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Monday, February 20 2012 23:40

KENNY CHESNEY gets the Lullaby Treatment...

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They won't be Corona bottles you'll be icing while listening to this one, but country-minded parents have something soothing coming their way. The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have just issued LULLABY VERSIONS OF KENNY CHESNEY,  a twelve-track collection of the singer's greatest hits, reworked into lush, instrumental versions perfect for any nursery.  The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting and cover art below.

Since I've never covered Nickelodeon's KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS before (in any of my past writing gigs), I have to make the somewhat obvious statement that it looks more like the ''Tween Choice Awards.'' We tend to be a Sprout house (though Nickjr. does have a few good shows), and I like to remember Nickelodeon as being the place for shows like PINWHEEL, MR. WIZARD'S WORLD, TODAY'S SPECIAL, and FINDERS KEEPERS. But, that was 30 years ago and Nick is a different game these days. With the announcement of the nominees for their 2012 Kids' Choice Awards last week, let's take a look at a few of the music-centric categories.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards have just concluded on CBS, and I'm one of the camp that views the Grammys as a celebration of an organization and votership that is completely irrelevant, overly self-congratulatory, narrow-minded, boring, and predictable year after year. Despite those views, I thought it might be fun to compile a list of of music inspired by some of the night's biggest winners, but reworked and performed for the smallest members of your family: newborn infants. Here's a run-down of lullaby renditions of select winner's songs that are currently available on iTunes.

Tuesday, February 07 2012 18:41

Watch: Humpty Dumpty Plays Bass and Falls Off the Wall

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I learned something last night - my wife doesn't like Humpty Dumpty. She said she doesn't like anything about it, starting with the classic tale itself. I was showing my daughter this new video for Humpty Dumpty Plays Bass and Falls Off the Wall from GROOVE KID NATION's MUSIC IN MOTION album (released last year), and while she loved it - my wife was still a bit hesitant. ''I don't know where this is going,'' she said with a sly look on her face. I had no idea that she had such disdain for Humpty. What my daughter really digs about the video below is that Humpty rocks a ''fish-shaped bass.''

RIFF ROCKIT released his self-titled debut album last month, bestowing his conceptual form of ''kindie rock'' upon the little ones far and wide. As the music was hitting the market, Rockit's real-life alter-ego EVAN MICHAEL  was finalizing plans for something even more important - a run at raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Michael was first diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of Leukemia (AML) just 15 years ago, and fortunately he's been cancer-free for 11 years after ''initially undergoing chemotherapy, two years of remission, a full disease relapse in 2000, and receiving the allogenic bone marrow transplant that finally saved his life.''

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR has expanded their pop music lullaby line to 59 albums with the release THE RAT PACK-inspired LULLABY VERSIONS OF FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN, and SAMMY DAVIS JR. Being a big fan of all-things Rat Pack (at last count there were at least seven photos of the gang on my office walls) and having a newborn set for arrival this summer, this one has my interest. Check out the Lullaby version of the Theme from New York, New York, below - along with the full tracklisting.

Earlier this month I told you about the crew at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star and their plans to releaseLullaby Versions of Twilight Breaking Dawn. Now, the residents of Forks, Washington and Twilight fans around the Globe can experience the album, which is on iTunes today for just $7.99. BREAKING DAWN follows TTLRS' 2009 collection that paid tribute to both TWILIGHT and NEW MOON (available here), and their 2010 homage to ECLIPSE (available here). Check out the BREAKING DAWN tracklisting below, right here onThe Rock Father™.

In 1984, Parker Brothers Music released A CABBAGE PATCH CHRISTMAS, a follow-up to their best-selling CABBAGE PATCH DREAMS. My sister and I had both of these records (on vinyl), as we both had some CABBAGE PATCH KIDS (mine in a Chicago White Sox uniform) as well. I was around 8 at the time, and here I sit almost 30 years later and those songs are still floating around in my head.

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