I am guilty. I have songs on my last CD that are songs about childhood but not really “kids” song so to speak. My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party) is a fine example of this and yet kids really like this song. Because kids REALLY like block parties! So below are a list of songs that I have heard on kids CD’s that are not “kids songs” per say but really good songs for anyone and could and should be played anywhere, anytime on any radio station.
Justin Roberts–Fruit Jar, Redbird, Looking for Trains. Justin is really a great songwriter who’s songs have all ages appeal but these three songs could be on any kind of album as they are really ageless great tunes.
The Okee Dokee Brothers – Can You Canoe? (Album). I still contest that this is Grammy winning folk album (it won for best Children’s Album) with a couple of kids songs. Songs like Along for the Ride, Thousand Star Hotel and Roll on River are great songs that could be played on the radio with no one ever the wiser. Go buy the CD. It is one of the best kindie albums ever.
Baze and His Silly Friends-Superhero. It’s alt rock with catchy guitar riffs an stylistic vocals. Just another kids song? I don’t think so. Go check it out!
The Boogers– Everything they play is punk rock. Period. My favorite song is Pandas are Dangerous
Alastair Moock – Take a Little Walk With Me. Simple little ballad on a really great CD he wrote while his child was battling leukemia. She cowrote a few of the songs. But this beutiful, poignant tune could be played anywhere with no one even thinking it was on a “kids” CD.
Frances England – Mind of My Own. Her new CD Blink of an Eye is Grammy worthy. It’s that good. But this song off of her last CD is just a great pop tune about a girl trying to find her independence is just a brilliant piece of writing. It’s a song that belongs on any type of play list.
So these are my first six entries. More to come. If folks have any suggestions I’d be very happy to hear them! In the meantime go visit and buy some music from the artists listed. Go! You’ll be glad you did.