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Music for the Gifted Mind

Eclectic Music Selections for gifted folks faced with the daily realities of the world...

100 Best..., 100 Best Film Classics and more...
The best of the best... always intriguing. 100 Best Film Classics includes 6 CDs full: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Chariots Of Fire, Closer, The Aviator, and many more great themes, old and new!
 
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink and more...
At once listenable and challenging; she takes on every topic, from sex to gender to religion, in an uncompromising manner.  Emotionally and musically intense, Little Earthquakes shows that the piano is as much a rock & roll instrument as the guitar
 
Minni Ang, Peace Through Basketball
Sports and music loving kids around the world will love this album...
 
Animaniacs Variety Pack: Ingredients - 16 Delicious Songs From The Hit TV SeriesAnimaniacs, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: 16 Original Songs From The Hit TV Series, Animaniacs Variety Pack: Ingredients - 16 Delicious Songs, The Animaniacs Faboo! Collection and more...
Multiplication, Presidents (both from 16 Delicious Songs), Yakko's Universe, Yakko's World, Yakko's America (all from 16 Original Songs From The Hit TV Series), lots of wacky Animaniacs fun...
 
The Arrogant Worms, Live Bait, Dirt!, Gifted Wrapped: B.O. and more...
In addition to songs that are simply funny, the Worms write "style parodies" like Weird Al does, songs that mimic other artist's styles or that fit a musical genre
 
Austin Lounge Lizards, Employee of the Month, Creatures from the Black Salon, Highway Cafe of the Damned and more...
Tongue in cheek country, tongue in cheek bluegrass, tongue in cheek punk,
madrigals, etc. The group started with two guys in law school at Princeton...
 
E Power Biggs Bach: Toccata & Fugue; Passacaglia & Fugue; Pastorale; Prelude & Fugue, Bach: The Six Trio Sonatas
Some of the greatest organ ever recorded...
 
The Bobs Shut Up & Sing, Beat N Bobs, Songs for Tomorrow Morning and more...
For fun, and clever, try The Bobs. They could loosely be described as an a capela quartet from Berkeley. Their version of Purple Haze is in the a capela hall of fame. Some of their songs are covers, these are worth listening to to see how they do the instrumental solos
 
Brandenn Bremmer Elements, Dimensions
Gentle original piano compositions, by a gifted young man with a gentle soul
 
Fools on the HillCapitol Steps I'm So Indicted, Four More Years in the Bush Leagues, Papa's Got a Brand New Baghdad, Unzippin' My Doo-Dah, Fools on the Hill, All I Want For Christmas Is A Tax Increase, It's Not Over 'Til the First Lady Sings!, Joy of Sax and more... Visit Capitol Steps' website to hear their latest hit: Here We Come a-Waffling
Bi-partisan humor, sure to amuse!
 
The Chenille Sisters Room to Breathe, At Home with the Chenille Sisters, The Chenille Sisters and more...
Songs not about the trite excesses of the youth culture, but that remind you of feelings worth feeling...
 
Claude Bolling's Jazz Brunch, Paris Swing, With the Help of My Friends and more...
suites for jazz piano and classical 'x', especially the first flute, and the guitar
 
Kate Bush The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never Forever
In the whimsical vein, but mark a musical departure with the increased use of samplers and synthesizers, enhancing the 'whimsical' aspects of Kate's music, and adding variety to her musical vocabulary
 
Harry Chapin Gold Medal Collection, Greatest Stories Live, Harry Chapin: Story of a Life
Great story songs, including Flowers are Red, and Why Do Little Girls? "Stories" is the operative word here. The late Harry Chapin penned tales that touched a chord in listeners regardless of their age, background, or truth be told, regardless even of the type of music they normally listened to
 
Tom Chapin Recommended Some Assembly Required, Family Tree, Moonboat, Mother Earth, This Pretty Planet, Billy the Squid, Zag Zig, Around the World and Back Again, In My Hometown, Making Good Noise
Great family-oriented story songs from Harry's younger brother.  Don't miss Don't Play With Bruno (Moonboat) and Bruno's Christmas on the Mall (Zag Zig) - you'll relate!  Plus tons more great songs for our kids... and they don't grate on adult nerves :-)  Don't miss Tom's newest song, available right on the internet... Not On the Test
 
Marc Cohn's Marc Cohn
Powerful voice, powerful lyrics...you wind up with them stuck in your head...for years!
 
Jonathan Coulton's Thing a Week, Thing a Week Two, Thing a Week Three, Thing a Week Four, Smoking Monkey
I can't say it better than Jonathan himself: "I write about a lot of geeky stuff because I am a geek. Some of itís funny, but a lot of itís not so funny, and even more of it is somewhere in between. Iíve been compared to They Might Be Giants..."  Also visit the JoCo Primer
 
Lisa Dalbello, Whore She, Whomanfoursays
Canadian vocalist who wrote the lyrics for Nena's hit '99 Red Balloons'
 
Chris de Burgh's Spanish Train and Other Stories
The songs are all stories...
 
Dixie Chicks Home, Fly, Wide Open Spaces and more...
Don't miss "Truth #2" (Home).  Terrific instrumental abilities, blending more traditional twang with slow melodic blues, foot-tapping rockabilly, and bluegrass-inspired pop harmonies
 
Hits from Outer SpaceDr. Demento Recommended Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time, Dr. Demento: 25th Anniversary Collection, Dr Demento 30th Anniversary: Dementia 2000, Very Best of Dr Demento, Hits From Outer Space, Dr. Demento's Country Corn, Dr. Demento Presents: Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies, Dr. Demento Gooses Mother, Dr. Demento Presents: Greatest Christmas Novelty CD, Holiday in Dementia
Tons of silly songs, including Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Bulbous Bouffant, On the Shoulders of Freaks (all on Dr Demento 30th Anniversary: Dementia 2000), Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! (Very Best of Dr Demento), and more...
 
Art Garfunkel Songs from a Parent to a Child and more
Traditional favorites and new songs, all done in classic style...
 
Henryk Gorecki Symphony No.3 Opus 36
This album, which catapulted Polish composer Henryk Gorecki to into the international spotlight, takes texts born in pain and turns them into statements of affirmation through the use of music that ebbs and flows in mystic minimalism...
 
Christine Lavin I Was In Love With a Difficult Man, Live at the Cactus Cafe: What Was I Thinking?, Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind, Getting In Touch With My Inner Bitch and more...
Both poignant and funny songs, like "Regretting what I said - a musical apology" which includes the classic line "I'm sorry for all the nasty things I said about your mother, even though we both know they're true." (You must see her in person - her baton-twirler routine is hysterical.)
 
Leadbelly Leadbelly Sings for Children
With an enormous repertoire as well deft vocal and instrumental skills, despite his sordid past, Leadbelly, the master of the 12-string guitar, won over adults and children alike...
 
Tom Lehrer Recommended The Remains of Tom Lehrer (box set), That Was the Year That Was, An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, Songs & More Songs, Revisited and more...
Irony and satire at their best...  Don't miss The Elements interactive on the web, or in song (The Remains of Tom Lehrer or An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer), and New Math (The Remains of Tom Lehrer)
 
John Lithgow Singin' in the Bathtub, Farkle & Friends
Lithgow puts the same aspect of his character that's made him successful in The World According to Garp and Third Rock from the Sun--the slightly-out-of-touch wonder at the obvious--to work on children's songs...   
 
Kenny Loggins Return to Pooh Corner, More Songs from Pooh Corner and more
Winnie the Pooh didn't know what to do, got a hunny jar stuck on his nose.  He went to owl asking help and advice...  I love this CD!
 
Jacques Loussier Trio's Take Bach, Baroque Favorites: Jazz Improvisations, The Music of Debussy and more...
These performances are, in effect, commentaries (from a 70's European jazz perspective) on various keyboard works of J.S. Bach, and other classical composers
 
Many Hands Family Music of Haiti
Don't miss this instant family heirloom!
 
Loreena McKennitt The Book of Secrets, The Visit and more...
McKennitt's recordings always have the quality of a spiritual sojourn; her songs are those of a seeker, whether she's setting Yeats, Scripture, or her own words to her compositions. It's this that attracts people to her music
 
Zak Morgan When Bullfrogs Croak, Bloom, Zakland (DVD)
Grammy Nominee and multiple award winner Zak Morgan's albums are full of wit, whimsy, and word-play and are fun for all ages...
 
Nickelback Silver Side Up, The State, Curb
Nickelback make the personal public and vent a history of frustration and resentment to melodic hard rock
 
P.D.Q. Bach The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach, The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach [box set], 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults, Ill-Conceived PDQ Bach Anthology, Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach, P.D.Q. Bach: The Short-Tempered Clavier, P.D.Q. Bach: Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head, Music for an Awful Lot of Winds, P.D.Q. Bach on the Air, A Little Nightmare Music, An Evening with PDQ Bach [live], Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities
Throw the Yule log on, Uncle John... Throw the Yule log on, Uncle John...  Throw the Yule log... on Uncle John!  I still remember when we sang that song in choir, way back in high school!  Music is to enjoy, and PDQ Bach ensures that we do...
 
Richard Perlmutter Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
Inspired and wildly imaginative, Beethoven's Wig is a great introduction to classical music for young children...
 
Riders in the Sky Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites, Silver Jubilee, A Great Big Western Howdy From Riders In The Sky, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier and more
Classic folk songs for kids of all ages, the original is still one of my kids favorites, as pre-teen and teen!
 
Peter, Paul & Mommy Peter, Paul & Mommy, Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too
Classic folk songs for kids of all ages, the original is still one of my kids favorites, as pre-teen and teen!  Don't miss The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary
 
Ralph's World (Ralph Covert) Ralph's World, At the Bottom of the Sea, Under a Shady Tree, Happy Lemons. Peggy's Pie Parlor
A dynamic collection of songs from around the world; twelve countries and six continents to be exact. Introducing the musical styles of reggae, zydeco, blues, etc. the Musical Adventure is a cultural awareness tour for all ages...
 
Schoolhouse Rock! Audio and video products...
Schoolhouse Rock Box Set Complete audio collection, including Multiplication Rock, Grammar Rock, Science Rock, and America Rock CDs
Multiplication Rock CD Some kids prefer just the audio, songs for their minds, use in the car or at bedtime or anytime!
Multiplication Rock Video (VHS) For those audio / visual learners, this is the most popular multiplication fact media around!
Schoolhouse Rock! Special 30th Anniversary Edition - DVD collection featuring ALL the Schoolhouse Rock videos, including those not found in any other collection
 
Joe Scruggs Ants, Traffic Jams, Deep in the Jungle and more...
Scruggs is comic, slightly off-the-wall, original takes on the worlds of children and parents are nonsensical and wise. Who else could come up with Two Thumbs Date, in which his right and left thumbs "go dancing in the pale moonlight" and "twiddle" the night away?
 
Tina Shafer The Backyard Sky
Beautifully woven melodies telling real stories...
 
Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection
A collection of American folk music for children...
 
Straight No Chaser Christmas Cheers, Holiday Spirits
Amazing a cappella melodies, blended with traditional and popular tunes... listen, even if you don't think you like a cappella!  Also check out YouTube...
 
Al Stewart Year of the Cat, Past, Present and Future and more...
Scottish "folkie" whose musical interpretations of history provide years of pleasure
 
They Might Be Giants Recommended Here Comes Science [CD/DVD], Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry, Dial-A-Song, NO! and more...
A great reason for math and computer science majors to add a real rock album to their collection of John Williams and Weird Al records -- a bacchanalian celebration of dorkiness, including Particle Man and Birdhouse in Your Soul (both on Dial-A-Song).  For the younger kids, try their newest CDs... Here Come The 123s [CD/DVD] and Here Come the ABCs [CD/DVD] and Here Comes Science [CD/DVD]
 
Tito & Tarantula Tarantism
This album tells a story, there is a flow, a purpose. Not only are you subjected to musical variety, you take a musical journey too...
 
Bad Hair DayWeird Al Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood, Poodle Hat, Running with Scissors, Bad Hair Day, The TV Album, The Food Album, Greatest Hits Volume I, Greatest Hits Volume II and more
A satirical style that appeals to all ages, Weird Al has been around since the early 80's, but he's just as popular with gifted kids today...
 
World Playground World Playground 1, World Playground 2, also African Playground, Latin Playground
A dynamic collection of songs from around the world; twelve countries and six continents to be exact. Introducing the musical styles of reggae, zydeco, blues, etc. the Musical Adventure is a cultural awareness tour for all ages...
 
Dan Zanes Family Dance, Rocket Ship Beach, Night Time, House Party, Sea Music
A dynamic collection of songs from around the world; twelve countries and six continents to be exact. Introducing the musical styles of reggae, zydeco, blues, etc. the Musical Adventure is a cultural awareness tour for all ages...
 

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