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
Dean Jones is busy these days recording other peoples music. When I called he was in a session with Molly Ledford (Lunch Money) and Billy Kelly who are working on a project (they had stepped out for lunch). He also works or has worked with with Story Laurie, Recess Monkey and those two Grammy winning children’s music impostors (they’re really great folk musicians in disguise) The Okee Dokee Brothers and many others. Dean’s really a go to guy when it comes to music production but he is also a most talented songwriter in his own right and likeable fellow as well. There aren’t a lot of smartly written love songs in the kindie music world that I know of. The two that come to mind are Pandas are Dangerous by The Boogers and I Must Be A Genuis by Dean Jones. While the Pandas song is totally Punk Rock (still sentimental) this one is more charming and sweet reminiscent of the 40’s piano driven pop song. I think Bing Crosby but I digress… When asked where the song came from Dean said “Out of the blue. Some of the best songs are BOOM. The Phrase just came out.” So he had the I must be a genius and the love me, love you too part so he needed music. He went to his default chord structure. A bunch of chords he was used to writing in (mine is E A D). Dean wasn’t always a kindie music guy. He had a band like all those other bands out there and one day his friend who owns a toy store told him “his songs where juvenile. Why not write songs for kids?” So that’s what he did and Dog on Fleas was Born. When not writing or producing music he also plays out professionally, accompanies a puppet company plus Dad and dishwashing duties. Dean is married with two kids one of whom is already songwriting at 7 yrs old and in his (Dean) words “Writes good stuff.” Me, I’m thinking Dean writes really cool offbeat tunes and with this song he is quite genius indeed with this shuffling drum, trombone highlighted, piano driven two minute masterpiece. Go check out this song on Buy One Get One Flea! Go check out all of his work and go support an independent artist today!
Posted in family, Music, Recording, song reviews, video
Tagged Billy Kelly, Children's, dangerous, kindie, Lunch Money, Molly Ledford, music, Pandas, Recess Monkey, Story Laurie, The Boogers, The Okee Dokee Brothers
I was looking at youtube the other day and noticed some really great kindie videos aren’t getting the views they deserve cause they’re pretty darn good! Here are some of the family favorites
Justin Roberts – Obsessed by Trucks. Who doesn’t have that family member who drives them crazy with a particular obsession?
The Hipwaders – Educated Kid. Really great animations with a bit of humor. One of our favorite bands
The Boogers – Pandas are Dangerous. A great DIY shoot by The Boogers themselves and a punk rock love song disguised by Pandas!
Tim and the Space Cadets – Superhero. Tim is a busy guy these days with playing bass on Americas Got Talent (houseband), Tambourine Guy with the brilliant Post Modern Jukebox and hanging out with Chica (Sunny Side Up Show). But before all that he put out one of the all time best kindie videos ever! You be the judge…
Posted in Kindie, Music, song reviews, video
Tagged children, family, hero, Justin Roberts, kindie, music, Post Modern Jukebox, Super, The Boogers, the hipwaders, Tim and the Space Cadets, Tim Kubart, Trucks
We are in the digital age of music and it’s a mixed blessing. As a consumer you can get most any song at anytime at minimal effort. MP3 players allow us to hold thousand of songs at our finger tips. It is the age of music miracles for the listener. For the artist who has trouble getting paid for their product it’s different story but this is not the focus of this article. I sit now in my basement having recently rediscovered how good music sounds on my old stereo system. My Kenwood receiver/amplifier, garage sale obtained 3D Acoustics speakers, Pioneer 100 disc CD player and a LXI series cassette deck. I have recently purchased a Dual record player as the previous one must have been sold or given away (A minor tragedy rectified at a flea market). Two months ago I was cleaning the basement where said speakers are and was amazed at the depth of sound those towering speakers provided. In todays digital world we get more music but are getting less in terms of sound quality. MP3 files tend to be small and lack the megabytes to give you the full sound. (Sound Quality of Music Lacking in the MP3 Era). My daughter just walked in and turned up the volume and the discs keep spinning. Chris Issac, The Boogers, Cheap Trick (Live at Bhudokan), Creed (guilty pleasure), Jim Cosgrove, Johnny Clegg, James Hunter, John Hiatt and many artists I’ve forgotten. The list continues with lots of full bass, mid and treble. Once a week it seems I head to the basement whether I’m organizing or not, just to listen to music in a proper format. While typing I just discovered a Train song called Swaying (Train) followed by one of our kindie faves Doctor Noize (The Ballad of Phineas McBoof). Go check out your old speakers and you’ll rediscover the SOUND. Now excuse me my kids have just discovered a CD new to them and are jamming to some harmonica driven blues (Crucial Harmonica Blues). Junior Wells and Billy Branch are killing it in full sound and we’re having a dance party (Mom included)! Don’t forget to support an independent artist today!
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, Music
Tagged Alligator records, amplifier, Billy Branch, Blues, CD, Cheap Trick, Doctor Noize, Dual, harmonica, James Hunter, Jim Cosgrove, John Hiatt, Johnny Clegg, Junior Wells, Kenwood, LDX, Phineas McBoof, Pioneer, receiver, The Boogers, Train
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, songwriting
Tagged children, Facebook, kids, kindie, music, Pandas, Psychology, punk, rock, The Boogers
This weekend has been pretty busy. First on Saturday members of the Poochamungas worked on a Top Secret project for the upcoming Big Leap fundraiser for my children’s school. More details to arrive later in the week. Then my son and I went to The Old Town School of Folk Music for a concert with The Okee Dokee Brothers. There were also birthday parties, holiday parties, carnivals, and what not! Busy but fun.
If you are looking for a great place to start in the kindie music world Brickton Montessori (our school) is having their yearly fundraiser and among the items up for bid online are a Kindie Music CD Collection. This is a tremendous oppurtunity to get a lot of great music and help a good cause at the same time! All CD’s were donated by the artists reflecting the many great music styles available. From punk to pop and jazz almost every genre is covered. Included are Dog on Fleas, Joanie Leeds, Mr. G, Jim Cosgrove, Lunch Money, The Hipwaders, Alistair Moock (Grammy nominee), Grenadilla, Mister Singer, Little Miss Ann, Story Laurie, Lori Henriques, Recess Monkey, Mr. Kurt, Baze and His Silly Friends, The Boogers, Heidi Swedberg and Her Sukey Jump Band, and Bricktons very own Poochamungas! Just added an autographed CD from our friends the Okee Dokee Brothers!!! Bidding starts at $60 but I’m sure the price is going to go up. Get to bidding on this fantastic-super-amaz-a-riffic deal today! While your there see if anything else catches your eye. Only 4 days left!
Posted in family, gigs, live music
Tagged Alistair Moock (Grammy nominee), Baze and His Silly Friends, Brickton, Dog on Fleas, Grenadilla, Heidi Swedberg and Her Sukey Jump Band, Jim Cosgrove, Joanie Leeds, Justin Roberts, Little Miss Ann, Lori Henriques, Lunch Money, Mister Singer, Montessori, Mr G, Mr. Kurt, Okee Dokee Brothers, Poochamungas, Recess Monkey, secret, Story Laurie, The Boogers, the hipwaders, top
Christmas is less than a week away and some folks will still be looking for gifts. I highly recommend the gift of music for your kids from the kindie world. While I am always biased for the Poochamungas if your reading this your probably already a fan. Fortunately there is a lot of great kindie rock music for kids these days. Here is a link to my top ten for this year. Also recent post about Istvan and his Imaginary Band, Human Tim/Robot Tim, Songs I wish I had written and the many other artists talked about on here during the year. If you have just started reading here awhile back I posted about some CD’s to get you started on a path of excellent kindie music. Here they are with some updates
Grenadilla – Grenadilla This is a fantastic vocal journey that amazes me to this day. The whole album is full of happiness and joy. This is the hidden gem of the bunch. One of the best CD’s I have ever heard. The are re-releasing it with new CD art!
The Boogers- Let’s Go. If Punk Rock is your thing you and your kids will be rocking for hours with this one. The best at what they do…. This year they released Extractum Victoris which has my all time favorite Booger song’s Pandas are Dangerous.
Justin Roberts – Pop Fly. There’s a reason why he was Grammy nominated for Recess this year. Still Pop Fly is our fav and filled with great, tight pop songs.
The Verve Pipe – A Family Album. This is the best kindie CD ever made. Just great songs and a great band. Great stuff! Haven’t had a chance to listen to their newest CD but the few songs I have off of Are We There Yet? have been excellent,
Okee Dokee Brothers – Take it Outside. Who knew bluegrass made for such great family music? The Okee Dokee Brothers did and this CD is pure energy!… They followed this up with the Grammy winning Can You Canoe? One of the best kids CD’s ever
The Hipwaders – The Golden State. Nothing new this year but this is one the best CD’s ever released with a great California pop sound and lyrically sharp. It’s for the whole family.
So that concludes a few of the CD’s I think great music gifts for the holidays. Go support your local kindie artist and buy some today!
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, song reviews
Tagged Children's, Christmas, Grammy, Grenadilla, Istvan and his Imaginary Band, Justin Roberts, kindie, music, Okee Dokee Brothers, Poochamungas, The Boogers, the hipwaders, The Verve Pipe
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
Today I spent to much time on facebook talking about recording classic kids songs. It was a thread started by blogger Jeff Bogle of Out With The Kids. My opinion is that if you record an album filled only with songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and No More Monkeys the same way it’s always been done it’s cheap and lazy. Cheap because all those songs fall under public domain so you don’t have to pay royalties and lazy because your just doing what someone else already did. Many times. I am not saying that classic kids music shouldn’t be played live in front of audiences big and small. Or that a occasional tune among your other songs isn’t cool. The reason the songs are still sung is that they have stood the test of time. Kids like singing them and parents remember them. All I am asking is that if your gonna lay one down on a recording please make the song your own. If a person was to write a book exactly like another book but changed the author what would be the point?( Plus then it’s called plagiarism.) If your going record “classic songs” remember to own them. The Boogers do a great job of this. It all comes down to excellence. Making great music. Which should be the whole point of making a recording anyway. The Rock Father also did a feature on this recently and you can check out that posting below.
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, marketing
Tagged Alistair Moock, Children's, Francis England, Jambo, Josh and the Jamtones, Justin Roberts, kindie, Lori Henriques, Lucky Diaz, music, Recess Monkey, The Boogers, The Not-its, Top Ten