CD Review: Various Artists, “Putumayo Kids Presents: European Playground”

61jya5srirl_sclzzzzzzz_1After a few paragraphs of the press release for Putumayo Kids’ latest release, European Playground, there is one more simple line that says “Putumayo Kids music is ‘guaranteed to make you feel good.'”  And dangit if they aren’t right.

Putumayo’s mission is to introduce kids to great music from every part of the world, breaking down barriers and teaching youngsters about different styles of music as well as new languages. It’s been a decade since their groundbreaking World Playground was released, and European Playground features music from 16 different countries—Finland, Sweden, Belgium, England, Denmark, Hungary, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Scotland, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland. And the longest track is three and a half minutes, giving you small doses of foreign fare to digest

Our son is not quite two years old and we’re gradually introducing him to some of the cool stuff we like that doesn’t revolve around Elmo or Handy Manny or the Teletubbies (or his favorite artist, yours truly..no, really!). He sometimes whines when we listen to something new, but for European Playground, Jon Jon smiled and bopped his head to the music. And what do you know? So did his parents….proof that Putumayo teaches diversity to parents as well as children.

Go check this one out, and don’t be surprised if your mood doesn’t change as if you’d just stumbled across a $100 bill.

  • Hello,
    Just a month ago we had our neighborhood CD release party for
    “Family Photograph”
    by the Dreyer Family Band.
    We wanted to send you a copy to check out and hopefully review.
    If you could let us know if you are up for this, could you send us
    your mailing address?!

    We've gotten some great reviews so far from non-toxic kids, zooglobble,
    out with the kids etc…. but really wanted YOU to check out a copy too!

    Anyway, we hope you'll listen to it and we hope you like it.

    What is it?
    17 songs written by parents, performed by a family, recorded in
    analog with styles ranging from urban
    bongo rhythms to playground handclap songs to show tunes to
    campfire songs. All original.
    We hope you are just ridiculously excited about this…but will
    settle for willing to listen!!

    Thanks,
    Annie

    ps if you'd like a sneak peek, check out our website at dreyerfamilyband.com

  • Hello,
    Just a month ago we had our neighborhood CD release party for
    “Family Photograph”
    by the Dreyer Family Band.
    We wanted to send you a copy to check out and hopefully review.
    If you could let us know if you are up for this, could you send us
    your mailing address?!

    We've gotten some great reviews so far from non-toxic kids, zooglobble,
    out with the kids etc…. but really wanted YOU to check out a copy too!

    Anyway, we hope you'll listen to it and we hope you like it.

    What is it?
    17 songs written by parents, performed by a family, recorded in
    analog with styles ranging from urban
    bongo rhythms to playground handclap songs to show tunes to
    campfire songs. All original.
    We hope you are just ridiculously excited about this…but will
    settle for willing to listen!!

    Thanks,
    Annie

    ps if you'd like a sneak peek, check out our website at dreyerfamilyband.com