March 3, 2015

Children’s Music

Posted in Just Life, Music tagged , , , , at 9:03 pm by catsinboxes

I’m dating myself. . . . I love to listen to children’s CDs from the 90s or earlier.  Babysitting toddlers has given me the excuse chance to revisit the music of my childhood.

So, for a trip down memory lane, or for some fun children’s music suggestions: read on!

Raffi.  How good does it get?  “Banana phone,” “Biscuits in the Oven,” “Simple Gifts” . . . So fun!  I love the really old albums.  The newer ones, meh.  “Gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside . . .”  I dare you not to start tapping your feet.

The Washing Machine Song!  And “I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor,” these are good.  I may or might not have done some talent show skits using The Chenille Sister’s hokey pokey.  That’s another story.


Yes, it was just like this!  The cassette and the booklet . . . I have so many of these songs stuck in my head:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Sweet Betsy from Pike,” and many more.



Oh yes, nursery rhymes.  Don’t get me started on nursery rhymes: treasured BBC tapes brought back from England by Dad and listened to again, and again, and again.

Best thing is, they’re still around today.  Check out The Wheels on the Bus.  It’s wonderful, replete with British accents.  I think I’m going to get this one for my iPhone . . . for the children’s sake 🙂

Entering the world of folk, there is:

Oh yes.  Pastures of Plenty, Leatherwing Bat, and —my favorite— The Fox.

Back to early childhood . . . This is such a wonderful bedtime CD.  I love Herdman’s voice: deep, gentle, and melodious.  Favorites?  “Autumn to May” and “Waltzing with Bears.”

Finger-snapping, toe-tapping fun . . . Just listen to Froggy Went a Courtin!

Just writing this post has been so much fun.  Thank you, Mom, for a childhood filled with music!  (And this isn’t even touching all the children’s classical music we loved!)

What did you grow up listening to?  What are your favorite songs and albums?