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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the season of love and friendship will soon be here, and this year it's got a brand-new soundtrack. Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families is the second compilation album from Mighty Mo Productions, bringing together an impressive lineup of artists from the family-friendly kindie world - with styles ranging from indie folk and pop to surf rock and swingin' jazz. Check out the tracklisting below...

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Last night, just as The 57th Grammys were getting rolling on CBS, I was stepping off a plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, just in from the Disney/ABC #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles. Had I jockeyed my schedule around, I could've stayed in L.A. a bit longer to attend the ceremony at the Staples Center (a couple offers had been extended), but there was just no way for it to work out. My personal relationship with the annual award show is a rocky one - loving it as a celebration of music on one hand, while looking at it as an extravagant relic of years' past on another - bestowing the coveted Gramophone trophy upon artists and releases that often are far from the "best," and sometimes miss-the-mark to create curiosities of legendary proportions (hat tip to JETHRO TULL, here). For the public (and even many artists), the "how" of these nominations and awards is often muddied by a lack of understanding as to the process of culling the nominees... which I will explain as simply as possible.

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Welcome to THE ROCK FATHER's Kindie Scene 6, a new column in which you'll find some quick thoughts on six genre-spanning family-friendly albums that you can check out right now. On-deck today, we've got records spinning from BRADY RYMER, ERIC HERMAN, RIFF ROCKIT, THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS, DJANGO JONES and SUZI SHELTON. Let's get to work...

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Last week, BRADY RYMER was one of the featured fellow "Rock Fathers" in my Father's Day profile series here on the site (read his story here), and today, his latest record, JUST SAY HI! has arrived at retail. As he gears up for a busy summer that includes an appearance on the Kidzapalooza stage of Lollapalooza here in Chicago, Brady and the The Little Band That Could have released a new lyric video for the title track of their new record. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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Rock Father's Day 2014 is this weekend, and in the spirit of giving, eight top artists from the family music world are offering up some new and classic tracks as FREE DOWNLOADS, now through June 18. There's brand-new cuts from the forthcoming new records by BRADY RYMER, THE NOT-ITS! and RAFFI... along with favorites by THE POP-UPS, SUZI SHELTON, SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS, LUCKY DIAZ and ERIC HERMAN. Stream the entire set below, or head to this spot for a download.*

Published in Rock Father's Day

"I was on tour with FROM GOOD HOMES in 1996 and my wife called me," recalls BRADY RYMER about the moment he first realized that he'd soon become a father for the very first time. "I was ecstatic! I wanted to come home immediately!," he continues, "I had the feeling that a big ol’ lovely, challenging, unknown adventure was about to begin!" Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, and with his new album slated for release next week, Brady took a few moments to talk a little bit about Fatherhood, and his role as a "Rock Father."

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