Tag Archives: Children’s

Back with the band

It’s been quiet here on the blog as I processed post Lollapalooza and the end of the summer.  Now that the kids are back in school and the Poochamungas have 2 shows coming up I shall be writing again.  I am also looking to broaden the page to be more than just music but can’t seem to get wordpress to work the way I need it too.  In the meantime I have a new Hipwaders CD to talk about (Yeah!!!) and we’ve been listening to Brady Rymer’s latest Just Say Hi!.  Hope you all had a great summer and great Labor Day weekend and see you back here soon!


Lucky Diaz talks a little music.


I called to talk to Latin Grammy Winner Lucky Diaz about his latest CD and tour and ended up talking about lots of other stuff.  I caught up with the bilingual star while he, wife Alisha and child were taking a break in Columbus, Indiana visiting Alishas family. They’re in the middle of a national tour and what better place to catch a breather than the heartland  of our country. It’s only a short rest because they arrive in the Chicago area tomorrow Friday, June 20th, performing  at two Land of Nod stores.  One in Oak Brook (11am) and one in Chicago(4pm)  in support of their last two CD releases –  Lishy Lou and Lucky Too lucky and lishy(October 2013) and their new release Aqui Alla.  I highly recommend seeing them as they are highly energetic and interactive. It’ll be fun for the whole family…  Now that business is out-of-the-way let’s get to the fun stuff. I first met Lucky and Alisha at the last Kindiefest (a moment of silence).  We had a brief conversation after their great set.  This time Lucky and I got to speak a lucky aquibit longer.  Any conversation that flows from Credence Clearwater Revival (with John Fogherty) to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Los Lobos to Fleetwood Mac with mentions of Sound City and used guitar shops is great conversation in my book.   How awesome is it that the Legenday Flaco Jimenez plays on the opening track of Aqui Alla (Flaco absolutely kills it)!  That Lucky records most of his stuff live and on 2” tape (watch Sound City) keeping overdubs to a minimum!  It very cool is what it is. Very cool indeed!   But the coolest thing of talking to Mr. Diaz is his appreciation of where his music has come from. Mentions of Chuck Berry, Richie Valens, Chicano Rock, traditional blues and The Mavericks just to name a few he mentioned.   That he takes the time to talk to a fellow kindie artist/ blogger and spends most of the interview talking about how others have helped and inspired him. From  producers to musicians to the girl who inspired the song Firefighter Girl (we like firefighter songs around here) Lucky is a man thankful for where he is and those who helped. If you have an opportunity go catch a show near you.  Lucky Diaz and the Family Band are worth the trip.  Go by their CD and support a kindie artist today!

Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN
Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN
The CD’s were provided by the artist to this blogger.  The opinions expressed here are his own

The Song and the Process. Coconut Radio by Recess Monkey.


I should mention here that the School Break Primates have a a new release coming out Tomorrow, June 17th!!! Their new CD WIRED is really amazing. But I’m not here to talk about WIRED.  This conversation is a long time coming.  A while back I had a Recess Monkey tune I could not get out of my head called Coconut Radio off of Desert Island disc.  Being that Drew Holloway is the primary Recess Monkey writer an inquiry was made to discuss this tune with him on The song and the Process here on the blog.  Well imagine my surprise when he sent me to talk to Jack Forman recess monkey framingas he was the author of this tune.  I did manage a great conversation with Drew which you can read here (What I Was Gonna write…) but always wanted to talk to Jack.  We have finally arrived to talk about the Gilligan’s Island ( an old TV show) inspired Coconut Radio here on The Song and the Process…  Jack Foreman and his uke found the music while hanging around playing on his front porch.  Just a series of chords that found a home.  Nothing planned it really just appeared.  He was learning the Ukulele at the time and found a little magic while banging on his instrument.  So he has this great little melody and it needs some words.  They  weren’t so easy.  That took a bit of doing but he had the Desert/ Gilligan’s Island theme to work with it. If you know the show it was always the professor who could build anything with what was at hand (and had in fact made a coconut battery).  After a few months of working out the lyrics gems like this came around…

“First take a coconut off the ground
Split it open and listen to the sound
That it makes up to your ear
Now fill it up with unspecified electric gear”

   … Two ukes, a bit of singing and they were done. That’s when Korums brother Jherek Bischoff gets a hold of the song.  Let me see what I can add he tells the boys…   It sounds like he added a full orchestral string section!  Jack assures me it was only 3 or 4 players with lots of overdubs. Violin, viola, cello and bass he tells me.  It’s just amazing. In my mind it’s a symphony.  A bit of Brian Wilson magic which the whole CD is full of but do yourself a favor. Go check out this great tune on a great disc.  Then go out and purchase WIRED tomorrow.  Then dance a lot with your family and friends because that’s what we do when listening to Recess Monkey.  GO support a kindie artist today.

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The lullaby that snuck by! ‘Til The Morning by Edie Carey and Sarah Sample

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Never thought I’d go for a Lullaby album.  Especially one full of covers!  I detest song covers that offer nothing new, especially in the realm of traditional music.  If you’re planning to cover a song I implore, plead and beg  of you to OWN IT.  Make the tune your very own.  Don’t tread the path of repeating a song that’s already been beaten to death.  When I listen to the Edie Carey and Sarah Sample CD Till The Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort.  They take ownership of the material they are covering.  There are 3 originals  (14 songs), the rest are inspired and thought out covers.  California Star is a Bob Dylan song, via Wilco, now via Sarah and Edie is ethereal.  A great new version of an already great song.    The other songs on this disc are expansive, fulfilling, relaxing and tranquil.  It’s a very pretty album with strong vocals, original arrangements and lots of strings.Carey Edie  If you’re looking to unwind for the day with the kids or alone this is a great choice.  It goes perfect with a cup of tea (or something stronger) while sitting on the porch as the sun sets over the neighborhood.  On June 24th the CD becomes available to the public. Click the link and Go support a kindie artist today!

This CD was provided to the author for purposes of review. The opinions  here are his own.

School Break Primates (aka Recess Monkey) are at it AGAIN!

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I mentioned while talking about Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and his wonderful Imaginary Friend (on The Perfect Quirk, June 24) was sharing space in the coveteded car CD slot with WIRED by Recess Monkey.  This is one my favorite CD’s this year.  I could go on and on about the entire CD. How they recorded in San Francisco with John Vanderslice, recorded it on 2″ tape, a minivan of unused instruments but I already did that in my interview with Drew Hollaway… Opening track Take Your Kid To Work Day is just electric mayhem (sounds like a name for a band…). Seriously this one song gets you pumped up for the whole day. Great funky bass, smokin’ guitar licks and primal drums rhythms all make you want to dance.  Lyrically it’s just so much fun as a kid describesrecess monkey segway a day at dad’s (or moms) workplace. The whole CD is reflected in the vibe of this one song which will be available to you on JUNE 17th.  GO!  This is an amazing CD and you should buy it on pre-sale today. Go support a kindie artist today!

The song that makes you think

Two CD’s have been rocking the coveted car CD slot are WIRED by Recess Monkey (upcoming review, releases June 17) and the upcoming release from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo The Perfect Quirk.

skidoo-photo6-lgThe CD is very popular with my kids especially the songs Pillow Fort Pillow Fight (my daughter) and PJ’s All Day (my son).  But for me the song that really makes it is Imaginary Friend.  What a great song! Lyrically and musically. The idea that the imaginary friend thinks the kid is imaginary is pure genius.  That the two characters come to an agreement that neither is a “co-star” but both get equal billing in the friendship. Musically this is filled with horns, violins and a funky haunted house vibe.  Rapping between the kid and the imaginary friend is a lot of fun which I have come to expect from Mr. Skidoo. Fun.  This is one of the smartest songs I have heard in a long time and I suggest you go and get a copy when it comes out.  I shall be sending a request over to the Skidoo camp to get an interview for my Song and the Process series cause it is really a genius song.  The Perfect Quirk will be available  June 24th.  Go check it out and support a kindie artist today.

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The music reviewed was provided free to this blogger but the opinions expressed are his own.


Songs you should Check Out!

Here at A man, A band and A plan… sort of We have been catching up on all of our listening and a few songs have really set themselves apart.  I share those tunes with you now.

The Sun is UpMaking silly faces by In the Nick of Time.  Very classic hard rocking fun evoking the sounds of BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is a raucous fun wake up song with a lot of cool classic guitar.  Power Chords, a cool guitar solo and one hyper energetic morning child make this song universally fun for the whole clan. Check it and the rest of the songs on Making Silly Faces.  See a TV performance of the song below!

Come on, Come onmr singer atsc, Come on! by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies.  High energy rocking music is the theme of this blog post so far and Mr. Singer brings it!  What I really love about this song is the the lyrically bouncing rhythm on the aptly named Bouncing Ball of Energy. It also has a great grooving baritone sax powering the way.  This one will be on a bunch of our playlists! Make sure it’s on yours as well!

I Must Be a Genius dog on fleas bogofby Dog on Fleas.  While this song is a bit more relaxed then the previous two it’s brimming full of happiness. Lyrically smart and emotionally catchy with the trombone played with some sublime joy this is truly one of my favorite love songs ever written.  Dean Jones (mentioned in this blog a few times)  does so much great work for so many other artists it’s nice to see him and his bandmates put out such a great tune.   The song is available on Buy One Get One Flea.  Go buy this CD today and check out the video below.