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Oh Baby: Kindie Music

by Sunny Layne

(KWWL) -- If you have little ones, odds are you know who the Wiggles and the Doodlebops are, and chances are you've seen them on stage.

Sure, it's fun to see the kids scream for joy, but maybe it's not the music you'd prefer to listen to over and over.

Well, welcome to "Kindie Rock", a different kind of music making its way up the charts when it comes to kids and their parents.

From Tom Petty to the toddler set, this is not your normal kiddie concert, is it?

It's known as Kindie Rock and the sound is something we can all sing along to.

"It's inspired by the kids that we know and the things we remember about being young, so the themes are kid-ready but the music is for everybody," singer Jack Foreman of "Recess Monkey" said.

"It's just the musicians way of saying we can play any kind of music that we would normally play for anyone except they know how to reach out to kids," Darren Critz of "Symphony Stage" said.

"10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, let's have some fun!"

Sales for children's music increased nearly 40 percent from 2007 to 2008. That's one reason many bands, like recess monkey, are launching in this genre while others with names you may recognize are switching to the kid scene.

"There are some really huge names, people who made music for adults historically like 'they might be giants' or Dan zanes," Foreman said.

"Casper Babypants, lead singer, used to be the lead singer of the 'Presidents of the United States of America.' so, that was a fun adult band that we used to listen to," mother Molly Dennehy said.

And that gives the parents something to relate to.

"It's the live experience of seeing the shows, it's sort of the magical thing," Critz said.

"Haven't got a pet yet… Suzie's got a pet," Foreman sings.

The parents seem to give their approval to the bands, and the idea of exposing their children to something beyond Barney.

"It's a great experience for the kids. It opens their world to new things," mother Laura Camplin said.

"They play a good beat, my daughter loves it and gets funky," father David Fajardo said.

"When I go to a concert every day I get up and dance," Kindie Rock fan McKenna Fajardo said.

It's fun after the concerts, too.

"We can almost sing the songs along with them without having to go crazy after the 15th time," mother Ryan Fajardo said.

And, Recess Monkey believes the experience goes beyond entertainment.

"They're also finding a really neat contact zone with their parents, something they can share with their parents in a real visceral way. It's hard to say who dances more at kindie rock shows-the kids or adults," Foreman said.

The Kindie Rock bands tour the country offering free concerts in many cities. They pride themselves on performing along with the children, letting them play with the instruments, too.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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