Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Project CD

So we weren't really sure what to give David for his birthday. We made Nikki and Audrey homemade gift so it seemed like we should make something for David too, but I was having a hard time coming up with ideas. Then Thursday night Larry had a brilliant idea: a mixed Cd for David. I wasn't sure at first because we really don't know a lot about David's musical taste so how would we know what to put on the CD, but Larry suggested that we make a CD of kids' music for him and we would each make one and make it a competition to see who could gues what David would like more. Well, I couldn't refuse that challenge and let him think that he's a better CD maker than me, could I? So we had one day to come up with a CD of kids' music for David.

David's Muzak - Compiled by Larry

Jungle Gym (featuring G. Love) / Jack Johnson And Friends
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything / Relient K
Red Sweater / Aquabats
Coconut / Kermit & Cast
Steal My Sunshine / Len
Oompa Loompa / Anthony Newley
Mudfootball (For Moe Lerner) / Jack Johnson
Daydream Believer / The Monkees
Heigh-Ho / The Dwarf Chorus
Borneo / Cast
You've Got A Friend In Me / Randy Newman
"C" Is for Cookie / Frank Oz
Everlasting Gobstoppers/Oompa Loompa / Anthony Newley
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious / Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke
Rubber Duckie / Jim Henson
I Want It Now/Oompa Loompa / Anthony Newley
Playdough / Aquabats
Wonkamobile, Wonkavision/Oompa Loompa / Anthony Newley
Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) / Disney Ride Tracks
Smile / Vitamin C

Songs To Grow To - Compiled by Stephanie

Big Bang Boom / Big Bang Boom
Mah Na Mah Na / The Muppets
Doodlebugs / Laurie Berkner
Speed Racer / Everclear
La La La La Lemon / Barenaked Ladies
Sweet Pea / Tommy Roe
Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work) / They Might Be Giants
I Know a Chicken / Laurie Berkner
The Happy Song! / Adam And The Couch Potatoes
Clap Your Hands / They Might Be Giants
ABCD Medley / Laurie Berkner
Bicycle / The Jellydots
The Foil (Malfoy) / Harry and the Potters
Me and My Arrow / Harry Nilsson
We Can All Get Along With Dinosaurs / Terrible Twos
Catch the Moon / Elizabeth Mitchell & Lisa Loeb
Lady Bug / Terrible Twos
Rainbow Connection / The Dixie Chicks
Home / David Tobocman
Who's My Pretty Baby / Bird Elizabeth Mitchell

A couple of the songs that I chose were catered just to David, but you would probably like the rest of them. "Big Bang Boom" is a really fun birthday song that I think most people would like, but it's not for sell on Itunes, which is a pain. "Speed Racer" because it was a Speed Racer themed party. "Sweet Pea" is on there because I've heard Nikki call Audrey Sweet Pea, but I might not have thought of it if it wasn't on a CD Brittany gave to me. "Bicycle" because David loves to mountain bike. And "Me and My Arrow" because I know Nikki and David love the Beatles and the Beatles were big fans of Harry Nilsson. "Me and My Arrow" is from an album called The Point that Alicia introduced me to ages ago. It was a cartoon musical and one version of it was even narrated by Ringo Starr. Oh, and "The Foil" because Nikki and David are also big Harry Potter fans and that song is just funny to fans. Then I put the peppy songs at the beginning and wound down to the slow songs at the end.

Just before Creed was born, I came across this blog and decided I would follow it and become the ultimate kids' music expert, and our house would be full of non-lame kids music that adults everywhere could enjoy. That lasted for about five minutes when I checked our library for some of the CD's that Warren reviewed and our library didn't have any of them. Plus, who has the time when you could be outside jumpingin mud puddles and picking dandelions? Anyway, this challenge was a good opportunity to do a little research and come up with some new music for Creed.

We presented David with his CD's on Saturday morning before we left for Hocking Hills so he would have the day to judge them and select a winner. We spent the day trash talking each others CD's, which was pretty funny because Larry and are one of the least competitive couples we know. At one point Larry even told David, "I just want you to know that my CD is compiled of music we already owned, while Stephanie purchased a bunch of her songs so mine is homemade with love and hers is just store-bought!" Ha!

That evening David held a hilarious award ceremony while we were at the Park. He called it Project CD and formatted it like the end of a Project Runway episode and presented the winner of Project CD with a Speed Racer medallion (it was a Speed Racer themed party afterall).

And the winner was . . .

ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I have to acknowledge that I had wonderful suggestions from my sister Candice, Warren of KidsMusicThatRocks, and Brittany, and Larry's CD was also great. We each forgot a few songs on our CD's so we're going to combine our forces for a third CD, which is bound to include:

Hot Dog by They Might Be Giants (Creed's favorite song that he does a sweet dance to)
Nellie the Elephant by The Toy Dolls
I Love Trash by Oscar the Grouch
I Love My Lips by Larry The Cucumber
Teeny Little Super Guy from Sesame Street

I hope that you found some new songs here to share with your kids and if you have any favorites that we missed, I'd love to know what they are.


emily kate said...

What a fun idea!

Anonymous said...

How could Teeny Little Super Guy not have made the original list?


joelandnatalie said...

I love your blog! It's so much fun.

I just had to comment on this one: although we're not trying to encourage any Disney corporate sponsorship here, my two boys absolutely LOVE "Life is a Highway" by Cars. Er, I mean by Rascall Flatts. They get so excited when they hear it in the car! They're 5 and 3, and they really love that one.

But for my choice: If it had to be from a show, I'd say Kronk's theme song from Emperor's New Groove. It rocks! And, if not from a show, Rodney Atkins' "I've Been Watchin' You". This song brings tears to my eyes almost every time, because it really covers the ups and downs of parenting small children in a really fun and uplifting way. I love the hero worship! And I can see it happen all the time.

Can you tell we've been listening to a little country recently? What can I say -- I live in Utah!

Good luck with the CD.

Brittany & John said...

Ok...I love that you did that because I've recently been checking tons of CDs every time I go to the library to increase our collection as well. I was glad to see a lot of Sesame Street on there b/c we checked out the 35 years of Sesame Street and found lots of our old favorites. I also liked Elizabeth Mitchell's You Are My Little Bird and SchoolHouse Rocks. Anyways...thanks for the blog link. Oh, and there's a good new bluegrass CD but I can't remember the name but I'll let you know when I find it. I'm glad to hear we're on the same mission!!!!

Marissa Joy said...

Oh, I think that the lollipop kids from the Wizard of oz could be fun...I guess it could get old too though. I love this idea...i need to make cds for logan now!

Hey wait a second remember I told you that I would pay for music if you found the songs and made me a copy?

Charity said...

I think you should burn us all copies of your cds...I would pay of I could reap the benefits of your genius!