Renee & Jeremy {Kids Music}

We love music around here. For the most part, we haven’t sought out albums that are¬†specifically¬†for kids. Seth has always listened to the things we like- from my soulful indie tunes to my husband’s electronic instrumentals. When he was a baby there was a period of time when the only way I could get him to sleep at night was to wear him in the Ergo while playing “his”, which consisted of Bob Marley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, and finished off with his favorite: Hey Oh by the Chili Peppers. I’ve played a few kid-specific things for him, like some Raffi faves from my own childhood (Baby Beluga, anyone?) and Jack Johnson’s kid album. But usually he enjoys our “grown-up” tunes.

One day, though, I heard a sample of kids music by Renee and Jeremy, and I loved what I heard. I ended up purchasing both of their albums- C’Mon, which is full of upbeat dance-worthy tunes, and It’s a Big World, which is softer and lullaby-esque. We have enjoyed these two so, so much around here. They are not the least bit annoying like some kids music could be. I actually very much enjoy listening to the sweet tunes and beautiful harmony of their voices. I don’t mind getting these sings stuck in my head for the rest of the day : ) And Seth adores them- they are perfect for impromptu living room dance parties and chilling out on long car rides. The lyrics are so great, too- full of really positive messages about things like love and sharing.

They just came out with a brand new album, A Little Love, which I happily added to our collection. It features Renee & Jeremy-style covers of songs by Coldplay, REM, Supertramp, John Lennon, and Yael Naim. It’s really fun.

This is Seth and I dancing to C’Mon, the day before I went into labor with Isaac at 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant. I think I was trying to dance the baby out- maybe it worked?!

{I just wanted to share this find with you. I am in no way affiliated with Renee & Jeremy, though I’d bet that they’re a couple of really cool people.}

You can listen to samples of- and purchase- their music on their website. They also have some fun little music videos.

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august break, no.26: film

I got a whole bunch of film back from my new lab today- so exciting! I’m going to space it out here so it lasts longer : )

Here are the first few:

perfect cappuccino

rainbow carrots

Seth blowing bubbles



We went to the Jack Johnson show this evening. On the way there, it started raining a little. I kept hoping it would stop soon. We got out, walked forever from where we parked up to the amphitheater, and it kept raining. We stood under an overhang for a while where they were selling t-shirts. It was still raining. I had Seth in the Ergo carrier and the hood over his head, which he wasn’t a fan of. We heard the music, but never made it to the lawn, never actually saw Jack Johnson. We were all getting wet, and there was no end to it in sight, so we had to do the “parent thing”, and we left.
I am a little bit heartbroken about this. We talked in the car about how 5 years ago, we would have stood there in the rain all night, enjoying the music and getting soaked. We probably still would have today, but not with our one year old getting soaked too. Our lives have changed. I’m sad I missed the concert (and spent the money), of course. But I am not the slightest bit sorry that our lives are so different now.
We went out to dinner after we left, and Seth was a total joy the entire time- he had us laughing so much. He danced to the music that was playing the restaurant, and kept talking and laughing and doing silly things. If we count “One,” “Two…”, he’ll yell out, “Theee!”. He knows when he’s being silly now, and is such a ham. He is also so sweet and sensitive. He learned the word “boo-boo” recently, and will kiss your’s if he notices it, without being prompted.
He ate french fries tonight. My standards have dramatically changed in light of having a child who doesn’t always want to eat anything at all, and is on the lower side of the growth charts. One thing motherhood has taught me is to be flexible and easy on myself about certain things.
Oh, it has taught me so much.

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I'm seeing this guy tonight:

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson | To The Sea

You could say that I’m a teensy bit excited.
–if you felt like really understating things :)

The amphitheater rules say no “professional cameras”- those with detachable lenses. As I chuckle at their definition, I wonder… could I get away with a vintage film camera, circa 1960’s? They may not notice that the lenses come off :) Definitely bringing my Holga and of course my trusty iPhone.

This will be Seth’s first concert. We always talked about wanting to bring our kids to live shows and festivals, and I think this is a perfect one for his first :)

A few tunes for you:

You and Your Heart
Better Together
Do You Remember

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