Book Time With Ella for 4-17-2010

Apr 17

Ella talked about Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep.  Click on the book cover to find an independent bookseller selling it!

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The Meltdown: A Look Back

Apr 17

I was going to try to write about the whole day of the Meltdown.  It’s pretty much impossible, especially since I spent much of the day running around maniacally.  So a few thoughts, and then some links:

  • Our best estimate is that at least 3,500 people came through.  Even though it got a little cozy at times, everyone was super friendly, happy, and fun!
  • Everyone seemed to like the addition of the third performance area (the Chill Room).  Storytelling, puppets, cartooning, singing — what’s not to love?
  • Hula hooping rocks.
  • Trombones are awesome.  If you’re thinking about putting a sax solo in a song, replace it with a trombone solo.  It’ll probably be better.
  • Sponsors: You rule.  Yankee Candle, Comcast, WEBS – America’s Yarn Store, Hampshire Gymnastics, River Valley Market — they, and the vendors (who also rule!) are how the event was free.  Thank you.
  • Jarrett Krosoczka is amazing.  He put together an insane lineup of authors and illustrators.
  • Our performers: crazy good.  Thanks to, in order of appearance: Dog on Fleas, Rona Leventhal, Maria Sangiolo, Royal Order of Chords and Keys, Alastair Moock, Tom Knight & Amy Dawn Kotel, Mister G, Mariana Iranzi, Jay Mankita, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Ratboy Jr., Keith Munslow, Uncle Rock & the Playthings, Marcy Gregoire, Flannery Brothers, Laura Daisybee, and the Deedle Deedle Dees (who, as usual, destroyed) (in a good way).  I stand by my assertion that there will not be a better lineup of family music anywhere this year.

Some links:

And I’ve put all of the videos I am aware of from the event into one playlist; watch it here (or go to it here):

If you know of any videos or photos I don’t have up here, let me know!

Finally: Thanks to everyone who came, laughed, danced, ate, drank, bounced, hula hooped, shopped, made a weird wax thing with your hand, or just walked around, mouth agape.  I hope you had a ton of fun, and we’ll see you next year!  (And before then!)

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2010-04-10 Playlist

Apr 10

Listen any time you like at!  And see you Sunday at 2 for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, with Mister G opening, at the Iron Horse!

Thanks to Clementown for the terrific guest DJ set.

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG – The Vowel Family
Heidi Swedberg & the Sukey Jump Band – Pop Goes the Weasel (Play!)
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – Go Waggaloo (Go Waggaloo)
Gourds – Fossil Contender
Monty Harper – Roundy Round (Take Me to Your Library)

Segment 2
Johnny Bregar – Dragonfly
Little Miss Ann – Mockingbird
ID/prep to rock
Hold Steady – Take Me Out to the Ballgame
ScribbleMonster – The World’s Greatest (Chocolate Milk)
Roy Handy & the Moonshot – Socks Are Overrated!!! ((I’m Gonna Be) Your Best Friend)
Quiet Two – Invisible Trousers (Make Some Noise)
ID/book time with Ella (Cornelia Funke – The Thief Lord)

Segment 3
Ralph & Ralph – Opposites
Dean Jones – Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here!
Mates of State – Jellyman Kelly
John & Mark – People Have Good Reasons
Keith Munslow – Are You Gonna Eat That? (Homemade Fun)
Recess Monkey – Sack Lunch (Field Trip)

Segments 4 & 5
Clementown guest DJ set:
Twilight Zone Theme
Bellville Rendez-vous – M&S
Yes, We Have No Bananas – Baily’s Lucky 7
Little Bed – Clementown
Big in Japan – Tom Waits
Little Old Money Maker – Meters
Radio One Radio Jingle – Jimi Hendrix
Fixing a Hole – Beatles
Fun Services – Phone Phreaks
Flea Keepers – Clementown
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Julie Andrews et al
Fistful of Dollars – Morricone
Shining Star – Earth Win & Fire
Runaway Waffle – Clementown
Man from UNCLE theme

Segment 6
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Luck
Run DMC – Reading Rainbow
Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart
Baby Loves Jazz – Duck Jam
TMBG – Meet the Elements

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2010-04-10 Book Time With Ella

Apr 10

This week, Ella talked about Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord.  Click on the cover to find an independent bookseller to buy it from!

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Book Time with Ella for 2010-04-03

Apr 03

This week, Ella talked about local hero Jarrett Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady book.  Click on the cover to find it for sale from an independent bookseller!

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