Jeanie B! CDs

Mommy Knows Best

by Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans

Released 2006
Rockmam Records
Released 2006
Rockmam Records
Dedicated to Mom's everywhere, this multi-award winning CD has Rockin' tunes that will stick with you like a hearty PB&J sandwich. Songs that reflect kid life back to the listener in a way that will make you smile and get up and dance.
  • 02:31 Story Lyrics
    Mommy Knows Best

    Chorus:

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes

     

    Verse 1:             

    When she asks me to eat green beans (say yes)     

    Or cover my mouth when I sneeze (say yes)      

    It’s time to get dressed or clean up my mess                                      

    Mommy knows what’s best for me

     

    Chorus:

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best      

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best      

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes                          

     

    Verse 2:

    When she says it’s time for bed (say yes)         

    Or put a hat on my head (say yes)

    Turn off the TV, stop hitting me                       

    Mommy knows what’s best for me                    

     

    Bridge:         

    When she says “no” it means “no”                  

    It’s best to do as I’m told                                 

    When I ask my Dad, he always says               

    Mommy knows what’s best for me     

     

    Chorus:

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best       

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes                            

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes                             

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best

    To her I will say yes, yes, yes                               

    Mommy knows best, Mommy knows best

    To her I will say Y. E. S .                                  

    Mommy knows what’s best for me     

    My Mommy knows what’s best for me     

  • 02:57 Story Lyrics
    The World Is a Wonderful Place

    CHORUS:

    The world is a wonderful place

    Yes it is, for a kid it’s where we live

    The world is a magical place

    Puts a smile on my face

     

    Verse 1:

    Birthday cake and ice-cream

    Laughing with a friend

    School and books and movies

    A hug that never ends

    Running in the raindrops

    Hide & seek and tag

    Light up shoes and baseball

    Playing with my Dad

     

    CHORUS:

    The world is a wonderful place

    Yes it is, for a kid it’s where we live

    The world is a magical place

    Puts a smile on my face

     

    Verse 2:

    Being with my family, people that I love

    So much that makes me happy, I thank the stars above

    For trees and grass in summer, beaches filled with sand

    Finding a lost penny, singing with this band

     

    CHORUS:

    The world is a wonderful place

    Yes it is, for a kid it’s where we live

    The world is a magical place

    Puts a smile on my face

    A great big smile on my face

    Cause it’s a wonderful place

  • 02:02 Story Lyrics
    The Bootay Dance

    There’s a new dance step, let’s see if you can do it

    Just skip, then jump, stick out your Bootay too!

    1,2,3!

    Chorus:   

    You gotta skip, jump, stick out your little rump and do the Bootay Dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Yeah skip, jump, now pat your little rump and do the Bootay dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Verse 1:

    Make a right arm wing, oh yeah

    Now do the left, oh yeah

    Flap your arms and legs, oh yeah  

    And shake your head!

    1,2,3                                          

     

    Chorus:

    You gotta skip, jump, stick out your little rump and do the Bootay Dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Yeah skip, jump, now pat your little rump and do the Bootay dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Verse 2:

    Touch your knee to your nose, oh yeah

    Now touch your toes, oh yeah

    Spin in a circle, oh yeah              

    And Freeze! 1,2,3                       

     

    Chorus:

    You gotta skip, jump, stick out your little rump and do the Bootay Dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Yeah skip, jump, now pat your little rump and do the Bootay dance

    Do the Bootay dance

    Verse 3:

    Let’s Bootay to the right, (Oh yeah)  

    Bootay forward, (oh yeah)                 

    Bootay back and clap (clap)            

    Chorus:

    You gotta skip, jump, stick out your little rump and do the Bootay dance    

    Do the Bootay dance

    Skip, jump, now pat your little rump and do the Bootay dance  

    Do the Bootay dance

    The Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay Dance                                  

    The Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay Dance                                  

    Come on The Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay, Bootay Dance!                                    

  • 02:08 Story Lyrics
    Mealtime Shuffle

    Somebody hose me down

    I look like a rodeo clown

    Just finished all my peas

    I’m green down to my knees

     

    Somebody wipe me up

    I unscrewed my sippy cup

    I’m sitting in a mess

    You just got me dressed

     

    I’ve got carrots in my hair, as if I really care

    I change my clothes more times than Cindy Crawford

    ‘cause I eat everything I’m offered

    I could have eaten more

    But it fell on the floor

     

    Somebody rinse me off

    I’m drenched in applesauce

    Peaches are on my toes

    Squash inside my nose

     

    This solid food is great

    Better than finger paint

    Another thing that’s neat

    I’m now a doggy treat        

  • 02:22 Story Lyrics
    Hey, Hey, I Can Read!

    Chorus:

    Hey, Hey I can read

    I worked my hardest and now finally

    Know all the sounds of my A, B’s, and C’s

    Hey, hey I can read

    Verse 1:

    Now conjunction junction, what’s your function

    I can conjugate a word….(past present future)

    Pronouns, proper nouns, people, places, things

    Passive and active verbs….(I love reading!)

    Verse 2:

    Now Anna Palindrome and her Mom and Pop

    Have a simile that “eats like a pig”

    Her name is Onomatopoeia, oink!, oink!, oink!

    And the best way to describe her is with adjectives….(Porky!)

    Chorus:

    Hey, Hey I can read

    I worked my hardest and now finally

    Know all the sounds of my A, B’s, and C’s

    Hey, hey I can read

    Bridge:

    (sing letters sounds, not names)

    A,B,C,D,E,F,G,

    H,I,J,K,L,M,N,

    O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,

    V,W,X,Y, ZZZ!

    Verse 3:

    You need a noun and verb to make sentences

    Then you have to punctuate (semi colon)

    There’s lots of ifs and buts about it, come on hear me shout it

    I can read all night and day!

    Chorus:

    Hey, Hey I can read

    I worked my hardest and now finally

    Know all the sounds of my A, B, and C’s

    Hey, hey I can read

    Hey, Hey I can read…….(homonyms)

    Hey, Hey I can read…….(antonyms)

    Hey, Hey I can read……..(synonyms)

    Hey, Hey I can read……..(exclamation point !!!)

  • 02:48 Story Lyrics
    My Pony

    Verse 1:

    I wish I had a pony to ride inside my house

    Much smaller than a real horse but bigger than a mouse

    I’ll ride him to my bedroom, I’ll ride him to my bath

    When my pony’s hungry I’ll take him out for grass

     

    Chorus:

    My pony

     

    Verse 2:

    I’ll never have to take the bus

    I’ll ride him to my school

    He’ll wait outside the classroom

    Kids will think that’s cool

    He’ll take me to go swimming

    Then back home to rest

    We’ll be best friends forever

    ‘Cause ponies are the best

     

    Chorus:

    My pony

    I love my pony

     

    Verse 3:

    I think I’ll name him Sam, he will be all black

    We’ll share a bag of carrots

    For our midnight snack

    He’ll watch me do my homework

    Help me with my chores

    Sleep with me at bedtime

    I don’t care if he snores

     

    Chorus:

    My pony

    I love my pony

    And he loves me

  • 03:16 Story Lyrics
    Colorblind

    Verse 1:

    My friend Yoko drinks lots of tea

    Smiles and bows when we meet

    Abdul prays five times a day

    Wears a turban when we play

    Daddy is Jamaican man

    My Mother Norwegian

    Love is colorblind

     

    Chorus:

    Colorblind, love is colorblind

    Colorblind, we’re all born colorblind

     

    Bridge:

    We laugh the same laugh

    We bleed the same blood

    Cry the same tears

    We’re blinded by love

     

    Chorus:

    Colorblind, love is colorblind

    Colorblind, we’re all born colorblind

     

    Verse 2:

    There are men won’t lift a gun

    They know wars are never won

    Come together, make it work

    We must all share Mother Earth

    Peace is colorblind

     

    Chorus:

    Colorblind, Peace is colorblind

    Colorblind, we’re all born colorblind

    Colorblind, love is colorblind

    Colorblind

    Peace…………

  • 02:08 Story Lyrics
    Mommy's Got a Baby in Her Tummy

    Chorus:

    Well…..

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    My Mommy’s got a baby on the way

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    I’m gonna have a sibling any day

     

    Verse 1:

    If it’s a boy we’ll name him Kevin

    A girl we’ll name her Sue

    And if it comes out triplets

    I don’t know what we’ll do

     

    Chorus:

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    My Mommy’s got a baby on the way

     

    Verse 2:

    I like to kiss and pat her tummy and rub it too

    I like to tell that baby I love you

    I tried to look in through her button to say hello

    I wish that little baby had a telephone

     

    Chorus:

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    My Mommy’s got a baby on the way

     

    Verse 3:

    I’m gonna bathe it and burp it, if I must

    I’ll push it in the stroller to Toys R Us

    Can’t wait to feed it and dress it and rock it too

    But don’t be asking me to change the poo

     

    Chorus:

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    My Mommy’s got a baby on the way

    My Mommy’s got a baby in her tummy

    I’m gonna have a sibling any day

    I’m gonna have a sibling any day

    I’m gonna have a sibling Hip Hooray!

  • 02:06 Story Lyrics
    Mommy's In Menopause

    Verse 1:

    My Mom and Dad are older than most parents I know

    I’ll be ten this October, my Mommy’s the big 5-0

    She’s acting kind of wild; Tired, and hot and nauseous

    We thought she was with child so we went to the Doctor’s office

    This is what the Doctor said:

    1,2,3

     

    Chorus:

    Your Mommy’s in menopause

    She’ll burn like a yuletide log

    Get hot flashes all the time

    All the sudden she’ll be fine, Poor Mommy

     

    Verse 2:

    She’ll have her own personal summers, rip off all her clothes

    It’s really quite a bummer that only women know

    Never give you warning, Happy, then sad

    Don’t even try to touch her, Feel sorry for your Dad cause…

     

    Chorus:

    Your Mommy’s in menopause

    She’ll burn like a yuletide log

    Get hot flashes all the time

    All the sudden she’ll be fine, Poor Mommy

     

    Verse 3:

    She may get osteoporosis, could use a cane

    Look out for neurosis, she will act quite insane

    Don’t you worry sweetheart, you’ll get your Mommy back

    It may take a decade, so get used to her new act ‘cause…

     

    Chorus:

    Your Mommy’s in menopause

    She’ll burn like a yuletide log

    Get hot flashes all the time

    All the sudden she’ll be fine, Poor Mommy (in Menopause)

    Poor Mommy (in Menopause)

    Poor Mommy’(in Menopause)

  • 02:58 Story Lyrics
    The Red Pants People

    Verse 1:

    When I wake up and start to dress

    I pick out a shirt that goes the best

    Don’t care if my socks match, one red and one blue      

    When it comes to pants, only one pair will do                    

    And that’s my red pants people, My red pants people now

     

    Verse 2:

    You can wear your blue jeans, black or green

    Wear white or pink or paisley, but I’ll just be seen          

    In my red pants people, My red pants people      

     

    Chorus:

    We only wear red pants ‘cause they make us want to dance                  

    We’re the red pants people

     

    Verse 3:     

    My red pants run, my red pants jump

    My red pants skip, they’re all about fun

    They’re my red pants people now    

    ‘Cause we’re the red pants people        

     

    Chorus:

    We only wear red pants ‘cause they make us want to dance   

    We’re the red pants people               

     

    Instrumental  

     

    Verse 4:

    Sister has red shirts, wears red stockings too     

    She wore a red skirt but I told her what to do, I said              

    Wear your red pants sister ‘cause we’re the red pants people                                        

                                           

    Chorus:

    We only wear red pants ‘cause they make us want to dance  

    We love our red pants please don’t tell us that we can’t                  

    ‘cause we’re the red pants people                                           

    We’re the red pants people (the red pants people)          

    The red pants people (the red pants people)           

    The red pants people (the red pants people)      

  • 03:00 Story Lyrics
    Clap The Beats

    1, 2, 3, 4…

    All Right. Groovy!

    Feel the beat, and clap your hands

    Keep the rhythm now that’s the plan

    Start it off in 4/4 time

    4 beats per measure Let’s clap together

    Count out loud from 1 to 4

    Let’s all clap, 1 2 3 4.  Clap the beats uh huh. Let’s get ready clap

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 that’s right, Clap the beats, oh yeah

    Brea it down and hear the beats

    Clap just on the one beat,

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 the down beat oh yeah, clap the beats

    Now clap on two, you know what to do

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4  yeah, clap the beats

    Everybody clap just on three, Just on three, now clap with me

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 get funky, oh yeah

    Let’s all clap on four, clap the beats, I want more

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 dig it

     

    Let’s get fancy, make it tough

    Clap one and three and see what’s up. clap the beats, uh huh

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4  oh yeah, clap the beats

    Do two and four the back beat boys

    You’re groovin’ now, let’s make some noise,

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2 3, 4  wooh!

    Hold on tight, it’s out of sight, clap one, and three and four tonight!

    Clap the beats, yeah baby!

    1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4   Good golly!

     

    Here we go in double time we’ll end this story with a rhyme

    1, & 2, & 3, & 4, & 1, & 2, & 3, & 4, & 1, & 2, & 3, & 4, & 1, & 2, & 3, & 4, &

     

    Clap the beat now, it’s so sweet, keeps us dancing on our feet!

    Oh Yeah!

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    I Can't Stop Drooling

    Chorus:

    I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’ 

    As my baby teeth come in, the spit rolls off my chin

    I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’

    I’ll chew on anything that comes as my teeth push through my gums

     

    Verse 1:

    I soak a bib ten times a day              

    It hurts to eat, it’s hard to play         

    All I do is drool and cry                  

    I need some ice, my fever’s high     

    I’m teething like a pup                    

    I’ll chew your shoe, destroy a cup     

    Why’d they all come up at once?        

    I need a bucket or a pump               

     

    Chorus:

    Cause I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’

    As my baby teeth come in the spit rolls off my chin

    I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’

    I’ll chew on anything that comes as my teeth push through my gums

     

    Verse 2:

    But when I’ve got my teeth complete

    Oh! The things that I will eat

    No more Gerber jars to fight

    I’ll eat everything in sight

    I’ll eat pizza and steak and barbecue

    No need to cut ‘em ‘cause I can chew

    I’ll eat my meals like big kids can

    Biting and tearing but until then...

     

    Chorus:

    I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’

    As my baby teeth come in the spit rolls off my chin

    I can’t stop drooling, baby I’m not foolin’

    I’ll chew on anything that comes as my teeth push through my gums

    I’ll chew a tire I’ll chew a chair I’ll chew your car I just don’t care until I’m done

     

    I’ll try not to chew while I’m nursing!

  • 01:52 Story Lyrics
    The Tooth Fairy Rap

    Chorus:

    Why are all my teeth falling out of my head?

    Was it something I did was it something I said

    I spit one out every time I bite

    The tooth fairy’s here almost every night

    Why are all my teeth falling out of my head?

    Was it something I ate? Are they rotten and dead?

    Will I talk like this for the rest of my life?    

    My tongue wiggles teeth all day and night

     

    (Rap)

    It’s a natural thing you do as you grow, the first one you got, is the first one to go

    They start up in the front and work their way back

    Come on children do the tooth fairy rap

     

    You got Incisors, Cuspids, Eye teeth too, Bicuspids and Molars are where we chew                                                    

    This song lasts two minutes, how long you should brush

    Do it twice a day and don’t forget to floss

     

    20 baby teeth you lose is what I hear, grow permanent molars at 6 & 12 years

    28 teeth all in all, with wisdom teeth 32 y’all

     

    You got to brush twice a day, keep them nice and clean or you’ll lose them all forever     

    before you’re 18!

     

    Chorus:

    Why are all my teeth falling out of my head?           

    Was it something I did was it something I said       

    I spit one out every time I bite                                 

    The tooth fairy’s here almost every night               

    Why are all my teeth falling out of my head?           

    Was it something I ate? Are they rotten and dead?   

    Will I talk like this for the rest of my life?                 

    My tongue wiggles teeth all day and night               

     

    Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle           

    Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle,            

    Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, POP!   

  • 02:34 Story Lyrics
    Bath Time

    Bath time, (bath time) Bath time, (bath time)

    To start you run the water (not too hot)

    At bath time (bath time)

    Then you plug the bathtub up (find your rubber duck)

    At bath time (bath time)

    First you wash your face (while the water’s clean and safe)

    At bath time (bath time)

    Then you gotta wash your hair (‘cause your Mommy really cares)

    At bath time (bath time)

     

    Wet your hair complete

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

    At bath time (bath time) bath time (bath time)

     

    Next you wash your arms and legs (don’t forget your pits)

    At bath time (bath time)

    Then you gotta wash your tummy (rub a dub dubby)

    At bath time (bath time)

    It’s hard to wash your back (a friend can help with that)

    At bath time (bath time)

    Don’t forget your stinky feet (to smell them is no treat)

    At bath time (bath time)

     

    The last thing that you clean

    Is your tinky and your bottom please

     

    At bath time (bath time), bath time, (bath time)

    Bath time (put bath toys away)

    Bath time (now it’s time to play)

    Bath time (pull the plug it swirls away)

    Bath time (bath time)

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Nobody Loves You Like Your Mom

    There’s someone, hardly sleeps

    Has eyes in every room

    Helps with school, drives the carpool

    Says you’re growing up too soon

     

    Verse 2:

    You get a cut, it hurts a lot  

    She knows just what to do   

    Wash and rinse                         

    Then with her kiss it’s as good as new  

     

    Chorus:

    Nobody loves you, nobody can hug you like her  

    Nobody loves you like your Mom                         

    Nobody loves you, nobody’s gonna hug you like her  

    Nobody loves you like your Mom                           

     

    Bridge: 

    Nothing lasts forever except her love for you

    Holding like a tether in storms to see you through

     

    Verse 3:

    Teach you to cook or read a book      

    How to tie your shoes                             

    You’re scared at night, she’ll hold you tight  

    And whisper I love you                       

     

    Chorus:

    Nobody loves you, nobody can hug you like her     

    Nobody loves you like your Mom, woah                

    Nobody loves you, nobody’s gonna hug you like her 

    Nobody loves you like your Mom                            

    Nobody loves you, nobody can hug you like her    

    Nobody loves you like your Mom, woah              

    Nobody loves you, nobody’s gonna hug you like her  

    Nobody loves you like your Mom                            

    Nobody loves you like your Mom                            

    Nobody loves you like Mom                                    

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Mama's Love

    Verse 1:

    When I was born she kept me warm 

    As I grew she helped me through 

    Changed my pants, taught me to dance 

    Mama’s love  

     

    Verse 2:

    When this world got too large  

    She taught me to stay in charge  

    When I felt small she stood me tall  

    Mama’s love            

     

    Chorus:

    Mama’s love is like the sun

    Like the moon and stars above 

    There’s one thing I’ll always have 

    Mama’s love 

     

    Mama’s love is always there

    I’ll always know she cares

    There’s one thing I’ll always have

    Mama’s love

     

    Verse 3:

    Taught me how to chose my fights

    Taught me wrong, she taught me right

    And I love her with all my might

    Mama’s love

     

    Chorus:

    Mama’s love is like the sun

    Like the moon and stars above

    There’s one thing I’ll always have

    Mama’s love

    Mama’s love is always there

    I’ll always know she cares

    There’s one thing I’ll always have

    Mama’s love

    There’s one thing I’ll always have

    My Mama’s love

  • 02:04 Story Lyrics
    Goodnight My Love

    Weary arms

    Weary legs

    Tired ears

    Sleepy eyes

     

    Grew all day                

    Laughed and played    

    Made this world          

    A better place              

     

    Goodnight my love goodnight

    Goodnight sweet love goodnight

NOTES
AWARDS GALOUR! OWN THE 2007 CHILDREN'S MUSIC WEB AWARDS BEST CHILDREN'S SONG OF THE YEAR! "THE WORLD IS A WONDERFUL PLACE"

"MOMMY KNOWS BEST" CD IS ALSO A 2006 PARENTS' CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD WINNER!!

THAT'S NOT ALL!! THIS CD ALSO WON THE PRESTIGIOUS 2006 PARENT TO PARENT ADDING WISDOM AWARD, AND A UNISONG SONGWRITING AWARD, PLUS TWO SONGS ON THIS CD ("Colorblind" and "Mommy's in Menopause")
WON BILLBOARD MAGAZINE SONGWRITING AWARDS.

If you're looking for quality music that crosses the bridge from children's music to adult music, look no further. This award winning CD also features a song "Mama's Love" that is getting significant airplay on adult radio stations in the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Scotland, Finland and many other countries.

Parents' Choice Review:
"Jeanne Bonansinga, or Jeanie B! as she is known to children, has a strong, melodic voice and writes intelligent and witty songs. Mommy Knows Best, a selection of seventeen original compositions, is in the simplest terms, about moms, and all the things Mommies do—and teach. Backed by the Jelly Beans and working in a modern acoustic folk, occasionally bluegrass-influenced style, Jeanie B! doesn't underestimate the musical and lyrical sophistication of her audience. From the wiggle-inducing strains of “Bootay Dance” to the mandolin driven “Nobody Loves You Like Your Mom,” each song is a celebration of motherhood. “Colorblind” successfully portrays a variety of ethnic characters in a realistic and respectful fashion, while singing the praises of diversity. “The Tooth Fairy Rap,” and the pointed punk of “Mommy's in Menopause,” are well-placed humorous additions."
Lahri Bond ©2006 Parents' Choice

Parent to Parent Review:
"Our Family Testers found the Mommy Knows Best CD to be a wonderful collection of songs that are fun, educational and inspired by children and their families. The kids are always asking for it to be played. All of the adults are pretty happy with that request. It's especially delightful for preschool children. Great job...we can't wait for her next one!" ~ Jodie Lynn, syndicated parenting/health expert, CEO/founder of www.AddingWisdomAward.com, and author of parenting book, Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All! (June 2006).

November 2006 School Library Journal Review!
PreS-Gr 3–“This themed CD by Chicago-area band Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans rocks! The title cut sets the tone by celebrating mothers and motherhood; it’s cheerful, upbeat, and heartfelt. Musical styles lean toward country/swing/two-step/rockabilly, but also include blues (“Red Pants People”), punk rock (“Mommy’s in Menopause”), and rap (“The Tooth Fairy Rap”). Standouts include “The Bootay Dance” (a ’60's inspired rock ’n’ roll number sure to get everyone up and moving), “Hey, Hey, I Can Read!” (a driving country swing proclaiming this milestone achievement), “Colorblind” (a folksy celebration of diversity), and “Clap the Beat” (a funky song with action, set to guitar bridge music). Band leader Jeanne Bonansinga provides strong, often gutsy vocals for the clever lyrics. The backup band is solid, providing a full sound throughout. Great for preschool story times as well as entertainment for the whole family”.–Stephanie Bange, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH


Walkin’ Oliver Review November 2006
“Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans latest CD, “Mommy Knows Best,” is a wonderful blend of countrified songs featuring the truly beautiful and expressive voice of Jeanie B., as well as the very capable band that backs her.

When I say that these songs are countrified I mean that in the contemporary sense––this is country music in the way Lucinda Williams, for instance, is country music. It’s a mix of styles from traditional country and country swing to blues and pop and even a gentle go at some rap. Never heavy, never crude, though. And always very musical. Not a condescending moment, musically speaking, on this CD––if you didn’t listen to the lyrics you wouldn’t know it was aimed at kids. That’s rule number 1 here at. . . (more)

. . . Walking Oliver and it’s one of the things I really love about this disc. It’s also one of the reasons why both you and your kid(s) will probably love it, too.

The songs are a good mix of up-tempo and slow songs, enough to keep you dancing around through most of it while you sing along, with the occasional mid-tempo number mixed in so you can get a breather. Jeanie brings the mood and the tempo down for the last 4 songs, though and the CD ends on a very sweet and gentle lullabye. Lovely.

Some of the stand-out tracks are the infectious pop of “The World is a Wonderful Place,” the driving drum beat of “The Bootay Dance,” (You gotta skip, jump, stick out your little rump and do the Bootay Dance), and “Colorblind,” which is the best song about love and tolerance I’ve heard since Marla Lewis’s “We All Laugh in the Same Language.”

“Clap the Beats” is a fun way to teach kids some ear training basics about rhythm in music and “Mommy’s in Menopause” might win the prize for one of the most outrageous topics ever tackled in a kid’s song. I’m still not sure how I feel about it but I’m glad I heard it because I’m still laughing.

“She'll have her own personal summers,
rip off all her clothes
It's really quite a bummer that only women know
Never give you warning
Happy, then sad
Don't even try to touch her
Feel sorry for your Dad cause…

CHORUS:
Your Mommy's in menopause
She'll burn like a yuletide log
Get hot flashes all the time
All the sudden she'll be fine
Poor Mommy"

Toward the end of this set is the touching generation-spanning “Mama’s Love:”

“When this world got too large
She taught me to stay in charge
When I felt small she stood me tall
Mama’s love

Chorus:
Mama’s love is like the sun
Like the moon and stars above
There’s one thing I’ll always have
Mama’s love.”

All of the songs here are at least catchy and up to a high professional standard. Some of them I think will stand the test of time (certainly “The World is a Wonderful Place” and “Mama’s Love”) and nearly all of them are sure to delight your kid(s) and be at least a welcome relief to you since you’ll have to hear them over and over again. More than likely you’ll find yourself enjoying it as much as the kids do.

Check out the Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans website, too, since all the lyrics are posted there and plenty of info on Jeanie and the band and even notes on how she came to write many of the songs. You can buy the CD through their website or click on over to iTunes and download it. No reason to wait. This is good stuff! PKelly; www.WalkinOliver.com



ABOUT THE CD:
Mommy Knows Best is Jeanie B!'s contribution to "help reshape the children's music market by offering songs that are complex in both musicality and meaning, while also making people laugh."

This CD offers a variety of songs and musical genres for grade school children and younger, but also features cuts that older children (as well as hipster parents) will truly dig. "Colorblind," for instance, lays down a Bangles-like power-pop riff about tolerance and peace, and "Mommy's in Menopause" recalls the Ramones and their hard-driving wall of sound while honoring a growing segment of the parenting population. "The World is a Wonderful Place" is reminiscent of R.E.M in their austere, acoustic period, and the anatomically-correct, dentist-approved "Tooth Fairy Rap" creates an unlikely hybrid of surf and hip-hop (surf-hop?) from which kids will certainly learn as much groove! Offering further musical diversity, Jeanie B! collaborates with Chicago blues legend Chainsaw Dupont on "The Red Pants People" and brings home a James Brown funk rhythm on "Clap The Beats".

THE BAND:
JeanieB! and The Jelly Beans
Formed in 2003 in Chicago, and made up of former Americana, rockabilly and folk music veterans (most of them parents themselves), Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans have been raising the roofs off schools, children's museums, festivals, concert halls and any other venue where kids are found. The secret is the sound.

Combining irresistible rootsy rhythms with sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, sometimes educational lyrics, The Jelly Beans rock the ages '" all ages, in fact '" with the most finger-snappin', hand-clappin', toe-tappin' tunes this side of Sun Records.

THE SHOW:
Live shows of Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans are something to behold: Jeanie B! jams, jokes and cajoles kids on stage to strut their stuff with the band, and even the shyest audience member loses all inhibitions when the bubble machine kicks on! Parents (unknowingly anticipating traditional children’s music), are blown away by the tight-as-a-drum rhythm section of percussionist Teresa Drda and bassist Lisa Crowe, or the soaring pedal steel and guitar solos of axe-man Mark Braun, not to mention the gut-bucket blues harmonica fills of Jeanie's husband, Jay.


For more information, contact:
JeanieB@JeanieBmusic.com
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