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Listen to a fun selection of songs to sing along, dance, and learn with young children at home or in the classroom. And don't miss our growing music archive!

Box of Crayons

The Pop Ups

 
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Tell us about your music:

The Pop Ups have been a band since 2010.  We've been nominated for 2 GRAMMY awards for Best Children's Album, among others.   We perform with large scale props and puppets for a completely interactive experience. We like to write music with the ambitious goal of being educationally valuable for early childhood but completely relevant to adult tastes.  

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

This song was written to be drawn along to during the performance.  We wanted to write a song about colors, but also wanted it to tell a story that could be drawn along by listeners at home, or by one of us on stage!  It actually features an electric sitar-guitar.  A very interesting sound. 

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

We'd love for listeners to have a sense of wonder and be inspired to draw!

© The Pop Ups 

 www.thepopups.com

Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy & Marcy

 
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Tell us about your music:

 We are Americana & roots artists who have had parallel careers in children's/family music and music for adult audiences. Between us, we play more than 30 instruments including  guitar, five-string banjo, cello banjo, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, percussion, world music flutes and whistles and more. We sing, harmonize, write songs, sing songs by others and sing/play a lot of traditional music. We have won 2 GRAMMY Awards in children's music and received 14 GRAMMY nominations for folk  albums and children's albums. We love making music with others and collaborating with other artists. 

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

"Dancin’ in the Kitchen" was written as a Cajun song. We recorded it with the Savoy Family Cajun Band from Eunice, Louisiana. We wanted an authentic Cajun band to make the song come alive. It includes twin fiddles, Cajun accordion, rhythm guitar and stand-up bass. The song is al Cajun two-step and is easy and fun to dance to. The lyrics were inspired by families we know -- a family with "Momma" and "Mommy,” "Daddy" and "Papa" and more configurations. It is light-hearted and makes it fun to honor all families. 

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

 The song simply celebrates the diversity of families regardless of who the family "leaders" are. As a result, it makes all children ready to celebrate their own families and recognize that all families are not the same, and that's okay.

© Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

www.cathymarcy.com

Kid of the Week

The Not-Its!

 
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Tell us about your music:

The Not-Its! are a full rock band for kids. We have just released our 6th album titled “Are You Listening?” Our goal is to make the kind of music that we like to listen to with family friendly lyrics. The fact that we have parent fans as well as kid fans is one of our proudest accomplishments.

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

The idea of this song was initiated by bassist Jennie Helvern and drummer Michael Welke on an airplane on the way back from one of our out of town shows. The band fleshed it out in practice and it is a great example of our songwriting process. The germ of an idea will come from one or two band members and then the rest of us collaborate to bring it to fruition. What kid doesn’t want to feel special? This song is our punk/pop way of honoring kids on a special day. Not every day can be amazing. But an epic day deserves an epic song. Ladies and gentlemen, we present “Kid of the Week” 

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

 One of the most important things we do is to get families singing and dancing together. That goes for all of our songs, including “Kid of the Week.”

This is also a kind of superhero song. Every kid is special and extraordinary in some way. This is an anthem for a child who is feeling awesome, or maybe one who doesn’t feel so awesome and needs a little boost.

© The Not-Its!

www.wearethenot-its.com

Love

Rodney Whittenberg featuring Palatine

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

The song is an homage to the protest songs of the early 60s. It's inspired by a story that congressman John Lewis shared with me about how he prepared for the march from Selma, Alabama. He shared that he gained strength to remain strong during that time through love. The lyrics were an answer to my own struggles with coping with fear or anger - take it and turn it into love.

I really wanted thing song to be simple and easy to sing, yet would carry the weight of the words. The music features just acoustic guitar and voices - a contrast to the other songs on We Stood Up.

What you hope children & families will get from this song: I hope families can draw strength from the song and use it as a reminder that when times are hard, love can help you through it. Love takes an unbelieveable amount of strength and it's a practice and discipline, not just a feeling or emotion.

https://soundcloud.com/user-774801037/13-love-song

Education

Rodney Whittenberg: featuring Palatine, Shirley Franklin, John Lewis, and Dr. Bernard C. Watson, The Sprout U School of the Arts Choir

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

This song was so much fun to write, produce and record. I had a feeling that children featured on the song would listen to it and be excited to sign out the words "EDUCATION!", and I was right! They picked up on the message and the fun groove of the music and you can hear their passion in the song.  I love how the samples of the civil rights leaders make up the verses!

What you hope children & families will get from this song: There was one common thread that connected civil rights icons John Lewis, Shirley Franklin, Julian Bond, and Andrew Young together, and that was their thirst and dedication for learning. I hope children will always be reminded that if there something they cant figure out - a challenge or a difficulty in their lives - they they'll do what the song says - "ask a teacher or read a book or two" and together they can figure out what to do.

https://soundcloud.com/user-774801037/32-education-song 

We Stood Up

Rodney Whittenberg featuring Palatine and Mr. Cookie Jar

 
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Tell us about this album: We Stood Up is an anthology album for kids about the Civil Rights Movement, featuring hopeful messages about freedom, opportunity and equality, the enduring issues that the civil rights leaders fought so valiantly for.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): This song was inspired by my research on the civil rights era and features many different singers and friends. It's a funky jam with a little bit of rock thrown in. While recording, it became everyone's favorite song, so we decided to name the whole album after the song!

What you hope children & families will get from this song: I hope children will be be inspired by the song and always be reminded that it only takes a small group of committed people to accomplish something positive. Though we all struggle and have hard times, I hope families remember that we can always be there to help others.

https://soundcloud.com/user-774801037/20we-stood-up-song