|1. Mahna Mahna - Cake|
|2. La La La La Lemon - Barenaked Ladies|
|3. The Rainbow Connection - Sarah McLachlan|
|4. I've Got To Be Clean - Guster|
|5. Wonderwheel - Dan Zanes|
|6. Have A Little Fun With Me - Glen Phillips|
|7. The Hoppity Song - John Ondrasik|
|8. My Flying Saucer - Billy Bragg|
|9. It's All Right To Cry - Darius Rucker|
|10. Sing - Ivy|
|11. Bright Eyes - Remy Zero|
|12. Willie The King - Dan Wilson|
|13. Snowy Day - Bleu|
|14. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Chantal Kreviazuk|
|15. Goodnight Children Everywhere - Sixpence None The Richer|
|16. Bend Down The Branches - Tom Waits|
I was not disappointed!
The tracks on this cd are funny, sweet, nostalgic and even poignant (especially Sarah McLachlan doing a truly beautiful rendition of Kermit's "Rainbow Connection"). There is also a wonderfully diverse range of musical artists on this album... Cake, Tom Waits, Wilco, BNL, Dan Wilson. If you weren't a fan of any/all of these artists *before* hearing the tasty tunes provided on this album, you may well be before you've finished listening to the last track.
This would be a fun & even useful gift for friends or family who have young children, but I think it's going to be even more fun for those of us who grew up with Sesame Street and The Muppets. Who can resist singing "Mahna Mahna" or "The Hoppity Song" at the top of their lungs? I sure can't!
Better yet, the proceeds from this album go to two great causes; VH1's "Save the Music Foundation" in the U.S. and "The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach" program in Canada. Being a former Band Geek myself, I know how important music was in shaping my character and my life. Other kids should have that same opportunity. And that alone is reason enough to buy this album IMO.
La La La.... lovely!
My 14-month-old loves certain songs on this CD (especially "Hippity Hop" and "Snow Day"), enjoys some of the other songs, and doesn't show much reaction to a few of the songs.
The greatest benefit of this CD is that its tolerable to adults, even after repeated listenings. I can't say that about many kiddie CDs (except Ralph's World -- check those out, too!)
Good stuff. Recommended.
My only minor quibble: The Sarah MacLachlan cover is beautiful, but probably would have been better toward the end of the CD when the songs slow down. It's in the third spot and is surrounded by very peppy songs -- it just kind of brings things to a screeching halt.
I eagerly recommend this if you're tired of the same hum ho kids music. This is one you will love just as much as them.