“Happy Accidents” by Billy Jonas Review and Giveaway: Funky Music for the Magical Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)


Magical Mother's Day Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Magical Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop sponsored by Planet Weidknecht and Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!! Dozens of blogs have joined together to offer you bunches of prizes! After you enter my giveaway here, be sure to visit each participating blog below to enter all the giveaways! The giveaway begins at 12:01 a.m. on May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2012.

Are you a parent who is looking for fun music for your children that is also interesting for adults? Almost two months ago I wrote a review of the album What Kind of Cat Are You?! by Billy Jonas. I absolutely loved the CD and was recently sent a copy of a newer Billy Jonas album entitled Happy Accidents. I am so happy to share that I am just as pleased with Happy Accidents as I was with What Kind of Cat Are You?!

The reason that I originally wanted to review What Kind of Cat Are You?! was because of all the great cat puns in the title track. Therefore, when I received my copy of Happy Accidents, I was tickled pink to see the song “What Kind of Dog Are You?!” on the album. In this song, Billy asks about dogs, cows, yaks, pigs, and bees. Here are a few of my favorite lines:

What kind of dog is a rapper with a lot of style? SNOOP DOG
And what kind of cow do you sit on in your living room? COUCH
And what kind of yak is crazy and lives in Maine? MANIAC
And what kind of bee is the key of this song? B FLAT
And what kind of bee is on your windshield? B FLAT

The Happy Accidents album features twenty-one tracks (eighteen songs and three introductions):

  1. Happy Accidents by Billy JonasEyes Wide Open
  2. Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!
  3. Vitamin Alphabet
  4. To Be One
  5. Open Sesame
  6. Intro: Happy Accident
  7. Happy Accident
  8. What Kind of Dog AreYou?!
  9. Get There
  10. You Are Not Alone
  11. Knock Knock
  12. One Tutu Too Many
  13. Cabeza
  14. Intro: Hollow Bamboo
  15. Hollow Bamboo
  16. Intro: Wake Up Suite
  17. Gotta Get up
  18. Two Minute Shower
  19. Eat Something
  20. Brush Your Teeth
  21. Totally Ready to Go

Like on What Kind of Cat Are You?!, the songs on Happy Accidents feature Billy’s trademark homemade re-percussion drum set as well as other found sounds such as rubber bands, body percussion, door squeaks, and apple cider jugs in addition to more traditional musical instruments such as guitars, bass, piano, banjo, accordion, tuba, marimbas, and kalimbas. I love Billy’s sound precisely because of the great variety of instruments he uses. I also love that he thinks outside the instrument box to employ other objects in his music. Kids, too, will love finding their own instruments around the house to play along with the songs on this album.

The tunes on Happy Accidents are incredibly catchy but in no way annoying. Just the other day, I found myself humming the chorus of “Happy Accident” to myself while at work. The song had gotten stuck in my head! However, the melody is sort of soothing and in no way irritating like some songs that I hear on the radio these days, so I was in no way irritated. In fact, I kind of chuckled to myself once I realized what I was singing to myself. I had only listened to the album a few times at that point! I was pleased to discovered just how great the songs on Happy Accidents were: great enough to stick in my memory after only a few listenings.

My favorite part of the Happy Accidents album, however, are the lyrics. Just like on What Kind of Cat Are You?!, Billy has shown his mastery and cleverness with words on this CD. In addition to the the clever wordplay on “What Kind of Dog Are You?!”, I also love the lyrics in “Knock Knock” and “One Tutu Too Many.” The song “One Tutu Too Many” is great for language development because of the clever repetition of sounds. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the song:

With my lemonade
ONE TOO MANY
Trumpet
ONE TOOT TOO MANY
Tutus
ONE TUTU TOO MANY
Tattoos
ONE TUTU TATTOO TOO MANY

I also love all of the clever knock knock jokes in “Knock Knock.” My husband thinks that I am a little weird for my super love of wordplay; he definitely thought that my love of all the jokes in this song was a little silly. Never mind him! Here are two of my favorite knock knock jokes from the song:

Knock knock!  Who’s there?
Owls!
Owls who?
That’s right, they do!

Knock knock!  Who’s there?
Cows!
Cows who?
No, cows  “moo,” and owls “who”

Finally, I love the variety of musical genres including on the Happy Accidents album. For example, “Eyes Wide Open” and “Get There” have a more funky, folky sound while “Cabeza” has some definitely Latin flair. I love that Billy exposes young children to such a variety of sounds on one album. I hope that my daughter will learn to appreciate the entire world of music outside of just one or two genres by listening to Happy Accidents.

Final VerdictHappy Accidents by Billy Jonas is an awesome album for the entire family and a great follow-up to What Kind of Cat Are You?! The songs are geared more towards children, but adults will love the clever lyrics and hummable tunes too. I highly recommend that any parent with younger children buy a copy of this CD, which is available online through CD Baby. You can also find Billy online on his website as well as FacebookYouTube, and Twitter.

Because I want to share the great music on Happy Accidents with my readers, I will be giving away four copies of the album, one each week for the next four weeks. I am giving away the first copy this week as part of the Magical Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop from Planet Weidknecht. As a new mother, I would have loved to receive this album as a gift for Mother’s Day. Every time that I would listen to the music with my daughter, I would be reminded of Mother’s Day and just how much my family loves me. To enter to win your copy, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Be sure to also enter the other giveaways participating in the Magical Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop. And, even if you do not win this week, be sure to check back over the next three weeks for more chances to win a copy of Happy Accidents by Billy Jonas. Also be sure to entering the other giveaways participating in this blog hop. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Accidents 1 Giveaway Winner

The Parenting Patch “Happy Accidents” CD Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada. The “Happy Accidents” CD Giveaway ends at midnight on May 14, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen.

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Happy Accidents: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/billyjonas9

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