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Album of the Week – Juno Award Winner Diana Panton’s Children’s Album

I Believe in Little Things

Hurrah for this beautiful and creative album of Diana Panton’s!  I was so thrilled when I found out her album “I Believe in Little Things” had won Best Children’s Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno’s.   This is an album you will love to listen to even without your kids around.  Believe it or not I have already put this on, poured myself a glass of wine and done some Sunday evening cooking for the week after Evan went to bed!

I suppose it should be no surprise to me that this artist created such a winner.  Parents can be assured that behind the music is a winner of a person too.  I collaborated with Diana for a Jazz concert a couple of years ago at Hamilton Place and was struck by her approachable, kind and open spirit.  Interesting fact about Diana; she has what is called synesthesia which is when one sense is stimulated by another sense.  In Diana’s case she sees colours when she hears music depending on the key and the pitches.  There is a connection in her brain between the part that processes colour and the part that processes what she’s hearing.  Very few people have this – pretty cool!  Here’s an article on the phenomenon.

Things I love about this album aside from Diana’s sweet, addictive voice.

  1. The production. You feel like you are in a room with her, the band and yourself.  Crystal, clear and pure sounding.  It matches the quality of her voice so well.  Love it.
  2. The conversations you can have with your child that it creates. Some lyrics are in French, there are instrument solos you can point out “that’s a cello” “that’s a guitar”, some of the songs are from movies you can watch together (The Muppet Movie), so many jumping off points.
  3. These are jazzy versions of songs you may already have listened to with your child and if you haven’t you can add them to your playlists to open up the idea that there are so many ways to interpret the same piece of music. Kind of like when someone has a different accent or speaks a different language.

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Recording of the Week – La Famille Maestro


Album: La Famille Maestro Best of Opus 1 and 2

Why it Should Be Part of Your Listening

It’s the most brilliant thing to have playing in your car for your kids! Every song is a children’s tune based on a famous classical piece of music. Educate yourself, your kids and have so much fun with it. Bonus, you get some French language learning in there too since it’s in French. We are not French speakers and I’m playing this album all the time right now.

Extra Effort that’s Worth It

Brownie points and uber award for excellent parenting if you make a playlist with the actual original classical works so you hear the real thing.  Play it also in the car or in the background at home. I’m so excited about this idea that if you contact me saying you are listening to these guys, I’ll send you a CD of the original classics in the mail for $10. One step down from that, take a peak at the CD case or song title occasionally and find out the real name of the piece of music being covered. You’ll sound extra cultured at your next wine and cheese…. or, more realistically, chatting with other parents at the park!

Where to Find the CD and the Artists

Unfortunately they don’t make it very easy to buy their music.  You can request it through their site. (If you find another place please let me know in the comments of this post) or they are on Soundcloud.

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