Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ben's Playlist - Friday, January 19, 2018

All These Years – Camila Cabello
It's Been A Long Day – Caspar Babypants
Summer's Here – The Bazillions
Feels Like Summer  – Weezer
Rainbow Tunnel – Alison Faith Levy
Hammer – Aaron Nigel Smith

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Midnight Train – Sam Smith
Play That Song – Train
One – Aaron Nigel Smith
Thank You for the Box – Andrew & Polly
Another Head Hits The Pillow – Caspar Babypants
New Pair Of Shoes – The Bazillions

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Just A Kite – Caspar Babypants
Sourwood Mountain – Red Yarn
Drink Up  – Train
Loving & Kind – Aaron Nigel Smith
Me On The Map – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
The Start of Things – Alison Faith Levy

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ben's Playlist - Friday, January 5, 2018

How Lucky We Are – Justin Roberts
Have You Ever Been Real – Dean Jones
Superman – Bob and Luc Schneider
First Star – Caspar Babypants
Kid Of The Week – The Not-Its!
Millionaire – Chris Stapleton

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Back to Sleep With Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants is working at cross-purposes on his new CD, SLEEP TIGHT! He's performing enthusiastically, with ingenious verve and determination, to put your children to sleep. Which kind of defeats the purpose of producing a full-length musical work, doesn't it?

Chris Ballew's alter-ego is known for his dextrous wordplay ("Bird in An Airplane Suit" comes to mind) and creating a child-friendly playspace. On SLEEP TIGHT, he adds such compositions as "Sleep Mister Sandman" and "Another Head Hits The Pillow" to his pantheon of singalong favorites. He even give the traditional "Do Your Ears Hang Low" a slumber-oriented theme with "Does the Moon Hang Low?"

Chris is big on going you the scoop on what's behind his music. His "Stories Behind the Songs" page delivers paragraphs with big insights. For instance, "So Slow Sluggy" was originally written for a car travel game app he worked on with Jack Forman. "It's Been a Long Day" dates back to his college days and was included (1) because of its unique synth line and (2) because Chris always loved the feel of the tune. You also find the chords to learn to play his music, for instance, the sweet and sadly nostalgic "All Of Your Life":

You spent a little while in the belly of your mom
And someday soon you'll be grown and gone
Just follow your feet and it will not go wrong
For you cause you've got time you've got all of your life

There's always a place for interesting, different bedtime/quiet time music. For instance, Lisa Loeb also released her own kids slumber CD, LULLABY GIRL, this past fall. And the songs on SLEEP TIGHT! harken back to Chris' first lullaby release, NIGHT NIGHT, in 2015. With his 14th (!!) release as Caspar Babypants, Chris seems to be getting a second wind; an interesting respite coming on the heels of his newest nifty naptime nocturne. Adults can always put up another pot of coffee and listen to all 14 tracks. I double dog dare you. Sleep tight.

SLEEP TIGHT is available January 19 from Caspar's website, Amazon, Easy Street, and iTunes.

Here is the video for the song, "Underground":

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Grass Is Always Greener – The Okee Dokee Brothers
Crazy Mountain Road – Eric Herman And The Invisible Band
Brighter Side – Gustafer Yellowgold
That Way – Chibi Kodama
Humans Are Still Evolving – Dean Jones
King of the World – Weezer
Inkpot – Kepi Ghoulie