The CD: Good Egg by Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
When it’s available: June 24, 2014
What it’s like: This is one of those situations where I have to admit that I judge a book by its cover. Or, um, a CD by its sleeve. I won’t lie: when Good Egg arrived at our door several weeks ago, I wasn’t too jacked to open it. I took one look at the weird animation that has a girl’s legs turn into chicken feet and tossed it on the Lazy Susan on my dining room table (that’s where your unwanted mail goes, too, right?).
But my daughter noticed it one day, and asked if it was “new music.” I said yes, and figured I’d need to listen to it sooner or later, so we hopped in the car that day and pressed play. And OMG, I’m so glad we did! This is definitely one of our favourite kids’ music CDs in our (rather vast) library.
When your three and six year olds both ask for the same music, every parent knows what kind of magical moment that creates. We are one with the music, and Mommy doesn’t have to listen to one of them whine about the other’s choice. Dreamy.
“Food Fight” is hands-down one of the best songs for a family road trip. Ever. In fact, it’s so catchy that I’ll (often) find myself singing it when there’s not a kid in sight. Part of that might be that I feel Joanie and I are long-lost songstress sisters and really need to do a duet. I love her kind-of-Maureen-from-RENTish voice; she’s easy to listen to and easy to sing along with while you chauffeur kids from here to there and everywhere. But that’s not the only great song…it’s one after another on this little gem of a CD. We also love “Hipster in the Making,” and the first verse and chorus of “I Love You” is that perfect bedtime song to memorize if you want something original in your arsenal. (However, to be perfectly honest, we usually listen to “Food Fight” at least seven times in a row and rarely make it all the way to the end!)
The verdict? Get it. Seriously. Even if it’s just for “Food Fight.”
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