Since all these reactions are inappropriate for the setting in which we are usually listening to music (the car), I prefer to find good kids' music--stuff that I can enjoy and even sing along with. I'll share some of what we like, today and tomorrow. (Share your own favorites in the comments!)
Sandra Boynton is the author of scads of adorable children's board books with titles as beguiling as The Belly Button Book and Your Personal Penguin. (In fact, you can get a free download of Davy Jones singing Your Personal Penguin here--scroll down a bit on the page.) Boynton also has a few full-length albums that are sold as book/CD packages. We have two and love them both.
Philadelphia Chickens is an "imaginary musical revue" with songs by Sandra Boynton & Michael Ford. Kids can read along in the book while they listen to some fantastic stars singing Broadway-style songs. It's so much fun hearing Meryl Streep belting "Nobody Understands Me" and Kevin Kline singing, "BusyBusyBusy." And these days it is extra-sentimental when I listen to Natasha Richardson sing "Silly Lullaby," the song I got the nickname "Zoodle" from.
Here's an exampe of some of the adorable, funny lyrics from the song "Belly Button (Round)" on Philadelphia Chickens:
"Belly Belly Button,
you're oh so fine.
OOO, Belly Button,
I'm so happy you're mine
A tummy without you
just wouldn't be right,
Little Belly Button,
you're a beautiful sight."
You can listen to clips from all the songs on Philadelphia Chickens here.
Dog Train is Boynton & Ford's rock album, and The Engineer and I particularly like this one. The Spin Doctors start the album with the cathartic song "Tantrum." The title track, "Dog Train," is performed by Blues Traveler. Kate Winslet and "Weird Al" Yankovic are hilarious singing "I Need a Nap," and Steve Lawrence and Eydi Gorme are even funnier crooning "Boring Song."
Here are some of the lyrics from the song "Wave Bye-Bye" (a song about a little girl who just wants her parents to leave the boring party they're all at) on Dog Train:
"Come on and say bye-bye.
I want to go bye-bye.
It's time to wave bye-bye.
"I want them not to see me,
'cause whenever they do,
they've always got to ask me,
'And how old are you?'
Well, I was four when we got here.
It's a while since then.
I'm thinking that by now I must be...nine or ten."
You can listen to clips from all the songs on Dog Train here.
If you're torturing yourself listening to annoying kids' music, don't let yourself suffer another day! Check out Sandra Boynton, and let me know what you think. Come back tomorrow, and I'll tell you about one more group we like. I'm looking forward to reading your ideas in the comments!