Friday, March 07, 2008

Friday Free-for-All # 3

More music for the tiny masses:

Great pop songs, actually, sung in Bari's Rickie Lee Jones-like voice. My only suggestion would be to trim each song by at least half. Standouts include "Nothing I Wouldn't Do", "A Day at the Beach", and "Jump", all sonically inspired by Natalie Merchant, Jewel, and Sheryl Crow.

Johnette Downing, Dixieland Jazz for Children

An innocuous introduction to Dixieland music. Johnette keeps the lyrics as simple as possible, and gets musical help from veteran Jimmy LaRocca. Make sure to follow up Ms. Downing's album with CDs like this.

Various Artists, Funky Kidz

I generally steer clear of any children's CD that uses "z"s at the ends of words, but trust me, this one's a winner. A bunch of NOLA bands got together and funked the crap out of three old-school Disney songs, two tunes from The Wizard of Oz, a Beatles song, and a couple of public domain songs. A must-have!

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