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My wife is really excited about this.  As a big fan of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (can't say I am), she's looking forward to the March 6th release of LULLABY RENDITIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND by ROCKABYE BABY!. Since the new ''new release" we're expecting in June is another girl, I'd suspect she'll be able to swoon in the nursery to the mellow sounds of the DMB, far away from those college boys in backwards baseball caps, Abercrombie & Fitch button-downs, and GAP cargo shorts. That said, The Rock Father has a stream of Crash Into Me from the new Rockabye Baby! record below. Check it out, and pre-order yours from their official site if ya dig.

Wednesday, February 22 2012 23:51

IKEA MÅLA Easel - Art Station on a Budget

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After being given an IKEA MÅLA Easel by my friend Scott last year (passed onto us after being used by his two kids), I recently set it up for my little one for the very first time. With a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, my daughter loves it - particularly the blackboard. What I was surprised to learn is that the MÅLA is available new from IKEA for only $14.99, which is why I felt compelled to share my thoughts here on The Rock Father™.

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.

Friday, February 17 2012 22:40

Review: Pacific Play Tents' SUPER ENORMOUS I Tunnel

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When my little one and I visit the local park district for ''parent-tot playtime'' during the week, one of the simplest, yet always hot play items are the fabric tents and tunnels. In fact, they're so popular that fellow parents often get caught up in discussion about getting one for their own home. Since last summer, I've probably led more than a few parents in the direction of the ENORMOUS I TUNNEL from Pacific Play Tents. Special-ordered by Grandma for my daughter's 2nd birthday from TOYS R US ($59.99), the item was drop-shipped to our home from Pacific Play Tents' warehouse in Indiana.

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.

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