Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
Winners #48, #49 and #50
Andie from Montreal, Quebec has won Beethoven’s Wig #4 Dance Along Symphonies. It’s the smart alternative to so-called brainy Einstein products. Beethoven’s Wig is all-age classical music put to modern lyrics, getting richer as your babe grows. Think of it as a Weird Al Yankovic for orchestras.
Many of the songs weave biographical or historical information about
composers into them. Other songs
create a story around the song’s title or the song’s original or modern
use. You’ll never hear these classical hits quite the same way again.
Andie reports that she has a 3- and 9-year-old at home. The elder child will go crazy for Beethoven’s Wig because he’s been loving his copy of Beethoven Lives Upstairs since he was 6.
She shares this recent incident after the 3-year-old had just finished a tantrum. "She was recovered from her sadness when Big Boy comes in and starts sobbing. Both his sister and I were taken aback and tried to comfort him and find out what was wrong. Between sobs he said, ‘I….feel….her….pain.’ Meanwhile she is patting him on his head telling him, ‘Its okay, you can feel better now. Don’t cry.’"
Lala from Ontario, Canada has won Down the Do-Re-Mi, her choice of Red Grammer’s six wonderful act-out sing-along children’s albums
(read Thingamababy’s review). Most of Grammer’s children’s music is comprised of an acoustic guitar
and his voice. Some songs are a cappella, relying purely on his voice,
personality and ingenuity to carry a song. You could summarize Grammer with the cliche of "peace, love and understanding." All of that is intermingled with tunes about tickling, monsters and going to the beach.
"Scott" has won Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live DVD.
Harley is a guitar-wielding storyteller who never grew up. While oriented toward grade school kids, some songs fully fit toddlers and the stories are great fun for adults.
Harley produces the type of comedy performance that makes me look
forward to listening to and singing along with my kids on a long drive
as we embark on a summer camping trip. It gets me excited about my older daughter leaving toddlerhood and entering the next stage of development. Parenting only gets better and better.
These three winners were randomly selected from comments
posted anywhere on Thingamababy between August 2 and August 8 in the Thinga-Appreciation Giveaways #14, #15 and #16. These contests continue this week with new winners announced next week.