As a board certified music therapist, it has always surprised me how many children are unfamiliar with songs that I would consider “the basics”. Most know Old McDonald, Mary Had a Little Lamb and maybe the Itsy Bitsy Spider. But I find that fewer and fewer children can sing some of the old favorites. So, when I was given the opportunity to review “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know” from the Bossy Frog Band, I was thrilled at the selection of songs.
These are indeed songs that every kid should know.
1. 5 Green & Speckled Frogs – featuring ADAM FALCON
2. Shoo Fly – featuring THE UPSOUTH TWISTERS
3. The Itsy Bitsy Spider Story – featuring YVETTE MCLARTY
4. The Itsy Bitsy Spider (song) – featuring FRANKIE D & STEVEN BERNSTEIN
5. Old McDonald – featuring MAYRA CASALES
6. If You’re Happy & You Know It – featuring BIG JIM WHEELER
7. Waltzing Matilda – featuring JON POUSETTE-DART
8. 6 Little Ducks – featuring SEAN FLEMING
9. Head, Shoulders (Knees & Toes) – featuring THE UPSOUTH TWISTERS
10. Skip to My Lou – featuring THE BOSSY FROG BAND
11. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – featuring LYNN STEIN & JOHN HART
12. Aiken Drum – featuring MICHAEL MARK, PETER BANNON & MARK ATTEBERY
13. Wheels on the Bus – featuring ALICE LEON & THE MONTESSORI CENTER OF NYACK KIDS
14. She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mt – featuring THE BOSSY FROG BAND
15. Hush Little Baby – featuring ALICE LEON & JONATHAN GREGG
16. Froggie Went A Courtin’ – featuring ALMOST EVERYBODY ABOVE!
If you visit the “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know” website, there are so many great resources – including song lyrics, guitar chords, and activity suggestions. This is a great way to enjoy your music experience that much more!
You may have found collections of children’s songs before that included all or most of these songs, but this album contains performances of the songs (and one story) by professional musicians of a stunning variety of genres and styles. This is not your typical children’s album. Filled with “the best Cajun, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Jazz, Irish, Roots, African drumming, Cuban, Soul, Funk and Folk” performers, this album takes children’s music to a whole new level.
I love the variety and enthusiasm in this album. You will hear songs performed in new and exciting ways. There may even be something here that sends you hunting for more of the same genre. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this one!
The Bossy Frog Band has much more music available, including one album that targets social skills, several that focus on movement and play and one for quiet time. There is even a monthly surprise in their “free stuff” category.
“15 Songs Every Kid Should Know” CD (ARV $15)
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