KindieFest – Registration is open now!

Jan 17

Along with Tor Hyams and Stephanie Mayers, I produce KindieFest, the family music conference.  Registration for this year’s event is open now, with special early bird pricing for another few weeks.

What’s it about?  Watch:

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2010-01-16 Playlist

Jan 16

Thanks to the Royal Order of Chords and Keys for the rockin’ in-studio.  You can find details about the various things we talked about at:

Listen on-demand anytime at‘s Spare the Rock page.

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG – Apartment Four
Michelle Shocked – Got No Strings (Folk Playground)
Ziggy Marley – Walk Tall (Family Time)
Brady Rymer & the Little Band that Could – One True You (Here Comes…)
Brendan Taafe – Take Me Ridin’ in the Car

Segment 2
Talk with Valle Dwight
Dan Zanes – Hop Up Ladies
Brandi Carlile – Have You Ever (The Story)
Laura Freeman – Indigo and Violet (Color Wheel Cartwheel)
ID/prep to rock
Deedle Deedle Dees – Si Se Puede (American History + Rock ‘n’ Roll) (Forbes Library 2/10 11:00 am)
Terrible Twos – When I Get to Eleven (If You Ever See An Owl…)

Segment 3
In-studio with Aric Bieganek & ROCK:
Cruisin’ for a Snoozin’
Punk Rock One Sock
Bright Lights, Big Kitty

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster – Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Ozomotli – Can’t Stop (Don’t Mess with the Dragon)
Egg – Zoom! (Sunny Side Up)
Los Lobos – The Ugly Bug Ball (Los Lobos Goes Disney)
Daddy A Go Go – I Caught My Daddy Watching Cartoons (Come On, Get Happy)
Starfish – The Hoppity Song (Rocks)
Promo for Atkins Farm Activities

Segment 5
Girl Scouts Promo 1
The Not-Its – Come Play At Our House (We Are the Not-Its)
Charity & the JAMband – Row Row Row Your Boat
Mister G – Buster (Pizza for Breakfast)
Ralph’s World – The Great Outdoors (All Around Ralph’s World)
Recess Monkey – S-L-Double-E-P Over (Tabby Road)
Lunch Money – Tricycle (Silly Reflection)

Segment 6
Aaron Nigel Smith – Everyone Loves to Dance (Everyone Loves to Dance)
Girl Scouts Promo 2
Dean Jones – Sing Like a Sparrow
School for the Dead – Rock and Roll Camper (The New You)
AudraRox – Short Attention Span (I Can Do It By Myself)
They Might Be Giants – Cowtown (Lincoln)
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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More Book Time With Ella!

Jan 14

This time, in (pixelated) print.  The blog (Playing by the Book) is worth a subscription, too.

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Royal Order of Chords and Keys In-Studio

Jan 12

Longtime friend-of-the-show Aric Bieganek has a rockin’ new band, the Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.).  They’ll be playing at the Meltdown, plus they’ve got a show at the Springfield Community Music Center a week from Saturday.  They came by the studio to record an in-studio to air this week; here’s a preview.  Does it rock?  Oh, yes, it rocks.

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It’s (Almost) Cookie Time

Jan 11

Tonight we recorded two promos with Ella’s girl scout troop to air on Saturday.  As you’ll hear, to find a girl scout cookie booth in the area, go to!

The girls wrote the scripts with only a little bit of help and did a great job of recording their parts.  Through in some Esquivel!, and magic ensues.  Listen:

Girl Scout Cookie Promo 1

Girl Scout Cookie Promo 2

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