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Musical Buddies Make Us Laugh!

Big Buncha Buddies releases their hilarious collection TODAY with children’s songs from Keith Munslow and Bridget Brewer. It’s mixture of blues and country make us toe tap, knee slap, and laugh about childhood. The Lonliest Whale and Why Did You Teach Me That Word are our favorites.

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A song about a “four-letter word” learned on the bus reminds all parents of that dreaded day your child repeats a not-so-appropriate word with such innocence, yet shocks everybody else. It happens. You can’t avoid it. We just live and learn.

The Lonliest Whale slows the mood down with a sad, baritone whale who swims around the earth all by himself with the “lonely ocean blues”. At least Keith and Bridget get to sing this song together and don’t have to be as lonely as the whale.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Go to Keith’s website for more information on buying this fun collection of children’s songs.


Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

Providence, RI, December 13, 2016 – Keith Munslow, a multiple award-winning songwriter, storyteller, cartoonist and improv comedy performer, teams up with a fresh new voice in family music, Bridget Brewer, for a harmonious salute to the ups and downs of friendship. A collaboration among a big bunch of “goofs, music makers, adventurers, and creators of wild, crazy music that’s fun for the whole family,” the rootsy 11 songs of Big Buncha Buddies, are now available now digitally via CDBaby and iTunes. Starting January 13, fans may purchase the album from other distributors in CD format. Visit www.keithmunslow.com  for more information and performance updates.

Known nationwide for his SiriusXM Satellite Radio hit “Coffee Breath,” Munslow brings his quick wit and wry perspective on family life to these new songs (“That Was a Bad Idea,” “It’s an Adventure,” “Why Did You Teach Me That Word?”). His past collaborations with Grammy winner Bill Harley have won awards, national acclaim and radio play. Munslow’s own family recordings (Accidentally on Purpose, Dressed Up for the Party and Homemade Fun) have also drawn national accolades. He brings a piano-forward, fully orchestrated sound to the songs of Big Buncha Buddies. The colorful comics-style cover art is by Eric Fulford, and album design is by Stuart Wilson.

Munslow and Brewer began writing songs together a couple of years ago, when they were both creating musical sketch comedy pieces at the The Empire Revue in Providence, Rhode Island. Brewer is a published fiction writer and recent Brown University MFA graduate who is currently working on a book in Mexico City. As the songs came together, the two artists brought in other performers and began recording and performing before live audiences of families. Most of the songs were created collaboratively, with Brewer taking the lead for the poignant story-song about an unloved cetacean, “The Loneliest Whale,” and Munslow drawing on his parenting experiences for songs like “Don’t Grow Up Too Fast.” Public response has been enthusiastic, and fans helped the duo exceed their Kickstarter campaigngoal.

The creative process has been smooth.“These songs came together very quickly and naturally,” notes Munslow.  “All of the songs on Big Buncha Buddies relate in some way to learning to be a friend.” Brewer, who has never written a children’s song before this project, reflects on the deeper meanings in these seemingly light and humorous songs:  “In the end, the only thing that matters is loving someone, feeling empathy for someone, no matter how different you are. No matter if that someone is a stick pony your grandma gave you, a battered stray dog you found on the side of the highway, or a kid who is so different from you everyone makes fun of you as you walk down the street. You love them and you see how good they are and you hold their hand and you walk through this terrible world with them, both of you a little less alone.”

Brewer will return to Providence in the spring, when the duo will perform an album release celebration concert.  For more information about Big Buncha Buddies and Keith and Bridget’s upcoming music and tour dates, visit www.keithmunslow.com .

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Generations Sing Under the Moon

Generations Sing Under the Moon

We enjoyed an extra special bed time as three generations sang along with Under the Moon Jazz Standards and Lullabies, a book and CD combination from The Secret Mountain. Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn lulled my little girl into a sleepy state and brought her “Gappy” back in time. I was raised on these jazz classics as well, so it is always fun for me to pass on the tradition.

The book includes lyrics, the history behind the songs and artists and stunning illustrations by Ilya Green.

We will enjoy this during quite a few bed time routines.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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Justin Robert’s Lemonade is Sweet!

Justin’s CD, Lemonade, takes me back to my middle school days with the song Dodgeball. How I dreaded that game! And the way he ‘do-wops’ his way through the song with repeated D’s fits the fast paced, cut throat idea behind it. I’m thankful that he makes me laugh about something I hated so much.

The collection of songs is fun and silly, yet touching and sweet. My daughter likes Must Be This Tall and Me And My Kangaroo. She’s tall for a four year old and has surprised me with her bravery on a couple of rides. Disney World is our next adventure. We shall see.

How Lucky We Are brings the sweetness. Justin’s voice and lyrics gently and lovingly remind us of our simple blessings.

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5/29/13 10:03:03 AM —
Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Band
. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

You can find this CD and more about Justin Roberts on his website. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

 

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Feel What U Feel with Lisa Loeb

We never fail to feel what we feel with Lisa Loeb‘s children’s CDs! As soon as the title song came on in my car, I started in with my standard head bob. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw my daughter doing the same exact thing! It’s one of those songs that makes me say, “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” Wiggle and Wanna Do Day give us that same vibe.

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The entire collection is a wonderful variety of sweet, sassy, and full of love. Lisa, along with a few of her friends, remind us that You Can Count on Me, It’s Alright To Cry, and You Have It In You. As well as appreciating the songs we can jam to, as a mother, I also love the messages these songs send to my impressionable four-year old girl.

Feel What U Feel is available on Amazon in lots of different ways. Check it out here.

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Photo by Juan Patino

Thank you to Beth Blenz-Clucas from Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and for allowing my brief hiatus while I finalized my book publication. I am honored to support this organization’s mission to share awesome, family-friendly media.

 

 

 

 

 

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Musical Love Letter in “You’ve Got Me”

Musical Love Letter in “You’ve Got Me” by Sara Lovell…

It comes out tomorrow and you’re going to want it. What an amazing mix between sweet love songs from parent to child and bouncy, upbeat songs to play after making a dance floor in the living room! You can DANCE LIKE THERE’S MUSIC IN YOUR PANTS or sing to somebody you really like, I CAN TELL WE’RE GONNA BE FRIENDS.  When it’s quiet time or the sun has set, enjoy these two adorable ballads: NIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN SUN and AN UNBREAKABLE CORD. 

You can feel the love and adoration between mother and son in Sara’s voice, lyrics, and emotion. Share this musical love letter with your little darlings!

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More from Waldmania PR:

Celebrating the unbreakable connection between parent and child, independent recording artist Sara Lovell takes an adventurous leap forward with her fourth album — her first for kids and families — Youve Got Me, set for release on September 16.

A professional singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with wide-ranging musical interests and three critically praised albums to her credit, Sara Lovell moved to Berkeley from Los Angeles several years ago with a desire to create a permanent home and become a parent.  She’s now a full-time, single mom of an imaginative six-year-old who loves to paint his face and dance in front of the mirror.

Sara Lovell says, “Youve Got Me is most definitely a love letter to my son, as well as a love letter to other parents and children: to parents who sing and tell stories to their kids and to the children who flourish with joy and creativity.”

With a vividly perceptive eye, a vast musical landscape, and a voice rich in both purity and nuanced detail, Youve Got Me follows a day in the life of a child, beginning with a song to rouse even the sleepiest sleepyhead and concluding with a reflective lullaby as the sun goes down.

Furry alligator puppies, runaway socks, musical skeletons and flying ships are just a few of the wonders to be encountered in Sara Lovell’s fanciful world.  With Youve Got Me, it is apparent that Sara is not so much singing to children as she is reporting back with love from a magical landscape she inhabits.

Youve Got Me effortlessly incorporates genres as diverse as ’70s-influenced pop, reggaeton, Afro-Caribbean, klezmer, and lounge.  Album highlights include a great blast of energy on “Dance Like There’s Music In Your Pants,” a deliciously spooky number, “The Skeleton Band,” the driving “I Can’t Wait,” and the Harry Nilsson-esque “Off To Bed We Go.”  Passionate gospel-influenced vocals are featured on the album’s title track, a heartfelt pledge of friendship and love.

Sara Lovell explains, “I’ve been a composer and songwriter for the majority of my life, but I put music-making on hold for a while when I made plans to become a parent. I moved to a new city, renovated my house, set up my recording studio and got on the waiting list for adoption.  My beautiful son came, and for the next four and a half years I hummed and sang little bits and pieces of songs and played one-armed lullabies into my phone recorder.  Slowly more brain cells returned, my son became more independent, I began compiling the song snippets (some for grown-ups, too) and I played a few for my producer, Monica Pasqual.  She suggested I finish one of the kids’ songs first, so I completed ‘Off To Bed We Go,’ and the rest came pouring out!”

Youve Got Me will be available at amazon.com, iTunes, CDBaby, and saralovell.com.