Parents know better than anyone that there is an abundance of
new music available for purchase and download. Just staying up with
all that is available is a chore, let alone knowing which new CD is
a worthwhile purchase.
Chicago's own Justin Roberts released his newest CD of
original songs, "Jungle Gym," in June. So did Laurie
Berkner with "The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band," a
collection of greatest hits including alternate versions of "Pig On
Her Head" and "Moon Moon Moon," along with the new song "Open Your
Heart" penned for the children's charity, The Pajama Program. Putumayo
Kids just released "Rock & Roll Playground," its latest
compilation project featuring a great mix of music artists
including Dan Zanes, Taj Mahal, Bill Harley and others.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Peter Yarrow (from Peter,
Paul and Mary) is passionate about the power of music making and
its effect on children as he continues to share his love of folk
music with young audiences. I had the privilege of interviewing him
last year as he was out promoting one of his earlier book/CD combos
in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series and what was supposed to be a
10-minute interview turned into a 40-minute conversation about the
state of music education in our schools. His passion is
"Songs for Little Folks" ($16.95, Sterling) is the fourth in the
series and like Yarrow's first three releases ("Puff, The Magic
Dragon," "Day Is Done" and "Let's Sing Together") deserves to be
part of every family's library. There is a lot to be in learned
from these simple folk songs and children have enjoyed singing them
for generation after generation.
So it is our job as parents to make sure our children are well
versed in the classics of children's music. Long after the latest
music superstar has faded, these gems will continue to shine.
Fred Koch writes about music every month for Chicago Parent.
See more of Fred's stories here.
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