This week on Ages 3 and Up! we played songs about names, songs about games, songs for two of the four holidays being celebrated this week- President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, new music from Earthworm Ensemble, and the fantastic Tugboat Danny (not Tugboat Larry, like I said on the show).
Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals– “Hello”- Taxi
Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “Favorite Names”- Rise and Shine
Shirley Ellis– “The Name Game”-The Name Game
ScribbleMonster & His Pals– “The Song of Life”- Songs With No Character
Candy Band– “Go Fish”- Lollipunk
Dean Jones feat. The Felice Brothers– “Rock Paper Scissors”- Rock Paper Scissors
The Shins– “It’s Okay, Try Again”- v/a Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome!
Pavement– “No More Kings”- v/a School House Rock! Rocks
The Galactic Heroes– “George Washington”- v/a Greasy Kid Stuff 3
Brian Vogan– “Happy Valentine’s Day”- Little Songs
Dreyer Family Band– “The I Love You Song”- Family Photograph
Earthworm Ensemble– “We Are Birds”- Earthworm Ensemble
Elizabeth Mitchell– “Little Bird, Little Bird”- You Are My Little Bird
Ray Darby and Morris Surdin– “Tugboat Danny”- Kiddie Records Weekly 2009 (disc 2)
Frances England– “Tugboat”- Family Tree
Banjos for Babes– “Home Sweet Home”- Volume 1: Classic Children’s Songs
It seemed fitting this week to feature the latest compilation from Greasy Kid Stuff- what with the picture of George Washington bathing a gigantic rat, and all… The great song we played about General Washington by The Galactic Heroes appears on Greasy Kid Stuff 3, as does Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke’s “Favorite Names” (we played the song from their newly released Rise and Shine).
I’m really happy about having the chance to gush over Greasy Kid Stuff, because they are Ages 3 and Up!‘s heroes! For those of you who don’t know, Greasy Kid Stuff is a long running (15 years, I think?) radio program for kids, currently broadcasting from KNRK in Portland, Oregon. Everyone has influences, including radio shows and radio stations. In fact, WFMU, the radio station Greasy Kid Stuff originally broadcasted from, was influencial to the folks who established our happy home, WRFL. Though Greasy Kid Stuff is not the reason our show exists, they certainly have shaped what we’ve become, and so we send a gigantic shout out to them!
Happy President’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have the best Chinese New Year ever, and have fun celebrating Mardi Gras! Be sure to tune in next week, as we’ll be playing nothing but jazz for kids in honor of the Fat Tuesday festivities.
This week on Ages 3 and Up! we got locked out of the car. Seriously. If you click the player below, you can hear me whine about it.
Things could definitely have gone better, but they also could have gone worse. As I am an eternal optimist, here is a list of GREAT things that happened as a result of my losing the car keys while frolicking in a pile of leaves at the park:
1. I got to spend quality time trick-or-treating with my sister on Halloween.
2. Kid-O didn’t actually trick-or-treat as George Bush (original costume pictured at right).
3. I got to visit a friend who I would not otherwise have seen on Halloween- because he lived close to the park and we needed a ride.
4. I didn’t warp Kid-O’s mind by taking him to the Thriller re-enactment before he was ready.
5. I saved some gas.
6. I didn’t have to carry a huge bag of CD’s to WRFL in the morning, or worry about forgetting anything when I left the station.
7. I got to play a funny song about a vampire that I would not otherwise have played.
8. I was able to frolick in the same pile of leaves the next day, while looking for the car keys.
9. We got to celebrate when we FOUND the car keys in the pile of leaves!! Hooray!
10. I was able to take THIS opportunity to think about how much worse things could have been, and be thankful for the fact that they weren’t. Hooray again!!
Here’s what was played on Ages 3 and Up!:
Wee Hairy Beasties– “The Lonely Vampire”- Wee Scary Beasties
They Might Be Giants– “Sleepwalkers”- No!
The Sippy Cups– “The Day After Halloween”- One Day Soon
Uncle Rock– “Picnic in the Graveyard”-Plays Well With Others
Kimya Dawson– “Smoothie”- Alphabutt
Woody Guthrie– “Don’t You Push Me Down”- Nursery Days
Elizabeth Mitchell– “Three is a Magic Number”- You Are My Flower
The Old 97’s– “The Bug Song”-? I honestly don’t know where I got this.
Medeski Martin & Wood– “Where’s the Music?”- Let’s Go Everywhere
Vince Guaraldi– “Linus and Lucy”- A Charlie Brown Christmas
Classiks on Toys– “Blackbird”- Snoopy’s Beatles
The Not-It’s– “Helicopter”- 8 Songs
Me3– “Sunlight”- The Thin King
The Harmonica Pocket– “Ladybug 1-2-3” (Dub Version)- Ladybug One
Deerhoof– “Fresh Born”- Offend Maggie
nana Yes, Banana No”-Sugar Cookie
– “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy”- The Dinah Shore Collection: Columbia and RCA Recordings 1942-1948
We didn’t actually celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, but if you did, we hope you had a fantastic holiday. The picture to the left is of Kid-O practicing his reading skills at the Lexington Cemetary
a few weeks ago. If you’re local, and haven’t been there, you really should go. It’s a BEAUTIFUL place, and great for learning about Lexington’s early history/explaining to your young that cemetaries aren’t spooky- they’re just parks for dead people.
And… here’s a video.
This week on Ages 3 and Up! we played songs about stars for dreamers:
Various feat Ringo Starr– “Pinnochio Medley (“Desolation Theme”/”When You Wish Upon a Star”)”- v/a Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films
Sun Ra– “Nebulae”- Heliocentric Worlds vol 1&2
Langston Hughes– “Dreams”- v/a Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection
Central Services Board of Education– “Beverly the Village Misfit”- s/t (forthcoming)
Renee and Jeremy– “Shooralayhoo”- It’s A Big World
Michael Hearst– “Ice Cream Yo!”- Songs For Ice Cream Trucks
Me3– “Thinking Is Fun”- The Thin King
Kimya Dawson– “Happy Home”- Alphabutt
Tom Glazer– “On Top of Spaghetti”- Sings “Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGGGG” and Other Children’s Favorites
Peggy Zeitlin– “Spin Spider Spin”- v/a Fuzzy Felt Folk
Derek Griffiths– “Bod Pinwhistle Theme”- Bod Words and Music
Tom Glazer– “Puddles”- Happy Rhythms and Rhymes
Ken Nordine– “Muddy”- Colors
Elizabeth Mitchell– “Grassy Grass Grass”- You Are My Little Bird
Ivor Cutler Trio– “Mud”- v/a Colours Are Brighter
Jad and David Fair– “Frankenstein”- Monster Songs For Children
Eban Schletter– “Zombie Man”- Witching Hour
Snowmonster!- “Halloween 2008 Witches and…”- posted on MySpace
Eban Schletter– “Dance of the Skeletons”- Witching Hour
Camille St Saen– “Fossils”- Carnival of the Animals
Recess Monkey– “Under My Bed”- Tabby Road
Dean Jones– “Wheelin’ and Dealin'”- Nappers Delight
We also played songs about mud and MORE Halloween tunes. New to Ages 3 and Up! this week was Renee and Jeremy’s It’s a Big World. They just put out a really nice video for “We Are One,” that you can see by clicking here. Also, strangely coincidentally, we played a couple of songs from Tom Glazer. Unbeknownst to me, Smithsonian Folkways recordings issued a collection of his work last Tuesday, entitled Sings “Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGGGG” and Other Children’s Favorites, pictured above. I’ve not yet heard it, but it should be good. Spooky!
And, speaking of spookiness, Happy Halloween!!!