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!
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 Mefor 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
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
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.
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