13 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Laura Veirs’ music has always had a sweetly melodic, lullaby quality, so gearing an album toward children seems fitting for this singer/songwriter. The younger set won’t be the only ones smitten by this charming collection of mostly traditional American folk songs. Tumble Bee was recorded by Veirs’ husband, esteemed producer and musician Tucker Martine, and it includes guest appearances by Bela Fleck, Brian Blade, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. The performers are clearly having a good time, and the songs are a delight, featuring inventive arrangements and a fun smattering of instruments (fiddles, percussion, guitars, mouth harps). Several tunes (“Little Lap Dog Lullaby,” “Prairie Lullaby,” and “All the Pretty Horses” among them) are suitable for naptime. But most of the tracks—especially “Jack Can I Ride” and “Jump Down Spin Around”—will have wee ones (and others) dancing in the living room and singing along. Tumble Bee is an endearing and enjoyable album that kids will love and parents won’t mind hearing over and over again.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Laura Veirs’ music has always had a sweetly melodic, lullaby quality, so gearing an album toward children seems fitting for this singer/songwriter. The younger set won’t be the only ones smitten by this charming collection of mostly traditional American folk songs. Tumble Bee was recorded by Veirs’ husband, esteemed producer and musician Tucker Martine, and it includes guest appearances by Bela Fleck, Brian Blade, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. The performers are clearly having a good time, and the songs are a delight, featuring inventive arrangements and a fun smattering of instruments (fiddles, percussion, guitars, mouth harps). Several tunes (“Little Lap Dog Lullaby,” “Prairie Lullaby,” and “All the Pretty Horses” among them) are suitable for naptime. But most of the tracks—especially “Jack Can I Ride” and “Jump Down Spin Around”—will have wee ones (and others) dancing in the living room and singing along. Tumble Bee is an endearing and enjoyable album that kids will love and parents won’t mind hearing over and over again.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Jashmusician ,

Wow.

It reminds me of the best of Fall season. The songs are all good. The feelings innocent and fun, dark and light, orange and brown, daytime warm and nighttime cold. Like being in a forest with your favorite jacket and your best friends. Like a long summertime day yielding to the promise of another day of play.

mweills ,

Oh, Why Can't All Kids Music Be This Good?

I took my daughter to see the Tumblebees a few months ago. She has not stopped talking about it since. This CD is on permanent rotation
in our house. The mixture of originals and good old folk standards is delightful. Please, more, soon.

GoldenEssence ,

Beautiful, sweet, stimulating and intelligent music for children and adults, alike.

I will buy this album for Violet, my friend's daughter. It's classy, original, intelligent and stimulating. Plain good music. Not that drivel, called kids music, that has been raising the last few generations to be musically illiterate and unmusical. Oh, and I'm also downloading a few of these to my iPod. True quality is never just for kids.

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