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Musical Buddies Make Us Laugh!

Big Buncha Buddies releases their hilarious collection TODAY with children’s songs from Keith Munslow and Bridget Brewer. It’s mixture of blues and country make us toe tap, knee slap, and laugh about childhood. The Lonliest Whale and Why Did You Teach Me That Word are our favorites.

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A song about a “four-letter word” learned on the bus reminds all parents of that dreaded day your child repeats a not-so-appropriate word with such innocence, yet shocks everybody else. It happens. You can’t avoid it. We just live and learn.

The Lonliest Whale slows the mood down with a sad, baritone whale who swims around the earth all by himself with the “lonely ocean blues”. At least Keith and Bridget get to sing this song together and don’t have to be as lonely as the whale.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Go to Keith’s website for more information on buying this fun collection of children’s songs.


Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

Providence, RI, December 13, 2016 – Keith Munslow, a multiple award-winning songwriter, storyteller, cartoonist and improv comedy performer, teams up with a fresh new voice in family music, Bridget Brewer, for a harmonious salute to the ups and downs of friendship. A collaboration among a big bunch of “goofs, music makers, adventurers, and creators of wild, crazy music that’s fun for the whole family,” the rootsy 11 songs of Big Buncha Buddies, are now available now digitally via CDBaby and iTunes. Starting January 13, fans may purchase the album from other distributors in CD format. Visit www.keithmunslow.com  for more information and performance updates.

Known nationwide for his SiriusXM Satellite Radio hit “Coffee Breath,” Munslow brings his quick wit and wry perspective on family life to these new songs (“That Was a Bad Idea,” “It’s an Adventure,” “Why Did You Teach Me That Word?”). His past collaborations with Grammy winner Bill Harley have won awards, national acclaim and radio play. Munslow’s own family recordings (Accidentally on Purpose, Dressed Up for the Party and Homemade Fun) have also drawn national accolades. He brings a piano-forward, fully orchestrated sound to the songs of Big Buncha Buddies. The colorful comics-style cover art is by Eric Fulford, and album design is by Stuart Wilson.

Munslow and Brewer began writing songs together a couple of years ago, when they were both creating musical sketch comedy pieces at the The Empire Revue in Providence, Rhode Island. Brewer is a published fiction writer and recent Brown University MFA graduate who is currently working on a book in Mexico City. As the songs came together, the two artists brought in other performers and began recording and performing before live audiences of families. Most of the songs were created collaboratively, with Brewer taking the lead for the poignant story-song about an unloved cetacean, “The Loneliest Whale,” and Munslow drawing on his parenting experiences for songs like “Don’t Grow Up Too Fast.” Public response has been enthusiastic, and fans helped the duo exceed their Kickstarter campaigngoal.

The creative process has been smooth.“These songs came together very quickly and naturally,” notes Munslow.  “All of the songs on Big Buncha Buddies relate in some way to learning to be a friend.” Brewer, who has never written a children’s song before this project, reflects on the deeper meanings in these seemingly light and humorous songs:  “In the end, the only thing that matters is loving someone, feeling empathy for someone, no matter how different you are. No matter if that someone is a stick pony your grandma gave you, a battered stray dog you found on the side of the highway, or a kid who is so different from you everyone makes fun of you as you walk down the street. You love them and you see how good they are and you hold their hand and you walk through this terrible world with them, both of you a little less alone.”

Brewer will return to Providence in the spring, when the duo will perform an album release celebration concert.  For more information about Big Buncha Buddies and Keith and Bridget’s upcoming music and tour dates, visit www.keithmunslow.com .

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Fireworks in December with Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole probably made their own fireworks in concert this year on Independence Day! Wow, these guys are a hoot! This CD, full of the classics and recorded live, takes on its own quirky twists with Frank and Andrew. They sing fast and slow. They get loud, they whisper. They even growl like bears. You name it, they do it.

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Our favorites are Row Your Boat and Upside Down. My daughter just started flipping upside down on the monkey bars at the playground. She thinks it’s pretty cool. She’s happy that Rolie Polie Guacamole thinks it’s cool too.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. And thank you to Elizabeth Waldman for her patience while I took a break from doing reviews to publish my book. It’s nice to be back!

Lots more from Waldmania PR:

BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole!  Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music are back, bringing a taste of July to this Christmas!  Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to warm up the season for families everywhere with the December 23 release of their sixth studio album, Live on the Fourth of July.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has, through the years, developed a smart musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers that sparkle with a kid-and-parent-friendlhy vibe.

In addition to bringing their rocking, upbeat, high-energy shows to music festivals and performing arts centers, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin take special joy in the informality and “up close and personal” feel of the numerous sing-along preschool and library shows they perform that have a focus on familiar children’s songs.

On July 4, 2016, responding to ongoing requests from families for a recording of Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-along favorites, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin headed to Rutherford, New Jersey to make a live acoustic album with longtime friend, engineer/producer Max Caselnova.  Celebrating an unforgettable Fourth of July, they laid down fourteen classic children’s songs that revel in a true-to-life setting with very few overdubs or added tracks.  The result:  Live on the Fourth of July!

Live on the Fourth of July speaks to younger Rolie Polie Guacamole fans with sing-along gems like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Mr. Sun,” and “Muffin Man/Pizza Man,” while offering older kids some of the band’s signature cover songs, such as “Fire Truck,” “Subway Train,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Enthuses Frank Gallo, “After years of being urged by our fans to record our sing-along set, I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it!  It was a blast to spend last Fourth of July going back to our acoustic duo roots and working with our good friend Max!  We hope to bring some of that summertime warmth to the colder months of the year with Live on the Fourth of July.”

Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true.  They’ve released five albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.

To herald the release of Live on the Fourth of July, Rolie PolieGuacamole has launched an animated sing-along video series on YouTube, kicking off with “Mr. Sun,” illustrated by Alexandra Narvaez and animated by Teddy Gage, HERE.

Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Chips and Salsa (2015, Parents’ Choice® Recommended Award), Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice® Fun Stuff Award), Houses of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).

Live on the Fourth of July will be available on the Rolie PolieGuacamole website and iTunes.  Pre-orders may be placed now at both sites.

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CD Details:  Live on the Fourth of July
Release Date:  December 23, 2016
For ages 0 – 4
Label:  RPG Records
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $10.00 for digital download.
Running time:  34 minutes
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Performance Highlights
Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017

Dec. 29 – Jamtime, Natick, MA – New Year’s Eve Bash!

Dec. 29 – Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA

Dec. 30 – Groton Public Library, Groton, MA

Dec. 30 – E. Longmeadow Library, E. Longmeadow, MA – Family Dance Party!

Jan. 14 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY – Album Release Party!

Jan. 27 – Gullford Free Library, Guilford, CT

Jan. 29 – Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
 

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Visit the Rolie Polie Guacamole website HERE.
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Rolie Polie Guacamole on YouTube.

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Generations Sing Under the Moon

Generations Sing Under the Moon

We enjoyed an extra special bed time as three generations sang along with Under the Moon Jazz Standards and Lullabies, a book and CD combination from The Secret Mountain. Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn lulled my little girl into a sleepy state and brought her “Gappy” back in time. I was raised on these jazz classics as well, so it is always fun for me to pass on the tradition.

The book includes lyrics, the history behind the songs and artists and stunning illustrations by Ilya Green.

We will enjoy this during quite a few bed time routines.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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Justin Robert’s Lemonade is Sweet!

Justin’s CD, Lemonade, takes me back to my middle school days with the song Dodgeball. How I dreaded that game! And the way he ‘do-wops’ his way through the song with repeated D’s fits the fast paced, cut throat idea behind it. I’m thankful that he makes me laugh about something I hated so much.

The collection of songs is fun and silly, yet touching and sweet. My daughter likes Must Be This Tall and Me And My Kangaroo. She’s tall for a four year old and has surprised me with her bravery on a couple of rides. Disney World is our next adventure. We shall see.

How Lucky We Are brings the sweetness. Justin’s voice and lyrics gently and lovingly remind us of our simple blessings.

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5/29/13 10:03:03 AM —
Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Band
. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

You can find this CD and more about Justin Roberts on his website. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

 

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Feel What U Feel with Lisa Loeb

We never fail to feel what we feel with Lisa Loeb‘s children’s CDs! As soon as the title song came on in my car, I started in with my standard head bob. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw my daughter doing the same exact thing! It’s one of those songs that makes me say, “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” Wiggle and Wanna Do Day give us that same vibe.

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The entire collection is a wonderful variety of sweet, sassy, and full of love. Lisa, along with a few of her friends, remind us that You Can Count on Me, It’s Alright To Cry, and You Have It In You. As well as appreciating the songs we can jam to, as a mother, I also love the messages these songs send to my impressionable four-year old girl.

Feel What U Feel is available on Amazon in lots of different ways. Check it out here.

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Photo by Juan Patino

Thank you to Beth Blenz-Clucas from Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and for allowing my brief hiatus while I finalized my book publication. I am honored to support this organization’s mission to share awesome, family-friendly media.