I have been getting excited about writing this review for weeks now - really I have. I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of the babies' favorite musicians, to whom we have been listening since they were only a few months old.
We were first lucky enough to be introduced to DidiPop after winning a giveaway through another favorite blog and since then, we've been hooked.
Deborah Poppink Hirshland (also known as DidiPop) has been making music since she was a child. After a successful career teaching music to celebrity clients and making music for television and film, she became a mother and started recording some of the tunes she created for her own children.
DidiPop music is above all things, fun and entertaining. I am not ashamed to admit that I know the words to almost all of the songs on the first two albums and am quickly learning those of the third. I really believe she makes me a better mom - turning off my top twenty or talk radio to sing along to her joyful songs with the kids bopping in the back. Sure there's plenty of kids music available - but only DidiPop is enjoyable enough for me that I willingly go for the dial. The truth is, she is one of MY favorite artists too - and it's a good thing since we listen almost constantly.
DidiPop's first release, DidiPop Goes to Hawaii has a special place in our hearts as lovers of of the islands ourselves. The bouncy tunes, many featuring my beloved ukulele, give it a summertime feel that brings welcome warmth to any time of year. I always get a kick out of Sugar Cane Train which takes the listeners to on a ride through Maui, visiting "Lahaina Station" - one of our favorite places to visit in Maui. "Way Up High" is another favorite telling the story of a pair of love birds, with beautifully blending harmonies. I slow this one down a bit, singing it to Julie frequently while we rock together in her room. "The Hawaiian Alphabet Song" won Deborah the well deserved Grand Prize in the Children's Music category of the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. While we don't have plans to travel to Hawaii with our kids yet, I'm thrilled that they can get a dose of the Aloha Spirit through this fantastic album!
Everyday Adventures is DidiPop's second release, and the perfect soundtrack to your every day life. We love breakfast time singalongs with the peppy "tush on the cush." We sing "look at yourself in the mirror" anytime the babies find their reflections. "Feed the Pet" is a frequent culprit as the song that just won't get out of my head (not that I mind), and "Yellow Banana" catches a tune every time we have bananas, rice, apples, toast, or yogurt on the menu. I made it my personal mission to learn all the words to "The Cool Alphabet Song" and can proudly say that I accomplished my goal.
The newest release from DidiPop, Bunny in the Moon will put you to sleep. No really - that's what it's intended to do! This innovative album sings kids through their evening routine of bath, pajamas, teeth brushing and goodnights, then slowly eases them into relaxation, lullabied to sleep. We've been working in our house to find a better routine, and Bunny in the Moon helps us stay on track! "Bathtime" is a light tune reminiscent of bubblegum doo-wop and we love that our old friend Max the dog makes an appearance! "Snuggle Up" is another favorite to unwind, the anthem for bedtime cuddles and story time. We first fell in love with "Oceans of Love" when we heard it on Everyday Adventures, but this new version, intertwined with rich stringed harmonies warms my heart.
So if you couldn't tell already, I am in love with DidiPop music. I imagine looking back on these days when my kids have grown, and reminisce of our days singing and dancing along. We were so lucky to have "discovered" her music, and am excited to have been able to bless your family with the same introduction.
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