Friday, March 25, 2011

Billy Kelly - The Family Garden CD: A Review and Giveaway!

Billy Kelly is a singer/songwriter/performer/animator/illustrator/entertainer/guy from Pennsylvania. His debut children's music CD, Thank You For Joining The Happy Club (2009) was released to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several "Best of 2009" lists. For a follow-up Billy recruited none other than Davy Jones (the Monkee, not the pirate) for a duet on his second disc, Is This Some Kind Of Joke (2010)  - a musical comedy album that found its way into the "Top 10 Albums of 2010" on the respected children's music review blog Zooglobble.

Billy's wry, sardonic humor and catchy melodies are finding a national audience thanks in part to a glowing review on National Public Radio, steady airplay from Sirius/XM Satellite Radio - where his song, "People Really Like Milk" was a #1 hit - and his ambitious tour schedule with his band The Blahblahblahs. His quirky animated music videos and snazzy web site ( don't hurt him any either.

For 2011 Billy is back with The Family Garden, a jaunty (yes, jaunty) new cd showcasing his usual goofy songs, some impromptu jams, two cover songs - Rock Lobster, anyone? - and lots of off-the-cuff banter. Jumping from country to ragtime to rock, The Family Garden literally offers something for everyone, except people who don't like country, ragtime, or rock. Trust us, these people exist. Anyway, everyone else is gonna love it!

Billy's 2011 goals include performing one million concerts for kids, winning seven Grammies, getting his own TV show, and inventing the self-cleaning baby.

When not making music, Billy Kelly enjoys spending time with his family, writing poems, drawing pictures, and working in his garden.

My Review:

Music is a huge thing in our home, and we have all kinds, including a lot of children's music. When I look for children's music, of course I want my girls to like it, but I also want to make sure that I will be okay with listening to it for hours on end...particularly on road trips that we do regularly. The Family Garden is one of those CD's.

We have had an absolute blast listening to The Family Garden by Billy Kelly over the last few weeks! It is a fun CD, that is packed with 37 minutes of pure energy. You and your children both will find yourself dancing and moving to The Family Garden for a long time.

Some of our favorite tracks include the title track, Why Is The Moon Following Me? (my daughter, 4.5 yrs, says it reminds her of Harold and The Purple Crayon), Scootdootdoodlydoo (love the title!), The Happy Happy Whistling Song, and It's A Wonderful Life! The whole CD is so fun, and I am definitely going to see about getting Billy Kelly's other work for sure after being delighted by The Family Garden. We are also enjoying The Family Garden within the home daycare that I run and the children I care for during the week are loving it too! All the songs are great for playing musical games like Musical Chairs and Music Freeze! I have also recommended Billy Kelly to some of my friends that have home daycare businesses too!

If you are looking for eccentric, fun, and high energy music for the entire family, I highly recommend Billy Kelly's The Family Garden! A great gift idea for any family and child!

I give this CD a HUGE thumbs up!

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The Family Garden

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***I received a complimentary copy of the above CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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