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Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends

Camp songs and the memories that come with them are the things that make this world go ’round. Ella Jenkins’ CD, released today, comes at the perfect time when kids are off at camp and counselors are working hard to keep those kids happy.

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This CD, which includes a book of lyrics, will do the trick. It’s got wonderful standards like Kumbaya, This Land is Your Land, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and This Little Light of Mine. The rest of the songs and sweet little reflections of camp memories from Ella make this collection a must have. And we know she’s got some good stories. After all, she turns 93 in August!

We were happy to donate this CD to St. Francis in the Field‘s “Happy Campers” camp for  ages 3-6 this week. I hope the music helped them imagine and explore the beautiful outdoors!

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

Starting today, June 23, the entire album will be available for sale via the Folkways site, Amazon, and iTunes.
Here is more from Sugar Mountain PR:
“Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Releases
‘Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends’ on June 23

Washington, DC – Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of Children’s Music, celebrates 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist with the release of Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends,” out June 23. Jenkins has wanted to record camp songs for more than 15 years and assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these rounds, nonsense songs and campfire sing-alongs. The 25-track collection includes familiar camp songs “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” “Kumbaya” and “This Land Is Your Land.”  

Many of the tunes on “Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” have been sung by generations of campers, including many of the 14 million children and adults who attend camp every year in the United States. The album has its roots in the songs Jenkins’ brother brought home with him from Boy Scout camp when she was a child, and begins with a chorus of children singing the familiar round “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” But these selections come from a variety of traditions, among them African-American spirituals, European folk songs, and Jewish summer camps where Jenkins has performed. “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” has lines in a dozen languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Serbian and Nigerian. The album’s final five numbers, which include “Sloop John B.” and “Goodnight Irene,” are sequenced to resemble a campfire sing-along.

“Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” was produced by Tony Seeger, nephew of folk-music icon Pete Seeger. Tony Seeger also wrote the included liner notes and lyric annotations for all the songs in the 36-page booklet that accompanies the album. Throughout the album, Jenkins sings and plays harmonica, often offering reminiscences and spoken-word introductions to the songs.

Though Jenkins takes the lead on “Sipping Cider Through a Straw,” she is almost everywhere on this recording — singing, harmonica playing, teaching, reflecting about camp, engaging with children and their parents, and of course in the selection of the songs. Jenkins is joined in her performances by 13 children and a group of adults that includes Erin Flynn; Bucky Halker; Judy, Kate, and Tony Seeger; Barbara Silverman; and Chris Walz. At its core, this is a collection of music by and with children.

Jenkins, who turns 93 in August, has devoted her life to instilling a love of music in children. She released her first album for Folkways in 1957, and her 1966 album “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” remains one of the best-selling titles in the history of Smithsonian Folkways. She received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award from The Recording Academy in 2004.  The Old Town School of Folk Music is organizing a tribute concert at the Square Roots Festival in Chicago on July 8. For more information about Ella Jenkins, visit www.ellajenkins.com.”

Junie B Jones

Junie B. Jones The Musical Takes Me Back

Junie B. Jones The Musical takes me back to my musical production days and I love the memories! Working with young singers, dancers, and actors to produce amazing shows like this is so fun and rewarding! I can so easily imagine the kids on stage as I listen to this CD. The CD, sheet music, and show package all come out TODAY!

Junie B. Jones

Heisler and Goldrich portray the life and times of Junie so well with songs like You Need Glasses, Kickball Tournament, Show and Tell, and Writing Down the Story of My Life. My daughter temporarily needed glasses at the age of three for a minor discrepancy. I was so worried she would totally reject the idea, but I was wrong to worry. She chose a pair of striped purple glasses and was showered with compliments everywhere she went! She was proud to wear those glasses and they did the trick in such a short time.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Go to Goldrich and Heisler’s website to find out more.

You can download it, stream it, buy the sheet music, or do the show!

Here’s more from Music Theatre International:

Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. The small cast, minimal design needs and performance accompaniment CD make this an ideal show for theatres looking to tour schools or with strong education programs.

For more about the Junie B. Jones books, visit www.juniebjones.com or a bookstore near you!

 

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Bubble Wrap is Popping Fun!

Eric Herman’s CD ‘Bubble Wrap‘ comes out today! It’s available on iTunes and Amazon. You can also see his YouTube video for  Cowboy Bergaleoukaleopaleous. What a name, huh?

Bubble Wrap is his first CD with The Thunder Puppies. We especially like the songs, Take a Bath, You are What You Eat, and Fun Times. We rock to Eric’s music in the car and laugh at all of his funny lyrics!

And…uh…we really like popping bubble wrap!

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Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

Visit the Eric Herman’s website HERE.

Eric Herman on YouTube.

Eric Herman on Twitter.

 

From Waldmania PR:

WEST RICHLAND, WA — Beloved by families nationwide, Eric Herman’s warm and witty music videos have received over 50 millionviews on YouTube; his body of work also includes seven award-winning albums plus an award-winning DVD.  With the June 10 release ofBubble Wrap, a hard poppin’ new family music album by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies — Eric’s first album backed by the full compliment of his band — Eric Herman is poised to take his place in the pantheon of today’s kindie music luminaries.

At once memorable, meaningful, and masterful, Bubble Wrap‘s hook-filled songs hit on a variety of issues and experiences portrayed in the life of its kid protagonist — obsessions with bubble wrap and cell phones, hilarious tactical retreats to avoid bath time, the blues of a Monday morning at school, and the supreme joy of an exhilarating theme park excursion, paired with songs about more weighty matters like stage fright, a best friend moving away, and even the death of a parent.

Musically vibrant and diverse, with the inclusion of guest spots by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of Trout Fishing in America, Mister G,Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, Roger Day, and more,Bubble Wrap will inspire repeated pops (into the CD player), much like its eponymous namesake.

Eric Herman’s wife, longtime co-producer, and co-writer, Roseann Endres, died during the creation of Bubble Wrap.  The song “Okay” was being written in the days before she died and finished the day after, and the recording includes the couple’s daughters, Becca and Evee, in the outro. “Okay,” sung from the perspective of a child whose parent is ill or dying, holds deep resonance with Eric’s family.  The indomitable nature of the human spirit also plays a role in the album’s closing song, “Hello.”

Bubble Wrap kicks off with the album’s title track, a driving rock song with an Elvis Costello-type groove that describes a kid’s addiction tobubble wrap popping.  Other highlights include “You Are What You Eat,” a very catchy Latin-influenced number celebrating a variety of foods, and “Take A Bath,” a reggae-flavored ditty about the comical avoidance of bath time that even extends to outer space, graced by contributions fromKeith & Ezra of Trout Fishing in America, Kenn Nesbitt, Mister G,Roger Day, and more.

Eric Herman’s songs and videos have been featured nationally on PBS KIDS, SiriusXM, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and in the Warner Bros. film, Life As We Know It.  A version of “The Elephant Song” was even covered for a multi-platinum release by Brazilian superstar Xuxa.

Previous releases by Eric Herman include his comedy sketch album,The Incredibly Spaced Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson (2014,Parents’ Choice Award), Party Animal (2014, NAPPA Award), What a Ride! (2009, Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA Award), Snail’s Pace(2007, Pearl Award), Snow Day! (2006), Monkey Business (2005), andThe Kid in the Mirror (2003).  Eric’s 2011 DVD The Elephant was honored with a Dove Foundation Award.  He was a John Lennon Songwriting Competiton finalist in 2007 and won the Just Plain Folks Award for Best Children’s Song in 2006.

Bubble Wrap will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and onerichermanmusic.com.