I am headed to KindieComm. A conference of my kindie peers and I am a bit excited to meet some new people and talk to old friends. Here are 11 Things I hope to accomplish while I am in the city of Brotherly Love…
- Share a beer with the Legendary Kathy O’Connel(Kids Corner)
- Hang out with the Jim Cosgrove and family
- Watch Seanster and the Monsters perform (Great CD!)
- The Liberty Bell
- Visit old Pine Forest Camp friends
- Go eat at a LA diner with KPL’s Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Wait I did that while Rolling with the Bogle ! So…
- Rollin’ with the (OWTK) Bogle… PART DEUX!
- Hanging with Joanie Leeds Drummer (we never mention him by name)
- Hear great new music
- Book a gig or 2
- Laugh a lot
So if you’re at the conference be sure to stop by and say Hi!
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged conference, Jim Cosgrove, Joanie Leeds, Joanie Leeds Drummer, Kathy O'Connell, Kenny Curtis, Kids Place Live, kindie, Kindiecomm, KPL, Mindy Thomas, Out with the Kids, OWTK, Seanster and the Monsters, stinky feet, The Okee Dokee Brothers, wxpn
For many of us that play in the kindie realm we are all aware of the Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkners, Dan Zanes and The Okee Dokees of our genre. But how many are aware of the Kurt Gallaghers, Laura Dohertys and Jim Cosgroves? These three fine individuals have been at this music thing for a very looooonnng time and making a living at it. If you’re going to KindieComm and a would be pursuer of music in this kindie/childrens/family/all ages realm and looking to make a living at it. I suggest you find one of these fine folks during the conference, buy them a beverage of their choice, sit down, ask some pertinent questions and hear what they have to say. That’s the best part of these festivals. The panels are informative but the conversations had with other artists and fellow kindieteers are PRICELESS. Buy em a beverage and tell em John sent ya!
Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged all ages, children, Children's, conference, Dan Zanes, family, Jim Cosgrove, Justin Roberts, kindie, Kurt Gallagher, Laura Doherty, Laurie Berkner, lids, Mr. Kurt, music, The Okee Dokee Brothers
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!
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged Brady Rymer, Children's Grammy, Children's Music, Grammy, Grammy Webcast, keb mo, kids, kindie, music, Recording Academy, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Pop Ups
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, Music
Tagged awards, Baze and His Silly Friends, Brady Rymer, children, Dean Jones, Dog on Fleas, Edie Carey, Fids, Grammy, Joanie Leeds, John Samson, Jon Samson, Josh and the Jamtones, Kamily, kindie, Laura Doherty, Lucky Diaz, Mills Trills, Mills Trils, music, Recess Monkey, Sarah Sample, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Not-its, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Top Ten, top ten CD
In my efforts to spread the music of kindie and the fact I have now a large collection of said music. I have started a kindie library at the kids school! Included but not pictured is the message included which states:
Enjoy the music! If you like what you hear go support the artist and buy the CD/MP3/Tunes so that artist is able to continue and make art for us to listen too!
This month the library’s featured artists are The Grammy winning Okee Dokee Brothers – Can You Canoe? One of my family’s all-time favorites and a tremendous CD of Americana music. Plus it comes with a DVD of their trip down the Mississippi that inspired the music. The other is Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – My Cup of Tea. She is best known as Susan on the Seinfeld series but now makes incredibly fun and eclectic ukulele driven music for the whole family. Both CD’s are excellent and please go support a kindie artist today.
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, Music, Recording
Tagged Americana music, Can you canoe?, Heidi Swedberg, Heidi Swedberg and Her Sukey Jump Band, kindie, music, My Cup of Tea, Seinfeld, The Okee Dokee Brothers
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
As the family sits in the house on a -18 degree day here in Chicago we have The Okee Dokee Brothers playing and my wife comments that it’s one of her favorite CD’s. Can You Canoe? is really good and while I may feel a twinge of jealousy it is a great CD. So good tunes and family times are the order of the day.
In other news it seems the Poochamungas new CD is availble for sale in a few places I would of never guessed. I shan’t mention who is selling as I will not promote the business of those who sell what I worked so hard to produce for so little. Is it a free one I gave to a family or maybe an unscrupulous reviewer as mentioned by Justin Roberts. One of them is using a photo of the cover that was a finalist but didn’t actually get used so how cheesy is that. Prices range from 13.71 to 1.99. All are selling new in the cellophane CD’s. If online pirated music wasn’t the major problem for most artists this might actually be a bigger problem rather than the annoyance it is. Since I list on CD Baby all sorts of sites sell my music including Best Buy and Sears. Who knew? Those I’ll get paid from if they make a sale. So go buy a CD and support your local kindie artist today!