About Jennifer

Jennifer, is a stay at home mom to two energetic, fun loving boys ages 6 and 2. She found a new passion in exploring great children's music after becoming a mom, which she blogs about at Swing Whistle Zing. Jennifer fancies finding quality tunes the whole family can enjoy, and dancing with her boys (both big and little) to her favorite songs that connect her to the past & keep her grounded in the present.

Grab Your Dancing Rain Boots for Marsh Mud Madness with Roger Day

Roger - Marsh 1

For it to only be June, I’ve been celebrating summer over on Swing Whistle Zing for far too long it seems—I think we got Spring Fever a little bit too early in our house.  In any case, I hope your summer plans involve catching some life music whether it’s at a neighborhood restaurant or a full-blown concert stadium.

But if your opportunities to catch live music are few and far between you might enjoy catching a concert on DVD, right in your air-conditioned living room, and I’ve got a recommendation that is sure to please the whole family.

Rodger Day has a new release called Marsh Mud Madness that was filmed and produced in conjunction with the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island and the Savannah Music Festival.

This DVD, featuring 12 songs, is a wonderful hybrid of educational video segments and concert footage from the Savannah Music Festival.   You and your family will learn all about the eco system of this East Coast barrier island while singing along with Roger’s original music about this unique location and its inhabitants.

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Hop on the Orangutan Van with SteveSongs

SteveSongs Orangutan Van cover art
The following is by Jennifer of Swing, Whistle, Zing.
Okay, is your “math brain” ready?  How many orangutans can you fit in a van?  If you count the number of times we’ve repeated that song in our own car, it could be well over 100.  But if you’re asking Mr. Steve, it’s a little it closer to 11.

This quirky math based song is one of many that we’ve come to love off of the just released album of the same name, Orangutan Van, by Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs.

Orangutan Van

While you may also know him as Mr. Steve, co-host of PBS KIDS preschool destination, don’t stop there thinking his music is strictly for the preschool set.  He writes songs to educate and entertain with an emphasis on humor that is not lost on the more sophisticated ears in the room.

This album will bridge the gap between preschool and grade school with songs that appeal to kids in both age categories.

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A Child’s Christmas: Holiday Songs & Carols from Susie Tallman and friends

The following is by contributor Jennifer of Swing Whistle Zing.

We add at least one new album (if not more) to our Christmas collection every year.  It’s a part of the season I really look forward to, and it’s an inexpensive way to give yourself a little gift that you’re sure to enjoy no matter how hectic things get.

However, finding children’s Christmas music the whole family can enjoy can be challenging.

I know my kids tend to latch on to an album that reinforces their excitement for the upcoming season, so we have to choose carefully.  We will be listening to it over and over.

A Child’s Christmas

We have no complaints, however, over listening to Susie Tallman’s A Child’s Christmas * Holiday Songs and Carols in the over and over category.

With 42 tracks and over an hour’s worth of music this is album is chock full of holiday fun.  Susie has carefully crafted a collection of family friendly holiday tunes, old and new.

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