Archive for the ‘ Music ’ Category

Great Classic Summer Toy

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Colorful Boomwhackers let kids hit just about anything (siblings excluded) and make music! Use the eight color-coded tubes (C major scale) to play the tunes in the included songbook or, like my kids, make up your own.

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Raffi Hits the Road

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Hey music fans! Longtime children’s favorite recording star Raffi just announced a 2013 U.S. tour—the first in a decade! If you live near one of these cities, be sure to get tickets and sing along to Bananaphone, Baby Beluga, and Five Little Ducks for me. All were favorites of my oldest son, now 18.

Cities include: Berkeley, Santa Barbara, New York, New Haven, Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Aurora, IL.


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Grammy Nominations

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Little Seed

Ellen’s on vacation this week, spending time with her boys. Here’s a guest post from Research Chief Beth Honeyman.

Grammy nomination
s came out recently and I was thrilled to see a nod for Elizabeth Mitchell, one of my family’s musical mainstays. Many of Mitchell’s albums run on semi-permanent rotation at our house, owing to the songstress’s gentle vocals and simple arrangements. The sweet songs provide a perfect calming note on otherwise crazy days and often help to soothe my four- and two-year olds through their challenging pre-dinner witching hour. Lately, we’ve been enjoying tracks from Mitchell’s latest album Blue Clouds, but somehow her nominated one, Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, slipped past my eagle eye (or should that be “ear”?). You can be sure I’ll be correcting that oversight right away.

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