Meanwhile, for those who want to celebrate the season of Fall – with or without Halloween – I wanted to call out a free download. Kindie music superstar Joanie Leeds has written a new song called “Falling” – in celebration of the season – and she is giving it away as a free download here.
We have two nightly, alternating bedtime traditions in our house.
Life’s a party in The Jimmies’ videos.
2. “Watching Music”
While the first in pretty self-explanatory, the latter may need some clarification.
Maia is a music-junkie, and enjoys anything to which she can sing, dance or rock out. Once upon a time, after streaming an episode of Caillou, we showed her a music video on YouTube and a nightly tradition was born.
“Watching Music” now consists of firing up the laptop and watching kindie-centric music videos available online. Alternatively, we have also ripped some of Maia’s favorite music DVDs onto an iPod for her to enjoy on shuffle mode. We call it her own little MTV, minus the bad reality shows.
Believe it or not, there is an ample amount of resources online for finding kid-targeted music videos. Here are a few ways to get your own kiddie music video network going in your house.
Jitterbug.tv – This online destination strictly shows music videos for kids. It is a great resource and one we have used often to find new artists and new videos.
GimmieJimmies.com (Video Page) - One can spend multiple nights just watching the videos on this site. The detail, artistry and sheer fun put into each video by this NYC-based band has to be seen to believe. There should be a kids category at the VMAs based on their videos alone.
“Jack’s Big Music Show” Music Videos – You are sure to chance upon one of the many music videos from this show on JitterBug or Zooglobble. However, this is a one-stop source for the music videos pulled from this show. (Maia’s favorite video, Lisa Loeb’s Jenny Jenkins, comes from this show.)
Xilisoft DVD Convertor Software – Taking some of Maia’s favorite music DVDs, we have used this software to rip individual files onto our iPod so we can also watch videos on the “big screen.”
Some of the ripped DVDs in our private iPod mix include: