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Listen to a fun selection of summer 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.

Backyard Camping

Jazzy Ash

 
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Tell us about your music:  My music is about the wonder of childhood, set to a soundtrack of New Orleans. Jazz, zydeco, bop, swing, blues—it’s all in there! “Backyard camping” is from my first album Home. My new album Bon Voyage, which is scheduled for release on July 28, 2015, is all about the magic of movement with original songs, some featuring guest artists.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  Over the years, our family has become known for coming up with clever, free activities like camping in our own backyard! “Backyard Camping” is all about finding affordable, inventive ways to have fun with family. Sometimes all you need is a little imagination to have the best time of your life!

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  I hope that families are inspired to use the resources they already have to create wonderful family memories. I also hope that they go out to their backyards (or stay in their living rooms) and literally pop a tent—C’mon, it’ll be fun!

 
© Jazzy Ash
Bug Out

The Pop Ups

 
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Tell us about your music:  “Bug Out” is a song from our second GRAMMY® nominated album, Appetite for Construction. We are currently working on a new music video for it to be part of The Pop Ups Youtube web series and we’re super excited.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  We wanted to make a fun song that included movement but also tried to touch on the deeper stress of things you can’t change, like bugs flying around during the summer. We always like to “dance it out.”

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  Kids will have a guided way to get down and dance and parents will look around to see what station is playing because the song has a good beat.

 
 
© The Pop Ups
 
Lemonade Stand

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis)

 
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Tell us about your music:  We make unique indie pop rock for families that we guarantee will make you dance. This song is from our award-winning album A Potluck, whose songs reflect the diversity of our neighborhood in Los Angeles and our own childhood memories. Our new Spanish language album "Adelante" is coming out this summer.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  We actually wrote this song based on true events. Two little girls in out neighborhood were selling lemonade and super aggressive about it!  It was hilariously awesome. We loved the sense of entrepreneurship!

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  We hope families are inspired to have their own stand and celebrate summer whilst gaining lifetime skills!  But above all, we hope that everyone has fun doing it!

 
© Lucky Diaz
Wander Round The World

Key Wilde & Mr Clarke

 
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Tell us about your music:  In our original songs, we try to capture the spirit of the traditional folk music that inspired us when we first began performing together over 20 years ago by incorporating close vocal harmonies, a driving rhythm and clever lyrics with a humorous edge.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  The song “Wander Round The World” features acoustic guitar, standup bass, mandolin and fiddle – the only standard bluegrass instrument missing in the mix is the banjo. The original idea for the song was leaving a cold climate and heading for warmer weather. Once the journey began, we decided to just keep moving.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  The song introduces listeners to places around the world and various modes of transportation. Let the imagination be your guide and you can travel anywhere in the world. Randomly pick a spot on the globe—how might you get there? What would you do there? Families can make up their own verses, create their own itinerary.

 
 
© Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
Sing In The Sun

The Harmonica Pocket

 
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Tell us about your music:  Silly and sweet, our music is designed for families with kids. Almost every song on each of our albums features a different combination of musicians and genres, so when you press play you might hear a pop-rock, bluegrass, or even a Jamaican-inspired tune. Our 2015 release Sundrops is an uplifting collection of sunshine and rain-themed songs, aptly recorded in a studio powered by solar electricity.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  I wrote “Sing In The Sun” on my front porch with a handful of friends sitting around together. It was an improvisational process where you are, at the time, unaware that a new song is being born. The sun was barely visible, but you could still see its bright, round, shape behind the clouds. The idea behind the song was that if we all sang together, maybe we could “sing in” the sun, or call it towards us with our song.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  Life can be stressful so I hope this uplifting, optimistic little song gives you a chance to snap some fingers and tap some toes. “Sing In The Sun” reminds me to be present and not dwell on the past—look up because a beautiful day as begun.

 

© Keeth Apgar, The Harmonica Pocket
Froggy Went A Courtin’

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

 
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Tell us about your music: We have been recording and performing for children and family audiences for over 40 years, working as a duo for 35. Our music has traditional folk roots and styles and includes original as well as traditional songs. We have won numerous songwriting contests for our children’s songs in addition to GRAMMY® awards.

About your song (e.g. any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): “Froggy Went A Courtin’” is a traditional Scottish song with origins dating back to the 1500s. Our recording of it features a five-string banjo and cello banjo, which is a four-string banjo with a 14-inch drum, tuned exactly like a cello. Plucked with a guitar pick, a cello banjo sounds like a bass and sometimes like a tuba.

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

  • Fun!
  • Inspiration to draw pictures of the fabulous characters while following the storyline.
  • Hear two new instruments—five-string banjo & cello banjo.

© Kira Willey

www.cathymarcy.com