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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

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Ageless kindie songs pt. 3

This is where I list songs that are appropriate for all ages.  My response to those who claim “kids” music is simplistic and limited. “Good Music Knows No Age” is how we respond and here are three more songs that could be played alone or mixed with others with no one the wiser they came off of a Kindie CD.grenadilla

GrenadillaI Shall Sing.  With the funky bass beats, perfect harmonies, pian0, guitar and even a tin whistle this song just exudes joy. It has a tropical rhythm.  Appropriate for  any set list.

The Hipwadershipwaders golden stateHey Josie.  It’s a perfect piece of California Pop Music.  Strong Vocals and harmonies, power chords and that California sound though and through.  One of the best crafted tunes you’ll ever hear!

Josh and the JamtonesJump Up.josh and the jamtones jump up  The title song off of there debut CD is ska  infested dance party madness!  It has to be 3 minutes of the most energetic music I have ever heard and it would play anywhere at anytime.

That’s three more songs to add to our ageless kindie music list for now.  Please add suggestions you may have for consideration.

Music worth purchasing

Christmas is less than a week away and some folks will still be looking for gifts.  I highly recommend the gift of music for your kids from the kindie world. While I am always biased for the Poochamungas  if your reading this your probably already a fan.  Fortunately there is a lot of great kindie rock music for kids these days.  Here is a link to my top ten for this year.  Also recent post about Istvan and his Imaginary Band, Human Tim/Robot TimSongs I wish I had written and the many other artists talked about on here during the year.  If you have just started reading here awhile back I posted about some CD’s to get you started on a path of excellent kindie music.  Here they are with some updates

Grenadilla – Grenadilla This is a fantasticgrenadilla vocal journey that amazes me to this day.  The whole album is full of happiness and joy.  This is the hidden gem of the bunch.  One of the best  CD’s I have ever heard. The are re-releasing it with new CD art!

The Boogers-  Let’s Go.  If Punk Rock is your thingthe boogers lets go you and your kids will be rocking for hours with this one. The best at what they do…. This year they released Extractum Victoris which has my all time favorite Booger song’s Pandas are Dangerous.

Justin Roberts Pop Fly.  There’s a reason why he jr pop flywas Grammy nominated for Recess this year.  Still Pop Fly is our fav and filled with great, tight pop songs.

The Verve Pipe – A Family Album.thp family album  This is the best kindie CD ever made.  Just great songs and a great band.  Great stuff!  Haven’t had a chance to listen to their newest CD but the few songs I have off of Are We There Yet?   have been excellent,

Okee Dokee Brothers – Take it Outside.  Who knewThe-Okee-Dokee-Brothers-Take-It-Outside bluegrass made for such great family music?  The Okee Dokee Brothers did and this CD is pure energy!… They followed this up with the Grammy winning Can You Canoe?  One of the best kids CD’s ever

The HipwadersThe Golden State.  hipwaders golden stateNothing new this year but this is one the best CD’s ever released with a great California pop sound and lyrically sharp.  It’s for the whole family.

So that concludes a few of the CD’s I think great music gifts for the holidays.  Go support your local kindie artist and buy some today!

Todays listening

Grenadilla_AlbumCover_Web_GrenadillaIts late Saturday and my wife is recovering nicely from pneumonia. We’ve been having an on and off dance party of sorts and my daughter has been spinning the CD’s today in the house and a fine job she has done.  First the newest Francis England– Blink of an  Eye followed by family favorite Grenadilla –Grenadilla and Kira Willey –Kings & Queens of the Forest.  She also threw in some Recess MonkeyTambourine Submarine and we are now rocking to Josh and the JamtonesBear Hunt.  It seems my kids like the comedy interludes while the parents do not.  Both agree the music is pretty awesome.  All the music listed above is worth buying. Go support you local kindie artist.  Next week I am going to list my favorites songs of this year.  Plus other stuff so stop on by!

Just added  UnderbirdsUnderbirds.  This girl is on a roll!

The long (uphill bothways) road ahead

Do you only play kiddie music.  That’s what a friend of mine asked recently when inquiring about my band. “Kiddie Music”. She wasn’t trying to demean what I do.  But that is the perception we as KINDIE musicians fight against every day.  You mention kids music and everyone pictures Barney and The Wiggles.   But that’s not what we do. My band sounds nothing like either one. I think a lot of this has to do with the age of media and especially video.  Nobody turns on the radio.  Everything is now on a flat screen with surround sound.  Even in cars more and more people play videos for their kids.  Everyone is lumped into the same bowl.  But it’s a disservice to the music available.  Right now the KINDIE genre is a rich and diverse musical landscape.  To compare Brady Rymer to the Wiggles is like comparing Beyonce to U2.  It’s just not the same type of music.  Sure Beyonce and U2 both play music but you would never mistake one for the other.  Same thing in KINDIE Music.  We in the Poochamungas have adopted this slogan.  GOOD MUSIC KNOWS NO AGE.  But because we play for kids and families we get stereotyped with Barney, Wiggles and Sesame Street.  But we sound nothing like any of them.  The Poochamungas sound nothing like The Not It’s, Justin Roberts, The Boogers or Grenadilla either.  The only thing each of these bands have in common is they make really great music.  So parents, critics and anyone reading this. Do all of us KINDIE folk a favor and listen…  and then judge.  That’s all we ask. If you do that I’m sure some of this “kiddie” music is sure to surprise you.   If you want more info on this please check out my friend Stefan Sheperds Kindie Manifesto on ZooGlobble.  He goes further in depth on the subject and a read I highly recommend.

Kiddie vs. Kindie – NOT THE SAME.

Today I read two articles (thanks Zooglobble) about kids music or  referred to as “kiddie” music and let me tell you at first I got really angry!  One was by an artist who made a “kids”  CD but is not a kid artist and the other was a music reviewer on Deadspin.  

Laura Veirs is a respected artist who makes good music and I got to say I really like what I have heard.  She delves into an old folk music children’s CD (Tumble Bee) and does it well.  But in her own words she says she made a “kids album” and is not a kids artist.  She is playing kids show at Old Town School of Folk Music in support of the new CD, a detour as she calls it… But I digress.  She said the “bar is kind of low ” in children’s music and…  I would have to AGREE.   IF  you had only listened to what the mainstream offers (Wiggles, Dora, Barney, and Kidz Bop, etc). The offerings are really pretty lame. Which is what the article in Deadspin by Dadspin writer Drew Magary states quite graphically (he minces no words so be warned).  This is why the whole “kindie” movement was born!  But how many people subscribe and listen to Kids Place Live on Sirius/XM (home of the kindie movement) or follow shows like Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl,  Imagination Parade,  Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and others which usually play once weekly.  Kindie radio is only a tiny segment of the entire broadcast world.  Most kids music people hear these days is on the TV and most of it is pretty lame.  Now they (Laura and Drew) might of meant all kids music but I find that hard to believe (I may be wrong).  Because the bar set by bands like Recess Monkey, Justin Roberts, Grenadilla, Brady Rymer, They Might be Giants, The Not-Its, The Boogers and Trout Fishing in America, etc, is pretty darn high. Because the quality of their music is really, really good.   I know cause I am trying to reach the bar right now as I make another CD.    So while I fervently disagree with a blanket statement over kids music being “lame” or “the bar is kinda low” that’s the perception we as “kindie” artists  try to change every day.  Whenever we play a show,  a DJ spins one of our tunes on the radio or someone listens on iTunes. That excellence in music is excellence in music whether your playing for kids, punks or folkies.  Or as my friend Jim Cosgrove put it… ” I love the Beatles and when my daughter plays I Saw Her Standing There over and over, it gets annoying. But, so what. If it touches her soul and keeps her dancing and singing, who cares what I think. It’s not about me. The Barney theme song may drive you or me to shove pencils into our ears, but if it brings joy to a child, that makes it worthwhile music.”  Which I agree with except for Barney.   Really Cosgrove?  You had to go with Barney? 

Kids titles you should have.

Christmas is coming and while I am not about to start playing holiday jingles in my house quite yet the subject of good kids music came up with another parent in our wiggleworms class today.  Right now there is an abundance of good kindie music out there for new parents looking. They also make great gifts.  I am happy to recommend a few CD’s that I think are truly excellent to get you started and also a few blogs who deal directly with the issue at hand.  Here are 5 titles in different genres to get you started on quality kids music.

Grenadilla – This is a fantastic vocal journey that amazes me to this day.  The whole album is full of happiness and joy.  This is the hidden gem of the bunch.

The Boogers-  Let’s Go.  This is their latest CD and if Punk Rock is your thing you and your kids will be rocking for hours with this one. The best at what they do.

Justin Roberts – Pop Fly.  There’s a reason why he was Grammy nominated for Jungle Gym this year.  Still Pop Fly is our fav and filled with great, tight pop songs.

The Verve Pipe – A Family Album.  This is the best kindie CD ever made.  Just great songs and a great band.  Great stuff!

Okee Dokee Brothers – Take it Outside.  Who knew bluegrass made for such great family music?  The Okee Dokee Brothers did and this CD is pure energy!

These are just to get you started.  These are also my 5 personal favorites and there are many more out there including our very own Poochamungas.   Now in terms of blogs who really follow this stuff you can’t go wrong with Zooglobble.  Stefan does a nice job of sorting though the huge amount of music there is out there these days and lets you know what’s good. The other is  Out with the Kids by Jeff Bogle.  He does a really nice job with music plus gives insights into parenthood from a Dads perspective.  I subscribe to both on Facebook.  So there you have my kindie music primer and a couple of resource to look into.  Talk to everyone soon and have a great day.