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  •  Sorta OT (4.00)
    Parents who are interested in exposing their children to folk music may want to look at some of the recordings released by Dan Zanes, formerly of the roots-rock band Del Fuegos. Lot's of cross-cultural stuff, lots of fun for the kids, and parents can enjoy it, too. He features really cool guest artists (Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Dar Williams, Bob Weir, etc.), and he never dumbs it down. And before you ask, I'm not on Dan's payroll, so I don't get a thing from plugging him (although if you were to purchase his stuff from a certain large internet retailer that just happens to employ my Lovely Bride, that would be fine, too).

    Also, parents may want to look at McGuinn's Folk Den, where the former Byrd features a different folk tune every month, complete with history, printed music (lead sheets), and an MP3 (some of which are quite cool). Songs are divided into categories, including a whole set of "children's songs." It just so happens that this month's featured title is Wade In the Water, which is mentioned by others upthread.

    Finally, to the diarist - from one proud father to another, congratulations on your mad parenting skillz, and on your handsome son!

    •  Oops (none)
      Y'know what I really hate? People who use inappropriate stray apostrophes where they don't belong - for instance, people who write "lot's" when they mean "lots." The former is only correct if one is referring to "Lot's wife."
      •  Or: (none)
        if I were complaining about that empty lot's price.

        And: nice screenname, O stately, plump one.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 02:01:15 PM PST

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        •  Thanks, but... (none)
          ...in all honesty, I'm not really very stately.

          I do make it a point to descend staircases on a regular basis, however, and I have been known to make ribald comments about red-headed women.

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