As someone who loves music and has played multiple instruments, I think it’s so important to expose kids to music at a young age! And what better music is there to expose your kids to than music geared directly towards them?! That’s exactly what Susie Tallman and Friends at Rock Me Baby Records have done! We received three of their wonderful CD’s to try out: Children’s Songs, Classic Nursery Rhymes, and Let’s Go! Travel, Camp and Car Songs, and we just can’t say enough good things about them!
From Susie Tallman and Rock Me Baby Records: Rock Me Baby Records was founded in 1999 by Susie Tallman in order to unite her love for music with her love for the spirit of childhood.
"If parents can enjoy lullabies with their children they will share a very special time together," said Tallman. "Children are educated by the music they are brought up with, and these lullabies will teach them about the bond they share with their parents, and about the warmth of the world their parents will share with them."
Rock Me Baby Records carves out a new path in the market of music for small children," says Tallman. "The albums provide parents with a contemporary way to introduce the beauty and tradition of nursery rhymes and lullabies." All the CDs contain original and interesting arrangements of traditional songs. The lullabies are soothing and calming and the nursery rhymes are fun, exciting and unique, with multiple voices and instruments.
I was excited to listen to Classic Nursery Rhymes with Angie because I thought we’d know many of the songs and be able to sing along! This CD is recommended by Parenting and BabyTalk Magazines! Not only was this true, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that these nursery rhymes go above and beyond the ones we grew up with! Tallman includes lots of different voices (and accents!) as well as many fun instruments to listen to in her music. Angie loved dancing along to My Little Teapot, and then hearing some new verses that she didn’t know yet! The tempo of the songs and great to dance and sing along to, and kids will love imitating some new accents, including British and Australian!
The Let’s Go! CD was so much fun to listen to in the car as we ran errands. This CD has been chosen as iParenting Media's HOT award winner! I only recognized a few of the songs on the song list, so it was great to learn some new travel tunes. All of the songs on this CD are geared towards travel and being in the car, and it would be a great way to entertain kids on a long car ride! Some of our favorite songs from this CD are “Going on a Bear Hunt,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Home on the Range!” You Are My Sunshine had a new upbeat twist on the classic song, and Angie couldn’t help but to shimmy along! She loved the part when Susie verbally directed the kids to wave their hands in the air! She also loved the real dog barks featured in “Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?” Many of these songs tell stories, and so kids will want to keep themselves listening to the lyrics! This CD also features male and female voices, as well as fun instruments like maracas and tambourines!
|Ang loved dancing along!!|
The final CD we received to review was Classic Children’s Songs! I think this CD was our favorite, just because there isn’t a bad song in the bunch! Angie and I knew almost every song on the list, and as soon as one finished we were excited to hear the next one! On this CD, kids will recognize “The Alphabet Song,” “Found a Peanut,” and “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” among others! I was so impressed to hear Angie concentrating to sing along to Susie Tallman’s beautiful voice, and she couldn’t have been happier!
Another great feature about each of these CDs is the cover art. Each CD arrived in a beautiful cardboard cover with bright pictures that kids will really enjoy. The art is really original and filled with animals, just so perfect for the songs inside them! Each CD also comes with a fold-out featuring all the lyrics of all the songs, so if there’s one you don’t recognize it won’t be long until you’re singing along!
I think all of the CDs I received would be great for kids between two and eight, but older siblings will also love remembering the songs of their childhood with younger siblings! Susie Tallman also sells lullabies for younger kids, and has a holiday CD as well! Any of these would make great birthday or Christmas presents, and they are all something that whole families will enjoy together! The lullabye CDs would also be a great baby shower gift! The best part of all of these CDs is the variety of music styles and instruments that can be heard! From country, to classical, to 1960’s boop shadoop-these CDs have it all!
Some of the other titles available from Rock Me Baby Records are Lullabye Themes for Sleepy Dreams, Classical Baby, and A Child’s Christmas Holiday Songs & Carols!
Buy It! All of these CD’s can be found here at Susie Tallman’s website! I would DEFINITELY recommend buying these for the kids in your life. Every family should own one! Music is so important for every child’s growth, and these CD’s are a great way to get them hooked. You can also have the CD’s gift wrapped before they are shipped to you, which includes a small plushy toy!
Win It! Susie Tallman and Rock Me Baby Records have been generous enough to donate the same three CDs that I received for me to give away! This giveaway will therefore have three winners, and each will receive one of the titles that I reviewed! The mandatory entry is to visit Susie Tallman’s site and comment back with a favorite CD title or song title from one of her CDs! If you are commenting with a song title, it should be different than the ones I mentioned in my review. This giveaway will close October 1st at noon. US entries only. Good luck!
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