It’s officially Fall, and ETM has some great family-friendly music to dance, sing, work, play, drink cider from a cinnamon stick straw, and bake pies to. Ok, now my mouth is watering and my stomach is rumbling. But, dear readers, my EARS are perfectly satiated because these new albums are so good. Let’s kick it off!
A new 7th album is out from one of ETM’s consummate favorite Kindie Rock bands. We LOVE the Good Buddies. And this album does not disappoint! It’s fun and downright danceable music for all to shake and wiggle. Keeping to the tradition of their previous records, the tracks on Lucky 7 span many different genres of musical influences. Tracks like “Pufferbelly” and “Woolly Mammouth” have a country music bend, while “Echo” has a definite synth pop groove. What unites the album is BVGB’s pulse on the kid mindset and lyrics that capture those blips of childhood’s sensory experiences, exemplified in the songs “soccer ball” and “bubbles.” I could keep on gushing about this album and the Good Buddies in general, but instead, I leave you to experience it for yourselves.
Freedom. Opportunity. Equality. It’s the legacy that Abraham Lincoln left to all Americans. The album kicks off with a powerful quote from Abraham Lincoln which speaks to creating a unified nation that must be promoted and preserved for generations to come. What a timely message. This album less of a classic 10 tracks worth of songs and is more of a compilation of speeches, poems, and songs inspired by the civil rights movement or taken from works of prominent activists. There is a reading from Maya Angelou‘s Caged Bird, a reading of the Emanicpation Proclamation, narrated lessons about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and non-violent resistance, and reflections on The Meaning of Freedom, Sit-Ins, and the March on Washington by civil rights icons and standard-bearers such as John Lewis, Shirley Franklin, Andrew Young, the late Julian Bond. The album is FREE to educators and community groups as part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation’s ongoing Celebrate Lincoln’s Legacy educational outreach program. The target audience is children in grades 3-6. The album is available on iTunes for purchase to the greater public and all proceeds are donated to charities working with children.
GRAMMY nominated Lisa Loeb, running on the success of her three previous family friendly albums, has a new record out this fall that is being featured exclusively to stream on Amazon Prime Music. The album features guest performances from a range of talent including Ed Helms (The Hangover), Craig Robinson (Mr. Robot, The Office), Renee Stahl Dektor (Renee & Jeremy), and Kyler England (The Rescues). Inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own childhood memories and her experiences as a parent, the 12 tracks on the album bridge the gap between a traditional children’s album and her former indie, college coffeehouse albums.