If there were an official anthem to represent the pure joys of childhood, I Can Swing Forever, the opening title track would be it. The mother/daughter team of Tracy Newman and Charlotte Dean lead a stellar ensemble through original, traditional and cover songs that demonstrate a keen understanding and appreciation of young children. What makes them laugh, impatient, curious and concerned are abundantly evident in songs. . . read more . . .
Tracy Newman sings and plays 18 songs (original and cover) for children, ranging from gently active Playtime to sleep inducing Bedtime songs. The set includes a 40-page Sing-Along Coloring Book . . . read more . . .
. . . Why we like it: The Los Angeles-based musician doesn’t do anything fancy on this album; however, what she does do here is creating a wonderful CD of traditional children’s music. She divides the disc into a more uptempo “playtime” tunes and the more calming “bedtime” songs. . . read more . . .
I Can Swing Forever is an 18-song CD for children by singer/songwriter Tracy Newman and Friends. The songs are a mixture of original and traditional, which gradually go from gently active to lullabies. . . . Read more . . .
Tracy Newman’s “I Can Swing Forever” (for children ages 0-6) has garnered Parents’ Choice Foundation’s Gold Award in Music.
Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. The Parents’ Choice Awards committee members hail from families across the country. Their mission is to search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – that are fairly priced, fun, safe and socially sound.
Earlier this year, “I Can Swing Forever” was also awarded Creative Child Magazine’s Album of the Year, the National Parenting Publication’s (NAPPA) Gold Award and Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toy 2015.
“I Can Swing Forever” is Tracy’s first album for children and her first collaboration with her daughter, artist Charlotte Dean (who designed the sing along coloring book). The CD and coloring book are available at icanswingforever.com as well as CDBaby.com.
Tracy Newman’s I Can Swing Forever (for children ages 0-6) has garnered two new awards: Creative Child Magazine’s Album of the Year and the National Parenting Publication Awards’ (NAPPA) Gold Award.
Creative Child Magazine’s Awards are determined through evaluations by moms, music educators and early education professionals. Over a hundred guest reviewers evaluate each product. Based on the scores and comments, products are then determined to be a finalist for DVD, CD, Book, Game and Toy of the Year. Only one product per category can win. I Can Swing Forever was the sole winner of Creative Child’s Album of the Year Award.
The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) is one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the country. With 25 years of experience in the industry. “We’re excited that I Can Swing Forever is joining this year’s list of award-winning products,” says Julie Kertes, NAPPA General Manager. “With NAPPA’s vote of confidence, I Can Swing Forever is sure to be a welcome addition to anyone’s gift list.”
I Can Swing Forever is Tracy’s first album for children and her first collaboration with her daughter, artist Charlotte Dean (who created the sing along coloring book.) The CD and coloring book are available at icanswingforever.com as well as CDBaby.com
Today, many artists feel the need to record only the music that they have composed; for many, this works. The same holds true in the world of children’s music. For every CD that stands out, there are two that are just mediocre.
Among the best we have Malvina Reynolds, Ella Jenkins, Jose-Luis Orozco, Suni Paz, Marcia Berman, Patty Zeitlen, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and “Uncle Ruthie” Buell. Their music and stories have withstood the test of time.
I Can Swing Forever, by the mother/daughter duo, Tracy Newman and Charlotte Dean, are, poised to be included among them. The shared and lasting appeal of these artists is in their choice of songs with broad themes, presented in a clear, uncomplicated manner, young people can understand. These are the ones that, as adults we exclaim: I can’t believe I still remember the words to that!
They have not unleashed, yet again, another album of songs which are didactic, “educational,” and thank goodness, not overproduced. Rather, the focus is on playfulness, the bond between parent and child, and children’s ability to feel empathy and kindness towards others.
“Oldies” rarely sung today, are presented with fresh arrangements, and are a welcome introduction for their new listeners.
It Could Be A Wonderful World and Point Your Finger, will surprise you. Imagine subjects such as…hoping for a decent life for all . . . or using the topic of blood types to highlight the equality of humanity. Tracy deserves praise for including these songs.
What sets this CD apart is the selection of songs that challenge and invite deep thinking, which, when combined with appealing melodies, make the music timeless.
And if that is not enough, there is a companion Sing-Along Coloring Book with illustrations by Charlotte Dean that give it the feel of a picture book; one which need not be colored in to add to its charm. Credit is also due to the fine musicians who provided delightful, whimsical accompaniments.
Don’t let this one slip away. You’ll be enjoying this collection for years to come. Source: Folkworks
Stefani Rosenberg sings melodies of the Baka people (formerly of equatorial Africa), sea shanties, British folk songs, bluegrass, old time music and political and satirical topical songs. One of her specialties is the music and poetry of Robert Burns. In 1965, she attended the University of Mexico where she took classes in Mexican folk song, dance and art and learned songs from pre-conquest times up to the present. She was a bilingual teacher and is equally skilled in leading songs in both English and Spanish. Since retiring, Stefani has been teaching a beginning level international folk dance class at the Griffith Park Adult Community Center.
Singer/songwriter Tracy Newman’s children’s album, I Can Swing Forever, has been named one of Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys of 2015. The CD is packaged with a singalong coloring book, designed and illustrated by Tracy’s daughter, artist Charlotte Dean. Visit: icanswingforever.com or tracynewman.com for more information.
The mother/daughter collaboration began decades ago. When Charlotte was little it was hard to get her to go to sleep, so Tracy sang to her every night. Some nights Tracy was too tired for the whole routine, and she would have appreciated an album that worked as well as live singing – playful songs subtly drifting into sleepy songs. There didn’t seem to be one out there. So, over time, Tracy wrote and gathered her own combination of songs to sing to Charlotte that worked every time. Charlotte would be engaged and then fall asleep, never knowing what hit her. I Can Swing Forever is made up of those same songs in the same order that worked so well with Charlotte.
Tracy is an Emmy Award winning TV writer. She wrote on many comedy shows, including Cheers, The Nanny and The Drew Carey Show. She co-wrote the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of Ellen (her Emmy win) and co-created the long-running ABC series, According to Jim. Charlotte is an artist and the author of the My Crazy Baby Brother books. She recently wrote a 90-minute comedy show called Charlotte’s Shorts, which is having its 3rd run at The Groundlings Theatre on May 12.
Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, has, for many years, been one of the world’s leading experts on children’s products. Her four annual award programs include products from the best large and small companies. Many parents, teachers and toy buyers use Dr. Toy’s guidance in making selections. Her Best Products Programs provide a unique copyrighted review of children’s products. See more at: http://www.drtoy.com
I Can Swing Forever contains 18 tracks ranging from gently active to sleepy time lullabies. The singalong coloring book engages children while they listen to the songs, without the use of over-stimulating electronics or social media. Parents who are developing a bedtime routine will find I Can Swing Forever a helpful tool. It is currently available on CD Baby as well as Amazon, and here at icanswingforever.com