CHILDREN'S FOLK SONGS
Family kitchen dance party time
It wasn't until I had a child that I discovered the musical genre 'children's folk music'. Not all of it is shrill or annoying. Music can put us in a better mood and make us dance. It can also help empathise with the artist. Song lyrics (like all media) are one way babies absorb narratives and form their world view. This was my thinking when I compiled a playlist for baby of lyrics I approved of! Here it is on Spotify.
I do not suggest babies only listen to children's music. It is interesting for them to hear a wide range of things and develop an open mind. As well as folk music, I really like Family Time by Ziggy Marley.
WORDS AND MUSIC
Hackney based interactive concerts with a cello and djembe. Originals, folk and world music.
You can listen to and download the Tots Tunes on Bandcamp and watch cartoon videos on Youtube. There is also a Spotify playlist of people who have appeared at the gigs organised by Tots Tunes. We loved learning the actions at the real- life, and then online classes.
Online workshops during lockdown. Join the mailing list to find out more.
Wake Up Schools is a mindfulness in schools project- there are workshop examples on Youtube. We discovered this when we went to 'Family Sangha'. Baby was uncharacteristically still for the time.
Folk duo couple with originals and covers for children and adults. Toddler keeps singing 'Red Bird' and 'All Around the Kitchen' to themself.
Sarah Pirtle has released many cosy albums for children on a range of topics, including a science album with a song about quarks. She has written a book about education for the Center for Partnership Studies and teaches conflict transformation in schools.
Children's Music Network + Kidz Music
Children's music has quite a 'scene' in America. The Children's Music Network, has English and Spanish language members. The network gives an annual Magic Penny Award to performers contemporary or older. Many retro celebs had a children's album at one time- Pete Seeger, Woody Guthry, Lady Belly, Jonny Cash, the Grateful Dead's singer... and there is a Smithsonian Folkways collection. In recent times, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has a children's album, and there are some semi famous names like Raffi.
It's available in different American timezones, however
Dances of Universal Peace Meditative dance to save the world. Tends to end with a group hug.
Findhorn singers music Ecovillage inhabitants choir.
Rainbow gathering lyrics Month long secret moon festivals.
Waldorf School songs lyrics website. Alternative school movement. They are into archaic stuff like elves.