Music has been around since the beginning of time. It is usually used to bring people together. You could say that music makes the world smaller because it doesn’t really matter if we even understand the words, the beat touches us and unites us for a brief moment in time.
Lisa Loeb – Lullaby Girl
Pull up the covers and relax with Lisa Loeb and a world-class quartet led by keyboardist Larry Goldings. An Amazon Originals release, Lullaby Girl offers fresh and dreamy arrangements of classic songs from a variety of genres. Lisa’s distinctive voice adds intimacy and expression to these familiar melodies. Hushed and meditative, the recording was co-produced with Lisa’s longtime collaborator Rich Jacques and Goldings, who is known for his work with James Taylor, John Mayer, as well as many top jazz artists. World-renowned songwriter and guitarist Adam Levy (who tours and records with Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman) also performs. The album was originally planned as a traditional lullaby record for children. As they began the recording process, Lisa, Larry and Rich found a uniquely different path, and it became clear that this would be a record for everyone. “I’m so excited for everyone to hear this collection of classics recorded with an amazing group of musicians. I feel like we’ve come up with a new take on classics that people will really enjoy. We live in a time where everything happens so quickly, but with this album, you’ll be able to slow it all down and relax!” shares Lisa.
Indeed, Lullaby Girl is an album for insomniacs. Lisa’s performance reminds us of why songs like “Be My Baby,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Dream a Little Dream,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Oooh Child” remain classics. Lisa’s original songs “Close Your Eyes” and “Lullaby Girl” flows right in with the pristine arrangements of tunes like Brian Wilson’s “In My Room” and Annie’s“Tomorrow.” Lullaby Girl is the perfect companion to Lisa’s other award-winning family music releases Nursery Rhyme Parade! and Feel What U Feel.
You can also stream Lisa Loeb’s songs HERE.
Jack Forman – Songs from the Monkey House
This collection of twelve songs is his first solo musical endeavor, stitching together hilarious ideas from phone calls with kids with the same high energy excitement for kids that Jack brings to the air coast to coast each afternoon.
1. Dog Park
2. Yodeling Yoda
3. A Little Cheese
4. No Name
6. Candy Tour
7. Not a Cloud
9. Blue Cheese
10. I Lost My Lunch
11. Sportball Anthem
12. This is the End
Brady Rymer – Revvin’ Up the Reindeer
Following eight albums and three Grammy nominations in the Children’s genre, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could introduce Revvin’ Up the Reindeer, a holiday album for the whole family. 13 original tunes celebrate the loving, festive jumble of the season: caroling harmonies, brass and bells inflect the band’s roots-y, feel-good sound, recalling beloved Christmas standards yet distinctively fresh and new. The title track is a 50’s rock ‘n’ roll romp, imagining Santa with a souped-up sleigh; lyrical accordion embellishes the Klezmer-inspired ”Rainbow Candles”; the hopeful sing-a-long ”Christmas Wishes” radiates with a lush, Motown treatment, and the band rings out the old and swings in the new in raucous, Dixieland jazz fashion with ”Baby New Year.” Whispers of holiday standards weave cleverly throughout, conjuring up the magic of the holiday season. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Revvin’ Up the Reindeer will be your new Holiday Jam!
New sing-along music videos are being released every Friday on Brady Rymer’s YouTube Channel.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids and Parents Around the World
1. We Are Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2. Everything’s So Stupid! (Abadala)
3. Different Colors Mean Nothing to Me (Unkulunkulu Wethu)
4. All Women Are Beautiful
5. Because I Love You (Wangithanda)
6. Sit Down and Make Peace (Ayhlalephansi)
7. Love Your Neighbor
8. Long Walk to Freedom
10. Old MacDonald Zulu Style
11. Go Well and Peace Be with You (Hambani Kahle)
12. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Thanks You!
Alphabet Rockers – Rise Shine #Woke
Alphabet Rockers releases Rise Shine #Woke for families to make change in the world. Featuring collaborations with hip hop and kids music trailblazers Genevieve Goings and Blackalicious, along with music production from GRAMMY-winning producer Street Symphony, this album is packed with dance singles that bring social justice language to your home and put consciousness in motion.
1. Don’t Wait
2. The Nitro
3. Turn on the Lights
6. I’m Proud
7. My Light
10. On the Corner
11. What Are You?
13. Different (Interlude)
14. Stand Up for You
Music has always played a large roll in our family. Between instrumental lessons and chorus groups, we usually have something being played or sang in the house.
Several of these CD’s are for children. They have that “once you hear it you can’ t get it out of your brain” beats that the little ones just love to sing and dance along with anywhere it is played.
My younger crew have enjoyed listening to these cds for children and I have really enjoyed the Ladysmith Black Mambazo. A dear friend of mine is from South Africa and always uses one of the titles of a song when she says goodbye. I had to call her and tell her that I now know how to say it in her language (I don’t … believe me I don’t.. it is pretty bad when I try to say it). The phrase is “Go Well and Peace Be with You” and it is pronounced Hambani Kahle.
So go well and peace be with you this holiday season! All of these CD’s are available on Amazon in several formats. They are included in your prime account streaming too.
Each of these artists have been recognized in the music industry as Grammy Nominees. Their love of music comes through in their work.
We’ve added each of the artists in this CD Collection to our MEGA Christmas Gift Guide! Check it out here!