Purple Dinosaurs and Twinkly Chimes...Really?

Music is and always will be a huge part of my life, and I enjoy sharing my love for music with children.

At times, however, I am troubled that children's music is not more musically complex.  Children have the ability to experience different types of music at any age, and consequently, it is through these opportunities that they develop an appreciation of diverse compositions and sounds. It's an insult to the intelligence of infants and young people to think that every children's music cd needs to be sung by a purple dinosaur, or that it must include twinkly chimes.

Therefore, I would like to recommend a music CD that was originally written for adults, however, it is one that I think your entire family will enjoy. A little over a year ago, Natalie Merchant composed  Leave Your Sleep which she created through the use of children's poetry, traditional nursery rhymes, and lullabies. It has since sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.

Listen to a short film on Natalie Merchant's website. 
Part I.

Leave your supper. Nursery rhyme of innocence and experience / [text by] Charles Causley -- Equestrienne / Rachel Field -- Calico pie / Edward Lear -- Bleezer's ice-cream / Jack Prelutsky -- It makes a change / Mervyn Peake -- The king of China's daughter / Anon. -- The dancing bear / Albert Bigelow Paine -- The man in the wilderness / Mother Goose -- Maggie and Milly and Molly and May / E.E. Cummings -- If no one ever marries me / Laurence Alma-Tadema -- The sleepy giant / Charles Edward Carryl -- The peppery man / Arthur Macy -- The blind men and the elephant / John Godfrey Saxe

Part II.

Leave your sleep. Adventures of Isabel / Ogden Nash -- The walloping window blind / Charles Edward Carryl -- Topsyturvey-world / William Brighty Rands -- The janitor's boy / Nathalia Crane -- Griselda / Eleanor Farjeon -- The land of Nod / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Vain and careless / Robert Graves -- Crying, my little one / Christina Rossetti -- Sweet and a lullaby ; I saw a ship a-sailing ; Autumn lullaby / Anon. -- Spring and fall: to a young child / Gerard Manley Hopkins -- Indian names / Lydia Huntley Sigourney.