Skinnamarink! It was an honor to speak with Sharon & Bram on the occasion of, well, everything! There is so much depth and history to their story and I just loved listening to them share their wisdom and experiences. “Before there was Dora, Nickelodeon introduced the trio Sharon, Lois & Bram and their Elephant Show to American TV viewers, and, later on, even more families became fans by watching them on Skinnamarink TV on TLC. Decade after decade of enthusiastic live audiences and treasured recordings attest to the depth of love and joy generated by the simple power of the group’s music.”
They are still putting out singles, and a new book is on the way soon. Stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear Sharon & Bram’s brand new ‘The Colour Song’ which features Colin Mochrie (from Whose Line Is It Anyway)!
Earworms! Ya know, those songs that get stuck in your head? Well, Sean McCollough knows all about them! Sean is a radio host for the KidStuff Show on WDVX and you know what that means? He’s certified and bonafied! He knows his music and it was a blast to talk to him about all of his experiences in the music world. “Sean McCollough has been entertaining and educating families and school groups with his energetic shows since the mid-90s. He has been compared to Pete Seeger and John McCutcheon for his use of traditional music and storytelling as well as his charismatic performances.
Sean plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin and draws heavily on the music of the Appalachian Mountains, mixing world music, original songs, and other contemporary sounds into his performances that are built around audience participation”
If you’re a fan of music that’s great then you and your family will love Sean. You can hear the song ‘Earworm’ at the end of the show.
“These songs come from a place of exhaustion, bewilderment and pure love,” says Nashville-based singer/songwriter Dawn Landes of My Tiny Twilight, a six-song collection out May 10 on Yep Roc Records.
“I found myself singing to my daughter constantly to soothe her, entertain her, and pass the time, says Landes. “The first song I wrote was “Hushabye.” I couldn’t get her to stop crying so I sat at the piano and played until she quieted down. She responded to the melody and it became pretty useful in those first months.”
You can also hear the whole song ‘I’m Your Mama’ at the end of the show. How about the video that Dawn directed herself? Check it!
“Alina Celeste’s music is creative, joyous, and eclectic, much like her hometown, Miami, Florida. As a child, she thrived in a multi-cultural, multi-generational environment that held no reservations about the phrase “I love you … Te quiero.” Be sure to check out her song ‘Love Is’, which is the title track of the album at the end of the show!
As Alina explains, “After living in Los Angeles and touring America for the better part of a decade, when I moved back to Miami, I realized how much my childhood was blessed by this uncommon metropolis. It became my mission to share my hometown’s culture with the world at large and to celebrate the many loving relationships that have been part of my life. The album title, Love is Te Quiero, makes me smile because it is reflective of how people often speak in Miami — saying something in one language and then immediately in the other!””
Where is the intersection of small business, interior decorating, competitive and award winning baking, fudge, being a dog adopter, and writer? Well, I’m glad you asked… It’s Sherri Schwartz! And she’s on the Good Stuff Kids Podcast.
She shares her story of dog adoption and the book that she wrote about the experience in her book “Are You Love?” and ALMOST convinces me that the Good Stuff Family is ready for a puppy. You can get Sherri’s book wherever you get your books. As Sherri says, “it’s all about the ribbons”.
Renee Stahl continues to give parents and kids great music to have as the soundtrack of their lives. “Renee Stahl returns to sing with a stellar ensemble of musical friends for her second Renee & Friends album, Kindred, set for release on April 12, 2019.
Kindred is an exquisitely nuanced masterpiece of effervescent reflections, messages of kindness, empowerment, and community, and, above all, impeccable standards of singing and playing music.
The album sparkles with contributions from such luminaries as 8-time GRAMMY winner Ziggy Marley, GRAMMY winner Lisa Loeb, GRAMMY winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Chris Stills. Also sharing their considerable talents are Jennifer Paskow, Renee’s daughters Amelia and Isadora Dektor, and Jeremy Toback, her longtime collaborator in the beloved family duo Renee & Jeremy.”
Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode to hear the incredible new song and title track ‘Kindred’.
The Shazzbots are an “Intergalactic rock band and champions of music, art and all things creative, blast off for adventure in their Space Winnebago, to spread their rockin’ tunes to all the children of the cosmos! For over 10 years, The Shazzbots have been entertaining kiddos and parents of all ages with their unique brand of music, adventure and fun!”
I got to talk to Ian, The Captain, about the Shazzbots and the music they make as well as their Emmy winning television show! Make sure you check out their song ‘On the Playground’ from their new album ‘Lightspeed’.
“Andy Gutman is a songwriter, children’s book author and businessman in the metro-Detroit area. His love of books, reading and writing began early on. He’ll tell you he’s not a musician, but he has a passion for songwriting. When he was young he would jot down lyrics in journals and then set the journal aside, not certain what, if anything, he would do with them. As they sat collecting dust, he pursued a career in finance and commercial real estate. Although he puts in long hours on the job, he’s never lost sight of his creative dreams. Since that time, Gutman worked with various artists who sang and produced the more than 300 songs he’s penned, because “nobody wants to hear [him] sing.”
Recently he turned his creative visions into four children’s books, which all began as songs. His books are written in a lyrical style amidst vibrant illustrations.
His most recent book, Charlie the Caterpillar: What Can I Be Today?, is a 38-page story, conceived by Gutman and his daughter Riley, that focuses on the dreams that all kids have about what they can be when they grow up.”
Check out his song ‘Charlie the Caterpillar’ at the end of the show!
Diversity, Multi-Culturalism, Acceptance! That's just a small part of the message from Australia's own The Cuddly Koalas. They are also helping young hip hop fans talk about their emotions. We got into talking about Hip Hop and how it can reach all audiences....
Dana and I had a great chat on the Good Stuff Hotline. She shared her passion and enthusiasm for creating high quality content for kids. You can hear it in her music and see it in the video series that she makes. Check out her youtube channel! Quality galore! She also teaches classes, and records music. Be sure to check out her song ‘Jump and Jive’ at the end of the episode.
“CHILD magazine calls her energy and enthusiasm “contagious” and named Dana as one of the “Top Five Kids’ Singers You Should Know.” Over the past twenty years, children across America have been singing, stomping, jumping and cheering as Dana has performed across the nation with her upbeat tunes and bubbly personality. Incorporating both familiar favorites and original songs from her five popular recordings, Dana’s dynamic performances stimulate imaginations, inspire interaction and introduce children to nearly every style of music.”