Shawn Bean, a dude I mentioned in Episode 003 of our podcast, is a fathers and writer for Parenting.com. He’s also had it with “that happy train song” – and who can blame him? Kid’s music is – ahem – not all that interesting to adults.
(EDIT – my buddy Jeff Bogle, owner of Out With the Kids has informed me that generalizing and saying that kid’s music is “not all that interesting to adults” isn’t cool or true. He’s right. I’m referring to the typical cartoon-character-sung classics that you’ll see on your “favorite” educational shows. I don’t mean the real singer-songwriter stuff that Jeff routinely reviews. Jeff points out that “it’s an antiquated viewpoint. It’s also trite. The genre is ripe with quality.” Sorry Jeff, and sorry internet for being a trite and antiquated liar. It’s kind of my “thing.”)
Bean’s got a list of some good suggestions for music you can offer to your little beasts – stuff that won’t make you want to eat your own face. The best recommendation – strangely enough, the Vitamin String Quartet’s “VSQ Performs Lady Gaga” album, a more classical take on the odd-fashion-minded starlet. You still remember the lyrics, but your kid is spared from them.
Read Bean’s list at Parenting.com, but I’m going to take it a step further after the jump and recommend some other albums for you and the spawn.
This isn’t really a review, so much as a nudge to pick up a free gift. If you’ve got a little kid and you still buy into the evil regime of Christmas (kidding, I guess), then boy-howdy do I have an app for you to try. It’s the “Toca Hair Salon Christmas Gift” which is the Japanese game show way to say “Toca Xmas Salon.”
This FREE app, by the good folks at Toca Boca, is like crack cocaine for a toddler-aged kid. Your kid can choose to either cut Santa’s hair or prune a Christmas tree. There’s not much to this app, except that you get to cut, style and color Santa’s hair. Somehow, it also hypnotizes kids.