Turns out that Will Parker and I were literally about a 10 minute drive from each other when this interview happened. So bummed! If it weren’t for Covid-19 we could have chatted in person rather than over the phone. “Will Parker is a children’s songwriter and teaching artist who writes and performs music for “kids ages 1-100.” During Will’s whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing-along, dancing, high-fiving, and imaginative play.” Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear his song ‘Bilgus the Swamp Dwarf’. Will is all about imagination and you’ll love his music!
Here’s a great conversation with Greg Lato! He’s just released his new record ‘Create My Own World’. Stay tuned for his brand new (and awesome) song ‘Try’. “Award-winning pop musician and songwriter Greg Lato adds to his impressive body of work with the July 24 release of his first children’s album, Create My Own World, featuring two-time Grammy winning children’s entertainer Bill Harley as special guest. Create My Own World presents a fun and inspiring soundscape in these challenging times through music as relatable to kids as it is nostalgic to parents. The album is influenced by ‘70s and ‘80s pop artists like Hall & Oates, Phil Collins, Todd Rundgren, and The Cars, with a taste of Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones thrown in for good measure.”
It’s Bash The Trash! What an awesome time talking to John and Carina from Bash The Trash. They make instruments from items that they find. So cool! In their words: “We build, perform and educate with musical instruments made from reused and repurposed materials. We combine science, music and environmental awareness through our performances, programs and social initiatives, always focusing on how art and science work together.” Make sure to check out their song ‘Rubbish Rhythm’ at the end of the show!
Let’s get to know Miss Julieann! She’s a lover of the outdoors as well as a Music Therapist who loves working with kids. Be sure to check out ‘Racecar Song’ at the end of the episode.
There’s a lot more to this record than meets the eye and ear! “Elena Moon Park illustrates what a free spirited world sounds like on her first self released family album Unhurried Journey. The 16 song collection encourages listeners of all-ages to slow down and appreciate each moment, finding the joy in the journey.
Park has spent the last 8 years traveling and playing music with artists all across the globe. In that time she met and collaborated with some amazing talents and found inspiration in everything she encountered. She brings all of this to Unhurried Journey, a stunningly unique vision from an artist who is wide open to soaking in everything life has to offer. She revels in her blended world, delivering a fresh and dynamic collection of reimagined east and southeast asian music and original, western-style songs.”
Listen to Elena’s song ‘Flower Dance’ at the end of the episode
Daniel Tashian is a GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winning musician renowned for his work on Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour,’ wrote and recorded 8 original songs with his daughters Tigerlily, Tinkerbell and Matilda. Drawing inspiration from his own childhood with Sesame Street and Pink Panther, Tashian created the Mr. Moonlight character to help with his daughters’ bedtime anxiety. Mr. Moonlight “watches over” them as they fall asleep.
Before the Stay-At-Home order, Tashian was spending a lot of time away from home. Quarantine gave the Tashian’s family a chance to bond, so instead of diving into a new musical project of his own, he wanted to give the kids a chance to share their imagination. Check out his full song ‘How Old Should I Be’ at the end of the episode!
“Simon Stanley pens tales both candid and tall. Known for his vivid imagery and fluid storylines, his writing has shifted and adapted to the varying phases of his life, including a recent relocation from his New Zealand homeland to Nashville, TN.
The recently released single, “Marley Sitting on a Pumpkin Seed,” on which Cy performs as Simon Stanley, is his first foray into family music and the winner of the 2019 New Zealand Music Award for Best Children’s Song.” Check out ‘Marley Sitting on a Pumpkin Seed’ at the end of the episode.
Hi-Ya! Go Banana Go are here to bring us a good time and keep us laughing. “Go Banana Go!, is a collaboration from leading players in the comedy music world, LA based music producer and songwriter Jim Roach and Brian Wecht, better known as “Ninja Brian” who is also a retired theoretical physicist. On their first album for kids and families, the energetic and eccentric duo set out to make a record as smart and funny at the adult level as it is for kids.” Make sure to check out their full song ‘Pizza Feet’ at the end of the episode.
Here's a great one with Lindsay Munroe! We talked about her new record 'I Am Kind' and what it's like to work with Raffi. "Her songs reflect the Child Honouring principles of Respectful Love, Diversity, Caring Community, Emotional Intelligence, and Nonviolence. ...
“José-Luis Orozco, the GRAMMY-nominated bilingual musician and children’s’ educator, celebrates 50 years of making Spanish and English kid’s music this spring with ¡Muévete! Songs for a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body (out 4/17 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), all about the importance of exercise and movement.” Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear Jose-Luis’ song ‘Monica’ played live!