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Product Review: Rockabye Baby! Music

October 13, 2009

queenLullaby Renditions of Queen and Aerosmith
Retail Price: $16.98

When my preschooler was first born, a friend gave us a gift certificate to one of those ultra-hip, urban baby boutiques.  The store was filled with little baby rocker T’s and things of the sort, and that’s where I stumbled across the Rockabye Baby! albums.  After that my newborn fell asleep almost every night listening to Lullabye Renditions of Metallica (rawk) and then Lullaby Renditions of Nirvana in later months.  Then, I bought a Rockabye Baby! album for every newly pregnant couple in our circle.  A little known fact about The Feminist Shopper is that I was a career musician for much of my 20’s.  I made records, toured, and did radio and television spots (this is actually how Mr. Feminist Shopper and I first met.)  Rock ‘n’ Roll was my life before the wee ones came along, so I thought a baby version of rock music was the sweetest thing I’d ever seen.  The Rockabye Baby! series has dozens of artists to delight the whole rocker family –  from the Beatles, to AC/DC, to The Cure, to No Doubt!

Recently I got my hands on two of the latest releases; Lullaby Renditions of Queen and Lullaby Renditions of Aerosmith.  Both of these records are beautifully reflective of the melody and movement created by the original artists.  In my opinion, the Queen record is more melody-centric, while the Aerosmith record is more percussive, which represents each artists’ work quite well.  The Aerosmith record sounds like something you’d hear in a relaxing day-spa, while the Queen record sounds like the way Freddie Mercury might have imagined these songs in the deepest recesses of his imagination.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was just begging to be turned into a lullaby.  When I listened to Rockabye Baby’s version of this Queen classic, I was immediately hit with how well this song fit into this format.  My children took to this track immediately saying “I love this song!” and swaying along to the music.  (Well, Mommy did buy Daddy the entire Queen catalog for Christmas two years ago, so the children have heard Queen songs about a million times now.)

aerosmithListening to the Aerosmith rendition I couldn’t help but think  that I was happy to have a P.G. version of some of my favorite Aerosmith hits.  Rockabye Baby! provides a way to enjoy some of your favorite songs with your little rocker, minus the infamously racy lyrics of tunes like “Rag Doll” and “Walk This Way.”  The tots have plenty of time to figure out what Steven Tyler meant by “Hey diddle diddle with your kitty in the middle” when they’re old enough to put on their own concert T.  As an added bonus for Aerosmith fans, Lullaby Renditions of Aerosmith features liner notes by Steven Tyler himself!  Visit the website and you can hear song clips of every track in their collection!

Half the fun in the Rockabye Baby! collection is hearing how they managed to turn your favorite music into pure, peaceful lullabies.  The other half the fun is watching your baby after they’ve been lulled into slumber by the melodies of some of the greatest artists of our day.

Check out the full Rockabye Baby! catalogue at their website, and “Dream On.”

~TFS

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Wanna win a Lullaby Rendition of your favorite artist?  You’re in luck!  One lucky TFS reader will win a Digital Download so you can choose your favorite artist from the Rockabye Baby! Collection.  There are three ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us about your little rocker.
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You can enter once per method (so that’s four total chances to win.)  Contest ends on Tuesday, October 27th at Midnight CST and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.  Contest open to All! Void where prohibited, and all that jazz.  One winner will be drawn at random from all the entries.  Good luck!

WINNER! Congrats to Kristen from BirthingBeautifulIdeas.com for winning this contest!  Keep reading The Feminist Shopper for more chances to win great prizes.

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