Sunday, March 6, 2011
David Weinstone presents Music For Aardvarks And Other Mammals: All I Want (Review and Giveaway!)
David Weinstone is a phenomenon. A Berklee College of Music-trained ex-punk rocker, Weinstone literally changed the face of children’s music by introducing songs pertinent to lives of contemporary children – songs that weren’t about eensy weensy spiders, but about taxis, subways, bagels, and playdates. Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals began in 1997 as an “alternative” music class for young children and their caregivers. Demand was strong not only for the classes, but also for recordings of Weinstone’s original songs, so he began to produce albums, which sold like wildfire. He eventually formed The Music for Aardvarks Band, started performing live shows, and, ultimately, came to the attention of Nick Jr. David Weinstone’s music videos are now a steady presence on the Nick Jr. channel, and Music for Aardvarks classes are offered in locations throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Whose kids listen to this? The offspring of Helen Hunt, Jon Stewart, Phillip Glass, Beastie Boys and Phish. Oh yeah, and Reviewed By Mom's kids! This CD is uber cool but not so much so that your children won't actually enjoy it! When I read this quote about David Weinstone's music from Jon Stewart I had a chuckle about it and was nodding my head in agreement. Here it is..."You will listen to David's music ... even when your kids are not around. And unlike some other children's selections, it will not make you angry." Yes!!
This CD, with a 41 minute run time, is currently on repeat in my car. And, you know what? My kids are car nappers and even when they fall asleep I keep it playing. Am I too old to be a groupie for a children's band?? The songs are fun, quirky and easy on the ears. The sound is a mix of alternative, folk and blues and has big appeal to me AND my kids. All 18 songs on the disc are great listens but A&W are especially fond of "I Want A Puppy" which tells the tale of a child's wish for a pet (my guys can relate I guess!). We all get a kick out of "Better Keep Your Eye on Me" which I like to refer to as the Baby R theme song (I eat jelly off the floor, lick the doorknobs on the door...better keep your eye on me!). I find myself getting misty over the beautiful and touching song "What a Surprise". This one sings the joy of life after children with lyrics like "what a surprise to look through your eyes, what do you see? Your fingers and toes, your buttons and bows, such wondrous things."
This CD is a keeper for the whole family! You can learn more about David Weinstone and his music by visiting his website here. You can order All I Want here as well. Don't miss out on this unique and family friendly piece of wonderful...it is that good!
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