Getting in my car this morning after a long work shift my plan was to stop at the farmers market for some freshly made donuts and grab some vegetables. Opening the tailgate I placed my duffel bag in and noticed a box of my CD’s. What caught my eye was a couple other CD’s in the box one of which is Hello My Baby : Songs to Bond You and Your Baby by Vered. Always willing to hear new artists and especially people I’ve met I pop in into the CD player. The title is a bit wordy in my opinion but that would be the only flaw in an otherwise perfect sonic journey. The blend of harmonies, horns, strings and joy make it one of the best sounding CD’s I have heard this year. I haven’t written here since pre-kindiecomm and that’s where I obtained this CD. I saw and heard lots of great stuff at Kindiecomm. Lucy Kalantari, LARD Dog, The Sugar Free Allstars, The Boogers and may others to which I have been slacking about reporting here on the blog. But I gotta tell you that upon hearing this CD I felt obligated to write about it. To spread the word. The shame of great albums like this is that many folks dismiss what’s been recorded as soon as they hear kids or children’s music. This isn’t a sing song sing along hope to forget it barney experience. This is excellence in music regardless of genre. Do yourself a favor if your looking for something to listen with your baby, child or just in the mood for some great music. I should mention that once again that guy Dean Jones (Grammy award winner)produced this stellar album. Go buy this and support an independent artist today.
Posted in CD reviews, family, kids, Kindie, Music
Tagged children, Dean Jones, kindie, Kindiecomm, LArd Dog, Lucy Kalantari, music, parents, The Boogers, Vered
I’ve been shuffling discs in my recently acquired Sony Mega Storage 200 CD player and a song made me stop shuffling and listen to the whole album. “Mommy and Daddy need a little more sleep” Mo Phillips is singing like he’s witnessed my own personal battles with a son who needs a bit of guidance in his nocturnal activities from time to time. What makes it more poetic is that the song is a duet. Occasional Yogurt ( also acquired at kindiecomm) is a brilliant piece of pop music. It’s musically layered, quirky, smart and honest. Big musical songs with simple messages that touch home. I highly recommend you go out and get this one. I was a big fan of his previous CD Monster Suit (Discovering the new…) and now a bigger fan of this one. Keep up the good work Mo we’ll be listening! Go and support and independent artist today!
So if you follow the kids music scene here on the internet recently a debate on the value of kids music was held on WHYY’s Radio Times regarding the value of kids music. Music Critic Tom Moon (1000 recordings to hear before you die) “hates, hates” kids music by his own definition and Jeff Bogle of Out with the Kids is a kindie music, toy and movie reviewer. Tom feels if you aim your music toward a certain group it somehow limits the listener and that “adult” music is fine. I could go onto great length why Tom is wrong but Jeff and also Stefan on Zooglooble have gone to great length to explain this. Just because you write for a certain genre (blues, rock, pop, country, soul, funk, punk, children) doesn’t lessen the value of said song and truly great songs will separate themselves from said genre. I write songs with a kids slant but I write music for ALL to hear.
2011 was a really tough year for a lot of people. A bad economy with no jobs. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and the destruction Mother Nature causes frightening in its reality. The things man does in the name of god, religion, greed and power even more frightening. I hope all of those who experienced loss and tragedy are able to find peace and love this year. We experienced loss in our family this year close to home and in spite of my own losses this year I am thankful for the family and friends I have who love and support me no matter what. Thankful for wife and kids, the house we live in and the life we are able to live. Thankful for the opportunity to play the music I write and find people who are willing to help see those songs come to life.
So thanks to my wife who supports me in these adventures. Thanks to my parents who raised me right with love, support and the occasional kick in the rear and my other family and friends who have done the same. Thanks to my kids who show me everyday how to love and be loved selflessly. Thanks to the band who make the Poochamungas possible and take the fledgling songs I write and make them real. And of course thanks to you the reader for taking the time to read this. Thank you all and god bless everyone. May 2012 be a really good year.
Posted in family
Tagged family, Jeff Bogle, kids music, Mother nature, OWTK, parents, Poochamungas, religion, Stefan Shepard, Tom Moon, Zooglobble