Today’s kid’s music comes in a wide range of musical styles, from folk to punk, that collectively fall under the category of “Kindie” music. This is not your traditional kid’s music, nor does it have much in common with the Mini Pops, the Wiggles, or Disney soundtracks.
Some kindie artists have careers in other genres, such as alternative rock and pop. These include the front man from the Presidents of the United States of America, the Barenaked Ladies and The Verve Pipe.
We were, as a family, lucky to stumble onto kindie music while flipping through our satellite radio channels during a long road trip. Finally, we had found music that our young son, who was three, would enjoy and didn’t drive us completely up the wall. I will admit that, unlike during Wiggles songs, I do sing along to my son’s favourite songs. In other words, I don’t only tolerate the music but enjoy it.
Some of our favourite kindie music artists right now include Robbie Schaefer, Caspar Babypants, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Boxtop Jenkins and The Verve Pipe. Several are Grammy nominees.
Some of the songs are just downright silly, such as Caspar Babypants’ song “More Moles”, but others are written to help kids’ develop positive self-esteem. These include Robbie Schaefer’s “Fits Right In” and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s “Gotta Be Me.”
If you are a fan of the tried and true kids songs, such as The Wheels on the Bus, you can also find new versions of these songs. Candy Band, for example, is a punk band made up of mom’s who decided to add a little punk to the song’s their kids were listening to. Theirs is, officially, the only version of The Wheels on the Bus that I can listen to without cringing the entire time!
All of the artists mentioned can be found for sale on iTunes or can heard on SiriusXM Canada’s Kids’ Place Live station.