i was asked if i’d be willing to host another giveaway and at the risk of getting all commercial on you, dear readers, i accepted the opportunity because i generally admire sandra boynton’s work and i also like several of the musicians listed on the sidebar of that album cover up there. they sent me a free copy of the cd to review and we’ve been listening to it non-stop in our car for the past few days. here are my thoughts:
1. these songs are (unsurprisingly) darn catchy with the easy, laid-back rhymes and wry lyrics that we’ve all come to love from sandra boynton. her books have always read like songs to me, so it’s no surprise that she’s an excellent lyric writer. even the happy little dude has been known to belt out a phrase from “copycat” or “frog trouble” (which he pronounces “frog truvvle” in the cutest way) even when we are nowhere near the cd itself.
2. i am not completely sick of the album and still happily sing along to most of them (although i’m a bit weary of the heartache song)– a good sign for a kids’ album.
3. i have wished on several occasions that they arranged the playlist a bit differently. the moods and tempos are very up and down and if i’m trying to put my kid to sleep in the back seat, i have to remember which tracks are the sleepy ones (summer storm, beautiful baby, when pigs fly, deepest blue) and which ones will keep him wide awake and singing along (broken piano and copycat especially).
4. my favorite tracks for sing-along-ability are “i’ve got a dog,” “copycat,” and “broken piano.”
while i tend to get most excited about new “kindie” artists and music, and boynton is more mainstream (she was nominated for a grammy after all!), she is the cream of the mainstream crop as far as i’m concerned. if you’d like to try out a copy of this album for yourself, the publisher has agreed to award three (!) lucky readers their very own copy. just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite children’s music cd by sunday, october 6 at 10:00 p.m. and i’ll announce the winners sometime next week.
in the meantime, here’s a clip of the music for you to enjoy:
and here’s the official album website.