We are a family of musicians. Well, mostly. My family is largely without the music gene, but we all do enjoy singing at the top of our lungs (and we don’t sound half bad, thankyouverymuch). However, Little AG has a a mommy who sings, and a daddy who plays drums and bass, a Mimi who plays the piano, a Pops who plays bass, and an Aunt Wel who is such a talented singer that she moved to New York to share her talents with the world. So when little AG was born, we hoped/figured she might have some tendancy towards music. We haven’t doubted it since then — at just a few months old she would wave her hands around in time to music — and now at two, she sings along and mimics dance moves. She naturally gravitates towards musical toys – music is a part of who she is. When she was about 20 months old, we discovered the Imagination Movers on Playhouse Disney and Little AG was fascinated. A group of 4 cool guys who solve problems together in their “Idea Warehouse” in order to help others. Oh, and they sing awesome alternative rock songs for kids while they do it!
I first heard about the Imagination Movers many years before I had a child. I sang in church with Smitty’s (one of the IMs) mom, so I got to hear all about their road to their success. In our days owning a live sound production company, we even did sound for them once at a local event. These guys even took the main stage at JazzFest 2 weeks ago — no small feat! There is a local pride in New Orleans that you won’t find just anywhere, and I think my fellow NOLA peeps and I always feel a sense of pride and obligation to support our own. The Imagination Movers are no exception! We don’t watch them just because they are local though. We are HUGE fans simply because, well, they’re GOOD. Seriously, most kiddo music makes me want to pull my hair out, but I actually ENJOY the music by the Imagination Movers. I dance and sing along to all of the songs, though we have our favorites like “Clean My Room”, “Shakeable You”, and “Puppy Dog”. And yes, I do know all of the words — heck, I even find myself singing harmony!
Their first Disney-released DVD “Imagination Movers – Warehouse Mouse Edition” hit stores on May 5th, and if you haven’t heard of these guys yet, you should definitely check them out! They encourage creative problem-solving and have such a fun rock and roll sound. You can check out clips from Bucket of Trouble and The Tooth Hurts! From the press release: “The quartet has won multiple national music awards and were named a Parenting Pick by Parenting Magazine. Most recently, the Movers and the TV series were honored with an award for Outstanding Kids Entertainment by the Common Sense Media Awards, which honors nationally recognized individuals and organization that have made a profound impact in the world of kids and family media. The Movers’ Walt Disney Records release, “Juice Box Heroes,” was selected by iTunes as a 2008 Top 10 pick in the children’s music genre.”
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