Cool Tracks For Kids #2
Okay, here are some more tracks I found in my iTunes library that are not really intended for kids but are clean and suitable:
When Toots and the Maytals sing “Never Grow Old,” I defy you not to dance with your child. Paul McCartneyâ€™s “Dance Tonight” might also inspire you, as will one of my all-time favorites, “The Littlest Bird” by the Be Good Tanyas.
If youâ€™re a dad with a daughter, play her Paul Simonâ€™s declaration of love, “Father and Daughter,” and keep the Kleenex handy. Or, for those moments when you are swept away with baby adoration, choose one of the great recent love anthems: Alicia Keyesâ€™ “No One.”Â If youâ€™ve heard it too many times, try the Curtis Lynch reggae remix, which is even better than the original.
A real morning song (for those five a.m. wakeup calls) is “Sunrise” by Norah Jones. Itâ€™s hard to tell if itâ€™s the sun or the music that gives the nursery th”at glow. Another great way to start the day is to play Louis Armstrongâ€™s “What A Wonderful World.” My daughterâ€™s kindergarten teacher played it every day when the kids arrived, setting a sweetly positive tone in the classroom.
On those occasions when a child needs a little encouragement after a bad day,Â song with a fabulous message wrapped in a stunning production is “Pick Yourself Up” as sung by Diana Krall. Itâ€™s impossible to ignore her suggestion that you “dust yourself off and start all over again.”
So, when youâ€™re looking for music thatâ€™s both kid and adult-friendly, check out some of these tunes, and search your own music library. You will most certainly find more gems like these.