Five. That’s the number of people and bands I know up for a winning a Grammy today. Four of them happen to be in the same category and the fifth I just met the other day and posted about (What are the odds?). You won’t be seeing them during the prime telecast but the pre-show festivities are available to watch via the Grammy Webcast. Oh those artists I mentioned. Well around here we’ll be rooting for Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Not forgetting my recent adveture with Keb Mo who has a few nominations of his own. Good luck everyone and you’re all Grammy Worthy, even if you don’t win!
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It’s with a bit of irony that the man who I named the award for best Children’s Album that should of been nominated for a Grammy but wasn’t is himself nominated for a Grammy this year. Brady Rymer. He latest effort Just Say HI! is pretty darn good. Almost as brilliant as the one I started this award about (Love Me For Who I Am) and another excellent effort. A big congrats too getting the Grammy Nomination this year as he is an artist well deserving of it. So are his fellow nominees Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and previous winners The Okee Dokee Brothers. The fifth spot is filled not by a musical artist but by the book reading of the inspiring story and Nobel Peace prize winning – I Am Malala. I have already spoken on how I think this has been placed in the wrong category in a previous post (Comparing Apples to Steak…). No the guys whom I thought put out the Best of the Best musically this year for “Children” this year did it all analog. I am referring to those guys from Seattle – The School Break Primates. Better known to the public at large as Recess Monkey! The put out one smoking hot CD called WIRED which filled my number one spot this year on my top ten (and my amended top ten). In fact all the nominees except for the book reading were in my top ten! So please go check out WIRED as it is a superior product as well as the rest of the nominees as they are well worth the listen. Go support an independent artist today.
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What I failed to mention in the last post was the Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is running a very cool “Year of the Weird” contest which you can view by clicking on his name. The idea is for the fans to write stories or songs based on the song Imaginary Friend or his new character Weirdo Calhoun from a soon to released book. All the details are on his website and the 2 winners will receive the GOLDEN TICKET! Which means you get free entry into any Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Show for life. That’s a pretty long time! So click on over and check it out!
Here’s a crazy fun fact! Would you believe that Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and I lived within a half block of each other in 1994? Right here in Chicago by Belmont and Clark? Well it’s true! What is also true is the genius of this song and writing from the view of an imaginary friend who looks at the world in the belief that he’s real and the boy he hangs with is the imaginary one. It all started with the idea for a song about imaginary friends. Mr. Skidoo let it marinate in the brain awhile. Like myself 23 is a big fan of comics and the idea of the parallel or multiverse. This is where the idea of what if the Imaginary Friend had a universe of his own. Telling the song not only from the child characters point of view but making it a duet by having Pickles (the Imaginary Friend) who believes he’s real and the child he’s with imaginary contribute to the story. Two universes in one song! So the idea is set and now he sets up Pirate/ Sea Shanty hook. Which is how the Skidoo Process works. IDEA – HOOK – MUSIC – LYRICS. He tends to write when he has to. He disappeared for a month writing for this CD though he is storing ideas all the time in his phone. The ideas use to exist on scraps of paper under a stuffed monkey (which may be a song idea of its own) but with technology he may be saving a few trees. But I digress… Because he’s now living in California and likes to record back with his crew in North Carolina there was a bit of travel involved with the CD. For him the funky music groove he needed was where he had done his previous album in NC. The musicians do a fantastic job (I love the horns and the spooky keyboard). He has one ending written but ends up changing it under the advice of his wife (a honest sounding board is very helpful). Now he needs a pirate voice so he calls his pirate buddy (Of Course Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has a pirate buddy) to lay down a vocal but… too scary. How about Jack Forman (We’re big fans of this Recess Monkey/KPL DJ)? Too nice. So Skidoo is showing another vocalist what he’s looking for and bingo. He finds that groove he’s looking for within himself. Not too scary or nice but just right! If you like smart songs with a funky haunted house vibe and great horn play check out this song. Right now Secret Agent is in the middle of a National tour, finishing up a Halloween song and putting out a 7” vinyl with The Not-It’s. Imaginary Friend can be found on The Perfect Quirk. So go listen to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and support a Kindie Artist today!
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I mentioned while talking about Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and his wonderful Imaginary Friend (on The Perfect Quirk, June 24) was sharing space in the coveteded car CD slot with WIRED by Recess Monkey. This is one my favorite CD’s this year. I could go on and on about the entire CD. How they recorded in San Francisco with John Vanderslice, recorded it on 2″ tape, a minivan of unused instruments but I already did that in my interview with Drew Hollaway… Opening track Take Your Kid To Work Day is just electric mayhem (sounds like a name for a band…). Seriously this one song gets you pumped up for the whole day. Great funky bass, smokin’ guitar licks and primal drums rhythms all make you want to dance. Lyrically it’s just so much fun as a kid describes a day at dad’s (or moms) workplace. The whole CD is reflected in the vibe of this one song which will be available to you on JUNE 17th. GO! This is an amazing CD and you should buy it on pre-sale today. Go support a kindie artist today!
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Two CD’s have been rocking the coveted car CD slot are WIRED by Recess Monkey (upcoming review, releases June 17) and the upcoming release from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo The Perfect Quirk.
The CD is very popular with my kids especially the songs Pillow Fort Pillow Fight (my daughter) and PJ’s All Day (my son). But for me the song that really makes it is Imaginary Friend. What a great song! Lyrically and musically. The idea that the imaginary friend thinks the kid is imaginary is pure genius. That the two characters come to an agreement that neither is a “co-star” but both get equal billing in the friendship. Musically this is filled with horns, violins and a funky haunted house vibe. Rapping between the kid and the imaginary friend is a lot of fun which I have come to expect from Mr. Skidoo. Fun. This is one of the smartest songs I have heard in a long time and I suggest you go and get a copy when it comes out. I shall be sending a request over to the Skidoo camp to get an interview for my Song and the Process series cause it is really a genius song. The Perfect Quirk will be available June 24th. Go check it out and support a kindie artist today.
The music reviewed was provided free to this blogger but the opinions expressed are his own.
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