In celebration of her 2012 Grammy Nomination for Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie Songs, Elizabeth Mitchell just released a beautiful video for the track “Sleep Eye.” It’s probably my favorite song on the album and I am so glad there’s a video for it. “Sleep Eye” contains sweet, innocent images of little ones in a peaceful state. The effects in the video are dreamy and the accompaniment of the flute and balafon create a perfect rhythm for rocking, swaying or bouncing with your little one.
Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips delivers a futuristic, science fiction approach to the typical xmas jingle. “Robot for Xmas” is an ode to robots (the epic fun so awesome kind, of course!) and 8-bit video games. There’s even shout-outs to some of the most famous cyborgs, androids and other mechanical friends in our history (Transformers, Star Wars, even Chuck E. Cheese). Now that’s rad!
As usual the MCJ crew puts together a funk-tastic seriously cool song and video which you will want to play on repeat. And now I think I want a real certified android of my own for Christmas! Ohhh, Santaaaaa….
Check out the video below and sample of the song (name your price for purchase). Click on the “Download” link to view the lyrics which are always fun to read.
[Video courtesy of You Tube]
Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner and Grammy nominee, Brady Rymer, delivers the perfect song to officially kick off the holiday season. “Untangling the Christmas Lights,” with its Rock n’ Roll rootsy sound, is a great song that many will surely relate to. And check out the beautiful artwork (above) that goes with it. The vintage style of the colors and the layout of the images adds a warm, cozy feeling to an otherwise uncomfortable situation.
I love Brady’s commentary on the idea for the song:
“Every Christmas it’s the same… I lug out the boxes of Christmas tree lights thinking that I finally got smart last year and packed them up carefully, in a way that would make it easy to trim the tree. But, of course, once I open the box and get to trimmin’, it’s a chaotic, knotted, spaghetti of a mess! How’d it get this way? What have they been up to in that box all year long?”
I couldn’t agree more! Every year I tell myself ‘this time will be different,’ as I approach the box labeled “Xmas.” Proceeding with caution, I reach in, ready to delicately slip the lights right out of their cardboard cocoon and begin the tangle-free unfolding only to find my efforts squashed by a tangled web. How does that happen? I suppose unlocking this mystery might also solve the mystery of how socks get lost in the dryer. In the meantime, it’s good to have a friend to relate to! Thanks, Brady!
Brady is also featured on A Laurie Berkner Christmas where he adds his warm voice to the wonderful sounds of “Children Go Where I Send Thee.” Brady has been a big part of our rotation for several years now. Not only is Brady a great musician but he also writes and performs for good causes. His release Love Me For Who I Am, an album inspired by children affected by autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders, earned him Gold awards from the Parents’ Choice Foundation and NAPPA. Proceeds from the album are donated to Autism Speaks.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Dec 5, 2012 but because of how relevant it still is and will continue to be, I am declaring it a seasonal favorite!