Let's Hear It for the Moms! - Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Let's Hear It for the Moms! album cover

Let's Hear It for the Moms! album cover

Artist: Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Album: Let's Hear It for the Moms!

Description: A seven-song sampler of previously-released maternally-related tracks from the New York roots-rocker, downloadable for free.  I would guess that this is a limited-time offer, so don't delay -- Mother's Day has come and gone, but celebrating the mothers in our lives, be it our own or others we know, doesn't go out of style.  I've always liked Rymer's take on "Mama Don't Allow," but all of them are worth the mp3 space.

Source: Bandcamp

"My Mom" - Danny Weinkauf

My Mom - single cover

My Mom - single cover

Artist: Danny Weinkauf

Song: "My Mom"

Album: N/A

Description: If there was a Broadway musical about moms targeted at your favorite 6-year-old, then this would be the soft-shoe dance number midway through the first act.  Tina Kenny, who plays bass in Weinkauf's Red Pants Band, duets with Weinkauf.  Adorbs.

Source: Bandcamp

"You Are Loved" - Hullabaloo

Artist: Hullabaloo

Song: "You Are Loved"

Album: N/A

Description: Not sure it's possible to release a much simpler song -- one voice, one guitar, one minute, and a couple dozen different words at most.  All to convey a simple and powerful message, "You Are Loved."  It's possible to sing this concept and have it sound trite.  To my ears, that isn't the case at all with this track.

Source: Bandcamp

"Jelly Beans!" - Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Artist: Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Song: "Jelly Beans!"

Album: N/A (upcoming release)

Description: Featuring a sugar-infused electro-blues (again, MCJ is kindie's hyphenate king) amped to 11, lyrical delivery from 14-year-old Ava Flava (with an assist from Mista Cookie Jar), this ode to the sugar- (or corn syrup-)filled candy winds up and up until it crashes at the very end.  The free download crashes (i.e., ends) just about the time your kids will crash after eating their Easter candy (i.e., sometime Easter Sunday).

Source: Bandcamp

"Favorite Cousin" - The Pop Ups

Artist: The Pop Ups

Song: "Favorite Cousin"

Album: N/A

Description: I'll have a separate post on Christmas and holiday music in a few days, but didn't want the free nature of this track to go unnoticed any longer than it had to.  Yes, it's nominally about Christmastime and Hanukkah-time, but really it's about jamming with your favorite-but-not-often-seen family member.

Source: Soundcloud

Food Songs for Thanksgiving - Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists

Album: N/A

Description: Eight songs free for the downloading (for a limited time, anyway), courtesy of artists from Sugar Mountain PR.  Ostensibly they're songs for Thanksgiving, but that's really just because they're food-related.  But with music from Kira Willey, Lisa Loeb, Heidi Swedberg, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, the Okee Dokee Brothers and more, I think you'll find enough to be grateful for.

Source: Soundcloud

Fire Prevention Songs - SteveSongs and Recess Monkey

Artists: SteveSongs / Recess Monkey

Songs: "Little Rosalie" and "What's That Sound?"

Album: N/A

Description: The National Fire Protection Association's kid-friendly site Sparky Schoolhouse recruited SteveSongs and Recess Monkey to write, record, and film music videos promoting fire safety techniques. TL;DR - have a fire alarm and a fire safety plan.  But TL;DR doesn't work as well with kids, so I'd stick with the free downloads of Steve's "Little Rosalie" and five (5!) different versions of Recess Monkey's "What's That Sound?" (plus you can see the videos, too).

Source: Sparky Schoolhouse website

Four Free Book-Related Songs - Caspar Babypants

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Artist: Caspar Babypants

Album: N/A

Description: Chris Ballew aka Caspar Babypants is already super-productive, turning out album after album, but even beyond his stellar full-length stuff (Rise and Shine, out September 16!), he occasionally does some one-off stuff.  He's done 3 songs for books he's written with his wife Kate Endle, and his latest, "Old Manhattan" is for a new book written by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Endle.  Just like all of Ballew's Caspar Babypants work, it takes an old song and rejiggers it for the 21st century.  Best of all (for you), you can download all 4 of these book-based tracks for free.

Source: CB's Songs for Books page