Kind: Sleepy Baby. This song happens to be a “sad and lonely” song, but Sleepy Baby songs can be about love, breaking up, death, or drugs, so long as it’s quiet and slow.
Why it’s a Tot Rocker: This song contains simple lyrics, it’s easy to sing, and kids like songs about body parts.
Stuff about Otis: Otis Redding is most commonly known for Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. Listen to Pandora or other internet radio that touts “kid rock” and you’ll hear that R&B classic within an hour. Somehow though, that’s as far as people go in the Redding catalog, either with their kids or for their own listening enjoyment. Those people are absolutely missing out.
Stuff about These Arms of Mine: It’s the 50th anniversary of this song’s release on the Big O’s debut album “Pain in my Heart”. Apparently, Otis played this song as filler between bands one night and it happened to land him a recording contract (Wikipedia). It sounds like something I’d make up to make this post sound good, but it’s wiki true.
Give it a listen:
A father of 4, can you imagine how awesome it would be to be sung to sleep by Otis Redding? Alas, my children just have me. Thankfully, they have yet to figure out that I have no talent, just gusto.
Similar Tot Rockers: Bring it on Home to Me by Sam Cooke
What’s your favorite song by Otis Redding? Does it make a good Tot Rocker? Tell me!