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 Roberts–Fruit 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 Brothers – Can 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 Moock – 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.
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Tagged Alistair Moock, Baze and His Silly Friends, Children's, Frances England, Grammy, Justin Roberts, kindie, Marc Bazerman, music, The Boogers, The Okee Dokee Brothers
Poochamungas just had a new CD released and took many steps to make sure the public hears about it. I mentioned to our publicist (Elizabeth Waldman Frazier has been amazing) the other day that an article used “kiddie rockers” instead of “kindie rockers.” To which she matter of factly said “If you walked up to someone on the street and asked them what kindie was they’d have no idea what you were talking about.” She is correct in that assessment. We as a community, especially artists do ourselves a disservice by not promoting as much quality kindie product as possible. Poochmungas just released a CD and in terms of community support I say this. It’s never as good as you want but not as bad as you think. Paul Crowe of The Boogers has been awesome. Marc Bazerman been supportive while promoting his own upcoming release. Mr Singer always likes and shares us on FB. Story Laurie and Lori Henriques have help been really helpful as well. Gina McHatton, Kurt Gallagher and Tito Uquillas gave us a nice mention on Facebook. But I think that’s about it. Privately I have had fantastic support. Publicly not nearly as much. My personal belief is that some feel that if they promote others that their work somehow diminishes. Untrue. There is also the fact that working to book gigs, promote gigs, make CD’s, etc. is a vastly time consuming effort to do. One tends to get tunnel vision. Competition and jealousy aspects also come into play… Why did he get played by Kids Place Live and not me? If they buy his CD they won’t buy mine… Get over it. We need to help each other. This genre won’t grow unless we collectively promote the genre and not just yourself. Reach out and help someone who’s music you like or an artist you respect. If you share your fan base those fans aren’t going to abandon you. If someone does promote you remember to promote them back. What does it take to like someone else’s show while meandering through Facebook. Share someone else’s CD release, Kickstarter funding or gig? Write some kind words? When talking about your music use the word kindie (though someone is trying to make 2K off domain rights to kindie.com right now) so it becomes part of peoples vernacular. When someone writes an article not just about you but someone you like or respect. Like and share it. Stefan Shepard has a great blog (and podcast) called ZooGlobble . The Kindie Manifesto is something everyone should read. Do yourself a favor. Read, listen and share what he’s promoting so ZooGlobble grows and with it the platform for us kindie musicians. James Zahn and Jeff Bogle have shed some serious props on their blogs about kindie music. Link them to your website. Promote their stuff so they grow and with it our platform. It’s important you give blogger writers their due so their blogs can grow! Promote the radio shows and blogs that review and play kindie music even when THEY AREN’T PLAYING YOURS, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE. That’s what I’m trying to do with this blog and on FB and Twitter. All it takes is a few minutes a day by each of us and all kindie artists benefit. It doesn’t mean you still aren’t going to have to work your ass off cause you are. I’m not asking you to start a blog. But take a few minutes a day and get out of the tunnel and see the whole picture. Don’t like my music? That’s OK. Find that which you do. There’s a big bright kindie world ahead of us if only we all help it along. Cause if we don’t, who will? I have listed some of my favorites blogs and Radio shows that support the genre below…
Blogs –Out With The Kids, The Rock Father, Gooney Birds Kids, Kids Can Grove and the afore mentioned ZooGlobble.
Radio – Kids Place Live, Imagination Parade, Musical Merry-Go-Round , Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, Kids Corner and The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
These are just a few and their are plenty more. Listen. Share. Support.
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Tagged BASF, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, James Zahn, Jeff Bogle, Kids Place Live, kindie, Kindie Manifesto, Lori Henriques, Marc Bazerman, Story Laurie, The Rock Father, Zooglobble