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OWTK Monthly Music Suggestions – June 2006

*This music also featured in June’s Mix CD article*

Here are some suggestions for “adult” music that can be downloaded from iTunes and shared with your kids of any age, organized as “Louder” and “Softer” selections. Don’t worry, the loud is not ear shattering and the soft will not put you to sleep.


Bright Eyes “True Blue” from “Motion Sickness – Live Recordings” (a studio version of “True Blue” is available on their “Lua” EP. “Motion Sickness”, a more recent release, was only made available through independent record stores. Both versions are quite good, but our daughter prefers the more raucous live version)

Josh Ritter “Snow is Gone” from “Hello Starling” (a terrific song about the magical period between end of Winter and the dawn of Springtime)

Wilco/Billy Bragg ” Hoodoo Voodoo” from “Mermaid Avenue” (a Woody Guthrie song written for his kids. A ton of fun to listen to as Woody uses several hilarious made-up words and phrases in his lyrics. Wilco and Bragg’s performance is a blast)

Dr. Dog “The World May Never Know” from “Easy Beat” (our daughter’s favorite song at one point. it has a beat so infectious that it is almost impossible not to start dancing, or a the very least swaying back and forth, with the first note)

The Band “Ain’t Got No Home” from “Moondog Matinee” (The Band covered Clarence “Frogman” Henry’s classic 1956 song and made it their own. Your kids will love Levon Helm singing like a Frog on one of the early verses. Check out Clarence Henry’s original version as well)

The Beach Boys “Surfin’ USA” (a summertime classic. what kid or parent can resist singing along with this super-catchy tune. if your child is like mine he or she will soon be turning the knees-bent and arms-out surfing motion into their own new dance, creating an instant classic moment. have your video-camera charged and ready!)


M. Ward “Here Comes the Sun Again” from “Transistor Radio” (a lovely homage to that big ball of heat in the sky from this terrific “old-soul” singer/songwriter)

Red House Painters “Wop-A-Din-Din” from “Old Ramon” (a touching song about a cat. if you and your family have a cat in the house, this song will undoubtably became a favorite and if you don’t you may want to rush out and get one!)

Archer Prewitt “I’ll Be Waiting” from “White Sky” (lyrically could easily be a love song from parent to child. Archer has one of the finest singing voices of the past decade)

The Gilroys “Martin Candy” from their self-titled CD (kid’s should love the instrumentation and parents with a love of older comedy films should get the funny movie reference in the refrain’s lyrics and song title. full disclosure: my old record label released this song. )

Nick Drake “Northern Sky” from “Bryter Layter” (simply one of the prettiest love songs ever written)

Other suggestions: Maurice Sendak penned Carole King songs “One was Johnny” and “Chicken Soup with Rice”, which remain household favorites. Those songs and more can be found on King’s “Really Rosie” album.

We have compiled this playlist into an iMix on iTunes for quick and easy downloading. Please click the button below to launch iTunes, click iMix on the left hand side of the Music Store, then search “OWTK Volume 1”. Enjoy the music!

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