‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … because mom and dad were smart enough to play Sparrow and Friends Start a Band! at bedtime. Now ma in her kerchief and pa in his cap can sit down with some eggnog and breathe a sigh of relief, all thanks to Sparrow Sleeps, the brainchild of Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart.
Sparrow Sleeps made bedtime fun for tired parents and wound up kids by producing lullaby covers of punk/emo/pop punk songs. Their latest offering, Sparrow and Friends Start a Band! is geared towards kids ages 3-5 (aka the “I don’t want to” age) and focuses on topics ranging from eating your veggies, counting to ten, and the most important work of a child, play.
But it’s not just for kids, not even a little. I am grinning from ear to ear as Will Pugh from Cartel asks if he can sing a song about sports and playgrounds, and then launches into “I Want To Play.” I’m, no kidding, a kid right now. When Nick Diener of The Swellers talks about “that funny space between” in “Shoe-Tying Machine” I’m dying. I wish Ace Ender’s alphabet song could replace the one stuck in my brain. It’s way cooler. God as my witness, “Sharing Is Cool” featuring Dan Lambton (Real Friends) and Joe Taylor (Knuckle Puck) is probably my current favorite song on my iTunes right now. Zech Pluister (Sleep On It) makes holding mom’s hand cool for kids, while Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) makes farting cool for everyone. “You Can’t Just Eat Sugar” has Kailynn West (Tiny Stills) and Tony Thaxston (Motion City Soundtrack) trying valiantly to convince kids to eat their veggies.
Play “Air Guitar’ with Yellowcard‘s Ryan Key and learn to count to “10” with Mike Herrera (MXPX): “You probably already know how to count to four because a ton of punk bands do that at the beginning of their songs.” Brush your teeth before bed with Nick Thompson, and then tuck yourself into your pillow and “rest your weary head” with Copeland‘s Aaron Marsh. You can do all this RIGHT NOW if your get your copy of Sparrow and Friends Start a Band! This recommendation is my gift to you … erm to your kids. Yeah, your kids. That’s what I meant. Totally.