Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Monday, March 30, 2015

Everything I Didn't Say – 5 Seconds of Summer
My Dad – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Caught in the Screen – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Mothership – Mr. Saxophone
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Best Friend – In The Nick Of Time
I Can Still Say I Love You – Keith Munslow
A World Alone – Lorde

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Friday, March 27, 2015

Wild Night – Van Morrison
Kings & Queens – The Hipwaders
If I Could Fly – Riff Rockit
Coming Back For You – Maroon 5
Go Away – Weezer
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Too Much Sugar – Keith Munslow
This Little Light Of Mine – Eric Herman And The Invisible Band

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stay Up Late – Dean Jones
Like I'm Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor Feat. John Legend
My Own Detective – Tom Chapin
Prairie Boy – Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips
National Hiccup Day –  The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
New  – Paul McCartney
No School Today – Danny Weinkauf
Dad Is Takin' a Nap – Keith Munslow
No, No, No – The Little Rockers Band

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Domino Town – Dean Jones
In The Group – Tom Chapin
The Ballad of Ben – Danny Weinkauf
Lazy Raisins – Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
Guitar Pickin' Chicken – Ratboy Jr.
Banana Pudding – Sugar Free Allstars
Here Comes Peter Cottontail – The Hipwaders
Seeing Monkeys – Keith Munslow
Gettin' My Ya Ya's Out – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could

Munslow's Monster Toddler, Cookie's Cool Beans

Will parenthood spoil Keith Munslow, or will it just make his children's music more focused? If you answered yes to both, then you are correct. Now the father of a boisterous two-year-old, Keith is releasing TINY DESTROYER, his new collection of tunes.

Keith's live shows are a combination of storytelling, songs, and drawings. His recordings provide a healthy dose of the first two and the tracks on his latest include dealing with groggy parents ("Dad Is Taking a Nap" and "Coffee Breath") and difficult kids (the title track and "Too Much Sugar").

Like his longtime friend and erstwhile occasional collaborator, Keith never met a phrase he didn't like to turn. At first listen, I thought he was singing about an intelligent plan and wondered why he was delving into political and scientific realms. However it's "Intelligent Clam" and the song is about a pet clam and its drive to go to Harvard and become the smartest seawater creature in the deep.

True confession time: We did most of our listening to the CD during the dinner hour, where stories tend to fade into the background during conversation. However "Old Joe's Bones" and "Princess Pepper's Story" held up in separate listenings.

Keith counts Randy Newman and New Orleans jazz among his influences, which is not a bad thing for somebody like me who shivers at world music but wants to expose the kids to a modicum of culture and diversity.  "Get Along Little Kitty" mixes a feline's affection and selfishness. "Seeing Monkeys" is a joyful ode poisoning. Finally, "I Can Still Say I Love You" is a parent's lullaby to their children. And a perfect eye-dampener for any family.

TINY DESTROYER is available April 7 from Keith's website, Amazon, CDBABY, and iTunes.

Mista Cookie Jar is back with his latest song of the month. For March (and the upcoming Easter holiday), it's a quick bitty called "Jelly Beans."

The song jams a rap riff onto a surf beat and some quavering keyboards to talk up a candy lover's delight, complete with a guest vocal from 14-year-old Ava Flava.

You can find the tune here. And remember to brush your teeth after every snack!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Secret Fox – Gustafer Yellowgold
Bionic (feat. Shiz & Lady Asha) – Father Goose
Bird in an Airplane Suit – Caspar Babypants
Robots From The 4th Dimension – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Uh Huh – Dean Jones
Let The Records Play – Pearl Jam
Smile in My Heart – Suzi Shelton
No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
Back To The Shack  – Weezer

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Monday, March 23, 2015

Lucky Penny – The Whirlygigs
Archaeology – Danny Weinkauf
Duck Ellington – Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
Look, Think, Guess, Know – Tom Chapin
Tacky – Weird Al Yankovic
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Do Ya Thang – Rihanna
Counting Stars – OneRepublic

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ben's Playlist - Friday, March 20, 2015

Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
Brick By Brick – Recess Monkey
Apple Tree – Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Germs – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Foolish Father  – Weezer
Sing  – Ed Sheeran
Crazy Mountain Road – Eric Herman And The Invisible Band
NOW That's What I Call Polka! – Weird Al Yankovic