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Halloween Mixtape!

halloweenLeaves rustle and the chill of the autumn breeze tingles your spine. Aliens, superheroes, wild beasts, curious creatures and masked monsters are at every turn – EEK! It’s Halloween! On this magical night of kiddie cosplay, a child’s imagination is king. Our Halloween Mixtape is chock-full of  tunes by musicians who dare your little trick-or-treaters to dream, dress up, be thankful for their treats, share their treasures and of course, dance and sing along like it’s Saturday night, every night. No tricks here, just good jams:

Side A: Boos and Ghouls

  1. UFO – “Did they pull us into space? Or am I just a head-case? Or maybe I’m now part of the alien race?” Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, from “Bandwagon” 
  2. Superhero You “Doing this, doing that, doing all that we could, using our power for good!” Steve Songs, from “Orangutan Van”
  3. Wild Things – “I love when they do the wild romp in the jungle and the swamp.” Miss Nina, from “Sha Doo Be Doop”
  4. Space Monkey – “If I could hang please from that big piece of cheese, I’d be the first monkey on Mars.” Jambo, from “Hootenanny”
  5. What Do You Wanna Be?“Farmer, doctor, fireman, what do you want to be?” Milkshake, from “Got a Minute?”
  6. Song in the Trees – “There’s a song in my dreams, it’s calling me … it’s singing ‘oooooh.'”  Preschool of Rock, from “Everything Makes a Sound”
  7. Share“Share, you’ll get a turn, too.” Renee & Jeremy from “The Best Foot Forward Series: SHARE!”
  8. Tyrannosaurus “You’re the mightiest beast to ever feast!” Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, from “I’m So Glad”

Side B: Tricks, Treats and Treasure So Sweet

  1. Tattoo Me“Tattoo me with dragons and skulls that stick right to me.” Recess Monkey, from Deep Sea Diver
  2. Walkin’ The Dog“If you don’t know how to do it, I’ll show you how to walk that dog.” Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, from “I Like Everything About You (Yes I Do!)”
  3. My Treasure“You’re my treasure, carried you the whole way home to my dresser.” Recess Monkey, from “Desert Island Disc”
  4. Move Like Saturday Night“I can see by the look in your eyes, you’re ready to move like Saturday Ni-i-ight. “ Francis England, from “Blink of an Eye”
  5. Itsy Bitsy Spider“The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came the rain and washed the spider out.” Frankie D & Steven Bernstein, from “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and Will Love!)
  6. The Colors of the Sky“When nighttime arrives, the white moon shines above.”  Johnette Downing, from “Reading Rocks”
  7. Only Take What You Need“Choose a little, use it a lot and only take what you need.” Earth Mama, from “The Best Foot Forward Series: Gratitude Attitude”
  8. Whatever I Want To Be “Let’s run around and be just what we want!” Young Avenue Kids, from “Whatever I Want To Be”

CDs

Photo 1: http://mrpottersfuntimeblog.blogspot.com; photo 2: Mommy’s Alright.

Sound it Out: Putumayo Kids, Recess Monkey, Hope Harris and The Dirty Sock Funtime Band!

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♪ Compilation “Kids World Party” (Putumayo Kids) is a sonic trip around the world for all ages with everything from feel-good  Indian pop (“Kitni Haseen Zindagi”) to dancehall (“Oompa Loompa”). Plus, fifty cents from each CD sale goes to Amnesty International!

♪ BLAM! KRRSSSHHHH! A soundtrack for lil’ superheroes? Yes, please. Recess Monkey’s “Flying” is a poppy rock album by a beloved trio of Seattle teachers who riff on everything from earning playground cred in the blues-rock “Sidekick” to a Ted Leo-esque ditty about stuffed toys with super powers (“Super Stuffies”).

♪ Yeehaw, ya’ll! It’s Hope Harris’ “Cousins Jamboree” takin’ you down home for some country fun. This southern belle kindly introduces herself in “Howdy Hello” and welcomes her lil’ listeners to the jamboree on the second track. It’s a fun record with ditties about critters, manners and friendship, plus a sleepy-time ballad toward the end for good measure.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band might make Gen Y parents nostalgic for Sifl and Olly at first glance, but these socks puppets are Rated G. “Sock-a-Delic” is a silly album that walks through a variety of topics and genres from a jingle about a thrift store for superheroes (“Ernesto’s”) to a spirited ode to random objects of adoration (“I Love It!”). “Sock-a-Delic” is a great companion to the live show experience.


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