Kids CD’s To Bring the Calm

Snapshot_20101113_22 Sometimes, kids get hyped up and you need to bring them back down to Earth.

In the preschool class I teach, I put on calming music during snack time, which is just after outdoor play time. Here are a few of the new CDs in my current calm time rotation:

Cantilena – Night Songs From Around The World is a collection of lullaby-esque songs performed by classical guitarist Hilary Field and vocalist Patrice O’Neill, with performances by acoustic duo Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, Grammy award winning English hornist Nancy Rumbel, and principal musicians from the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras.

Cantilena – Night Songs From Around The World is sophisticated enough for adults but enriching for little ears, and was awarded a Gold Medal from the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

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Snapshot_20101113_23 Imagine if Michael Jackson and muzak had a love child with a digital vibraphone, glockenspiel and mellotron.

The result would be Cradle Rock Pop: Lullaby Versions of Songs Recorded by Michael Jackson: Thrillaby, an album of adaptations of hit Michael Jackson songs transformed into lullabies.

Its kind of crazy. I put the Thrillaby on in my class and have moments of lucidity where I’m all “wait a…is that…Beat It? Haha!”

Thrillaby also has Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Baby Be Mine, The Girl Is Mine, Thriller, Billie Jean, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) and The Lady In My Life.

Snapshot_20101113_25 Also in the series is Cradle Rock Country: Lullaby Versions of Songs Recorded by Johnny Cash: "I Crawl The Line", with tracks like Cry, Cry, Cry, Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Jackson, Boy Named Sue, Rusty Cage, Man Comes Around, I’ve Been Everywhere, and Hurt.

That’s about all of my favorite Johnny Cash classics, except "I Still Miss Someone". That’s a good one!

Snapshot_20101113_21 Are you more of a Kenny Chesney fan? Well, you aren’t left out. Cradle Rock Country: Lullaby Versions of Songs Recorded by Kenny Chesney, "No Shoes, No Diaper, Might Be A Problem" has you covered, with lullabye-ish covers of Out Last Night, Living in Fast Forward, Young, Summertime, Beer in Mexico, There Goes My Life, When the Sun Goes Down, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, The Good Stuff, and Never Wanted Nothing More.

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Snapshot_20101113_24 Not in the mood for just music?

Best Candy in the Whole World is a CD of stories told by Grammy award-winning artist Bill Harley.

The stories include a bit of music (Bill Harley’s specialty), and are amusing in a “radio theater” way.

Each story has a bit of a moral. The title story is "The Best Candy in the Whole World", followed by a "A Walk Around the Block", "The Boy Who Hid in a Peanut", "Sillier than You", and "Jack and the Singing Leaves".

“The Boy Who Hid in a Peanut” might be my favorite, mostly because of a very realistic early-morning dialog between a boy eager to go fishing, and a father wanting to finish his coffee and paper.

I’m sure kids won’t find that dynamic amusing, but my point is there is something for adults to enjoy about Best Candy in the Whole World as well!

Best Candy in the Whole World is a little over 1 hour long.

For all kinds of musical inspiration for kids, visit Music for Little People! They have everything from CD’s to kid-sized instruments. Too cool!

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