Welcome to the first Kid Friendly Music Awards
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 10:48 p.m.
Music for kids can be a minefield, full of saccharine choruses, ham-handed arrangement and cheapo synth accompaniment. When kids' music truly excels, however, it's magic.
Hence the first annual - and possibly only - Kid Friendly Music Awards, where we recognize some of the best, worst and weirdest kids music out today.
Feel free to write in with overlooked nominations, arguments and truly awful music to avoid. With no further ado, we present:
Honorable mention: Tom Paxton's "Woolly Booger" (on the album "I've got a Yo-yo") is a lovely ballad that follows the flight of an escaped nose goblin ("Is he crawling east or west/Is he crawling up your chest?").
Sure to please the most discerning fan of gross-out humor.
At first blush, this is frightening, but as real musicians who write and play their own songs, the Wiggles deserve the adulation of their pint-size fans. Except for Capt. Feathersword. He's got to go.
TMBG shares this honor with Trout's hilarious "It's Better than That" on the album "inFINity." Therein, adults confess (tongue firmly in cheek) that everything kids imagine about the grown-up world is true. ("We have a chocolate éclair about as big as your head/Just before noon after we get out of bed.")
Plenty of musicians have taken a stab at reviving traditional children's music - with limited success. Notable exceptions: Spider John Koerner's foot-stomping renditions of "The Fox" and "Froggie Went a Courtin'," and Dave Moore's funky "Boll Weevil," all on the family folk album "Kids, Cars and Campfires."
Somebody, please explain this to me. If kids like these songs, why would they want to hear them mangled by anonymous D-list singers? (No offense to the child singers, who are adequate, but the adult singer's reach for Bono's high note on "Vertigo" is physically painful.) If you have any insight into this phenomenon, by all means, send me an e-mail.
Send your comments to Alisson Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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