As I’ve unfortunately watched, most children’s TV sucks for parents. Either I find the characters too annoying or there’s way too much going on for me to follow along as a casual viewer.
One kid series I don’t mind watching is “Yo Gabba Gabba!” The series does a fab job mixing live action, puppets, music and celebrities along with on-screen visuals that are reminiscent of retro video games and TV shows to create entertainment that’s fun for both kids and parents.
One of the best parts of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is their clever use of music. They always feature great artists and songs that are pretty catchy. Aside from being good tunes, these are original songs that teach kids small lessons about life in a fun way and in terms that they can understand.
When the show is on, my three-year old daughter loves to get up do her own ‘dancy dance’ to the music! She sings the songs when we’re in the car or when she’s coloring – and when asked, she can tell you what the point of the song is about, which I think is pretty amazing.
I’ve often found myself singing these silly songs when I’m walking to work, washing dishes or even folding laundry. I guess because the lyrics are simple and repetitive – along with being sung by great artists that they stick out in my brain.
Now Gabba Land’s favorite residents — DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Plex, Foofa, Toodee and Brobee — have teamed up with some new musical artists for a fourth installment of their Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome! music series.
Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome! features The Roots, Metric, Cut Copy, Belle & Sebastian, Biz Markie, Mariachi El Bronx, and loads of others singing 25 tracks from the show including “Share,” “Teamwork,” “Let’s Be Awesome While We Wait,” “Listen” and my personal favorite “Balloons:”
Balloons are fun for me and you,
So many shapes and colors too,
And they can cheer you up,
If you’re feeling kind of sad
Balloons they float up high in the air,
We blow them up and they never stop,
But be careful cause,
We don’t want our balloon to pop
Balloons, balloons, balloons
Make me happy.
Balloons, balloons, balloons
I love you.
How can you not smile when you sing this song?
Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome! is now available online at Amazon.com and iTunes and via major retail stores. This is would make a great holiday stocking stuffer or present for any toddler or pre-schooler, and one that parents wouldn’t mind listening to themselves.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite song from a TV show?
For full disclosure: I was sent a complimentary copy of the Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome! Volume 4 CD to listen to and review for this blog. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products as your opinion may differ.
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