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MP3 Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans - Mommy Knows Best

Great Rockin'' music for kids that adults will enjoy listening to after the millionth time as well.

17 MP3 Songs
KIDS/FAMILY: Children''s Pop, KIDS/FAMILY: General Children''s Music

"Jeanne Bonansinga, or Jeanie B! as she is known to children, has a strong, melodic voice and writes intelligent and witty songs. Mommy Knows Best, a selection of seventeen original compositions, is in the simplest terms, about moms, and all the things Mommies do—and teach. Backed by the Jelly Beans and working in a modern acoustic folk, occasionally bluegrass-influenced style, Jeanie B! doesn''t underestimate the musical and lyrical sophistication of her audience. From the wiggle-inducing strains of “Bootay Dance” to the mandolin driven “Nobody Loves You Like Your Mom,” each song is a celebration of motherhood. “Colorblind” successfully portrays a variety of ethnic characters in a realistic and respectful fashion, while singing the praises of diversity. “The Tooth Fairy Rap,” and the pointed punk of “Mommy''s in Menopause,” are well-placed humorous additions."
Lahri Bond ©2006 Parents'' Choice

Mommy Knows Best is Jeanie B!''s contribution to "help reshape the children''s music market by offering songs that are complex in both musicality and meaning, while also making people laugh."

This CD offers a variety of songs and musical genres for grade school children and younger, but also features cuts that older children (as well as hipster parents) will truly dig. "Colorblind," for instance, lays down a Bangles-like power-pop riff about tolerance and peace, and "Mommy''s in Menopause" recalls the Ramones and their hard-driving wall of sound while honoring a growing segment of the parenting population. "The World is a Wonderful Place" is reminiscent of R.E.M in their austere, acoustic period, and the anatomically-correct, dentist-approved "Tooth Fairy Rap" creates an unlikely hybrid of surf and hip-hop (surf-hop?) from which kids will certainly learn as much groove! Offering further musical diversity, Jeanie B! collaborates with Chicago blues legend Chainsaw Dupont on "The Red Pants People" and brings home a James Brown funk rhythm on "Clap The Beats".

JeanieB! and The Jelly Beans
Formed in 2003 in Chicago, and made up of former Americana, rockabilly and folk music veterans (most of them parents themselves), Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans have been raising the roofs off schools, children''s museums, festivals, concert halls and any other venue where kids are found. The secret is the sound.

Combining irresistible rootsy rhythms with sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, sometimes educational lyrics, The Jelly Beans rock the ages ''" all ages, in fact ''" with the most finger-snappin'', hand-clappin'', toe-tappin'' tunes this side of Sun Records.

Live shows of Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans are something to behold: Jeanie B! jams, jokes and cajoles kids on stage to strut their stuff with the band, and even the shyest audience member loses all inhibitions when the bubble machine kicks on! Parents (unknowingly anticipating traditional children’s music), are blown away by the tight-as-a-drum rhythm section of percussionist Teresa Drda and bassist Lisa Crowe, or the soaring pedal steel and guitar solos of axe-man Mark Braun, not to mention the gut-bucket blues harmonica fills of Jeanie''s husband, Jay.

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