“Are we there yet?” Ah, those dreaded four words, launched from the backseat in varying tones of hope and discontent. Especially during the holidays, when family visits can mean extended road trips. Why not try some mood-lifting musical distraction, courtesy of top-of-the-line, award-winning family artists? Their smart, witty, engaging songs and remarkable musical chops won’t send the driver around the bend—and may just have everyone tapping out a beat and singing along as the miles fly by.
The “Are We There Yet” Playlist:
Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs: Children’s favorites sung by “Sesame Street” veteran Bob McGrath in his signature mellow tenor.
Recess: The latest thoughtful-funny-fab album from indie rocker-turned-ace children’s artist Justin Roberts.
Paul Spring – Home of Song: Inventive and imagination-stirring songs from exceptional new family music artist Paul Spring.
Turn Turn Turn: Outstanding “handmade” music makers Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell offer traditional songs with a new spin, and new songs crafted with wit and wonder.
Chocolalala: Mister G’s latest bilingual (Spanish and English) tasty treat with a playful, bouncy beat.
Great Day: The “happy” radiates throughout each deft layer of this effervescent Milkshake album.
Go Waggaloo: An acoustic treasure trove of singalong songs from Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, her dad Arlo, Pete Seeger and more.
Singing With Treblemakers: Songs for Young Singers: Simple, timeless and irresistible.
Tumble Bee: Family folk songs enlivened with captivating harmonies and sterling musicianship.
Back to the Garden: Ted Jacobs’ resonant second batch of poem-inspired, childhood-celebrating songs.
Give Yourself a High Five: Songs rooted in real life and fairy tales, plus toe-tapping rhythms and imaginative soundscapes.
Princess Revolution!: Don’t let the title fool you. In Moey’s catchy songs, princess power means strength, independence and self-sufficiency.
Here We Go Zodeo: Acoustic sing-along fun, about as exuberant as you can get.
Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie: An inspired pairing: Children’s folk artist Elizabeth Mitchell and folk music icon Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs.
JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale: Al Jarreau? Hubert Laws? Yep, this engaging jazzy musical adventure is full of surprises.