Challenge: To Find Not-so-Irritating Children’s Music

If you have children, then you most likely have been bombarded with music and songs.  Even at a young age, we go to library time and music where we see sing fun (maybe NOT so fun) songs about discovery. Whether it’s about discovering boiling teapots, hokey pokey, or annoying purple dinosaurs that love you, these songs get stuck in your head and you can’t seem to get them out. I have this overwhelming fear that I will be stuck in traffic along I-5 or I-405 with my kids in the back screaming for more purple dinosaur and I will lose my mind from singing the damn songs for the rest of the day.

It was my goal, after Sunshine arrived, to find music that didn’t make me want to pull my hair out.  As the journalist Martha Brockenbrough for MSN stated,

“Just because we’ve given birth to children doesn’t mean we’re ready for the musical equivalent of mom jeans. We still want the rock, pop and other music we’ve grown to love since we put aside our Raffi. Just as we can read a book like “Harry Potter” with our kids and love it, or watch a movie like “WALL-E” with our kids and love it, we should be able to listen to music with our kids without wanting to hurl. This is why the Seattle kids’ music scene is so interesting these days. Today’s parents, who grew up listening toNirvanaPearl Jam, Soundgarden, the Presidents of the United States of America and other local wonders, might just be the unwitting witnesses to another Seattle music renaissance, this one in children’s music.”

From this article, and going to all of these library groups, I have learned a bit about what is out there. This is what I found, and they are mostly local so that’s an added bonus!!

Check out Casper Babypants. Chris Ballew used to be in the group Presidents of the United States of America and started the group Casper Babypants in 2009.  Awesome group of guys who put a great twist on some old school nursery rhymes and some new songs.  Visit them at Casper Babypants site. So far, our favorite song is Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, Dog Gone Gone Dog Gone, or the old favorite, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

The next group is Recess Monkey Town, or more commonly known as The Recess Monkeys.  They are another Seattle-based group with great songs that are catchy, and fun to watch.  Love this group.  So far, our favorite song is “Marshmallow Farm” or “Haven’t Got a Pet, Yet.”

The Board of Education.  I don’t know much about this group, yet. But I know my husband will appreciate the group just because they have a song about “The Many Uses, and Dangers, of Commas.” I personally enjoy “The Lonely Tomato” song.

The Not-its.  We totally love “Puppy Dog” as we have a dog and this fits our enthusiasm for the animal at our house currently.  We also like “First Kid in Outer Space.” This group is hip and reminds me a bit of the Cranberries meets Garbage… Indie Funk.

School House Rocks. As I grew up, School House Rocks was the fun Saturday morning show that you watched and learned at the same time. The songs get pretty stuck in your head.  When the 20th Anniversary popped up, new age rock groups stepped forward to redo some of the songs with a current upbeat bent.  What arose?  Some pretty nifty music.  I totally will listen to this with the kids.  The song that gets stuck in my head that I enjoy? “Three is the Magic Number” performed by Blind Melon.  Good times people!!

Are there groups in your area that you could recommend?  I would love to know more to share with Sunshine!!

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