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Featured Artists and Songs

This month features fun and silly songs! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

Compost

Earthworm Ensemble

 
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Tell us about your music:  We make children's music for the whole family to enjoy and hope our lyrics inspire family conversations about keeping our earth green. We often focus on ecological topics like home gardening, farmer's markets, composting, ladybugs and earthworms, and even dinosaurs.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  “Compost” is our first song that's kind of bluesy! We usually do folk and folk-rock songs, but we thought it would be fun to try and emulate classic bluesman John Lee Hooker. The lyrics describe how to compost even in a small space, and depict the role of microorganisms in turning table scraps and leaves into rich soil. Lead vocals are by Rob Waller (of the band I See Hawks In L.A. All four Hawks are on the song).

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  Learning how to compost! Save those kitchen scraps!

 
© Earthworm Ensemble
Thingamajig

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

 
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Tell us about your music:  Our sound mixes Modern pop twists with retro styling —catchy, danceable, and fun. Our music is jam-packed with meaningful, empowering lyrics.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  We're so excited that Thingamajig (from the album Lishy Lou and Lucky Too) is NAEYC's Week of the Young Child's Music Monday song!  The inspiration for this song was a book that highlighted unusual words that people no longer use.  One of these words, "Thingamajig" became the song title.  Other words like “curmudgeon” and “charlatan” we used with the song itself.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  We hope listeners will have fun with the song and make up their own lyrics using unusual words that strike their fancy.  

 
 
© Lucky Diaz
 
 
I Mean

Billy Jonas Band

 
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Tell us about your music:  We create funky family folk music with guitar, lots of harmonies, audience participation, and “industrial re-percussion” — found object/recyclable/homemade instruments. Put all that together and it's a neo-tribal hootenanny!  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  This song took 20 years to write! My first notes for it are dated 1993 – a collection of "spoonerisms," which are phrases where the syllables are swapped, for example, shake a tower = take a shower. I kept collecting and playing with melody and rhythm ideas until it started to take shape and finally came together in 2014, for our album. How's that for dedication?

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  I have dyslexia, which is why the spoonerisms featured in the song come naturally to me. We hope everyone will be inspired to embrace and celebrate their uniqueness, as well as their mistakes, challenges, and different abilities. Mostly, we hope that listeners will have fun correcting my mistakes as I sing them!

 
 
© Billy Jonas
 
 
Crunchy Privilege

Lori Henriques

 
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Tell us about your music:  I write songs for people who are curious.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  I recorded this song on a magnificent Steinway piano. I was pregnant during the project, and on the last day of recording, my arms could barely reach around my belly to the keys. I treasure the local farmers’ market where I buy food for my family. My favorite local organic farm is beautifully named “Gathering Together Farm,” and they grow the absolute best carrots I’ve ever tasted. I buy so many, my son smilingly called me “Carrot Lady” one day.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  Isn't it great to be reminded of how delicious a fresh fruit or vegetable really is? I love calling attention to the dedicated people working at small local farms, who actually get their hands dirty growing amazing things for us. Every organic farmer I meet is so happy to be doing it, no wonder their food tastes so good!

 
 
© Lori Henriques
 
 
 
 
Bones

Django Jones

 
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Tell us about your music:  We’ve always tried to make children’s music that adults would also enjoy listening to. Grown-ups listen to the music almost as much as children, so we want to make something that appeals to all ages.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  For this song, we wanted to capture the feeling of bones clanking around in your body, so we gathered as many percussion instruments (pots, pans, wooden objects) as we could find and recorded them together with the piano.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  We hope people will laugh (or at least enjoy listening to us having fun), while subliminally learning the names of many bones in the human body.

 
 
© Django Jones
 
 
Wrong Way Joe

In the Nick of Time

 
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Tell us about your music: Our music is eclectic and draws influence from 100 years of popular music. We mix rock, folk, reggae, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and country so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our music is upbeat and whimsical, and our goal is to get people moving to the beat.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): This song is influenced by early rock and roll. The foundation of the song is a five-accent clave rhythm known as the “Bo Diddley Beat” (named for the rock and roll pioneer). “Wrong Way Joe” is a silly song about poor Joe who can’t seem to do anything right.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: We hope that listeners laugh and use their imagination to picture all the silly things that Joe does. And you can’t go wrong with rock and roll when you want to dance!

 
© In the Nick of Time