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Bear Hunt CD {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

When I was in junior high, I was a total dork, but I thought I was totally cool. I loved The Aquabats, a super quirky ska band who is now associated with the show Yo Gabba Gabba and has their own TV show on the HUB network. I went to their concerts dressed in sparkly skirts I found at thrift shops, fishnet tights, Converse, and did my hair in Princess Leia-style buns on top of my head with sparkly pipe cleaners sticking out of them. I actually did a dance number to one of their songs at our school talent show with my friend and she and I wore almost that exact ensemble, plus super-hero capes. Just because. I am not quite so dorky and bold these days, but I have held onto my love for a good ska/punk beat. Lucky for me, there are ska/punk/pop bands that I can listen to with my kids without worrying about bad language or inappropriate themes, and Josh and the Jamtones is one of them!

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Josh and the Jamtones has an impressive pedigree. They are all graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been together as a band since 2011. They are a sought-after group in the children’s music scene and have played at such acclaimed places as The Regent Theater, The Coolidge Corner, Earthfest, Fenway Park and have even opened for The Wiggles! Their first album, JUMP UP!, features the song “Iko Iko,” which sat at the top of Sirius/Xm’s Kids Place Live chart for 13 weeks! Check out this video and see for yourself how much fun they are having and hear how rad their music is!

Their second CD, set to release October 1st, is titled Bear Hunt, and I was sent this CD to review.  It is a fun, zany album that features ten musical numbers interwoven with silly narratives about the band’s adventures while going on an actual bear hunt. And of course it references the beloved book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” with phrases such as “we can’t go under it, we can’t go over it…we have to go through it!”  The narratives were funny, but sort of distracting when all I wanted to do was listen to some good tunes. Josh and the Jamtones are known for mixing their styles and this CD did not disappoint! Some of our family’s favorites included “Swing Low,” a New Orleans street music-style cover of the famous spiritual; an alt-country version of “Green and Spakkled Frogs” (this one was my son’s favorite); “Everybody Dance,” a reggae/ska number that really got us moving; and “Snow Day,” a pure ska tune that had me skankin’ in my living room and reliving my junior high days (only the good parts, of course) 🙂

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Bear Hunt is a ton of fun and definitely a great CD to listen to with the kids. It didn’t even feel like “kids music,” just good music to listen to with your kids. The band recommends the album for kids ages 4-7, but my 2- and 3-year-olds loved it, as did I!  The CD will be available October 1 for $9.99 and can be purchased at JoshAndThe Jamtones.com (click here to pre-order the CD now), CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, Spotify, Rhapsody and iTunes.

Win a copy of Bear Hunt today!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of September 30, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Josh and the Jamtones and Waldmania PR, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Recess Music {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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My family and I LOVE music. I love to sing and dance, my husband plays the piano and sings, and our two kids have definitely inherited our love of music. My kids know most of the (appropriate) Top 40 hits on the radio because we like to listen to them in the car and then dance to them at home. And while I’m somewhat proud that my 3-year old knows all the words to Maroon 5’s Payphone, I’m much happier when he can sing all the verses to “Book of Mormon Stories” (did you know there are eight?!?) because I know that he’s learning songs that have meaning and values. Recess Music was created with this exact sentiment in mind.

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Recess Music was created by Nancy Doan, a mother, wife and minister who wanted to make the world a better place by teaching morals and values through music (sounds like my kind of lady!). Recess Music has the twin goals of teaching environmental awareness through its “Celebrate Earth” series, and social empathy through its “Best Foot Forward” series of recordings.

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We received the newest CD from the Best Foot Forward series, Gratitude Attitude. Heather Ann reviewed Share! from the same series back in April, and we enjoyed our CD just as much as she did. There are 15 songs on the disc, and each is by a different talented kids’ musician. The overall feel is very chill, which is great for those times you just need something soothing playing in the background while you’re cooking dinner and the kids are playing on the floor. But there are a few tunes that are get-up-and-dance songs, and those were my kids’ favorites!  Here they are rocking out to “In My Family’s House.”

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All of the songs teach kindness, manners and gratitude in a way that is subtle and sometimes funny but never too in-your-face. My favorites are “There’s A Pea On My Plate,” “Thank You Letters,” and “Use Your Napkin Not Your Mom”–so true, right?! The website says it best:

 “The music on Gratitude Attitude was chosen with an eye to helping children understand that their attitudes are just as important as their actions in bringing harmony and understanding to their classrooms, neighborhoods, and homes (emphasis added).”

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This is definitely a CD worth owning to help your kids develop an attitude of gratitude and kindness. Gratitude Attitude won’t be released until August 27th, but can be pre-ordered at recessmusic.com for only $9.99! It will be available for $12.99 at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S. after August 28.

Until then, you can enter to win a copy of Gratitude Attitude for you and your family!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of August 10th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Recess Music, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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