Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top New Family Music Albums Shows The Present, Future Of The Genre

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The genre that is family music is one that has always stood out from the rest other genres that make up the musical universe.  That is because by and large the music that fills that space is constantly so diverse even as the lyrical themes in so many songs are largely the same.  Even being so much the same from one song to the next, the themes are important because they promote individuality, self-confidence, creativity, and so many other items that are key not only for personal growth and development in younger people, but for continued development in older audiences.  To that end, those themes are just as accessible for younger listeners as for their more seasoned counterparts.  In the same vein, the diversity in the genre’s musical content is just as enjoyable if not more so.  That is because honestly, more often than not, it is more diverse than in so much mainstream music for older audiences.  At the same time, it will again, more often than not, appeal to such a wide range of audiences.  Keeping all of this in mind, the world of family music really is just as deserving of having its own list of top new albums as any other genre, and that is why this critic has continued to present exactly that for so many years.

This year is no different from past years, either.  This year was another successful one in the family music world.  New albums from veterans, such as Laurie Berkner, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band joined new records from up-and-comers, such as Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots, Twinkle, and Stacey Peasley among many other established acts.  All in all, this year’s field of new family music albums represented the present and future of the genre very nicely, as today’s list will show.

Keeping in mind everything noted about the importance of the content in every family music record, developing a list of the year’s top new albums in the genre is never easy.  This critic tried, though.  The result of those efforts is this critic’s view of the year’s top 10 best family music albums and five additional honorable mentions, for a total of 15 new offerings.  So without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2021 Top 10 New Family Music Albums.


  1. Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Slow Clap
  2. The Story Pirates – The Strawberry Band
  3. Sarah Watkins – Under The Pepper Tree
  4. The Bright Siders – A Mind of Your Own
  5. Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band—Crayon Kids
  6. Laurie Berkner – Let’s Go
  7. Twinkle – It’s OK To Be Me
  8. Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman – Folk For Little Folk Vol. 1
  9. Tracy Bonham – Young Maestros Vol. 1
  10. Genevieve Goings – Great Indoors
  11. Tunes With Tim – We’re All Human
  12. Stacey Peasley – Make It Happen
  13. Jenn Cleary – All Together Now
  14. Kelli Welli – Let’s Go Pistachio
  15. Ben Tatar & The Tatar Tots – Seconds

That’s all for this year’s list of top new family music albums.  The new year is just around and the corner and no doubt, lots of new family music is coming with the new year, too.

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Audiences Of All Ages Will Enjoy Tim Bredrup’s Second Round Of Tunes With Tim

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Family music entertainer Tim Bredrup (a.k.a. Tunes with Tim) released his second album today.  The independently released, 11-song record –We’re All Human — is a presentation that pre-schoolers and their parents will equally enjoy.  That is due in part to its diverse musical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content adds its own touch to the album’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of the collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation, bringing everything full circle.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make We’re All Human an easy, early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums.

Tim Bredrup’s sophomore album We’re All Human is a strong new offering from the up-and-coming family music entertainer.  It is a presentation that will appeal just as much to pre-school audiences as to their parents.  That is due in no small part to the album’s featured musical arrangements.  As already noted, the record’s featured musical arrangements are quite diverse.  From rock, to hip-hop, to reggae, and beyond, the diversity in the record’s musical arrangements will ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment in itself.  ‘Rub-A-Dub We’re in the Tub’ for instance presents listeners a musical arrangement that will take adults back to the beach music sounds of the 1960s.  ‘Sweet Dreams to You,’ which closes out the album, is a light, acoustic work whose light bells, vocals and guitar present such a relaxing lullaby style composition.  ‘PBJ’ gives listeners the noted hip-hop infusion.  It conjures thoughts of works from Bredrup’s family music contemporary Agent 23 Skidoo in its stylistic approach or maybe even the Alphabet Rockers.  The album’s title track, by comparison, is such a moving composition with its ever so slight cymbal roll accents and equally light vocals and guitar.  It honestly lends itself –at least to this critic – to comparisons to works from John Lennon.  On yet another note, ‘Ziggy Zaggy Zoo’ lends itself immediately to works from one of the most well-known names in the world of family music, Raffi.  ‘The Manners Song’ presents the aforementioned reggae influence.  Between everything mentioned here and the rest of the record’s arrangements, audiences of all ages get plenty to appreciate at least musically.

The vast spread of musical content featured in Tunes with Tim’s new album We’re All Human is just one aspect that makes it successful.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content gives listeners of all ages its own share of entertainment and engagement.  ‘When The Baby’s Sleeping’ is one of the most notable works in regards to the album’s lyrical content.  It is a song about the different situations in a household when an infant is sleeping and awake.  Bredrup’s lyrical (and musical) presentation here will put a smile on any parent’s face.  That is because every parent will relate to the different energies and how people in a household have to act when an infant is asleep versus awake.  The album’s title track, by comparison is its own work that promotes unity over division among the world’s peoples.  The aforementioned ‘Manners Song’ is exactly as its title notes.  It is a song that promotes proper manners, which is always important for any child (and even some adults) to learn.  ‘The Train Song’ is exactly what its title insinuates, too.  It is a song about riding a train.  It is set to the melodies of ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘B-I-N-G-O.’  So that will add to the song’s appeal even more.  Once more here, audiences get another example of the overall diversity in the album’s lyrical content.  Bredrup clearly never sticks to just one topic, instead giving audiences plenty to appreciate lyrically just as with the album’s musical content.  Keeping all of the record’s collective content in mind, it does much to keep this album appealing.  The sequencing of that content brings everything together.

The sequencing of We’re All Human is important because it is what ensures the album maintains its engagement and entertainment throughout.  It succeeds at that goal, too.  As noted, the album’s lyrical content is just as diverse as its musical counterpart.  The sequencing is partially to thank for that.  Bredrup continuously changes up the album’s lyrical themes so as to make sure listeners get something original throughout in that aspect.  Examining the album’s musical arrangements, their energies and styles changes up just as constantly as the album’s lyrical content.  ‘Let’s Get Ready To Go,’ the album’s opener, starts the album off on a relaxed note before making things very interesting with the up and down energy of ‘When The Baby’s Sleeping.’  The variety in that song’s energy, which matches so well with the song’s lyrical content, then gives way to the more mid-tempo vibe of ‘Ziggy Zaggy Zoo.’  The Ben Folds-esque ‘The Sneeze Song (Ah-Choo) keeps that mid-tempo energy running as the album progresses.  ‘PBJ’ changes the album’s mood, turning things in a hip-hop direction, but still keeping the album’s energy even with the distinct stylistic change.  Even as laid back  as the song is, it still works so well to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  The album’s energy gradually pulls back to its slowest and  most reserved point in ‘We’re All Human’ before things pick back up in ‘The Train Song.’  The classic rock-infused ‘Do The Wigglebutt’ picks the energy up even more with its driving guitar line.  From there, the album’s energy pulls back and becomes even more relaxed in the record’s penultimate song ‘Rub-a-Dub We’re in the Tub’ before ultimately setting audiences down gently with the album’s lullaby closer ‘Sweet Dreams to You.’  That finale, after so much up and down, is sure to help young listeners get down for a nap or even for the night.  Simply put, the constant change in the album’s lyrical themes through its sequencing, and the balance in the energies in the album’s arrangements shows that much time and thought was put into the album’s sequencing.  That time and thought paid off, as it perfectly brings everything together.  To that end, the content featured in We’re All Human and its sequencing makes the album a successful offering that will appeal to pre-schoolers just as much as their parents.

Tunes with Tim’s (a.k.a. Tim Bredrup) sophomore album We’re All Human is a strong return for the up-and-coming family music entertainer.  It is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That is due in no small part to the diversity in the record’s featured musical arrangements.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content is diverse in its own right.  The sequencing of the noted content brings everything full circles and completes the album’s presentation, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make We’re All Human an easy, early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums.  It is available now.  More information on We’re All Human is available along with all of Tim Bredrup’s latest news at:




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