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!
It’s The BeatBuds! True friends for life who make awesome music together. Check out their song ‘The Dino Dance’ at the end of the episode.
“Kids around the world can join the fun right now to chase the pandemic blues away, as The BeatBuds help them find a routine, get up and move, and learn and play together in their hour-long “The BeatBuds Live” shows, streamed on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. PT on The BeatBuds‘ YouTube channel: HERE “
Also, there will be a special “BeatBash” show at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, July 12. Might it be possible to add something about that? Here is the basic information:
Kids and families can also enjoy a live BeatBuds performance as a first-of-its-kind, interactive, virtual concert experience in the comfort of their own homes with the first-ever virtual BeatBASH on Sunday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to Rock The Vote.
Together, The BeatBuds and their audience will explore a 360° immersive and interactive tropical island featuring an abundance of digital touchpoints, virtual instruments for kids to play, trivia games, and, of course, plenty of rockin’ BeatBuds songs and sing-along action. Families and friends will even be able to see each other singing, dancing, and interacting! A highlight of this special show will be the world premiere of a new BeatBuds single, “I Have a Voice.”
Jeremy Bhandari wrote a tremendous book for young atheletes called ‘Trust the Grind’. I talked to Jeremy about some of the lessons that can be found in the book, and we barely scratched the surface. There is so much knowledge and insight from championship caliber athletes from a variety of different sports from MMA to the NFL that any young athlete will gain something to enhance their mental and physical performance.
Pinna is “the only screen-free, ad-free audio streaming service custom-made for kids ages 3-12”. It’s got all the good stuff you need to get your kids off screens. “Pinna is an on-demand audio streaming service that reimagines kids’ entertainment. Each podcast, audiobook and music compilation on Pinna is expertly developed and carefully curated for kids 3-12. From science and fantasy to interactive game shows and mysteries, Pinna has hundreds of hours of programming to pique the interest of every kid.” I really enjoyed talking with Maggie McGuire, CEO of Pinna who highlights the amazing, high quality, podcasts audiobooks and music for kids that can be found on the app. You can hear the brand new song Pinna produced song ‘Real Me’ at the end of the epidode.
Alastair Moock’s latest album is called ‘Be A Pain’, and the title track (which you can hear at the end of this episode) is timely, pertinent, and a guide post to how we can talk with our kids about the events and protests happening all around us. Alastair is thoughtful and writes songs that come from all dimensions of the heart and soul. You’ll enjoy getting to know him and hearing his story!