Monday March 10, 2014
Big goings-on in The City of Brotherly Love this summer! On June 28, 2014 at World Café Live, Philadelphia will host Kindiecomm, a day of networking, inspirational talks, and top-notch family music, all aimed at artists in, and those trying to get into, the kindie rock biz.
The day will feature talks by Barry Louis Polisar and Dan Zanes, as well as several breakout sessions, and the day ends with performances by Zanes, Lucky Diaz, and Trout Fishing in America. Drop by the official Kindiecomm website for more info.
Friday February 28, 2014
Peter, Paul and Mary's 1969 kids' album Peter, Paul and Mommy was a groundbreaker of sorts, because it was the first instance of a major pop star or band making an album specifically for children. The trio covered songs by artists like Tom Paxton, Shel Silverstein, and Gilbert & Sullivan, and the album included their beloved and universally-known "Puff the Magic Dragon." For the most part, Peter, Paul and Mommy is a subdued acoustic affair, so the album would make a perfect backdrop to a rainy afternoon or a summer sundown.
Image Courtesy Warner Brothers
Wednesday February 26, 2014
If you look back at the history of "children's music," most early albums were collections of folk songs or original tunes performed in a folky style. Now, there were outliers during the 1960s, like Bruce Haack and Mr. Rogers, but for the most part you didn't hear kids' music performed in a band's or artist's unique style until the early 1970s.
Groups like The Free Design and pop artists like Carole King, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, and Anne Murray all released great kids' LPs between 1970 and 1979, and the musical genius of Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss shone through on releases by the Sesame Street cast. Plus, the subversive humor of Barry Louis Polisar found its genesis during this decade. Remember any more of your favorite kids' music albums from the '70s? Let us know!
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Saturday February 22, 2014
Historical, interactive, modern, and entertaining, The Deep Woods is Andy Furgeson's kids' music debut, an aural record of what one might expect at a Red Yarn show. Many critters inhabit The Deep Woods, and Furgeson tells us all about the rabbits, snakes, foxes, and birds that wind their way through the stories and songs that describe this magical place. Although you might hear modern musical influences like Neil Young, The Residents, Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Bruce Springsteen, Jason & The Scorchers, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Violent Femmes in the music of Red Yarn, the folk songs performed on The Deep Woods have histories that span centuries.
Image Courtesy Red Yarn Productions