Doing It For The Kids Posted by 25/09/09 in blog on
Twee DIY virtuoso Dallas Clayton recently unearthed this sweet little ditty that features Binki Shapiro from Little Joy, Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley and The Mystic Valley Band and more. The song was inspired in part by Dr. Seuss‘ “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”. Dallas writes of the collaboration:
“A few years ago I was putting together a small kids album for my son and I asked a bunch of my friends to record some songs. As tends to happen I got about half way through before being taken away by more pressing projects. The other day I unearthed this track, which I thought might be nice to share with the world…”
Dallas is involved in Spike Jonze’s first feature film Where The Wild Things Are, a magical honest-to-the-sentence adaption of the popular children’s book.
Goofy children’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! also announced their first sing-along song album “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome” featuring The Shins, Chromeo, I’m From Barcelona and Of Montreal. A collaboration between Weird Science and Muno (a red cyclops) would surely be a sight to behold.
However YGG! has already long been pipped to the post by the fantastic Canadian label Paper Bag Records who released the giddily good See You On The Moon!: Songs For Kids Of All Ages in 2006. The album features Sufjan Stevens, Mark Kozelek, Great Lake Swimmer and Hot Chip taking on popular childhood classics, a particular highlight is Broken Social Scene‘s take on the drug euphemism-laden Puff The Magic Dragon.
Children shows that have previously featured cameos from indie (in the American sense of the word) bands include the much coveted Sesame St and the show that’s alarmingly similar to YGG!; Pancake Mountain, an educational TV show hosted by a slightly irritating goat puppet called Rufus.
Here are some of our favorite highlights:
Paul Simon lays down the law of the schoolyard:
Jenny Lewis on Pancake Mountain:
The Arcade Fire on Pancake Mountain: