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Shake Your Sillies Out with Raffi!

We love to shake our sillies out and sing about apples and bananas in all sorts of crazy ways with Raffi. On Friday the 10th, he came out with his Best of Raffi CD, available on Amazon and iTunes.

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There are so many timeless classics in this collection, arranged to work perfectly for children and the way they sing and move. You will recognize them, but love them even more for Raffi’s special touch. Down by the Bay, Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Mr. Sun, and Day O are all included in this 16-song CD!

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR and Raffi for our complimentary CD in exchange for our review. As you can see in this video, we LOVE it!

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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

Nashville, TN, December 7, 2016 ~ Rounder Records is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Best Of Raffi, a career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children’s entertainer. Due out February 10, 2017Best Of Raffi will mark the first, curated collection of Raffi’s music to be released outside of his native Canada. Best Of Raffi will include such classics as “Down By The Bay” (1976), “Bananaphone” (1994), and, perhaps his most iconic hit, “Baby Beluga” (1980).

Having released nearly 30 children’s albums, beginning with 1976’s Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as “Raffi”) is one of the world’s best-selling and most influential children’s entertainers, having brought joy to successive generations of kids—and their parents—with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. Along the way, he has performed countless sold-out shows at concert halls across North America and beyond, and has received a string of Platinum and Gold certifications by the RIAA.

Raffi has also emerged as a respected advocate on behalf of children and the Earth, lending his voice, insight and experience to a number of issues, often through his Centre For Child Honouring. The Centre advocates a children-first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems, promoting the idea that early childhood is the gateway to building more humane societies. Child Honouring has found high-profile recognition, connecting Raffi with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama, as well as being the focus of 2012 TEDx Talks by Raffi. The artist has also published several books – including 2013’sLightweb Darkweb, which focuses on the need to reform social media, especially for young users. Over the course of his career, Raffi has received recognition for both his musical achievements and his tireless advocacy work, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1983, numerous Parents’ Choice awards and Grammy nominations, a Juno Award for Best Children’s Album (Bananaphone,1994) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

The liner notes for Best Of Raffi confirm Raffi’s cross-generational appeal:  “There are now millions of ‘Beluga Grads’ — adults who grew up with Raffi’s music and are now experiencing it through their childhood memories and through their own children and grandchildren.”

Raffi‘s albums consistently make the U.S. sales charts, and he continues to perform and record actively: his most recent award-winning title, Owl Singalong, was released earlier in 2016 to critical acclaim, and he is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour.

With 40 years’ worth of favorites, Best Of Raffi will bridge the gap between parents who grew up with his music, and their children, discovering many of these classics for the first time.

For Raffi‘s upcoming U.S. tour dates, please visit raffinews.com/raffi/concerts/

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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.

Happiness is your first dance recital!

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Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.

You could have cut the jubilant energy in this dressing room with a knife! These little girls and boys were beside themselves with excitement, giggles, and tons of pride as they experienced their first ever dance recital. And it was certainly contagious for all of their family and friends. We hooted and hollered together in the audience and as they tapped and tip-toed like pros! The celebration lasted long into the afternoon and all weekend with lunch, ice cream, flowers, and tons of hugs, kisses, and accolades. This mama was beaming with pride!

Congratulations, Emma! Dance on, my love.

 

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Dance to the Reggae Rhythm!

Dance to the reggae rhythm with Aaron Nigel Smith!
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Don’t you want to just hang out with this guy?!  We do. This CD starts out with such an enthusiastic invitation for children to Dance to the Reggae Rhythm and you can’t help but to get up and do just that.  He also includes his own soft and sweet version of If I Had a Hammer with reggae icon, Ernie Smith.  But our absolute favorite is Banana Bread! We make banana bread together all the time. We happen to have three very ripe bananas right now and can’t wait to play that tune and bake that banana bread. Aaron, we’ll save a piece for you!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Here’s more information from them:

For more than 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has been educating, entertaining and empowering youth around the world through music. His latest recording One (out on April 22) is a collection of lively, original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican and African folk songs.

With his fifth album for children, Aaron Nigel Smith shares a message of peace and love for family, neighbors and community. This 11-track album features reggae music icon Ernie Smith along with appearances by Dub Tonic Cru, Ras I, and Grammy Award-winning children’s music performers Father Goose and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers). Award-winning reggae music veteran Deleon “Jubba” White, co-produced this special project and helps to bring Aaron’s sound to a new level. Music videos will be debuting on Aaron’s YouTube channel soon.

Aaron Nigel Smith is a music educator and recording artist, originally from Michigan and Los Angeles, and now based in Portland, OR. His children’s albums Let’s Pretend, Everyone Loves to Dance, B is for Bob and Celebrate Bob Marley (with Ziggy Marley’s TuffGong label) all won national acclaim and awards. Smith was a member of the cast of the acclaimed PBS Kids TV show, “Between the Lions” during 2008 to 2010. Since 2009, he and his wife Diedre have managed the 1World Chorus, involving more than 500 young voices from Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Kenya and Jamaica.