Woohoo! It’s the holiday season!


I’ve been listening and enjoying a whole bunch of great new holiday tunes from some of the best family music artists out there. I’ve got way more than 2 tunes for you today. Just as we did in August – when we gave you a host of great tunes for summer road trips – today we’re offering 10… Read More »

Lullabies for long winter nights


Go to sleep happy with these sweet tunes. We’re heading into the season of long nights. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, most likely you’re hunkering down for the next eight weeks or so, looking for some warm PJs and a good storybook each night. It’s also the start of the holiday season, of course.… Read More »

Exploring the Fear Factor For Halloween


Sick of the Monster Mash? Add these songs to your spooky celebrations. Photo by Jessica at Hammondton Photography Halloween is such an important event in any kid’s life. I’m always dismayed to hear of parents who don’t allow their children to celebrate it. Even a controlled atmosphere of scary stuff seems okay for most kids… Read More »

Mythic Imagery in Song Lyrics


I don’t have to tell you that music is a powerful force. We all know from experience how a song can transform us, can hijack our emotions, can make us time travel to a familiar past or instantly transport us to new, exotic locales. We know how a melody or just a musical sound can… Read More »

Singing About the Animals


Beth Blenz-Clucas shares animal tunes you’ll go wild for From day one kids are fascinated by animals, which is why so many picture books and children’s songs are about the wild ones among us. Aaron Nigel Smith, who’s engaging hundreds of children to sing along with his One World Chorus, knows this. It’s why the PBS… Read More »

Sweet Sea Chanteys for Talk Like a Pirate Day


‘Tis be sure to get the barnacles out’yer ears Talk Like a Pirate Day is tomorrow! Every year on September 19th, people all over the world start speaking strangely, yelping  “avast, ye scallywags!”  and ordering friends to “swab the poopdeck.” Before you get yer knickers in a knot over it, try to figure out why… Read More »

2 Tunes, 2 Ways for Labour Day


Beth Blenz-Clucas shares two songs for tough American times Sometimes it’s hard to be proud to be an American. With the platitudes of the political conventions underway, and another disaster unfolding in New Orleans, the it’s seems that we’ve lost our way, and that things can only go downhill from there. The seas are rising,… Read More »

A Beautiful Wake-Up Call


Get back to school with some bounce. Beth Blenz-Clucas has the tunes to move you Ack, for many kids school is back in session, and that means an early wake-up call. Those late summer nights are history, and the morning grind begins with multiple shouts of “time to get up!” from frazzled parents. Music is… Read More »

Of Girls in Science and a Curious Cat on Mars


 Beth Blenz-Clucas dishes on two Mars-inspired tunes Last week we got sucked in to watching the Mars landing. It was like the best suspense film ever. Would it burn up in the atmosphere? Would it land in the right place? Would the video camera work? What if they calculated wrong? Whoo! The high def live feed from… Read More »

More than 2 Tunes – A Special Bunch Family Road Trip Playlist!


I’ve been listening to some great new tunes lately, and I wanted to share a few of them with Bunch readers. This playlist  (download it over at Sound Cloud, or just listen to it below!) should be a good way to while away the miles if you’re planning an end of summer road trip soon.… Read More »

Hero Songs to Launch an Olympic Week


Let these two songs be the soundtrack to your Olympic experience The Brits sure put on a great opening show over the weekend. London has emerged as one of the most diverse world cities on the planet, as evidenced inside and outside the playing fields and stadiums of the city. I like how our local sports writer… Read More »

Woody Guthrie for Kids: Folksy Family Fun


Beth Blenz-Clucas dishes on enjoying Woody Guthrie with your kids I’m in the middle of Joe Klein’s Woody Guthrie: A Life. This Saturday would have been Woody’s 100th birthday, and it’s been an occasion for many a feature story about his  musical impact. (My favourites ran in The Atlantic and the New York Times.) Woody was… Read More »


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