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Not the weekend I planned, Acts to see and here come the Fierce Frogs!

come sundayToday was Sunday.  The day I get to spend with my family as long as I’m not at the firehouse.   I had hoped to head over to the City Winery and catch Come Sunday perform at brunch with my family. They have some fantastic vocalists and the jazz gospel they bring is like listening to pure joy.   That was my plan.  Life’s plan was to saddle my son with throwing up and general misery. Life’s plan always wins.  It’s when you can line up Life’s plan with your own that things seem to go according to plan and even then…   If things go according to plan the rest of the week I would be at the Hideout Monday or Tuesday to see Robbie Fulks and Nora O’Connor respectively.  Friday Expo 76 is playing at 27 Live in Evanston as well.  There is a Plethora of local talent to fill the soul with some awesome music here in the Chicago area.  As I write this Steve Earle is in town at the City Winery which I shall not be attending. Maybe next time. Go support a musician today!

Here is the blog premiere of the video I wrote and produced for my children’s school.  Many thanks to the folks that made it possible.  Thank you Cheryl Lacost for letting us use the school to record the song. Thanks to the great teachers education my kids.   The credits are as follows.

  • Dave Degand – Vocals
  • John Huber – Banjo
  • Don Zaloudek – Bass
  • Frank Izzo – Drums
  • John Joyce – Acoustic Guitar
  • Kevin Carey – 12 String Guitar
  • Alton Smith – Keys
  • Brickton Students – Fierce Frog Choir
  • Chris Wyer – Camera Work
  • Joe Somers – Video editor
  • John Abbey –  recording
  • Kevin Carney – recording, mixing and mastering.

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The trouble you ask for, The Big Leap and Thank You Kindieverse

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Tonight is the benefit for Brickton Montessori School called The Big Leap.  A bit of wordplay there because the schools mascot is a frog. A Fierce Frog to be exact.  Fighting Frogs don’t quite fit the school and I for one like the uniqueness of the Fierce Frog.  Well I decided the frog needed a theme song and in one of those motivated/inspirational/get’r done moments I wrote a song for the aforementioned Fierce Frogs.  Having the song wasn’t enough because once written it NEEDED to be recorded (if only in my head).  My kids really liked theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA song and my wife did as well so… after calling a couple studios on short notice with no luck I called a friend (Kevin Carney) who does remote recordings and with the help Cheryl Lacost (Head of the School) arranged for the song to be recorded at our school. The I got fellow parent Dave Degand to sing on it and Brickton Teacher John Huber to play on it (banjo was his idea) as well plus Frank and Don of the Poochamungas. A rough track was sent to everyone involved so they could practice at home and  John and I got a rehearsal in on Friday and  Saturday last week we laid it down.  This as in last Saturday!  The recording went well.  John Huber’s banjo playing ended up driving the song as well as Dave’s expressive vocals.  It was still missing something (again my artistic vision).  Just needed to add some piano because in my head the piano is needed and managed to get Alton Smith (Poochamungas) to play and add harmonies and John Abbey to record on a Wednesday afternoon and then delivered those tracks to Kevin that night which he mixed and had to me by the next morning. You would think that’s enough but if your gonna have a theme song you should have a video to go with it.  Wednesday I also spent the morning shooting clips in the school for the song which we had just recorded.  Many thanks to Chris Wyer for coming out OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwith his awesome HD camera and helping capture a Brickton School Day.  So Kevin finished the song Wednesday night. Phew… But that’s not all.  Fellow Brickton parent Joe Somers is edited all the video to go along with the song for the fundraiser tonight!  TONIGHT!  Saturday, February 15th at 6:30pm. TONIGHT!!!  Which he has just dropped off and it looks AWESOME!!! All I can say is thank you to eveyone who helped it was a lot of work but a lot of fun.  If yor interested in seeing the video it’s World Premiere will be at the benefit tonight and tickets are still available on the Brickton website.

Here is a shameless plug and link to all the artists that sent me CD’s for the benefit. Many thanks!!!  Go support one of these kindie artists today!!!

Good stuff

This weekend has been pretty busy.  First on Saturday members of the Poochamungas worked on a Top Secret project for the upcoming Big Leap fundraiser for my children’s school.  More details to arrive later in the week.  Then my son and I went to The Old Town School of Folk Music for a concert with The Okee Dokee Brothers.  There were also birthday parties, holiday parties, carnivals, and what not!  Busy but fun. okee ots

If you are looking for a great place to start in the kindie music world Brickton Montessori (our school) is having their yearly fundraiser and among the items up for bid online are a Kindie Music CD Collection.    This is a tremendous oppurtunity to get a lot of great music and help a good cause at the same time! All CD’s were donated by the artists reflecting the many great music styles available. From punk to pop and jazz almost every genre is covered.  Included are Dog on Fleas, Joanie Leeds, Mr. G, Jim Cosgrove, Lunch Money, The Hipwaders, Alistair Moock (Grammy nominee), Grenadilla, Mister Singer, Little Miss Ann, Story Laurie, Lori Henriques, Recess Monkey, Mr. Kurt, Baze and His Silly Friends, The Boogers, Heidi Swedberg and Her Sukey Jump Band, and Bricktons very own Poochamungas!  Just added an autographed CD from our friends the Okee Dokee Brothers!!!  Bidding starts at $60 but I’m sure the price is going to go up.  Get to bidding on this fantastic-super-amaz-a-riffic deal today! While your there see if anything else catches your eye.  Only 4 days left!brickton big leap