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This month features new twists on old 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.

Big Rock Candy Mountain

The Okee Dokee Brothers

 
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Tell us about your music: 
We make Americana-folk music to inspire families to get outside, get active, and get creative. This song is from our second adventure album.
 
Tell us about your song: 
This is our new take on an old traditional song, now with some updated, kid-friendly lyrics, a mountain banjo in the background, and some harmonized whistling. 
 
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: 
This song has great rhymes and syncopated, rhythmic lyrics. It's a fun tune to sing along to while letting the words take your imagination for a whimsical mountain hike.
 
© The Okee Dokee Brothers
 
I Love the Mountains

Little Miss Ann

 
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Tell us about your music:
My music is down-to-earth but upbeat.  I create music interactive, enjoyable songs for the whole family. While my sound is based on folk rock, there are elements of indie, world, jazz, and blues.  I often use unique instrumentation and harmonies. 
 
Tell us about your song: 
When my daughter was young, I fell in love with children’s musicians like Woody Guthrie and Ella Jenkins.  I started working at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music as a parent/toddler music instructor. One day, I visited my ex-bandmate, who was a dad. He took me to a playgroup he started where they sang songs. A mom there who reacquainted me with “I Love the Mountains,” and I fell for the tune instantly.  On the album, I’ve put a rockin’ twist to it and added a dreamy flute part.
 
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:
As a former Chicago Public Special Education teacher, I originally used children’s music as an educational tool.  Mostly, singing together meant positive social interaction as well as building the children's reading and vocabulary skills. Hopefully, my music also empowers children to be strong, loving, and individual.
 
© Little Miss Ann
This Little Light of Mine

Alastair Moock

 
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Tell us about your music: 
 Award-winning musician Alastair Moock makes music for the whole family: kids, parents, even discerning pets. 
 
Tell us about your song: 
"This Little Light of Mine” is an old American folk song which has been sung for a variety of reasons throughout history. In this case, I recorded it with a bunch of children who’ve been through some pretty tough stuff—cancer patients and their siblings, including my daughters. There’s a strong theme of light on the album that includes this song.
 
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: 
I love that this song is a reminder that we all have a light inside us that makes us special. That light gives us strength, makes us who we are, and shows the world that we're worthy of giving and receiving love and respect.
 
© Alastair Moock
 
Pretty Crabby

Caspar Babypants

 
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Tell us about your music: 
Caspar Babypants is also known as Chris Ballew, lead singer and songwriter for the Seattle band, The Presidents of the United States of America. A few years ago Chris rediscovered turn-of-the-century folk and traditional music and focused on a simpler approach that gave birth to Caspar Babypants. His wife, Kate Endle, hugely influenced his transformation, and she creates cover art for the albums. "I want to make music for the very young because I admire their associative, inventive imaginations."
 
Tell us about your song: 
This one started out as a variation on an old folk song called “Betty Larkin,”but I made it about this wee crab I met on the beach. It seemed like it was having a bad day and wanted to get me, but it was also an amazing creature If you listen to this song when you’re feeling crabby, it might cheer you up!
 
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: 
I hope they get a toe-tapping, smile-inducing, synapse-firing good time! I want people to feel good and taken care of for the two and a half minutes that my song plays. They may also gain a subtle appreciation for old American folk music without knowing it!
 
© Caspar Babypants
 
All The Pretty Little Horses

Edie Carey & Sarah Sample

 
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Tell us about your music: 
Award-winning songwriters, friends, and fellow mamas, Sarah Sample and Edie Carey gathered a mix of original, well-known, and beloved tunes on their harmony-laden collection of lullabies and songs of comfort.
 
Tell us about your song: 
This traditional song was written so long ago we do not know the original composer. There is something so special about a song that is passed through the generations and still is sung today. Our version was played with several instruments, but the banjo and cello stand out. When we decided to make this album, we asked fans for their favorite lullabies. “All The Pretty Little Horses” was high on the list.
 
What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:
The message of this song is a truth found in many lullabies—parents, caregivers, and teachers want children to be safe, comforted, and have all the best the world has to offer. In this song, that wish takes the form of “blacks and bays, dabbles and grays, all the pretty little horses.” We loved recording the song and still sing it to our own children at night.
 
 
© Edie Carey & Sarah Sample
Walk or Ride

The Not-Its!

 
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About our music: Our music is very up-tempo and high energy, and we aim for engaging song content that engages children and parents.  The recordings have an indie rock sound that includes distorted guitars, booming drums, and nice harmonies.  The live show will have the kids tired out before we’ve hit 30 minutes.

About this song: This song is a reminder that, when given a choice to walk or ride—walk!  The lyrics illustrate the unexpected beauty nature has to offer when “using our feet to get from there to here”.  A short walk outdoors is just enough to refresh the mind, body and spirit!  Our friend Kevin Suggs played the pedal steel guitar on this song.

What I hope children, teachers and families get from this songWe hope this song inspires teachable moments that help instill a love of nature in our children. “See it, feel it, listen well – slow down and take a break. It matters!” Connecting children with nature and learning through their senses is a healthy way to find happiness in our ever-changing surroundings. 

www.wearethenot-its.com