Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Thinga-Appreciation Giveaway #1 — Kids’ Music! (ended)
Hey, a new contest! And it’s easy! I’ve rounded up some great children’s music, courtesy of Sugar Mountain PR, for an ongoing giveaway.
This is about reader appreciation. To enter, simply read and post
comments as you normally do anywhere on Thingamababy (full details below). I will select one user who
has posted a comment within the past week as a winner. That person then
selects one of five predetermined CDs (listed below) and Sugar Mountain PR ships the winner his or her sweet prize. Check out the music and full rules below…
Suzi Shelton — No Ordinary Day
Suzi Shelton is riding on the crest of the “kindie rock” phenomenon with catchy tunes and hip musical sensibilities and is a rising star in the children’s music scene. With awards from Parents’ Choice, the Children’s Music Web, iParenting Media and a 2007 Gold Award from National Parenting Publications, Suzi is gaining national acclaim.
No Ordinary Day, produced by Dan Siegler, is a new collection of playful pop-rock tunes reflecting Suzi’s insightful songwriting and her band’s sonic sophistication, with funky and uptempo rhythms and electronic flourishes.
[Read Thingamababy's review of Suzi Shelton]
Paul is one of folkdom’s most incisive and intimate songwriters. Now a doting father, his first family album, “Dragonfly Races,” bubbles with buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents â€“ and incite good conversations between them. As simple as the songs are, they don’t duck tough issues; a fairy tale, for instance, becomes a timely political allegory about leaders who peddle fear for their own purposes. Paul sings movingly about what really worries new parents and turns lazy dragonflies, gentle monsters, and resilient roses into useful metaphors for world peace, the power of faith, and the delights of a sleepy day. It’s nice to see a world-class songwriter focus on kids without lowering either his sights or his standard.” â€“Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
When John Medeski, Chris Wood and Billy Martin go into the studio to record any new album, they’re never sure what will emerge. It was no different when the trio gathered in an upstate New York studio with a few concepts, a few musical ideas and a few friends, to create Let’s Go Everywhere, the first recording designed to please their youngest fans. Amazon.com says “Let’s Go Everywhere is the kind of record that kids-music insiders get all wound up about, and for a reason that can be summed up in two tidy little words: it’s awesome.”
Putumayo Kids — Hawaiian Playground
Hawaiian Playground is a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaiiâ€™s musical offerings. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colorful as the islands which inspired it.
The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and their traditional Polynesian heritage still plays a key role in their music making today. Energetic performances and exploration with unique instruments first helped the music gain attention in the United States. Now, with an increased variety of distinctive styles, the music of these islands has become recognized and appreciated all over the world.
Putumayo Kids — Celtic Dreamland
Celtic music has long been known for both its danceable jigs and reels and its tranquil, beautiful melodies. For its latest release, Putumayo Kids focuses on the softer side of Celtic music, harvested from the rich musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, eastern Canada and beyond. Celtic Dreamland features songs that are perfect for the slumbering child, meditating mom and dad or the weary worker desperate for a little quiet relaxation. The album joins the successful Dreamland series alongside Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Sounds and Asian Dreamland.
The contest is open to residents inside and outside* the United States. *Residents of the International Space Station excluded. Sorry Peggy, Yuri, Clayton, Daniel, Leopold, Garrett and Sheikh, but we’ll be happy to ship to your domestic address in the event you win.
The contest will run for four weeks, and who knows, maybe longer with a new slate of children’s CDs.
Officially, the winner will be selected by me based on my own purely subjective criteria that is free to change from week to week. For the first week, I will choose a winner at random. If I see a rush of empty-headed comments being posted, I’ll change the criteria to a true sense of my personal appreciation, using comment criteria such as thoughtfulness, educational value or humor.
To be eligible, users must include a valid e-mail address in their blog comment. Contacted winners must provide their shipping address to Thingamababy and Sugar Mountain PR for the purpose of shipping the prize. Ineligible comments are ones identified as spam by my blog software or that I would normally delete myself due to their spammy or offensive nature.
Each of these first four giveaways are for user comments posted Saturday through Friday (Pacific Time) on any blog article anywhere on Thingamababy.com.
Giveaway #1: comments posted between Feb. 9 and 15.
Giveaway #2: comments posted between Feb. 16 and 22.
Giveaway #3: comments posted between Feb. 23 and 29.
Giveaway #4: comments posted between March 1 and 7.
So, even though this contest was announced on Wednesday, comments posted since last Saturday, Feb. 9th are eligible to win in the first round. I have a ton of product reviews to write for you, but you can expect to see issue-oriented posts as well for you to weigh in with your opinion.
Thanks for reading Thingamababy!
Ellis Paul, Dragonfly Races
Medeski, Martin & Wood â€” Where’s The Music