seek to balance real music with kid-centric ideas.  They seek to have their lyrics relate to both the kids and parents.  I feel that they have found a good balance, as many of their songs made me giggle a bit.  Of course, I’m a little silly myself!  😀

Finding Recess Monkey

www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown

https://twitter.com/recess_monkey

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Originally posted 2013-09-10 10:26:06.

Bear Hunt with @thejamtones Review & Giveaway US Ends 10/3

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Josh and the Jamtones have brought a super fun CD for the kids.  Themed around the title, they have some funny bits of comedy in between hilariously fun songs to keep us moving.  I reviewed the disc in my car on my way to run errands and Ihae to admit that they had me dancing a bit  LOL.  It’s all good though, Iwas having way too much fun to be worried about the staring passer-bys.  LOL.  Sometimes I worry about myself, given all the fun Ihave jammin’ out to the kids music.  LOL.  I’m having a hard time picking a favorite on this one, so you’ll have to check it out and pick one for yourself.  They do a great job getting us to move and with the happy upbeat voices it’s hard not to have fun with them.  I’m adding this one to the list of music to jam to with the little ones!  In case you are worried, it’s not the kind of bear hunt that harms anyone, it’s a loving bear hunt, but you’ll have to listen to understand why!  Put this one on your list and check it out!

Song List

  1. Swing Low Featuring Father Goose
  2. Bear Hunt
  3. Everybody Dance
  4. Pirate’s Life
  5. I Love U Featuring Father Goose
  6. Death Valley Cornfield of Doom
  7. Sunflower
  8. The Snow is Falling Down
  9. Snow Day
  10. Lightning Lake of 1,000 Sea Monsters
  11. Green and Spakkled Frogs
  12. Water is Wide
  13. The Evil Scary Bear From Bear Mountain
  14. Fill It Up

Josh and the Jamtones perform live in various places and most recently performed at the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th anniversary event!  Plus, you can hear them on the Kid’s Place Live station!  They are available for booking at events even!  You could have them take you on a Bear Hunt at your own party!  Now that would be awesome!  If only I were a little kid…  LOL.  You can see a video of one of their birthday performances on YouTube!  It’s an adorable video!  The kids are obviously having a blast!

Pre-order Josh and the Jamtones Bear Hunt today!!!  You can also find Josh & The Jamtones at their website, twitter and on facebook!  😀

Originally posted 2013-09-05 07:39:46.

Birdie’s Playhouse: Move Like An Animal Album

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Some of you may remember my previous review of Birdie’s Playhouse that I did last year.  If you don’t, check it out here.  I loved Birdie’s first album, it is such a fun set of music even for not-so-little kids.  Her music makes me want to move and I will admit to having cleaned the house to her first album, as it really is great for motivation!

Her new album is just as fun and catchy as the first one!  I am still loving the way she puts in the educational aspect!  Throughout all of the songs, she sings about various animals and you end up learning so much about so many species!  My favorite piece of trivia from this album is about the butterflys, but I won’t spoil it.  If you wanna know, you have to check out her Birdie’s Playhouse and figure out what it is!!!     A little warning: you’ll be addicted and unable to stop the album from playing!  Many times, reviewing music you get extremely tempted to skim through songs and have to force yourself to listen.  This is NOT the case with Birdie!  With the salsa feel of the songs, you’ll be dancing and moving to the rhythm from the first beat!

Check out the song ‘Big Feelings’.  It seeks to teach the little ones, and even the grownups, how to express themselves.  That song seriously made me giggle.  Another song that really made me laugh, and made Monkey smile and roll her eyes, is Furry Belly Dancer.  Between these two, my face hurts from laughing!  Love love love it!!!

From Birdie’s Press Release

In addition to being soulful, upbeat and fun, Move Like An Animal  teaches kids about animals and helps guide them through life. The song “Chimpanzees” shows us that all creatures are equal.  And “I’m a Toucan” and “Running Far” explain how to overcome obstacles and pursue your passions.   Find out why gerbils are doing the “Furry Belly Dance” and what the cottontail rabbit’s best defense is! And don’t miss stellar guest vocals from Mista Cookie Jar and Aaron Nigel Smith on the “Snail Cha Cha.”  Other featured musicians include: stunning guitarist Omar Torrez (Tom Waits 2008 tour), kindie keyboardist Mike Schmid (Miley Cyrus tour), master drummer Chris Wabich (Sheila E, Sting recordings), two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernández-Kolski and crooner Jonny Blu.

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Originally posted 2013-07-14 00:01:21.

CrindelStar Review: A Plantable Story!

CrindelStar is adorable!!!  It’s getting raves by so many people and after listening to it, I can see why!  It’s an adorable and inspirational story!  As a Mom with an imagination, it really makes me smile!

The story has so many hidden little lessons that we all know and want our kids to know within the tale of a little girl named Maria who is struggling with belief, peer pressure, and self confidence.  One of the many things I love about it is that rather than making it a ‘battle’ with friends, Maria learns her great lesson in a dream and upon awakening, runs to tell her Grandmother!  I remember the days when telling our family was more important than telling our friends.  Seems like kids don’t do that anymore!

Something that is unique to CrindelStar is the packaging.  It’s a download and they send you a mini album cover made of hand made paper embedded with wildflower seeds.  What I really love is the ‘magic’ of the story that can come to life through the growth of the wildflower seeds.

As a Christian, I’ve seen and dealt with people who feel that God isn’t real.  If they can’t see His physical presence, they choose not to believe.  I feel like this story can be used as a great lesson for the kids in believing. We can use it to talk to them about believing in Him.  The hand made paper can be used as a metaphor for God inside us, planting can symbolize Him being in our hearts, while waiting for the wildflowers to grow we can talk to them about how even though we can’t see that the seeds are there, we know that we have planted them just like we know that God is in our hearts.  When the wildflowers begin to grow, we can use the phases of growth to teach them about how God grows in our hearts to for us into something beautiful!  Okay, don’t know where that came from, but I have to go call our children’s pastor now.

Go and check them out here and buy their album for your little ones!  Use it to teach!  BTW, there is also a song that comes with the story.  😀

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Originally posted 2012-02-17 16:59:00.

Mo Phillips Kids CD: Monster Suit


Hey Everyone!!!  Hope this day is finding you blessed and well!!!  Thanks to the great folks over at Mom Blog Society, I have a great kids CD by Mo Phillips to tell ya about!

Monster Suit 
By Mo Phillips

From a musical perspective, they play very well!  I have a very musical family so I pay attention to how the music is played!  Some of the songs have the typical kids song music going on and others go around a good bit of the musical spectrum, at least enough so you aren’t going nuts.  No ‘I Love You’ type songs!    I will say, it’s the kind of music that you’ll feel silly singing when you get caught around your grown up friends!  It’s catchy!

All of the songs are upbeat and fun, but they do have a, shall we say, caucasian feel to them even though they are said to be a mix of 50’s Rock and Roll, folk, country, and ‘African American’ influence.  I could hear the first three in the songs…

My favorite song, you wonder?  “To the Zoo”  LOL. That one was too perfect of a title!  LOL.  The songs are adorable and some of them admittedly have made me giggle!  Even my teenager was entertained!  *don’t tell anyone I told you! LOL*  The little ones bob their heads and I admit I was tapping my foot to some of them!

Anyway, needless to say I did enjoy it!  Love jammin’ to the kiddie songs!!!  😀  You can follow him on facebook and twitter.  Mo Phillips has a very interesting story!

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Originally posted 2012-02-15 00:34:00.

Birdie’s Playhouse

Hey Everyone!  I found a CD perfect for the Zoo!  😀  Of course, I HAD to review it for you!  Then again, a review anyone can do…  The Zoo is teaming up with Birdie’s Playhouse to get you (or your little one) a copy too!

The Music….
Birdie’s Playhouse is a kid’s CD performed by Birdie Mendoza (who use to sing with Ray Charles!!! Would love to hear those stories!!!)  She has a smooth and beautiful voice.  The music has a congo feel and gets you moving and grooving despite yourself!  The lyrics are adorable and sneak in some learning opportunities about the various animals the songs are talking about!  It may be the silliness in me, but I had fun listening to it!  I think this may become my cleaning music!  LOL.  I have to say, one of my favorites is ‘Oh when the ants…’ which is an animal version of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’.  As someone who firmly believes animals go to heaven, too, makes me wanna line up to watch this march!
Check her out on facebook where you’ll find all kinds of info, be sure and let her know you came from the Zoo!  Of course, you can also go here and preview the music.  I’m warning ya though, this is so not naptime music!  This is playtime music!  (Or Mommy cleaning time)

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Originally posted 2012-01-17 14:51:00.

Classic Kids Songs #LaurieBerkner

FavoriteKidsSongsAt the risk of sounding old fashioned, I miss the simple songs of my youth.  The ones sang with joy and happiness and no known sinister message or lesson.  It seems like these days the songs teach our children the wrong lessons, or at least the songs we sing with them from the radio and such.  I have greatly enjoyed hearing these kids songs, most from a much simpler time.  I think they’ll make you feel the same as you sing along with them.  Take the time to listen to this adorable collection and you’ll be singing and dancing along with your little ones without ever having to worry about any negative side effects (aside of course from constantly hearing the same song over and over, as children tend to do).  Check out the Laurie Berkner Band and you’ll find a new love for these old classic songs of our youth.

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Laurie explains, “I made my first recording, Whaddaya Think Of That? because I wanted families to have a way to listen at home to the songs I was singing with their kids in the classroom, especially the ones I had written, which they wouldn’t have know otherwise.  I included traditional songs, too, because I wanted some of the music to be very familiar.  With each consecutive album, my own originals became more and more of what the kids wanted to sing, so I got away from recording the traditional songs I grew up with.  Now, with Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs, I’m doing the opposite and exploring many of the songs that were so formative for me and helpful in my early days as a music teacher.”

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

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