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Episode #213 – Andy Gutman

Episode #213 – Andy Gutman

“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!

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Episode #204 – Lucky Diaz / Randy Kaplan Return

Two Good Stuff Family favorites are back to talk about new records and so much more.  I caught Lucky Diaz right before he was about to leave on tour and we talked about the Lucky Band’s ‘Buenos Diaz’, as well as the new band name and look.  We also, obviously, talked about Pee Wee’s big adventure and a whole lot more.  You can hear the song ‘Buenos Dias’ at the end of the show.  “With 11 songs vibrantly arranged by GRAMMY-winning producer Dean Jones, Buenos Diaz is a bilingual celebration of family life. Lucky and Alisha are celebrating a decade of creating exciting media for children as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Now touring as The Lucky Band, their refreshingly retro Space Age look reflects the modern vintage sound the new music.Our guy, Randy Kaplan, also came back to talk about his brand new album ‘Shake It And Break It’, in which he puts his signature stamp on delta and ragtime blues classics.  He also gave me a bit of a history lesson on some music that I don’t know much about.  You can hear the incredible ‘Shake It And Break It’ at the end of the show.  “Shake It and Break It, a collection of pre-WWII country blues, ragtime, and Delta blues classics retrofitted with lyrics that sing of characters  living in a zany, brainy world of nonstop, rapid-fire comedy.”

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Episode #203 – Rhea Pechter (Little Stories for Tiny People)

When my kids need to chill, and they often need to chill, we put on Little Stories for Tiny People.  When they don’t want to sleep we put on Little Stories for Tiny People.  On long car rides?  Yep, Little Stories for Tiny People.  It was so good to talk to Rhea Pechter, fellow podcaster and member of Kids Listen about her show and what inspires her to do the things she does.  Rhea has one of the most creative shows out there.  She’s 100% original.  Her show is “perfect for bleary-eyed parents, innovative teachers, and at-wits’-end babysitters looking for an alternative and non-annoying way to engage the toddlers and young kids they love at bedtime or any time!”

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Episode #202 – Uncle Ty-Rone

Uncle Ty-Rone is a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and comedian who found his passion when he was young.  He was so interested in being a ventriloquist that it even helped him learn how to read.  Uncle Ty-Rone also does not forget where he came from and all of the people that helped him along the way.  “A professional since 1994, comedian and ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone got his big break at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he learned how to attract and entertain large crowds.  Ever since, the Virginia native has been sharing his love for entertaining where ever he can find people who want to laugh and enjoy good clean fun. He has appeared at comedy clubs, fairs, festivals, libraries, corporate events, educational venues all across the country to well satisfied audiences.”

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Episode #201 – KB Whirly Returns (A Menschite Crossover Episode)

It’s the first crossover episode between the Good Stuff Kids Podcast and Menschite: Modern Jewish Dadding.  Menschite is a collection of many different authors sharing their authentic stories of fatherhood.  It’s for a new generation of Jewish dads who are writing new rules and re-writing some old ones… for lots of different reasons.  On that note it was great to talk to KB Whirly, himself a Jewish Dad, about his brand new record ‘Now That We’re Home’.  The record is a collection of lullabies and love songs written by a father for his family.  You can hear the love flowing from the song ‘Place Called Home’, which you can hear at the end of the episode.  

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Episode #200 – Marsha and the Positrons

200 episodes. I’ve talked to so many incredible people who are using their talents to create art – music/books/movies/games/podcasts – for families. It’s been an honor and a genuine joy to create so many relationships with people around the world. Truly. The Good Stuff Kids Podcast has gone global. From All over the United States, to England, to Australia and New Zealand.Episode 200 features Marsha Goodman-Wood from Marsha and the Positrons. We talk science, and so much more. Marsha is the perfect example of why I do this podcast. She’s making good stuff for kids and families and more people should know about it!  Listen to her song ‘Positrons’ and I guarantee you’ll learn something and you’ll want to know what else she’s cooking up in the lab!

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Episode #199 – KJ Dell’Antonia

Want to be a happier parent?  Luckily I had a chance to talk to KJ Dell'Antonia about her book, "How To Be A Happier Parent".  I'd really like to be a happier parent, wouldn't we all?  I was so grateful for KJ's insights and advice.  "KJ Dell’Antonia is a writer and a...

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Episode #198 – Ben Rudnick

I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Ben Rudnick.  We talked about family music, the Grateful Dead, and musicals.  Some of my favorite stuff!  “The award-winning music of Ben Rudnick and Friends, Boston-based pioneers of the kindie music scene, has delighted families nationwide for nearly two decades.  Propelled by a sonic boom of critical praise crowned by seven Parents’ Choice® Awards and a John Lennon Songwriting Award.”  You can hear Ben’s song ‘A Frog Named Sam’ at the end of the show.  Find all of the past episodes at www.goodstuffpod.com !!!

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Episode #197 – Ants Ants Ants

Let’s get to know Ants Ants Ants!  “With stylistic nods to 1970’s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, Ants Ants Ants recalls the best elements of a fun and fanciful childhood – the thrill of knocking down a tower of blocks; the fun of imagining what your dog is thinking; a make believe world where nocturnal animals meet in the park at night to play games.

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Episode #196 – Matt Heaton

Do you know what Toddlerbilly is?  You’re about to, Matt Heaton is on the show and he’s got some great music to share with you and your family.  Matt believes that “Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents. This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a serious sense of fun.”  You can hear Matt’s song ‘Hop, Wiggle, Waddle’ at the end of the show.  It gives you a real sense of what Toddlerbilly is.  You’ll be so glad to have Matt and his music as part of your life!

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