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2013 Remem-blurred!

The backyard view.

The backyard view.

New Zealand started out the year as my friend Nick invited us (the wife and I) to his wedding in January (amazing). Seems it’s been full-speed-ahead-try-to-catch-up-break-neck-pace-all-year-long. The year I went to the Grammys.  Many thanks to Jeff Bogle for making it an epic adventure there as well. What a great time thanks to the McHattons (TESLA!)

It's Electric!!!

It’s Electric!!!

, Okee Dokee Brothers, Mindy Thomas, David Tobocman, Debbie Block, Bill Harley and everyone else I got to hang with including new kindie blogger Rebecca Yorn Allison (Kids Can Grove)  Then there was a the last kindiefest ever! Didn’t know it at the time but many thanks to Bill, Stephanie, Mona and Tor for making it happen.  What a great time and I really did learn a thing or two from the panels but so much more from the people!

Great guys in great hats who make great music and me!

Great guys in great hats who make great music and me!

Story Laurie, Dean Jones (thanks for the beer), MCJ (always brings it funky), The McHatton clan (Such a great family), Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis. Rod Martin , Chris Wiser, Paul Butler, Dave Loftin, Paul Stark, Steve Songs, Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Ralph, Jeff Bogle (again), Stefan Shepard, Rebecca Yorn Allison, Brady Rymer, Bridgette Rymer, Melissa Levis, Jacob Stein, Charlie Hope, Little Miss Ann, Mr Singer and the Sharp Cookies (good luck on the new school), Jack Forman, Drew Holloway, Korum Bischoff (Great addition to the School Break Primates) David Wax Museum (one of my favorite CD’s I heard this year!), Molly Ledford (I promise to be quiet next time), Morgan Taylor, Jason Rabinowitz, Joanie Leeds, Mr Kurt Gallagher (Peace and Quiet is a great song!), Lucky Diaz, Alisha Gaddis, Johnny Bregar (Polly’s Rain Dance is Awesome), Sean Hogan (Welcome to Fatherhood brother!), Kathy O’Connel (the Grand Dame of kindie), Danny Adamson, Tom Baisden (union brothers unite!), Tim Kubart (Congrats Chica Dude!), Beth Blenz-Clucas, Tito Uquillas and whoever I’m forgetting.  Just send me a note and I’ll add you to the list. Then we had a few gigs, finished our second CD, got some national exposure (thanks Elizabeth), played some more, kids kept growing, my daughter soloed in ice skating, my son jammed with me daily, listened to a lot of great music and wrote about a bunch of it. Went to CHITAG (thanks Rock Father). Frances england blink of an eyeWe also had family bouts of pnemonia, respitory ailments, colds and flus  and car crashes (no one injured).  My daughter just turned nine and my son will in a few months turn 4.  I joined a group of Dad Bloggers on Facebook (some seriously funny stuff).  Reconnected with some Pine Forest Camp folks from my youth.  Lost some weight and managed to keep it off.  On the right track closing out the year.  It was a interesting year to be sure and the growth has been good.  Thanks to all who have read the pages here and to those who inspire me to write and get better at it.  Hope everyone learned from 2013 and I wish them and theirs a Happy 2014.

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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.

I know that girl and music we’ve been listening too since kindiefest…

Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.

Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.

Anyone who reads this blog know of my trials and successes as a kindie musician.  To promote my next CD I have taken the next step of hiring the services of Publicist Elizabeth Waldman Frasier of Waldmania (very excited.)  So imagine my surprise when I see my daughter has garnered the photo in American Profile (a national publication) in an article titled Jiggle Jam by Carol Crupper.   Sure it’s an article about Jim Cosgrove, Dan Zanes, Frances England and the Okee Dokee Brothers but there on the front page is my daughter singing along with Jim! (she’s the tall redhead)  Now Jim is a great guy, friend and Jiggle Jam is a festival worth making the trip to if you get the chance.  Really the best family festival I have ever been to… Twice!  But I’m thinking maybe I hire my daughter to do the PR?  After all she just made the cover of a national publication…

It’s been three weeks since I attended Kindiefest and we have been working our way thru all the music we received while in attendance (By we I mean my two kids and I.)   A few CD’s have been really separating themselves from the rest.  First is The Hipwaders – Golden State.

One of our new Fav's!

One of our new Fav’s!

The hit on Kids Place Live (KPL) was a groovy cool sounding Hey Josie.   But The Ramble (been stuck in my head for a week in a good way) is my favorite.  If you like California surf guitar licks with a driving backbeat this CD is for you.  Next is Johnny Bregar – My Neighborhood.  I define this as American Music.  Rock, Blues, Country and all cool.  We

Rocking CD with flavors of blues, country and all cool.

Rocking CD with flavors of blues, country and all cool.

were big fans of Polly’s Rain Dance  (played on KPL) and  the whole CD is just a continuation of great sounding music.  To call this kiddie music or label these CD’s as just for children is a disservice.  As we in Poochamungas land like to say.  Good Music Knows No Age.   The third CD which is not a “kids” CD (the band closed kindiefest.)  is David Wax Museum – Knock Knock Get up.  It’s defined as Mexo-Americana but WOW!  To try to categorize the music limits what this album really is.  While you can hear the Mexican and Americana influences the music is it’s own definition and it totally blew me away.

Amazing music.

Amazing music.

The title song is amazing as is the rest of this wonderful music.  There is a very deep musical pool on this CD and I suggest you jump on in.   I shall be voting for them come Grammy Time (The other two artists CD’s released in 11′ and 12′ so no voting for them.)  I still have a few more CD’s to listen and will report as I do.  But these will all be in rotation for weeks to come.