This interview with Mr. Jon has been a long time coming! I originally emailed with Mr. Jon in the spring of 2016 – and finally… finally… we were able to connect and make it happen. It was so worth the wait! Mr. Jon and Carrie shared their musical story and what inspires them to create music for kids and families. That awesome song you heard at the beginning of the episode? It’s called ‘Play My Drum’ and it’s on the new record ‘Rock and Rhyme’. You can hear the full song at the end of the show.
“One of the brightest stars to come out of the DC metro area kids’ music scene is Parents’ Choice Award-winning Rainbow Rock Band, which performs more than 120 live shows each year. Kids and families around the country await the appearance of the band’s second album”. Kate Moran came on the show and we had a blast talking about all things Rainbow Rock! Be sure to listen all the way until the end of the show to hear the song “Lee Lee the Lizard” from the brand new record ‘Total Eclipse of the Rainbow’. Rainbow Rock Band Foreva!!!!!!!!!
Happy April Fool’s Day! This year I pranked myself by skipping episode #189 and going straight from episode #188 to episode #190. Absent mindedness in episode numbering aside it was a pleasure to welcome Sonia De Los Santos to the Good Stuff Kids podcast. “Sonia was born with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom always says) and she can easily find the things in the world that bring her joy. On ¡Alegría!, a bilingual album for families, Sonia thought deeply about the elements of her life that bring her joy and tried to capture them in her songs to share with others as she believes that these days it is more important than ever to find reasons to smile and stay grateful.” Sonia taught me all about the Jarana – which you’ll need to hear her explain! Check out her song, ‘Los Pajaritos’ from her new album ‘Alegria!’ At the end of this episode.
It’s a lot of work to be a pirate. And I had no idea! Luckily I got to talk to Captain Tom Mason who taught me a lot about what is needed to swab the decks and hoist the sails and keelhaul. I’ve never had an opportunity to get to know a pirate before and Captain Tom was very willing to share because his pirate wisdom is as vast as the seven seas! Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear the song ‘It’s A Lot Of Work To Be A Pirate’ from Captain Tom and the Blue Buccaneers album ‘If You Want To Be A Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers’. Arrrrrrrrrr!
“The Secret Mountain, is a Montréal based, multilingual international publisher of high-quality award-winning books for children, has also published The Hummingbird Sings and Dances and We Were Made for Each Other this fall.” I got a chance to talk to Roland Stringer, the Publisher of the Secret Mountain company, about two new book/music projects from the Classic Folk Sing-Along Songs series that include beautiful illustrations and equally great sounding music by artists like Sin and Swoon. Stay tuned all the way until the end to hear ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’. See the video below!
Let’s get into it with Danny Weinkauf! We talked a ton of tunes, especially about his new record ‘Inside I Shine’. We talked about Danny’s ongoing time as a member of They Might Be Giants as well as what it’s like to strike out on his own with Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band to make music for kids and families! You can hear the whole title track from the album, ‘Inside I Shine’, at the end of the episode.
”Grammy Award-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants Danny Weinkauf is back with his 4th album for children and families, Inside I Shine. Like the previous critically acclaimed albums from Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, there is something on this album for everyone in the family. This time around, the tunes are focused on the interest of the band’s smallest fans.”