It being thanksgiving weekend I have a lot to be thankful for. My family, friends, home, etc. So I thought today I’d say thanks to some of those who play the music called kindie. Now most people get their kids music from TV. It being the biggest medium around these days. And that’s a shame. Because the music seen on TV is very, very limited (Barney, The Wiggles, Fresh Beats, etc). Dan Zanes recently had a rare appearance on “The Chica Show” as it’s known around here and he’s been playing great family music for a long time. Fortunately TV is not the only source for great kids music and no I’m not talking about Youtube which also has a lot of quality kindie stuff. No I’m talking about good ole’ radio! Which because of the internet is now better that ever. You can not only get great shows dedicated to the family genre you can also listen to some of them even if you missed the original broadcast thanks to podcasting! All of these shows listed below are internet available, they are all free (sorry Kids Place Live) and all play great new and old music. Here are my top 5.
- Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl – Dave Loftin is one of the very first to play the Poochamungas. He’s got great taste in family music and music appropriate for kids not to mention one of the best voices coming over the airwaves. New stuff balanced with classic and rarities. He hosts at http://wawl.org in Chattanooga,Tennessee. The show goes on every Saturday at 8-10am (EST). It does repeats episodes sometimes but always worth the listen
- Imagination Parade – This show is another one who got an the Poochamungas bandwagon early. Paul Butler is the host and been doing it so long when he started he had kids and now has grand kids! He also has high quality taste in music. Especially the kindie kind but also just any great music for families to enjoy. We did a interview with Paul this year during fire prevention week. You can check out Pauls show at WDFU-FM 89.1 out of Farleigh Dickinson University in New York/ New Jersey every Sunday at 9am Eastern time.
- Musical Merry-Go-Round – Grandfather Paul Stark hosts this great show down in St. Louis. He hosts live music acts/interviews and discusses books with Ms Kathleen the Librarian and plays all sorts of great music. The show runs 7-9am CST on Saturday mornings on KDHX 88.1 in St. Louis.
- Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child – Host Bill Childs has been spinning family Music since 2005 along with his kids Ella and Liam. He’s was a founder of the recently ended Kindiefest ( thanks Bill it was a lot of fun) and now runs his show out of Austin, TX. He hosts live bands, banters with his kids and plays great music. The show is now syndicated. You can check out the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child website for times and broadcasts.
- Kids Corner – This show is a Philadelphia institution celebrating their 25th anniversary this year… Happy Anniversary! Fun, games, jokes, live guests, and and their brilliant host Kathy O’Connell make this a show worth hearing every day. I forgot mention the great music as well! The show runs 4 nights a week from 7-8pm (EST) on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia.
Also T-Bones Radioactive Kids, Kids Rock Nashville and the Hilltown Family Variety Show (they even had us host a show!) are some of the others worth checking out as well
These are some of the radio shows I think everyone should check out. If your an artist reading this be sure to send them a CD and be polite, respectful and DON’T PESTER THEM CONTINUALLY. They tend to receive a lot of music so have patience. And thank them when they play your music. Just last week Dave Loftin gave us a spin. Thanks Dave! And thanks to all of those shows out there spinning family and kids music. We wouldn’t be heard without you! If you know of a music show on and read this please let me know and I’d be glad to listen in and let others know about it. So go know! Listen and support you local kindie DJ today!
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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?
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