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This month we feature songs about sharing the love with family and friends! 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.

Light of Love

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

 
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Tell us about your music: Two-time GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer makes joyful, rootsy rock ‘n’ roll for kids and families.  His trademark smile lights up the band’s live performances, and it shines just as brightly in his recordings, expressing the warmth, fun and positive spirit he finds in the family experience.  That infectious, happy grin gets top billing in his latest CD, “Just Say Hi!”

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): I wrote this song to feature both of our accordion players. There’s nothin’ like two accordions jammin’ together to get the party started. At our shows, if there’s someone in the audience who brings their accordion, we’ll invite them up for this one.

What you hope children & families will get from this song -  I hope everyone dances together and sings out loud: "Hey! Ho! Shine your little light of love!"

© Brady Rymer

http://www.bradyrymer.com/

Love Comes Back

Jim Cosgrove with Jazzy Ash

 
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Tell us about your music and how you selected these songs:

A few years ago I searched for a good collection of family love songs for my daughters, and I couldn’t find one! So, I reached out to some of my musician friends and we put together our own. I found so many great songs from our family music community that it was difficult to choose only 12. The result is a compilation of really cool, sweet, fun, and rocking songs from some of the coolest, sweetest, and rocking-est entertainers I know.

About this song:

I wrote the song “Love Comes Back” specifically for this album, as a reminder to myself and my children that the more you give your love away, the more you get back. And I love Jazzy Ash’s voice, so I had to have her sing this with me.

What do you hope children & families will get from these songs:

The songs on Heart Beats are like individual musical hugs. I hope that kids and adults cuddle up together and sing these songs to each other, and remember that love is the biggest and coolest gift that anyone can give or get. And I have the feeling that Heart Beats will become part of the historical soundtrack of families everywhere.

© Jim Cosgrove

www.mightymoproductions.comwww.jimcosgrove.com, and www.jazzyash.com 

Little Bitta You

Andrew and Polly

 
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Tell us about your music:

Andrew & Polly make music for kids and families that is sweet and quirky, imaginative and fun - and absolutely full of love.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

'Little Bitta You' is the story of lots of families we've met while performing kids music - and the sweet-crazy parenthood that we dreamed about before becoming parents ourselves.  We recorded a bunch of really quiet sounds like muted guitar and soft mallets on the glockenspiel, and then we brought in our pal Gabe on trombone because we wanted it to grow into something rollicking and rambunctious -- you know, like childhood?

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

This song is both a lullaby and a living room dance party - we hope it's a soundtrack for how much your family loves being together, wherever and whenever you play it!

℗ 2015 Records Palindrom Records

http://andrewandpolly.com/about/

Give Me a Hug

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights

 
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About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): 

I was determined to write a song "goodnight song" for parents to sing to their little ones before bed about hugs and kisses. I wanted it to be a little more rockin' than your regular run of the mill lullaby (enter the drum groove and the ba ba ba's). I have since written a bunch of lullabies but this one is my favorite and I sing it all the time with my now 6 month old daughter. She smiles huge when I sing "ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba..." 

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

As a songwriter who used to write grownup music and hundreds of love songs in my former life, it was nice for a change to write a love song between parent and child. I hope "Give Me A Hug" encourages tons of hugs and kisses each and every night. As a brand new parent, I am learning there is no such thing as too many hugs and kisses!

© Joanie Leeds

http://www.joanieleeds.com/

L-O-V-E

Josh and the Jamtones

 
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About our music:

We make music for kids and their grownups. Plus, big brother/big sister, grammies and/or pappies, family pets, babysitters, third cousins, elderly neighbors, old college roommates, etc. We're age-inclusive like that. Our music's got swagger: infectious, ska-centric jams run into stadium-sized monster rock choruses, which blend into a cappella sing-a-longs fueled by slick beat boxing and massive four-part vocal harmonies -- all packed into a ball of frenetic dance party craziness! Sounds fun, right? It is, we promise.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

The song L-O-V-E is all about…well… L-O-V-E. I have 3 kids and once I became a dad I found a love I never knew was possible. They say when you have a child its like having your heart live outside of your body. In this song they lyrics “Wherever the road leaves u, I will follow cus in my heart you’re always by my side” sing to that notion. I’m seeing first hand and fully understanding the idea of “time flies” and “they grow up so fast”. I love my kids and my family more than anything in the world and I hope that shines thru in this song.

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

A fresh, contemporary song about L-O-V-E that parents and their children can enjoy and sing together!

© Josh and the Jamtones

http://www.joshandthejamtones.com/

Dear to Me

Rissi Palmer

 
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Tell us about your music:

My music is a gumbo of all of the sounds that have had a profound influence on me: country, soul, and pop. I love harmonies, acoustic guitar, and a honest lyric. I try to be as uplifting and honest as possible. I want my music, whether "adult" or children's, to be the bright spot to my listener's day. 

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

The idea for "Dear to Me" and the rest of the album Best Day Ever came from my then 9 month old daughter. People gifted us with kids music and we were talking a mother/baby music class so I was suddenly inundated with children's songs. I became inspired and set out to make something that kids and parents could enjoy equally; an album that was sweet without being corny.

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

This is a personal favorite and is a love note to your special little or big person. I hope kids hear it and realize that no matter who or what they are, they are loved.

© Rissi Palmer

www.rissipalmer.com