I had the pleasure of talking with Dennis Scott, who produced the incredible ‘Thank You, Mister Rogers’ album. It’s a star studded affair with Mister Rogers compositions performed by Mickey Dolenz, The Cowills, Rita Wilson, Tom Bergeron, Kellie Pickler, and many more. Dennis Scott and I covered a lot of territory during this conversation, and I learned a lot about him, and his wide ranging career as well as a lot about Mister Rogers that I did not know. Make sure you listen to Kellie Pickler’s version of ‘It’s Such A Good Feeling’ which you can hear at the end of this episode.
Ooooh yeah. I loved talking to Dan Elliott from Pointed Man Band about his music and specifically the brand new record ‘Amongst the Tall Trees’. You’ve got to hear the song ‘Go!’. It’s awesome. A blast of energy and fun that will make you want to get outside and play. It’s just an appetizer too. The whole album is awesome. Enjoy this convo with Dan!
Dave Kinnoin returns to talk about his new project with his band Grin Brigade. This is a supremely catchy 29 song album, and you’ll love Good Stuff Kids record holder Dave talking about his group’s excellent new album. Parents, if you’re looking for music that is witty, clever, fun, and catchy then you need to check this one out. Check out the title song ‘All I Do Is Hop’, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Editors note * I say at the beginning of this episode that it’s #227. It’s actually #228. I haven’t had any coffee yet. Please forgive…
It’s time to get jazzy with Camille Harris! Have you ever seen the baby on the subway that brings joy and smiles to everyone? Camille has, and she’s written an instant classic song about the subject and it’s on her brand new record ‘Baby On The Subway’. This is also definitely the first episode of the podcast where the I got to talk about Snarky Puppy! Jams Galore! Make sure you listen to the whole episode to hear Camille’s song ‘Baby On the Subway’.
Happy Halloween! Celebrate with you little monsters by getting to know Stephanie Leavell! She’s a board certified music therapist and a mom, so she has a pretty good read on what very young kids want to hear. From her website: “Stephanie is the creator of Music for Kiddos, a website to help parents and educators find the music that’s right for their kiddo. She’s mom to a spunky young daughter, a seasoned performer, an experienced music educator, and a board certified music therapist. Stephanie is a Berklee College of Music graduate and is passionate about using music to help kids succeed. She has started multiple thriving music therapy programs and specializes in working with babies and kids through age 6.
Stephanie jokes that she has a low tolerance for cheesy music. She carefully selects (or writes) music for her own daughter to improve their nightly routine, ease transitions, help her get her energy out and to encourage her to share her feelings. Music cannot be “prescribed”, because the effectiveness of music is largely due to a child’s preference. But this is a starting point… some tried and true music that you might find helpful, too. Music from her family, to yours.”
Make sure to listen to her song ‘Shy Little Monster’, which is a perfect halloween song for little ones.
Narwhals and Waterfalls are here to teach us about SEL or Social and Emotional Learning through music. Both Paige and Adrien are classroom teachers who take their expertise and put it to music to help kids understand and manage their emotions. They were helpful to me during the course of this interview. You’ll notice that it is just Paige and Adrien that you hear. That’s because my side of the conversation didn’t record. Good thing Paige and Adrien taught me a valuable lesson so that I knew to breathe deeply when I realized this issue.
Narwhals and Waterfalls also keep on giving good stuff! If you enter “GoodStuffPod” at checkout of their online store you will get 30% off your purchase! Get that Narwhals and Waterfalls merch. Go go go! I recommend the Tshirt.
Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode to hear ‘The Mood Song’.
It’s time for a lesson in GaGa! The sport of champions that so many grew up playing at summer camps. Talon Athletics is going to bring the joy and competition of GaGa to you. It’s time to get in the pit for some rage in the cage! Talon Athletics hosts GaGa tournaments and camps, so check them out. Armond and Scott know what they’re talking about and they’ll make you a GaGa believer!
From the 716, to the Talking Heads, to Frozen Fractals, to the Pacific Northwest, to musical surprises I had an amazing time getting to know Jessa Campbell. She’s also amazingly patient, knowledgeable, and fun. Her project Jessa Campbell & the Saplings brand new record ‘Can You Feel It’ is educational and well crafted with a thematic hat tip to the Pacific Northwest in every song. Be sure to listen to her song ‘Can You Feel It’ at the end of the episode.
It can take a lot to calm down a tired baby. Since the beginning of time parents have struggled to get their children to go to sleep. I’m tired. Really tired, and I was so lucky to have this conversation with Angela James to make my day better. Angela James’ album “Quiet Night'”,which is a collection of lullabies made for weary parents by weary parents. It is a beautiful and carefully crafted album inspired by James’ own experiences as a new mother and with battling postpartum depression.’
“What began with humming as a coping mechanism to calm both her daughter and herself in her postpartum fog, evolved into this collection of fully formed and arranged lullabies. The instrumentation on the album; voice, classical guitar, bass clarinet, bassoon and vibraphone, is unique and deliberately in the mid-to-low tonal range, creating a serene but captivating soundscape. The concept of the album is to help set the stage for a child’s restful sleep and to support and soothe parents during the demanding and exhausting first months with a new child.”
Lissa Schneckenburger has put out an incredibly personal and important record. It’s called ‘Thunder In My Arms’ and it tells a story of adoption and foster children. She uses her music to communicate her very real experience. I will admit that talking to Lissa was very emotional for me. I greatly admire her strength and dedication to her child and the time and care that went into her song writing process. Please support Lissa and other parents who give so much of themselves to help kids who need love, support, shelter, and care by visiting the National Foster Parent Association
Be sure to listen to the song ‘I Need Us Together’. You will be moved and you will understand.