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Former rocker churns out urban-themed kids' music.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is a compilation of favorite songs from the New York City-based music program, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals. Focused around urban topics such as taxi rides, street music, bagels, and park carousels, the album has a cult following (Jon Stewart is said to be a fan) and is filled with silly songs about things recognizable to those living in and outside urban areas.

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What's the story?

David Weinstone, the force behind Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, has been writing songs for his interactive music classes since 1997, and TAXI is a compilation of the favorite tunes from these classes. Many of the topics -- from cab rides and bagels to park carousels and street noise -- are a celebration of growing up in urban environments. But kids living in cities and the suburbs alike can relate to lyrics such as \"I crack me up with the silly things I do / I'm a monkey in the zoo / I crack me up with the silly things I say Foopeebopoopee and bonk\" (\"I Crack Me Up\"). The CD follows a format created for music classes, so many of the songs are interactive, with directions for following along. \"Big Old Tree\" is one example: \"I'd do a little bump, I'd do a little twist / I'd do a little jump and wiggle just like this / I'd do the funky chicken / silly yes I know / then I'd pack my trunk and hit the road.\"

Is it any good?


The interactive songs as well as the diversity of music styles contribute a whole lot of fun to listeners of this CD. It may seem disjointed to cover rock, folk, rap, indie rock, and even a Latin beat on one album, but somehow Taxi pulls it off with creativity and a sense of humor. Fans may want to visit the Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals Web site to see about music classes in their area.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about things that you find living in big cities: What's it like to ride in a taxi or live in an apartment? Families with older kids can also research the Big Apple to see what kinds of kid-friendly places exist there. Are there children's museums? What's a fun park to go to? Where can you buy yummy bagels? On a musical note, families can talk about the variety of styles, and figure out which ones are more inclined to get you dancing. Folk? Tango? Rap? Rock?

Music details

Artists:David Weinstone, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals
Release date:January 9, 2007
Label:Music for Aardvarks
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byLightspeedmom April 9, 2008
I don't like it. I had a beautifal 3 year old girl, who listened to it, and now all she cares about are sex and drugs, and dildos.


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