The journey in which Story Laurie (2013 Best Children’s Performer, Hudson Valley Magazine) became Story Laurie is a tale unto itself. There shall be a slight reveal here because of it’s connection to one of my favorite songs Grandma Said but it is definitely a yarn spinner for another time… What caught me about this song was the deep rich vocals of Lauri McIntosh and the depth and simplicity of the uke led three piece band (ukulele, bass, drums) backing her up. The song itself is a sweet conversation between the Grandma and a child who is asking many questions and grandma doesn’t have the answers but really admires the questions. The lyrics came from “Grandma” Avis who was a legendary storyteller in Woodstock, NY. Avis was a mentor, friend and family to Laurie (and many others) who helped guide her in her storytelling craft and endeavors. After Avis passed away too soon from cancer. While Laurie was dealing with her grief she took the funeral bookmark which instead of a proverb or scripture passage had a poem written by Grandma Avis called… Grandma Said. She then put those words to music and added just a chorus keeping the poem almost entirely intact. The song is simple, sweet and sentimental without the sapp (I’m not even gonna mention it was recorded with Dean Jones.) Anyone who ever listened to a child ask questions knows the feeling. This is a departure from her usual songwriting technique. Usually Laurie goes for walks (another theme here visit Dan Zanes article), finds a melody and the comes home to record it on whatever is available. iPods, answering machines, tape recorders, etc. I asked why she didn’t use her phone and she says it’s a simple machine lacking such features. She just recently put out a new song and has a bunch more to record. That is when she’s not homeschooling the kids, storytelling, gardening, teaching song workshops, singing about organic foods and of course being Story Laurie. One of her recent teaching collaborations turned into the song Who Grew My Soup which is worth a listen as well. So give Laurie’s webpage a look and while you’re there buy the CD. Go support your local kindie artist today!
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Tagged Avis, Children's, Dan Zanes, gardening, grandma, kindie, Laurie, McIntosh, music, New York, organic, Story, storytelling
The word has gotten out that we here at A man, a band and a plan… are reviewing songs and CD’s. The good news is that someone is reading our blog. That’ I am successfully spreading the word of kindie which is part of the reason I write here. But now Publicists and bands are sending me material as well. The bad news is I now have more stuff to review and listen too. Up till now most of the kids music I listened to was acquired via CD swap. One of mine for one of theirs. Especially at the now defunct kindiefest. The Poochamungas have traded with the likes of Joanie Leeds, Little Miss Ann, Johnny Bregar, Kurt Gallagher, The Hipwaders, Joanie Leeds, The Boogers, Rollie Pollie Guacamole, Story Laurie, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, and many others. This is a great way to build a childrens music library of high quality tunes. Plus no pressure to listen right away. We here at Poochamungas HQ like listening to lots of music and to buy all that music would be cost prohibitive. But now they are mailing CD’s with expectations! The pressure oh my goodness… THE PRESSURE!!! (a bit overdramatic) As Ross Perot used to say “Here’s the deal We promise to give everything a listen. If it’s exceptional we shall review it. Whether it’s a song, CD art or the entire package. Excellence should be its own reward but we’ll gonna try to help spread the word on this thing we call kindie. Plus I’ll try to spread the word on works you may not have heard of but are excellent and should be heard. That’s the deal. So to get started…
groovin in the garden
As I type this I’m listening to a CD by Laurie McIntosh aka… Story Laurie. I acquired it while hanging with a bunch of musicians, on a beautiful Brooklyn night, hotel rooftop, during kindiefest (cue sad music). The CD is solid with a mixture of traditional songs and originals (Dean Jones produced) but the song I really like is Grandma Said. Just a Uke, groovy bass line for attitude, drum shuffle and Lauries knowing vocals. This is a song that takes you to moments remembered with Grandma. A child asking thousands of questions and Grandma not knowing. Which is ok because someone is listening which is what kids really want. Someone to be interested. The close of the song is perfects as Laurie sings Grandma saying “But Those were the best questions she’d ever heard”. Nice affirmation and it’s a song I wish I had written. So go to the link below and by the song. Buy the CD. Support artists so they can continue to make music for us to enjoy!
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Tagged Children's, Dean Jones, grandma, Hipwaders, Joanie Leeds, Johnny Bregar, kindie, Kindiefest, Kurt Gallagher, Little Miss Ann, music, Poochamungas, Rollie Pollie Guacamolie, Story Laurie, The Boogers