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Baby Music: Lullaby Versions of FROZEN on the way - Hear "Let It Go" Now!

With the recent release of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award-winning mega-hit, FROZEN, on Blu-ray and DVD, you'd think that we'd be done talking about the land of Arendelle for a bit, unless there was some news about FROZEN 2, right? Well, not quite, as the spirit and music of this cultural phenomenon continues to inspire and evolve, and now the folks at Roma Music Group are prepping to pay tribute by re-working the now-iconic soundtrack for the youngest Olaf fans in your house. LULLABY VERSIONS OF FROZEN will hit Digital Retailers on April 29th, the latest release in the popular, and fast-growing Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection of pop culture lullabies. How does the lullaby version of "Let It Go" compare to the version made famous by Idina Menzel? Find out below...

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Baby Music: LULLABY VERSIONS OF DISTURBED headed for the nursery...

On April 22, the folks at Roma Music Group will unleash a new collection of lullabies, this one inspired by Chicago's own, DISTURBED. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - LULLABY VERSIONS OF DISTURBED features eleven of the band's biggest hits and fan favorites (along with their GENESIS cover), reworked into nursery-friendly lullabies for your youngest rockers. Check out the lullaby version of "Down With the Sickness" below, and get your pre-orders in on Amazon or iTunes now.

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KARDASHIAN KIDS line headed for Babies 'R' Us this Spring...

My wife watches KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS. I don't like the show... but I do like Kanye West. It makes me feel very conflicted at times, and that said, I feel weird that I'm sharing Kardashian news here on THE ROCK FATHER... but it fits. Beginning March 15, Babies 'R' Us will be the exclusive retailer for KARDASHIAN KIDS, a new line of clothing for girls up to 24 months with items ranging in price from $15-$30. My first reaction is that it seems weird to limit a line called "kids" to just girls - and to further limit it by only going birth-24 months, but some of the samples look cute, so who knows? Perhaps it will expand as the real-life Kardashian Kids get older. Personally, I really like the outfit worn by the girl below right...

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Preview: "I Get It" from LULLABY VERSIONS OF CHEVELLE

Back in November, I broke the news here on The Rock Father that Chicago-area natives, CHEVELLE, were about the get the lullaby treatment from the crew at Roma Music Group through their popular TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR line. Now comes your first taste, as "I Get It" from LULLABY VERSIONS OF CHEVELLE is streaming below, and pre-orders just went live on (my affiliate) iTunes, where, along with Amazon, the album will be available on January 14th. Ready to get your youngest family members rocking?

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Safe Baby Wearing: Facing in or Facing Out? #FreedomTogether

When people find out that I'm an at-home Dad, there's often an image that comes to mind that is not quite accurate, and is largely fueled by the "TV depiction" of stay-at-home and work-at-home Dads: A group of four or five guys standing around a park with outward-facing babies dangling from their chests. If this happens anywhere, I have not witnessed it, nor been a part of such a gathering in the past 4+ years of my career as a parent. When I have seen babies worn by other parents (and sometimes myself), the big question has always been "which way is the right way - inward or outward." It's been the subject of vigorous debate among parents, but the folks at Boba Family just might have the answer, and that answer is inward.

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VOLBEAT Gets Lullabied! Baby-Friendly Collection Hits the Streets...

VOLBEAT is one of those bands that has an interesting level of crossover appeal among rock and metal fans. You always run across people you wouldn't expect to dig 'em, yet they're all over 'em. Then again, I've run across several people that I figured would love some VOLBEAT, and they absolutely can't stand 'em. Me? I'm in the middle and find them to be overrated and overplayed around these parts (particularly their latest album), but I really like 2010's BEYOND HELL/ABOVE HEAVEN. If you dig 'em and want to introduce your baby to their music, the folks at Roma Music Group have a new collection out this week to help you do just that. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: LULLABY VERSIONS OF VOLBEAT hit iTunes today. Check out "Lola Montez" below, along with the full tracklisting and cover art.

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Premiere: "Perfect Day" from LULLABY VERSIONS OF LOU REED and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

The death of LOU REED saddened many earlier this Fall, with countless artists paying tribute immediately. As my social feeds lit up, one thing constantly mentioned was how future generations would one day discover Reed's music, and that of his time with THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. In that spirit, the folks at Roma Music Group have announced that they will bring to a close an extremely busy year with the release of LULLABY VERSIONS OF LOU REED and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND on December 17th as part of their popular TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR line of baby-friendly jams. A dozen songs from Reed's discography have been reworked into lush instrumentals, perfect for your smallest listener and their nursery. Pre-orders just went live on iTunes tonight, and I've got the premiere of "Perfect Day" below. Take a listen...

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Lullaby Versions of Disney Classics on the way from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star...

After dipping their toes into the Disney waters with the release of LULLABY VERSIONS OF THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS back in October, the crew over at Roma Music Group is gearing up to release Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: LULLABY VERSIONS OF DISNEY CLASSICS on December 10th. This new collection features 18 songs made famous in movies like TOY STORY, THE LITTLE MERMAID, SNOW WHITE, CINDERELLA, and more. While the original songs were certainly kid-friendly from the get-go, these lullaby versions present them as mellow instrumentals perfect for your baby's nursery. Pre-orders are up on iTunes right now, with "When You Wish Upon a Star" as an instant download. Preview that track, and check out the tracklisting below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Baby Music: CHEVELLE Lullaby Collection due in January...

125chevelleAs far as I can tell, the official announcement hasn't even been made yet, but information regarding a new collection of lullabies from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has hit the net via a product listing at Amazon (who I won't link to until they begin working with Illinois-based affiliates again). LULLABY VERSIONS OF CHEVELLE is set for a January 7, 2014 release date, bringing a dozen of the Chicago band's biggest hits and fan favorites into a new realm: nursery-friendly songs for baby. Check out the tracklisting below, right here on The Rock Father...

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Holiday Gift Guide: PAJANIMALS Bedtime Routine Board by TOMY

pjboard125The second PAJANIMALS item to make my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father (see the first here), the Pajanimals Bedtime Routine Board by TOMY features all four Pajanimals - Apollo, Squacky, Sweetpea Sue and Cowbella - each paired with a corresponding nighttime activity: Taking a Bath; Putting on Pajamas; Brushing Teeth; Reading a Story. Once each task is complete, slide the character into bed for a musical jingle. When they're all tucked in, the full "Lullaby" theme song will play while accompanied by glowing lights.

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