Music Monday Review: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights Rock the Zoo and your Holiday Season

Joanie Leeds

Photo courtesy: http://joanieleeds.bandcamp.com

Spoiler alert:  free holiday music download, read on…

It isn’t often that I fall in love with an album on the first listen.  Usually it takes me a couple of plays to really get a feel for the music especially if it’s a new artist.

But, I have to admit Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights’ I’m A Rock Star is truly an exception.  I could totally feel my inner rock star mama begging to come out and sing along with this fun, vibrant, original album.   The boys and I were really rockin’ by the time “More Cow Bell” and “Jump, Jump” came along.

Joanie is the type of artist you can vividly imagine putting on a great show, so naturally, her songs lend themselves to a dance party in your living room.

Mindy Thomas of Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live has described her as “That cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house.  You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her.”

Joanie puts the rock in kindie rock.

We were also lucky enough to receive her more recent release What a Zoo to check out.  As you may be able to guess, What a Zoo is comprised of a collection of animal themed songs, most of which are original and some that you’ll find familiar.

Although What a Zoo doesn’t have quite the rocker punch of I’m A Rock Star it definitely deserves praise for being a creative collection of songs featuring some lesser sung about animals, like the mosquito—perfect for a summer campout, hummingbird and our family’s personal favorite the sea cow—also known as the manatee.

Another track, “Animals in Concert” is a wonderful animal sounds sing-a-long that stands out from the many versions of “Old MacDonald” you’ve heard throughout the years; you and your toddler won’t want to miss this one.

One last note of holiday praise for Rock Star:  One of the most lovable tracks, “It Was The Elf,” is available as a free download from Joanie’s website.  If you are an elf of the shelf family (and even if you’re not), this is a must not miss addition to your holiday playlist.

Keep your jingle bells rockin’!

Recommended for:  Singing out loud & Dancing the wiggles out

Disclosure:  I received complimentary copies of these albums for review.  

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One Response to Music Monday Review: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights Rock the Zoo and your Holiday Season

  1. Nester December 4, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    SOOOOO excited for you and this blog, girl, you are the EXPERT on children’s music! So organized and lovely! Congrats~

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