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Playlist 1/23/10

This week on Ages 3 and Up! things did not really go as planned. I played the wrong song four times, equipment failed, a visitor to the University of Kentucky’s lovely campus dropped in for directions, and Kid-O needed my help mustering up the bravery to use WRFL‘s dingy, old, disgusting, dark and scary bathroom. Arrgh… It was, simply put, a bad week.

But, that’s the way things go sometimes, so we rolled with it and did our best!

Having such a great selection of new music and old favorites definitely helped. New to us this week was More Please!, the nifty follow up release from Caspar Babypants. Also new to Ages 3 and Up! was The SpeksSing Along Songs From Glasses Island, Los Lobos Goes Disney, Renee and Jeremy’s C’mon, and the various artist compliation from Yo Gabba Gabba, called Music is Awesome!

We featured the album pictured above, John and Mark’s Children’s Record. Like we said on the show, John and Mark are John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg from The Coctails. The Coctails put out a 7″ record many years ago, called Songs For Children, which later appeared on Early Hi-Ball Years. We played “Old Gray Mare” from that release. We also played “Itchy Itchy Hay Hay” from Georgia and August Greenberg’s Sing Songs For You and Me. Mark is Georgia and August’s dad! According to Mark, these days Georgia and August are making some wonderful animations. Hopefully, we’ll soon have some of those to post here at Ages 3 and Up! If you’d like, you can download Sing Songs for You and Me for free. You can also download some fantastic coloring pages, drawn by Archer Prewitt, who was also a member of the The Coctails and a number of other prominent Chicago area bands.

Wow! I’m wordy this week.

Michael Rachap– “Boomba Boom”- Songeez: Original Music from Readeez
Robbert Bobbert– “I Am a Clock”- …And the Bubble Machine
Boogers– “Um Tut Sut”- Road to Rock
Lullatone– “Your Snore”- The Bedtime Beat
Dean Jones feat. The Felice Bros.- “Roncando”- Rock Paper Scissors
Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals– “Daddy’s Snoring”- Taxi
Caspar Babypants– “Take the Sun”- More Please!
The Coctails– “Old Gray Mare”- Early Hi-Ball Years
Georgia and August Greenberg– “Itchy Itchy Hay Hay”- …Sing Songs for You and Me
John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg– “Colors”- John and Mark’s Children’s Record
Banjos for Babes– “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”- Volume 1: Classic Children’s Songs
The Speks– “The King’s Concerto”- Sing Along Songs From Glasses Island
Dick James– “Robin Hood”- v/a Hello Children Everywhere
The Barbara Moore Singers– “Hey Robin”- v/a Fuzzy Felt Folk
Los Lobos– “Oo-De-Lally”- …Goes Disney
Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “I Had a Little Dog”- Rise and Shine
Logan Whitehurst & the Junior Science Club– “Lizard & Fish”- Goodbye, My 4 Track
Renee and Jeremy– “Watch Where You’re Goin'”- C’mon
Chromeo– “Nice ‘n’ Clean”- v/a Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome!
Snowmonster!- “Make Your Own Kind of Music”- Ready in Seconds!
Clementown– “Gum Bubble Monday”- Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: The Music!
The Free Design– “Bubbles”- …Sing For Very Important People
Ella Fitzgerald– “Chew Chew Chew (Chew Your Bubblegum)”- Miss Ella’s Playhouse

Playlist 11/1/08

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
Sugar Cookie– “Banana Yes, Banana No”-Sugar Cookie
Dinah Shore– “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.

Playlist 10/25/08

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!!!