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The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle, and...?

 
 
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 12:43 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cycloptichorn wrote:
Beach Boys!


Ok, now that you mention it I'll second it. I'd added it to my earlier post, as it's great music and heavy on harmony. But I can't stand most of it!
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 12:45 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

Cycloptichorn wrote:
Beach Boys!


Ok, now that you mention it I'll second it. I'd added it to my earlier post, as it's great music and heavy on harmony. But I can't stand most of it!


Good for kids though. Clean music about good times and heartbreak.

Cycloptichorn
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 12:49 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Yup, I was holding back the Pearl Jam and Nirvana recommendations for age-appropriate considerations when I thought of them.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 12:58 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Man, I'm finding so much They Might Be Giants stuff which is really good!







Cycloptichorn
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aidan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:00 pm
This is another really wonderful record - and all the proceeds go to pediatric aids research.
And all on one album you get Ziggy Marley, John Fogerty, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Ann and Nancy Wilson (from Heart), Pat Benatar, Little Richard, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, James Taylor and more and it's fun - I treasure it as it has songs by certain people that haven't been recorded anywhere else.

The highlight is a lullabye by Meryl Streep - just beautiful.
Quote:
Music Review
FOR OUR CHILDREN (1991)
Various Artists
More
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Credits
Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Kids & Family

A-By Ken Tucker
No all-star charity album has boasted a lineup more impressive than For Our Children. This 20-song compilation features original and traditional children's music by a variety of exceptional performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Paula Abdul, Meryl Streep, Bob Dylan, Sting, and Barbra Streisand. All proceeds from ''For Our Children'' will benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

The foundation was formed in 1988 by Elizabeth Glaser, Susan DeLaurentis, and Susan Zeegen. Glaser, the wife of actor Paul Michael Glaser (''Starsky and Hutch''), contracted the AIDS virus in 1981 from a blood transfusion she received during the birth of their daughter Ariel, who died of AIDS at the age of 7.

With profits going to AIDS research, education, and assistance to hospitals, ''For Our Children'' is a worthy charity item, but the album also holds up as a work of art. The crowd-pleasing cut in my house was Springsteen's performance of the John and Nancy Cassidy song ''Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips.'' The Boss strums an acoustic guitar, takes an occasional puff on a harmonica, and growls out lines about eating ''mama's soup surprise,'' which includes ingredients like ''Monkey legs and buzzard eggs/And salamander thighs.'' It's a silly gross-out song performed with headlong, Springsteenian force.

Similarly, Dylan's crack at the ''knick-knack, patty-whack'' refrain of ''This Old Man'' is both good music and a real hoot. I swear, Dylan's sly performance here is better than anything on his most recent ''grown-up'' album of new material, ''Under the Red Sky.''

A few of the cuts on ''For Our Children'' are ill-conceived, such as Elton John's flaccid funk instrumental ''The Pacifier,'' and Little Richard's overarranged and overlong version of ''Itsy Bitsy Spider.'' Consumers should also be aware that there are a few songs here that have appeared elsewhere, including Paul McCartney's ''Mary Had a Little Lamb'' (originally on his 1971 ''Wild Life'') and Bette Midler's ''Blueberry Pie'' (from 1980's ''In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record'').

But with more than an hour of music, ''For Our Children'' is a bargain with perfect little pieces such as James Taylor's charming rendition of ''Getting to Know You,'' Harry Nilsson's dreamy ''Blanket for a Sail,'' and Jackson Browne and Jennifer Warnes' reworking of the Beatles' ''Golden Slumbers''; they transform the song into a real lullaby.

Then, too, surprises abound. In ''Good Night, My Love'' Paula Abdul proves she really can sing. Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson forsake hard rock for dulcet harmony on ''Autumn to May.'' The frequently stiff Sting offers the cheerful vulgarity of ''Cushie Butterfield'': ''She's a big lass/She's a bonny lass/And she likes her beer.'' And Meryl Streep employs a strong Judy Collins-style contralto on ''Gartan Mother's Lullaby.''

''For Our Children'' can be enjoyed on two levels: Kids can take its lovely music at face (ear?) value, while adults who appreciate the pop-cultural contexts of these performances will be beguiled.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:01 pm
Marty Robbins, El Paso



I loved 'story songs' as a kid and I still do

Cycloptichorn
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:16 pm
Barenaked Ladies (I know the name does not inspire confidence.)



And they just put out a children's album.



But their classics are really good.







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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:26 pm
Seconding a lot of this.

Plus

Genesis, and not just the Phil Collins stuff. She might like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Freewheeling harmonies and catchy tunes? That would be the Eagles.

If Elvis Costello, then also Nick Lowe (he's married to Carleen Carter; he has country cred too), Joe Jackson and Dave Edmunds.

Early Bruce Springsteen (Greetings from Asbury Park and The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle).

Sheryl Crow might be okay, too. Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Sarah MacLachlan.

Does she like Irish music? If so, then The Cranberries.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:27 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
Both good ideas, djjd... I know the Kinks firsthand but not They Might Be Giants (they were around when I could hear, I just never listened to 'em), they look promising. Which album would you recommend?


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/TheyMightBeGiants-No%21.jpg

this album is directly aimed at kids, two of their songs were used in animations for the tiny toons cartoon show, "particle man" and "constantinople", they also wrote the theme song for malcolm in the middle
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:32 pm
They Might Be Giants is fantastic, and i think would exactly fill the bill . . .

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

Yo ho, it's hot, the sun is not
A place where we could live
But here on Earth there'd be no life
Without the light it gives

We need its light
We need its heat
We need its energy
Without the sun, without a doubt
There'd be no you and me


And my personal favorite:

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks


Them boys is just good fun!
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djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 01:44 pm
if you're going the download route, here are my suggestions for TMBG songs

Everything Right Is Wrong Again
Don't Let's Start
Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes
Where Your Eyes Don't Go
Piece of Dirt
Mr. Me
Birdhouse in Your Soul
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
The Edison Museum
Boss of Me (Malcolm In The Middle)
Experimental Film
Particle Man
Why Does the Sun Shine (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) (live)


for the "NO" album see if you can get an actual cd, there's some pretty cool visual content on the disc

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Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 02:00 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cycloptichorn wrote:

Marty Robbins, El Paso

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn3JB51NH_M[/youtube]

I loved 'story songs' as a kid and I still do

Cycloptichorn


Hell, I'll match that and add the rest of Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 02:43 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
She's home!

Played these two for her, HUGE hits! Loves 'em. She likes "Particle Man" better of the two.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 02:49 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Liked, didn't love. (Wants to listen to "Particle Man" again.)

Asked "So, why do you like the Beatles?"

Answer: "Well, they're synchronized, their songs are just so catchy... I don't quite know!"

Simon and Garfunkel:

"Same thing!"

Will find various other songs mentioned here and post highlights instead of going post by post....
sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 03:06 pm
@sozobe,
A larger survey is gonna have to wait I guess... she's still stuck on "Particle Man." Laughing "Just ONE more time..." She's singing along with it now.

So, we know we have some good suggestions here! Thanks guys.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 03:09 pm
@sozobe,
Haha, I win! It is catchy.

This one is precious



Cycloptichorn
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 04:46 pm
TMBG FTW!
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 06:08 pm
I don't know if it's already been mentioned, Soz, but Paul Simon's first solo cd(album, then!) is lovely! I suspect it sozlet might like it.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 07:14 pm
sozobe, the following songs were chosen by my daughter for sozlet.
She thought, sozlet might really like them

Panic at the Disco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHkOi_GyoMM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g4B4v9pJK0

Green Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbvUx5fH9As
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFVMZTfW2Yg

Sublime Santeria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEA_txBAWvA

Coldplay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxaXJKS68Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbI1FpLd4Vk

U2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgu71-Jtcr4

Lupe Fiasco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4z76B-NE_8

One Republic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmsXot21A1k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4poUg-Esvc
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 27 Feb, 2009 09:29 pm
@CalamityJane,
Santeria is a pretty adult song. Though I do love Sublime with my entire soul.

Cycloptichorn
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