kids’ music

Personalized Kids’ Music

March 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm , by

My kids looooooove music. (Check out them singing at home for proof.) They’ll listen to anything from their dad playing the piano, to Justin Bieber, to High School Musical to the Beatles. They especially loved Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You” performance with Gwyneth Paltrow and a bunch of Muppets at the Grammys. (And no, I will not let them listen to any other versions of that song!) And when it comes to good old fashioned kid’s music, they’re happy to sing along to “Old McDonald” or “Five Little Monkeys,” too.

One CD that has always been on our kids’ music playlist is a personalized one from Name Your Tune. Both of the girls loved hearing Sophia’s name coming out of the car speakers as the singer says “If you’re Sophia and you know it, clap your hands!” but since this CD pre-dated Lily’s birth, she couldn’t really join in on the fun. Well, now Name Your Tune has released Volume 2 which you can order with more than one child’s name on it. The songs switch back and forth – “Hello and How Are You” with Lily in it and then “Mr. Sun” with Sophia in it, etc. You can see (and hear!) the full song list here.

I practically started crying (OK – I did start crying!) when I saw how excited Lily was to hear her name. And even my almost-6-year-old (who is so grown-up she likes to get down to Usher and Katy Perry) still thought it was pretty cool.

If you’re thinking that your kid’s name won’t be available, check out the list. They’ve got Axel, Holt and Tzvi so they’ve probably got your kid’s name too!

So, tell me…what fun personalized toys do your kids love?

The Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock 2, Kids, Moms & Music

September 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm , by

Rocker ScottIt was a rockin’ end-of-summer for my 4-year-old son, Scott (that’s him at right in his electric guitar shirt), and me. Week before last was Scott’s music camp, where director Jeremy Zmuda brought in a different band every day (bluegrass, Caribbean, Brazilian, Bulgarian), shot the video for his new kids’ album, Use Your Words,  and recorded a CD of the campers singing and playing instruments along with all the special guests. Right after camp, we hopped in a rental car and drove the six hours to Grandma’s house, blasting Jeremy’s catchy tunes with good-behavior-encouraging lyrics and belting out the cool world-music songs Scott learned at camp (thanks to the CD, I got to learn them, too). We were so busy singing that we only got to one of the videos I’d brought to entertain Scott with on the long drive, and both of us had fun.

cherry-199x300Same story on the way back home this past Monday. We have a new friend in the neighborhood, Nelson Serieux (stage name Cherry L, photo at left), who gave us a homemade CD. I had low expectations—sure, aspiring singer/songwriter, how cute. Then we popped the CD into the car stereo Monday and I was blown away.  The man should be selling out arenas.  Every song was top-40 infectious—kind of reggae/pop/r&b/hip-hop fusion—and Scott couldn’t get enough, so we spent nearly 6 hours singing along with Nelson, the videos and car games forgotten. Scott’s fave was “Please Stay” (“I don’t want to see you go-oh-oh” belted Scott), which we probably replayed at least 25 times (glad I liked it, since I can’t get it out of my head). I had my own favorites, like crossover-hit-sounding “Candy”  and the more dancehall-style “Turn Me Loose,” best breakup song I’ve heard in awhile (I’m a single mom, what can I say?). Best of all, Nelson is someone Scott knows, so I took the teachable-moment opportunity and told Scott if he practiced, maybe he could do that, too. When we got home and checked out some of the Cherry L videos on YouTube, Scott said, admiringly, “Nelson had to practice a lot to sing like that.” Lesson absorbed, ding!

117777_3241Well, he’s no Scott Sloan, but Joe Jonas and his brothers (screeeeeeam!!) and Demi Lovato are back at music camp themselves this Friday, September 3, when Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam premieres on the Disney Channel (8 pm ET/PT). For the occasion, Radio Disney shared some exclusive data with Ladies’ Lounge on the impact of music in the lives of kids and moms. Basically, it’s what Scott and I have been living this past week: Kids love music, it’s a great way for moms and their kids to connect, and it benefits kids creatively and intellectually. More specifics after the jump. Read more