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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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Sneak Peek into My First Book

News Flash! Sneak Peek

You are being treated to a sneak peek into my book, In So Many Words, before it comes out on November 4th. My life has been so consumed with preparations for its publication that some of it just had to come out!

The book will be available on Amazon, this blog, a few local spots, and many other sites belonging to colleagues and friends who have generously offered their help with its promotion.

Look for my promotional videos in the first week of October.

I am simply bursting with excitement!

 

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Drop the reins. Let God, fate, universe take control. Seriously. You’re not sure you know how to do that? It scares the crap out of you that you won’t know how to do that? Remember the vessel – one heart – possibly two. Remember the light inside you. Remember the vision board focused on you. Your heart and soul. Those come first. Someone else’s love is going to spill into yours. You are not going to take it. Would you still feel happy without him in your life? Of course you would! You already did! Nothing was missing. You are complete.”

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Shanti. Peace. Namaste.

Shanti. Peace. Namaste.

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After spending the whole day feeling tired, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and unmotivated, two things helped me go to sleep feeling happy, at ease, and ready for another day.

Friends and Yoga

When I see people who I haven’t seen in a while, it can go a lot of ways. Yesterday, I saw several former colleagues/friends and all it did was make me smile and laugh. Some of us are in the same place, most of us have moved on, but all of us were genuinely happy to see each other. We were treated to champagne and lovely hors d’oeuvres and chatted about family, jobs, and vacations.

Yoga felt so perfect last night. I led a practice full of heart openers. We shined our heart light to those who are suffering from the unspeakable tragedies of the past several days. Everyone seemed to move as one, exactly the way I had intended. I’d like to believe we did our small part in healing some of the wounds.

I ended with these words last night. Please let the whole world feel this.

Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.

I honor you in the place of love, light, peace, and truth.

When you are in that place in you,

And I am in that place in me,

We are one.

Namaste.

Happiness is your first dance recital!

happinessHappiness is your first dance recital!

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Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.

You could have cut the jubilant energy in this dressing room with a knife! These little girls and boys were beside themselves with excitement, giggles, and tons of pride as they experienced their first ever dance recital. And it was certainly contagious for all of their family and friends. We hooted and hollered together in the audience and as they tapped and tip-toed like pros! The celebration lasted long into the afternoon and all weekend with lunch, ice cream, flowers, and tons of hugs, kisses, and accolades. This mama was beaming with pride!

Congratulations, Emma! Dance on, my love.

 

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Book Update: Introducing My Kula

Book Update: Introducing My Kula

Kula (Sanskrit): A community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will. An intentional community, a family.

As mentioned before, my first book is a collaborative effort. My mind is still racing from our first gathering on Wednesday. It brought me right back to our coffee talks, book discussions, and ongoing mutual respect. They are all so excited about this venture and are happy to be included. So, it’s time to introduce this group, my kula.

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Donna: Dedicated to yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth; one of the kindest souls I know.
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Kate: The woman who changed my life with her caring yoga instruction and loving friendship.
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MaryAnne: A fellow dancer, yogi, and writer; she embodies grace and beauty.
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Mary: She sets me straight with her sense of humor and acceptance.

 

 

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And our honorary kula member and my publisher, Jamar Suber; a kind-hearted man with a desire to inspire.