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The kindieverse helps out!

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This Saturday, February 15th is  the big fundraiser for Brickton Montessori School called THE BIG LEAP.  Tickets are still available and the Poochamungas have a  been working on a special contribution for tthis years event but that is all very top secret! Shhhhhh…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Not so loud… So  I asked a bunch of Kindie artists for some CD donations last minute (if your a kindie artist I forgot to ask don’t worry I’ll get you next year) and the response has been super great.  If you are a fellow artist whose child is looking for items to be donated I would be glad to do the same for your event.  Here is the listed auction item though it looks like a few additional names will be added to this awesome package of music.  Feel free to bid on this super Kindie Music Starter Library!  

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Grammy nominees and “The Rymer!”

Congrats to all the nominees who got the invite to the Grammy table this year.  Justin Roberts, Alistair Moock, Elizabeth Mitchell, Beth Neilsen Chapman and Jennifer Gasoi.  I have not had the privilege of listening to Beth or Jenny’s work but know that the other 3 are all excellent. But as it happens in life sometimes excellence gets overlooked. So I’m  starting an unofficial award  on my blog this year called “The Rymer“.  This is in honor of Brady Rymer and the year his CD Love Me for Who I Am didn’t even make the Grammy nominee list.  It was and still is one of the best Children’s CD’s ever released. Period.  Well this years winner and first winner ever of “The Rymer” is Blink of an Eye by Frances England.  As it was a really good year for music in the Kindie music realm works like Frances England’s sometimes slip through the cracks.  Don’t let that happen and go buy a copy today! In my humble opinion it was the best CD of the year.

Frances england blink of an eye

For other great music that came out this year check out my kindie top ten.  Pay no attention to the order as they are all Grammy worthy!

Ageless Kindie songs or just great music!

Pic taken of Chillin and Grillin for a cure with Erin Burns camera by the Frankfort FD.

Chillin’ and Grillin Block Party!

I am guilty.  I have songs on my last CD that are songs about childhood but not really “kids” song so to speak.  My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party) is a fine example of this and yet kids really like this song.  Because kids REALLY like block parties!  So below are a list of songs that I have heard on kids CD’s that are not “kids songs” per say but really good songs for anyone and could and should be played anywhere, anytime on any radio station.

Justin RobertsFruit Jar, Redbird, Looking for Trains.  Justin is really a great songwriter who’s songs have all ages appeal but these three songs could be on any kind of album as they are really ageless great tunes.

The Okee Dokee BrothersCan You Canoe? (Album).   I still contest that this is Grammy winning folk album (it won for best Children’s Album) with a couple of kids songs.  Songs like Along for the Ride, Thousand Star Hotel and Roll on River are great songs that could be played on the radio with no one ever the wiser.  Go buy the CD. It is one of the best kindie albums ever.

Baze and His Silly Friends-Superhero.  It’s alt rock  with catchy guitar riffs an stylistic vocals. Just another kids song? I don’t think so.  Go check it out! 

The Boogers– Everything they play is punk rock. Period. My favorite song is Pandas are Dangerous

Alastair Mooc– Take a Little Walk With Me.  Simple little ballad on a really great CD he wrote while his child was battling leukemia. She cowrote a few of the songs.  But this beutiful, poignant tune could be played anywhere with no one even thinking it was on a “kids” CD.

Frances England – Mind of My Own.  Her new CD Blink of an Eye is Grammy worthy.  It’s that good.  But this song off of her last CD is just a great pop tune about a girl trying to find her independence is just a brilliant piece of writing. It’s a song that belongs on any type of play list.

So these are my first six entries. More to come.  If folks have any suggestions I’d be very happy to hear them! In the meantime go visit and buy some music from the artists listed. Go! You’ll be glad you did.

Finally getting to my top ten

LoriHenriquesCDcoverThe last few weeks here have been not of my own determining.  My daughter had pneumonia two weeks ago and now after much prodding my wife finally went to the hospital and found that she now has pneumonia.  So A Man, A Band and a Plan HQ is sort of shutdown.  Any plans I had to write about the Grammy votes for bands I felt had made music worthy of voting on went out the door.  I will say that I did vote for Justin Roberts and The Boogers.  Both big supporters of the Poochamungas and both put out really great CD’s.  The other 3 votes went to really great bands who are among the ones I am listing below for my top ten this year and please ignore the order as anyone of these could easily be at the top of my list on on given day.

  1. Jambo – HootenannycdJambo-Hootenanny
  2. Justin Roberts – Recessjr recess
  3. The Not-Its – KidquakeTNI-KIDQUAKE-COVER_blog
  4. Alistair Moock – Singing Our Way Through: Songs for The Worlds Bravest Kids Bravest Kidsworlds bravest kids
  5. Francis England – Blink of an EyeFrances england blink of an eye
  6. The Boogers – Extractum Victoris
  7. Recess Monkey – Tambourine SubmarineCover_-_Extractum_small_hires_RBG-343x311
  8. Lucky Diaz – Fantasticofantastico
  9. Lori Henriques – A Curios Place to Live
  10. Josh and the Jamtones – Jujosh and the jamtones jump upmp Uprecess-monkey dsd

Getting ready for the BIG SHOW

chicagomusicsummit2013clrwgooglewebIf you follow this page or the band your aware that on September 29th, 2013 at 2pm we have a CD release party at Schubas!!!  October 8th is the official release date.  At the Show we’re gonna have free posters, CD giveaways and lots and lots of FUN!!!  Koo Koo Kangaroo gets the party started and then followed by the ever rocking Poochamungas.  To prepare I have been doing interviews and calling friends and inviting the press and all that other stuff to get the word out!  Tonight I am headed to the first ever Chicago Music Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel to further spread the word of the Poochamungas.  Taking a few business cards and a couple CD’s. Who knows it may be the BIG BREAK for the band.  More likely I meet some neat people and word of Poocahmungas gets spread a little further.

Some of the Music I have been listening to… Baze and His Silly Friends, Josh and the Jamtones, Francis England (reviewed), Justin Roberts (song review), Story Laurie (song review), Lori Henriques (cd review), Okee Dokee Brothers (wife’s request), Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Alistair Moock and others .   I gotta run and go get some brakes fixed. Hope to see you at the big show!