I haven’t been writing much here lately as life’s other obligations have gotten in the way. But I have listened to a whole lot of kindie music this year. This years top ten is only a top 7 because these are the ones I remember without effort. It seems after 46 years the memory just went. If I remember a CD later I’ll just amend this list These are ones that have spun in the car and in the house. The ones that my children still request and dance and sing along too.
7. We All Shine – Playdate. Good CD and they stole my publicist and photographer! I’m not bitter at all. You can read the review HERE.
Photo by David Kindler
6. Hamster Pants – Ratboy Jr. This CD got a lot of play in the car this year as well. There silly pop philosophical musings of hamsters in pants, barbarian librarians and skunk and robot relationships kept us entertained for hours on the road.
5. Hot Air – Recess Monkey. Them boys have really hit their rocking stride in their last two CD’s with the John Vanderslice guy recording all analog and funky.
4. Trees – Billy Kelly and Molly Ledford. If ya told me you were going to make a CD about Trees I would of laughed at you. Well this is the second CD on that subject to prove me wrong (Underbirds was the first) and this one went and got a Grammy nomination. Strong songs by two fine song crafters.
3. Rocksteady – Josh and the Jamtones. I gave Josh and Pat a bit of a hard time over the narration on there last CD Bear Hunt but loved the music. My kids dug both. Well we all agreed this year that this CD was rocking right beginning to end narration and all. No one rocks as hard as these guys and they include horns! Really a great CD.
2. How Great Can This Day Be – Lori Henriques. On my post earlier this year I described this CD as pure joy. Any other year it probably would of been #1 on my list. This also received a well earned grammy nomination and you should should check it out.
1. Deep Woods Revival – Red Yarn. On a two week road trip with my kids to Colorado this became our soundtrack and we as a family never tired of it. Along with Big Audio Dynamite, John Mayer and Bob Seger this one was constantly requested by the wife and kids. It is also this years Rymer Award Winner for the CD that should of been nominated for a grammy but didn’t get there. It’s folk music, opera, story telling and a full audio experience. Andy Furgeson gets better with every CD he puts out and this one is my favorite this year.
That’s all for now folks. See you in 2016!!!
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This weekend I am super pumped to be playing the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, more commonly called JEFF FEST! We take the stage on Sunday 2pm. Back long ago when I was a mere skinny lad with a full head of hair. Back in the summer of 1980 (I think). The place to be was the Jeff Park Pool. My friends and I were part of the first twenty kids in line when it opened. Finally we had a public pool of our own with a diving board! Prior to it opening we had to go to Norwood Park Pool which had two significant problems. One you had to get a ride from a parent to get there. Chauffeur us as they did, a lot (before the seatbelt laws you could get quite a few kids in a station wagon), they had things to do and weren’t always available. Second was the fact it was the coldest damn pool in the Midwest. I recall the pool leaked and instead of fixing it they just kept filling it. I can remember jumping off the diving board, hitting the water and my eyes froze open. Arms and legs felt like they were encased in ice. Did I tell my buddies how cold it was… well the scream as I surfaced may have given it away. They all jumped in anyway. It became a rite passage. The Jeff Park Pool represented freedom. No longer did we have to get rides because it was only a THREE BLOCK WALK and one major intersection to cross. No longer was the pool freezing! By the second week all the lifeguards knew our names and eventually made us junior lifeguards (swim tested at the beach). We all became pool rats and swam every day. The next summer as well. I did once manage to forget my sister once (she claims twice) and she never lets me forget it, Sorry (again) Mouse. Other than that all I can remember is magical days of Marco Polo, can openers off the diving board (bigger splash than a cannonball) and seeing who could swim a length underwater. So if I’m a bit nostalgic on stage on Sunday it’s because I’m remembering all those great times I had back in the day with the kids from this neighborhood. Sunday we’ll be creating new memories and making our own nostalgia.
We’ve been on a 5 month hiatus due to work and life so we’re all primed and ready to rock. Stop on by the show Sunday, July 27th at 2pm. There are a lot of great acts over the weekend so if you can’t catch our show be sure to check a few out. Other than the food everything else takes place in the park proper and it is very family friendly. Drum circles, arts and crafts, kids stage, bouncy houses are all included in the entrance $5 entrance fee (kids 12 and under FREE). Plus don’t forget all the great music which is what Jeff Fest has become known for. We’d be going to this fest even if I wasn’t playing as it’s one of our family favorites. The action starts today. Hope to see you there. Jeff Fest is where it’s at!
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