My all time favourite band is Barenaked Ladies (BNL).
Many years ago when I had a mild passion for all things Canadian a friend introduced me to BNL and I was instantly hooked. Of course their accents helped but their clever lyrics and just damn good music was what really one me over…. and ok Ed is kinda cute!
BNL’s latest album is called ‘Snack Time’ and it’s full of quirky kid music! Decent, non-annoying kid music! YAY!
My girls already like a lot of the BNL songs they are subjected to while we are driving in the Big White Bus, so I knew they would really like this new CD and we were lucky enough to have a friend send it to us (I am not sure if it is available for sale as a CD here in Australia but you can get it on itunes and via their web site) and it is AWESOME!
You can check out the first track on the CD ‘789’ on the Snack Time website. It took the girls a little while to grasp the concept of this song – that 7 ate 9… but now that they get it they think it is hysterical! While Snack Time is probably aimed at kids a little older than the Twinadoes (I’d say maybe 7-12 year olds?) they still enjoy it immensely, even if they don’t get some of the jokes.
The lyrics are clever and the great music and harmony singing in all kinds of different styles makes this really easy for everyone to listen to. There is a good variety of songs on a big range of topics. At times it seems rather ‘Canadian’ – which is not a bad thing because of course BNL are from Canada, in fact it is kind of refreshing for it not to be ‘Americanised’ like a lot of other kids music we get here seems to be. It did take us a while to get our heads around a few Canadian terms… I had to really listen to make sure I had to correct meaning for ‘pollywog’… but now we are singing along like home grown Canadians.
Our favourite songs? Oh it is hard to pick just a few…. The Twindoes’ current favourites are ‘I can Sing’, ‘Vegetable Town’ and ‘Here Come the Geese’. I am quite partial to ‘Bad Day’ and ‘Curious’ and we all sing ‘Pollywog in a Bog’ as loud as possible every time it comes on.
So if you are looking for something fresh in the way of kids music, I highly recommend Snack Time!
The only downside of listening to this album day and night is when you are out in public and your kids start pestering you in a very loud voice asking …
“Mum… can we have those nude women in the car please???”