Party Playlist & New Kids Music


Our annual Party Issue needs some tunes. So we asked Kids' Corner host Kathy O'Connell, our resident kindie expert, to put together a playlist sure to get all the kids revved up for a rockin' dance party! Here are six tunes bound to get everyone's boogie on. 

1. Get This Party Started,” Brady Rymer, Just Say Hi

2. “Dance Party Pizza Party,” The Good Ms. PadgettIf We Must, We Must 

3. “Costume Party,” The Pop Ups, Appetite for Construction

4. “Party Day!” Laurie Berkner Band, Party Day!

5. “Pajama Party,” Istvan and His Imaginary Band, Sweet!

And to end the party: 

6. “We Had to Go Home,” Verve Pipe, A Family Album

Next page: CDs by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Caspar Babypants and Jon Samson


CD: Dancin’ in the Kitchen: Songs for ALL Families

All families are “blended,” brought together by mixing blood, love or circumstance. Kindie pioneers Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer provide a supportive musical environment for the many roads the word “family” travels on Dancin’ in the Kitchen: Songs for ALL Families. This remarkable project gives LGBT kids and children of nontraditional families a new tool for self-expression. “Birthday Pup” celebrates the kind of family math that calculates dog years. The artists’ (and spouses’) longtime dream of recording Fred Small’s beautiful “Everything Possible” with a kid choir comes to joyous life. Covers of the old chestnut “I’m My Own Grandpa” and Justin Roberts’ brilliant “From Scratch” (about Grandma’s cooking) are the icing on this exceptional collection. 

"Dancin' in the Kitchen"

CD: Night, Night

Caspar Babypants has mastered mixing fine production with meaningful lyrics that resonate with younger fans. The prolific artist’s latest CD, Night Night, is a delightful nighttime confection. “Take It Easy” sings about how “I’m gonna bow my fiddle in the forest so the deers can feel real good.” Yes, “deers.” He’s a musician, not a grammarian. And that’s why his simple songs lend themselves to call-and-response play so easily.

"Just for You"

CD: A New Kids Album

Musical excellence shines on Jon Samson’s A New Kids Album, opening with an imaginative take on the classic “Mockingbird” followed by “Stomp Clap Tappa Tappa,” a rhythmic version of “This Old Man.” Original tunes like “Why Would You Take a Rocketship? (when you can just blink and be there?)” rocks, while “Show More Love” shows enormous sweetness with few lyrics. Samson is a master crafter of words. “If You Could See Symbolically with ‘Imaginationology’” asks us to hear old nursery rhymes with new ears. He’s a compelling songwriter whose art is informed by his work as a musical therapist. 

"Why Would You Take a Rocket Ship?"

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM. 


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