Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Monday, August 22, 2016

Chain Reaction – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
Do You Talk To Yourself – Dean Jones
Don't Fence Me In – The Okee Dokee Brothers
Oh Island in the Sun – Aaron Nigel Smith
Rainbow Tunnel – Alison Faith Levy
Small Bird – Caspar Babypants
So Gazed Upon – Cat Doorman
The Ultimate Frisbee –  Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clap Your Hands  – Red Yarn & Mo Phillips
Eyes on the Prize  – Cat Doorman Cat Doorman
Hammer  – Aaron Nigel Smith
Have You Ever Been Real  –  Dean Jones
The Only One   – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
Rattlesnake  – Caspar Babypants
Run For The Sunshine  –  Sunshine Collective

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Amistad (Featuring Dan Zanes) – Hot Peas 'n Butter
Banana Bread – Caspar Babypants
Forever Young  – Andrew & Polly
Hamsterdam – Ratboy Jr.
Look At Those Clouds – Danny Weinkauf
One – Aaron Nigel Smith
To and Fro – Cat Doorman

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Because I Love You – Caspar Babypants
Brain Freeze – The Not-Its!
Fourth Day Of July – Red Yarn
Fresh Spokes (Featuring Susan Lapidus) – Hot Peas 'n Butter
Ghostbusters – Andrew & Polly
People Watching – Dean Jones
T.L.C. – Alison Faith Levy

Caspar Babypants Takes Us Away Once More

The ever-prolific and versatile Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew) has returned to Stompy the Bear's home territory for his newest kid's CD, AWAY WE GO (artwork as always by illustrator spouse Kate Endle).

The world of Caspar Babypants is filled with such fantastic creatures as "Sleepy Snail And Speedy Spider" and "Jellyfish Jones." And Chris loves to take cherished nursery rhyme songs and add his own signature twist – and additional verses. This time it's "Pop Goes The Weasel." In Chris's mind, the song is now about a 1960s band from London that sings for shillings in the streets.

As a prodigious baker, I was quite taken with "Banana Bread," the saga of fruit gone nearly-bad but still salvageable. In going through the "stories behind the songs," I learned that Chris wrote this tune with his late father. He has completed an amusing tribute that has already inspired many car singalongs:

Me and the boys have been together for so long
We grew up on a banana tree and learned to sing this song
All the young bananas learned it in case they get forgotten
So people don't throw them out just because they look a little bit rotten

Chris tends to deal with simple, gentle concepts with a whimsical, friendly access point for young children. Chris's alternative past has led him through a looking glass to a similar vantage point for kids. Everything is possible, everything can be fun, away we go. Caspar Babypants CD come out at quite an incredible rate. This is apparently the age of Babypants, so enjoy "Tiny Horse," "Moody Susan," "Chicken In The Cornbread," and all the characters who join the parade in this 2016 edition.

AWAY WE GO! is available from Caspar's website, Amazon, iTunes, and CDBABY.

Here is the first video from the CD, "Mr. Cloud:"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Monday, August 15, 2016

Crazy Mountain Road – Eric Herman And The Invisible Band Here Comes The Sun – Andrew & Polly Loving & Kind – Aaron Nigel Smith Loving Cup – Cat Doorman Take Me Away – Sunshine Collective Washington, Dc – The Not-Its!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Forever Young – Andrew & Polly
Sourwood Mountain – Red Yarn
Amnesia – 5 Seconds of Summer
Cow Cow Yippee – The Okee Dokee Brothers
Tomorrow's People  – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
Kid Of The Week – The Not-Its!
My Favorite Sneakers – In The Nick Of Time

Monday, August 08, 2016

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

All In A Day – Alastair Moock & Friends
Rest Easy Now – Eric Herman And The Invisible Band
Ghost Riders in the Sky – Andy Z
Everything I Didn't Say – 5 Seconds of Summer
20 More Dollars – Chibi Kodama
Sons and Daughters  – The Bazillions