I am always looking for music that both the kids and I can enjoy. Mother Talk recently sent me a copy of That Baby CD & DVD to review. I immediately put the CD in the car to listen to while we ran errands.
This project is clearly a labor of love by the creators, who you can find out more about here. They chose songs that they loved, and found local musicians to record the tracks.
It is full of mellow music, which is soothing. There is one instrumental track, and I found myself wishing that more tracks were instrumental. The songs were well-played and beautifully sung, but my oldest took the lyrics on many of the songs literally and didn't enjoy it. For instance, one song I really enjoyed was "Anything is Possible," but C insisted on listing all the things that really weren't possible. Part of that is his age, the rest is just his personality.
The songs were first made popular by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell and others. To be honest, the only song I was familiar with was one by the Pretenders, but I wonder if my parents would recognize more of the songs. I'll have to ask them when they visit later in the month.
L (my one year old) enjoyed the music, as she is a budding music lover. You can see her listening to the melodies and bobbing her head when she particularly liked a song. I was hoping for more upbeat, dance type music, but this collection is a nice CD to play during quiet time, or when getting ready for bed.
There is a companion DVD that has all but a few of the songs from the CD. My boys (ages 5 & 7) weren't interested in the DVD, but they're not the demographic either, since it was created for ages 0- 5. L was slightly interested when there were babies on the screen, but she really doesn't watch TV. The DVD is packed away in my diaper bag at the moment, to be given to a friend whose toddler loves to dance and watch DVD's. I think they'll enjoy it.
I'm keeping the CD and have already copied the music to my ipod. I'm also going to keep my eye on their website in case they ever decide to make another CD with dance music from the 80's and 90's remixed for kids!
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