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Sweet Slumber Around the World – Giveaway

**UPDATE**

Congratulations to the winners!

1. Karma`, “This would be a great cd for my kids to fall asleep to. It can be difficult to find good kids music that isn’t hard for the parents to listen to as well.”

2. Kay Cookie, “This would be great for my son and the baby on the way.”

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DREAM SONGS NIGHT SONGS FROM BELGIUM TO BRAZIL

Bedtime just became a whole lot sweeter with lush lullabies from around the globe.  Angelic voices and gentle rhythms help little ones to wind down before being tucked-in.  Adults will also relax with the soothing songs which invite you to sing and hum along, even if you don’t understand the words.

Secret Mountain’s award-winning release features 40 minutes of world music accompanied by an illustrated bedtime story about an imgainiry journey to unknown lands for a truly imagination.  The CD includes PDF files with high-resolution printable illustrations for each song along with lyrics in each song’s original language and translations in English, Spanish, and French.

The ideal setting for listening to this rich tapestry of musical bliss is dim lighting and an evening cup of tea.  Listen, enjoy, relax…repeat.

Fave tracks:

  • Nade gau
  • C’est la nuit mon petit ange

[Appropriate for ages 0 to 12+]

Order your own copy of Dream Songs Night Songs: From Belgium to Brazil online.

** WIN IT **

I’ve been enjoying this week’s Bloggy Giveaways Carnival–thousands of prizes to win in only one week.  I want to play along, too!  So, here’s increased odds for winning a pretty amazing CD that will be loved by the entire family.  To enter, leave a comment about your child’s bedtime routine.

Two winners will each receive one own copy of Dream Songs Night Songs: From Belgium to Brazil. Only one entry per person per giveaway.  Multiple entries will be removed.  The contest for the Dream Songs Night Songs From Belgium to Brazil CD ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on November 3rd. The winners will be announced on November 4th.

The winners will be selected on Random.org and announced on this post. Provide your e-mail address, so I am able to contact you.  The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize, otherwise, the prize goes to another amazing participant.

–by Dr. Dolly

Music Reviews and a Contest

Charlottesville resident Ellis Paul’s 14th album, the Dragonfly Races, was inspired by his two daughters.  When his second daughter was born, he took 6 weeks off his road schedule–the longest amount of time in his 15-year touring career.  Ellis spent late nights pacing the floor while singing Sofi to sleep.  Then, he decided to use his songwriting skills to create music and lyrics with messages he wanted to pass on to his daughters as they grow.

The songs are intended to be sweet and playful, yet insightful and thoughtful.  The lyrics include compelling and witty story telling–painting  a picture with themes about peace, unity, and awareness of the planet as a whole.

There are no cute-sy lyrics or annoying toy piano sounds on this children’s CD.  This is a whimsical musical adventure that will be equally cherished by little ears and those with more sophisticated tastes.  Ellis’ folksy vocals and tracks remind me of Geoff Moore and Peter, Paul, & Mary.  This critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and poet is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards.  Don’t miss out as he gracefully shifts his songwriting style to encompass music and lyrics intended for families.

For imaginative fun, check out the title track 5 – Dragonfly Races. For playground inspiration, enjoy track 10 – I Like to Swing. This 14 track CD also includes a 24-page lyric book with Ellis’ original artwork inspired by each song.  You can purchase Dragonfly Races on Ellis Paul’s website for $15. 

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Baby Loves Music presents Baby Loves Salsa upcoming release: Salsa for Kittens & Puppies is produced by Grammy-winning producer Aaron “Luis” Levinson who won the 2006 Best Salsa Recording for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.  The band has already headlined Central Park’s Summer Stage, Miami’s Bicentennial Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and will tour this fall.

Baby Loves Salsa features some of the biggest and brightest stars in contemporary salsa music including band leader and singer Jose Conde. The albums songs create a story of a group of kittens and puppies (gattitos y perritos) from the streets of New York City who go on to become the best salsa band in the land.

At first, I thought the album title sounded very corny.  What do kittens and puppies have to do with red hot salsa music?  But, I’ve been blown away by how fantastic this album truly is.  The first track, Somos la Banda, introduces each salsa instrument with a solo and its name en espanol while the kittens an puppies (children’s voices) shout out the names in English.  This is the recurrent theme throughout the album.  The concept sounds like the stacatto vocabulary lessons will disrupt the rhythm and flow of the songs, but quite the opposite.  The music enhances learning, but each song contributes to an overall storyline.  This album is more like a movie soundtrack than a language – multicutural teaching tool.  Think West Side Story, but with exceptionally good salsa musica!

Not only is the latin salsa rhythm entertaining for babies (Calvin always perks up when this album is playing), but you’ll find yourself shouting out the names of colors en espanol and shaking your hips to the beat.  The salsa rendition of Old MacDonald is truly a unique take on an old nursery rhyme favorite–especially fantastic are the abilities of the vocalists to portray animal sounds.

Baby Loves Salsa is expected to be released later this month.  In addition to the musica fantastico, there is a 20-page board book which helps children (ages 2-6) learn all about salsa and all about Spanish in a way that parents and kids can enjoy together.  You can pre-order your own copy of the CD package for $15.98.

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What do you get when you mix a guitarist and a bassist?  Trout Fishing in America, of course! Three-time Grammy nominated duo of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood introduce Big Round World, their latest release featuring 14 new songs, many of which were inspired by kids’ songwriting workshops.  Their family music crosses the generations to appeal to all ages.  The musical style blends African pop, jazz, rock, and bluegrass to produce a truly eclectic album. 

The cool jazz licks of Too Good to Be True help you keep big fish stories in perspective.  I couldn’t help but chuckle at the lyrics to Always Chew Your Food and Curse of the Spinach.  But, my favorite track is hands down 9 – The Alarm Clock Rings. The agnsty rock hearkens back to the style of Green Day, but with lyrics that anyone with an alarm clock can relate to.

This is an album for families by a couple of adults who were inspired by kids.  Purchase your own copy of Big Round World.

**WIN IT**

Two winners will each win one own copy of Big Round World.

Only one entry per person per giveaway.  Multiple entries will be removed.  The contest for the Big Round World CD ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 24th. The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 25th.

The winners and 2 alternates will be selected on Random.org and announced on this post. If you provide your e-mail address, I will contact you. The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize, otherwise, the prize goes to the first alternate to contact me with a shipping address.

–This is an original Traveling with Baby post by Dr. Dolly Garnecki

**UPDATE**

Congratulations to the winners!

terrajones, on October 12th, 2008 at 10:13 am Said: I love this!!! We try to expose our children to different styles of music…much of the kids music is…well, “kidsy”…This sounds fabulous!!!!

Catherine copeland, on October 14th, 2008 at 7:17 pm Said: the big round world!!!!! i just love it. i would love to have it for my wee ones

Bring Your Baby to Hawaii

Through rhythmic sounds from the islands, of course!  Putumayo World Music doesn’t just create cool, eclectic java house sounds for adults, but their Putumayo Kids division has compiled a number of international themed albums perfect to expand your child’s musical appreciation of other cultures and to challenge his rhythmic awareness.

I recently reviewed Hawaiian Playground and I was transported to tropical beaches with turquoise-blue waters and swaying palms–complete with ukeleles, slack keys, and hula dancers.  It was obvious that the 50’s rock ‘n roll made a huge impression on the local artists who contributed to this fun and contagious album.  Rock, reggae, and folk masterfully weave their way into a lively island jam experience.  You’ll find yourself daydreaming along with Joe McDermott’s “Come to Hawaii”.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself shaking your hips and dancing with your baby as only moms can unabashedly do.  I found Calvin was actually more playful and alert during his awake/play times while this album was on.  That alertness has nothing to do with the fact that I was dancing the hula while he was smiling at me.  Absolutely nothing.

**WIN IT**

Putumayo Kids is offering a copy of Hawaiian Playground to one reader of Traveling with Baby.  To enter, visit Putumayo World Music’s Putumayo Kids site and browse their collection of world music albums for little ears.  Then, come back to this post and leave a comment relevant to this post.  Tell me which Putumayo Kids album you’d like to try and why.  Or, tell me about your trip to Hawaii.  Whatever you like.  Just make it relevant.  There are definite brownie points for creativity.

Contest entries are open until 11:59PM on Thursday, 3 July.  A winner and two alternates will be selected via random.org and announced on Independence Day on this post and on PrizeyFetch.  If you choose to provide your e-mail address, I will contact you via e-mail.  If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, then the first alternate to e-mail me with shipping information will be selected.

**UPDATE**

Happy Independence Day!  Congratulations to the winner:

JenO, on June 30th, 2008 at 1:24 pm Said: “I’d love the African Dreamland (altho any of the dreamland ones would be cool!) Ru doesn’t sleep well without some sort of noise, so it might as well be something I enjoy, too! (and if the lyrics are in english, I have a hard time sleeping)”

Alternates:

Denise, on July 2nd, 2008 at 10:09 am Said: “Aloha! The Hawaiian Playground would be a lot of fun for my daughter.”

katie, on June 28th, 2008 at 9:56 am Said: “I WOULD LOVE THE ANIMAL PLAYGROUND. WE LOVE LISTENING TO MUSIC TOGETHER!”