We love music in our house, and make good use of our Amazon Prime music subscription, but I do try to keep the music we listen to appropriate to the children, since I think music has a much bigger impact on our subconscious mind than we might always realise. When we were invited to review music from the top-rated animated CBeebies preschool TV series Kazoops we were happy to oblige. New music is always welcomed.
What we like about Kazoops is that it is actually music. It isn’t plinky plonky piano music as so many kids songs seem to be, and the tunes are both simple and catchy. They are also great songs for getting children dancing and acting out, which I find a great way of curbing the indoor frustrations on cold and rainy days.
The music covers a range of genres and styles, the lyrics have substance and relate to each preconception and Monty’s creative and critical thinking processes. That said, we don’t have TV so we don’t watch the show on CBeebies, but even so, the children like the music. You don’t have to watch the show to ‘get’ the songs, or know the characters to appreciate it. (For those that don’t, Kazoops is all about Monty, a six-year-old boy who challenges life’s questions both big and small with the help of his limitless imagination and his best friend, Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig. In each episode, the duo enters make-believe worlds to challenge everyday preconceptions such as ‘do things have to be the same all the time?’ or ‘do all games really need rules?’)
I really love the song ‘Celebrate’ – it resonates with my philosophy of just celebrating the little things, focusing on them and making your life a happy place because you recognise the little things. As the song says “celebrate the little things, the every day and happy things that go unrecognised, celebrate simplicity, it makes perfect sense to me, why not celebrate them all the time“. It’s such a cheerful song too, that now when my little one (4) starts getting stroppy, I just double clap as I start singing that, and it often stops a strop in its tracks!
Some of the songs have lovely ‘life lessons’ too though – like the ‘Matching Socks’ song is great for introducing diversity. It’s about how socks don’t always have to match, but as a whole it’s about how ‘things that go together aren’t always the same’ like peas and carrots or strawberries and cream. Another cute, catchy and energetic tune, perfect for dancing around the living room!
You can play the whole playlist on youtube from this video:
The album will launch in English followed by subsequent music releases in 2017 in 18 other languages.
As with most online music, songs will be available to buy as an album or individually.
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