Award-winning Jim Gill has clever, creative songs that are simple in nature but musically hip. All of his CDs are incredibly fun for parents and children both. His website is www.jimgill.com.
Jim Gill Sings Modern Rhymes for Moving Times
Songs include: Rhythm in My Fingers
Jump Up, Turn Around
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and other Contagious Tunes
Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe, Leg, Knee
Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Jim Gill Makes it Noisy Down in Boise, Idaho
Jim Gill Family Concert:
Jim Gill will be doing a free, family concert for the Salt Lake County Library System on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm at Wheeler Historic Farm (6351 South 900 East). A concert with Jim Gill is an active sing-along and clap-along. Jim bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone sings, claps, jumps, dances and even sneezes along. It’s great fun for all ages!
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
Longtime children’s performers and Grammy-winning artists, these two remarkable entertainers have managed to blend elements of music and comedy, history lessons, creative conflict resolution and word play into some of the most contagiously high-spirited children’s and family music around. They have a great website with activities for kids at www.songshop.cathymarcy.com.
Scat Like That: A Musical Word Odyssey
Songs include: Flip Flapjacks
Bon Appetit: Musical Food Fun
Pocketful of Stardust
All Wound Up
♫ Kid’s Music for All Ages
There are many fun artists who record specifically for children, but have music that is enjoyable for all ages. It’ll make you laugh, dance and sing along.
Zanes sings his way into the hearts of kids and grown-ups with a blend of traditional songs and fun original recordings. His videos can been seen on the Disney Channel and Noggin TV. www.danzanes.com
Songs include: Let’s Shake
Catch That Train
Rocket Ship Beach
Music for Aardvarks (aka Dave Weinstone)
Dave Weinstone decided as a father of young kids that there was a need for more ‘good’ music for kids. So he created some which chronicles the trials and tribulations of life for kids in a humorous, entertaining, and upbeat way. www.musicforaardvarks.com
Songs include: Talking on the Phone
Have You Seen My Nose?
A Grammy award winning artist, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, and will tame the wildest kids and put a smile on the grumpiest grownups. www.billharley.com
I Wanna Play
Songs include: Barbie’s Head is Missing
One More Time: Favorite Songs and a New Story
Down in the Backpack
♫ Kid’s Music by Popular Artists
There are many CD’s of favorite children’s songs done by some of today’s most popular musical artists such as Maroon 5, the Dixie Chicks, Cake and the Barenaked Ladies.
They Might Be Giants
Alternative rock band TMBG has produced several award-winning CDs for kids and their parents to enjoy. While No! is just plain fun songs for kids while the two newer releases feature songs about letters and numbers that help kids learn without having them realize it!
Here Come the ABC’s
Songs include: Go for G!
Here Come the 123’s
Jack Johnson did the music for the Curious George film soundtrack and his easy-going style makes for songs both children and adults can enjoy. Some, such as the 3 R’s are even sort of educational – kids can learn to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Sing-alongs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George
Songs include: 3 R’s
Compilation Albums of Various Popular Artists
Mary Had a Little Amp
A variety of popular musicians remake some of the greatest hits for children for charity.
Songs include: Pure Imagination by Maroon 5
We Walk by REM
The Rainbow Connection by Dixie Chicks
Little Star by Madonna
Sing Along by Blue Man Group and Dave Matthews
For Our Kids series (For the Kids, For the Kids Too, For the Kids Three)
A variety of popular musicians play both classic children’s songs and original compositions for charity.
Songs include: Mahnah Mahnah by Cake
La La La La Lemon by Barenaked Ladies
The Rainbow Connection by Sarah McLachlan
Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers
Fred Rogers is an American icon and his legacy includes a wealth of songs which have introduced new concepts and comforted and assured children all over. Here popular artists offer new arrangements of his most popular tunes.
Songs include: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? By Jon Secada
It’s You I Like by Amy Grant
Schoolhouse Rock Rocks!
The classic Schoolhouse Rock songs get a rock-n-roll makeover by alternative rock bands.
Songs include: I’m Just a Bill by Deluxx Folk Implosion
Conjunction, Junction by Better Than Ezra
Jazz for Kids
Timeless children’s classics are done in a jazz or swing style by legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “The Muffin Man” or “Yes, We Have No Bananas” by Louis Prima.
All of these music selections are available at the Salt Lake County Library: www.slco.lib.ut.us/.