My daughters love music. They do some pretty adorable things, but up there on the Cute List is watching them dance and groove along to the beat (or at least somewhat close to the beat) while we're blasting some tunes.
We have a wide variety of kids' music around here and my husband and I disagree on how much of it we can stand to listen to. I guess after a while listening to songs about barnyards and school buses starts to get to some people.
Something that we can all enjoy, however, is the hot new album Time Out To Rock by the great indie children's band, The Not-Its!
As their 2009 debut CD, We Are The Not-Its!, received unprecedented awards and praise as one of the best family music albums of 2009, this group of Seattle musicians (all moms, dads and teachers) has set out to bring an edgier sound to traditional children's music. Instead of the slow rhymes and sweet lyrics that we're used to, The Not-Its! feature electric guitars and drums in their up-tempo, danceable songs.
Having grown up in the age of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, I was interested to hear how The Not-Its!, particularly lead vocalist Sarah Shannon of the 90's indie-pop band Velocity girl, could bring a little rock to our otherwise conventional selection of kids' CDs. So, to put this album to the test, I waited until my girls were happily occupied and nonchalantly pressed play:
If the mission of The Not-Its! is to make kids dance, they have definitely succeeded in our household. The combination of the tempo, beat and great lyrics that children can relate to got both Big Sister E and Little Sister B up and moving, while my toes couldn't help but tap along. I loved the messages behind the songs, such as welcoming a new kid at school or dealing with bullies and how The Not-Its! manage to take a positive idea and bring it across as hip and fun.
Not having listened to a great deal of indie music in many years, I was glad to have such a nice change in the sound around here. Not to mention that any time my kids can enjoy hearing that accidents happen or about changing their luck all the while having a great dancing and moving... well, that's just an added bonus.
Information about ordering The Not-Its! CDs, t-shirts and fun petticoats (so that your child can dress just like the rockin' ladies in the band) are available right on their website, as well as musician bios, music samples and printable lyric and coloring pages. If you're looking for a fun way to get your children to jump up and dance in delight while still letting adults rock out at the same time, The Not-Its! is a great change from the norm of kids' music.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of The Not-Its!, one person will get to get on their feet and groove along, because...
One lucky person will win a copy of Time Out To Rock by The Not-Its!
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A big thank you to Waldmania PR for providing a copy of The Not-Its! Time Out To Rock for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.