We'll start off 2011 with a theme--The Exclamation Point!
Three of our favorite CDs from 2010 were This is
Fun! by Caspar Babypants, Let's
Go! by The Boogers, and
Pink! by Rocknoceros. These will
be our first Win A Disc Wednesday bands of the new
Then, for the final week of the month, we have a big Keller
Williams giveaway. Keller has long been one of our favorites
and the kids were jammin' to and loving his music from toddlerhood
on. Now he has a disc specially for the littles.
Keller has made his first foray into kindie rock, with his aptly
named CD, Kids.
Yeah, yeah....I know there's no exclamation point after Kids,
but Keller makes the cut because his brand new
children's book, Because I Said So!, and his live concert, No
Kidding!, both do. Also, when you hear we're giving away four
tickets and three CDs to lucky winners, you'll have some exclaiming
ChiIL Mama had a chance to preview and give away one Kids
CD and a copy of Keller's new book/CD combo as part of our
bigKindie Holidaze event, right before Christmas. And I
can honestly tell you, they're great.
Here's our January line up culminating with 3 Kids CDs, and 4 No
Kidding! tickets--a huge Keller Williams bonanza on the 26th.
The dates below are when we will post each review and the
winners will be chosen the following Wednesday. Enter any
time from now till each winner is chosen.
Featured CD of the week:
5th-This is Fun! by Caspar Babypants
12th-Let's Go! by
The Boogers (click the links for ChiIL Mama's coverage)
26th-Kids by Keller Williams
Our first review up is Caspar
Babypants, This is Fun!, just released in November.
first took a look at this baby October 27th, which I'll repost
instead of linking here, so nobody gets the old and new entry forms
Don't let the name fool you. This is not another Barney or
Wiggles knock off. Caspar Babypants has all the irreverant genius
of Chris Ballew, front man and Grammy nominated songwriter for
four times platinum rock band, The Presidents of the United
States of America.
We've rocked out to The
Presidents of the United States
since BC--before children--way
back in 1995. And those songs still live in infamy on the
ipod. We actually have a little blue dune buggy (69 VW dune
buggy) and an abiding love of peaches, 80's punk covers, witty word
play, and quirky innuendos.
We've always introduced our kids to a wide range of musical styles
and artists, and not censored much. Music is music and
there's so much great stuff out there that we don't limit the kids
to stamped and approved "kids' music". But sometimes that
method comes back to bite you in the butt! If the sound of
your littles belting out "I can't get your body out of my mind"
leaves you a little green around the gills, but you don't want to
sacrifice clever lyrics that make you chuckle when you're stressed
out and running late, here's a kid disc you've gotta have.
Sagezilla and Du-Jay both enjoyed this 20 tune disc, despite being
well beyond babyhood. A number of songs that include the
word baby like "All You Pretty Babies", Baby's Getting Up", "Bounce
Your Baby", and "Baby And The Animals" may be off putting to
slightly older kids who consider themselves more grown up than
that. Chris Ballew does seem to have the preschool "swing
set" in mind here. That said, this disc is not babyish or
condescending and these are some good, fun tunes that all ages can
sing and dance to.
My kids grew up on Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, so they were excited
to recognize "Sliver" on This is Fun! Chris Ballew doesn't just
cover it--he's actually got Krist Novoselic from Nirvana on
Stone Gossard, rhythm guitarist of Pearl Jam says, "Caspar
Babypants isn't music just for kids. It's fantastically
hooky, cool, authentic pop."
Ballew's goal is to reduce stress in everyday family life.
He says, "I'm very serious about making something to help the world
relax and help parents take time to sing with their kids and enjoy
music together. I work with a number of non-profit groups
that focus on early childhood education and parent education and
provide assistance to homeless and low-income families. If I
can make songs that lighten the load for someone under stress or
get a family singing, then I am doing what I was put here to
Ballew has succeeded in making some seriously silly songs that
will have families relaxing, dancing and laughing together.
Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew, lead singer and
Grammy®-nominated songwriter for the four-times platinum rock and
roll band The Presidents of the United States of America.
As Caspar Babypants, however, Ballew's focus is on music
for kids and families. The 2009 debut Caspar Babypants
album HERE I AM!
was named the #1 Album of the
Year by Warren Truitt on Kids' Music That Rocks and was also
included on the Zooglobble list of "My Favorite Kids' and
Family Albums of 2009." Later in 2009 the second Caspar
Babypants CD MORE PLEASE!
was chosen among the Best
of the Year by Cool Mom Picks,
Chris Ballew as Caspar Babypants is a master storyteller, and
the very intelligent, compelling music he creates never gets in the
way of the "story line" of the song.The third Caspar Babypants
album - set for release on November 2 - is THIS IS
It's filled with great stories dressed up as songs,
providing families with a wonderful listening experience
that's at once classic and contemporary, drawing as much from
traditional American folk and bluegrass tunes and African American
spirituals as it does from The Presidents of the United States of
America and Nirvana. The album's 20 songs are straightforward, yet
quirky; edgy yet friendly, set in musical styles ranging from the
hard-driving shuffle of "Speedy Centipede" to the country stylings
of "All You Pretty Babies" and "The Cuckoo" to the sweet goofiness
of "Googly Eyes." Special guests on THIS IS
! include Krist Novoselic from Nirvana playing
bass on the Nirvana song "Sliver," as well as contributions by
preeminent children's musicians Elizabeth Mitchell on the duet
"Dark of Night" and Charlie Hope on the timeless folk song
Chris Ballew made a conscious decision to limit his time rocking
out with The Presidents and devote most of his energy to working
with kids and families. He's on a mission to use his music to
help lessen the stress of everyday family life.
HERE for your chance to win any or all of our exclamatory CDs
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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