I will be the first to admit it. I judge a book, or in this case a CD, by its cover. I am not going to apologize for this because I have found that my first impressions are usually not wrong. And just look at this CD cover!
I will also admit that I find most of my kids music either online or at the library ... mostly at the library. I check-out one "new" CD everytime we go, and I have had a lot of success with that practice.
Most recently, I found Danielle Sansone's Two Flowers, and I adore it! After reading about her here, I think I adore it even more. She's a mom of two ... and I will soon be a mom of two, too!
But seriously, her music speaks for itself. This disc is great for snuggling, mellowing, bedtiming, and I would suggest it (or gift it) to new moms with really little ones - it's that soothing.
Her style can only be described as eclectic (lucky for me because I love this word); every song offers a little something new, different. But I would classify her sound as somewhat bluegrass. The snippets available through her website are just not enough. You need to hear an entire song to really experience the sweetness of her lyrics, the complexities of the instruments, and the variety of her vocal tone. Sometimes she reminds me of Natalie Merchant, other times I swear I'm listening to Sarah McLaughlin or even Norah Jones. I could listen to this CD every day, and that's saying a lot for kiddie tunes!
Track 5: Sleep So Sweetly
Track 7: Blanket
Track 8: The Sleepy Mile - Natalie also goes crazy for this one because it features Danielle's daughters. There's something about the singing voice of a little girl that Natalie really loves.
You can find a direct link to this CD in my sidebar.