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.

[Read more...]

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.

[Read more...]

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.

[Read more...]

Music review: Lunch Money’s Spicy Kid (we got to meet the band!)

The following is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

This week, I imagine there are so many of you who are, like me, thinking about the start of school.  Either you recently have or are about to abandon your summer schedule for the routine of learning.  It’s a bittersweet time this changing of seasons.  There’s a little bit of childlike joy and carefree days that comes with the summer season.  At the same time there’s a lot of comfort and familiarity with the routine of fall and back to school days.

But today, I’m putting those thoughts aside for just a minute to relive one of my favorite memories from this past summer — a summer concert date with my five year old son (who will be starting kindergarten this week).

We spent a good part of our summer staying with grandparents in North Carolina while our family moved from California to Florida.  My two boys and I spent a lot of time “staycationing” in my childhood home city where I got to discover and rediscover so many of the fun kid things the city had to offer.

One of the places we frequented was the children’s library, where I had an awesome moment of serendipity:  Lunch Money, one of the guest bands on Recess Monkey’s recent album “In Tents” that I wanted to check out, was giving a free concert!

I couldn’t contain my excitement at the prospect of a) taking my kid to his first real concert, b) seeing my first kids concert as a kids music blogger and c) meeting the band!

I was not disappointed.

[Read more...]

In Tents: Recess Monkey runs away with the circus

The following post is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

Recess Monkey, one of our favorite bands here at Simple Kids, has done it againIn Tents their latest upcoming release (it’s available this Saturday June 16, 2012) does not disappoint in their attempt to create children’s music that’s enjoyable for the entire family.

In Tents

In Tents, tells the musical tale of circus life highlighting everything from outrageous acts like the “Human Cannonball,” to filling your tummy with “Popcorn” & “Lemonade” and finally enjoying the ride on some of those classic carnival attractions like the “Carousel” and the tilt-a-whirl (“Sit and Spin”).

The background tale of how the band’s “manager” Mayor Monkey (a hilariously mischievous character you’ll recognize from previous albums) trades the band’s instruments for a broken down circus.  The story that develops through these cleverly penned hits is told in the beautifully graphic liner notes.  Take time to read it to your kids, because once you know the story behind the songs it makes them all that much more enjoyable.

I think you’ll also enjoy the photographic story and getting to know the band a little better.

[Read more...]