Wednesday, April 25 2012 00:17

Story Laurie, Groovin' in the Garden, and the magical Mandan Bride...

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Earlier this month, I posted a quick news item about STORY LAURIE, and some free tracks that were made available for download from her new GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN album. After running that item, Laurie McIntosh got in touch and we exchanged some emails... and then a package arrived here last Friday. Inside that package was a CD, a nice note, and a packet of special seeds.

When I added my Gardening Blog to The Rock Father™ site, a few people didn't really get it. By now, it should make sense to all. I honestly can't think of two things that I'd rather share with my children than music and gardening, and there's plenty of parents out there that feel the same way.

Receiving an album in the mail is a pretty frequent (near daily) occurrence here at Rock Father HQ, but receiving seeds in the mail along with an album? That hasn't happened until now. But there they were, wrapped in purple construction paper with a note:

"Mandan Bride Heirloom Corn Seed - Given to me at a potluck dinner/jam with Pete Seeger, from a woman who lived on a 'commune' in the Woodstock area. Please plant, or share w/someone who will!" 


On the back it read "No GMO here!"

I couldn't resist. So I planted a dozen of them that very night. With Organic Jiffy Mix, I started some of the seeds.


Not even five days later and the first sprouts have emerged...


So we'll have a small block of Mandan Bride Corn out in the garden very soon. This is an "Indian Corn" often used for decoration, but it's said to make great flour and meal. I need to find someone locally that grinds there own. This is pretty awesome, so thanks to Laurie for sending these our way.

As for the album?

lauriecoverSTORIE LAURIE AND FRIENDS' GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN is a really good record. Produced by Dean Jones of DOG ON FLEAS (check out their new music video!), there's a surprising French-Cajun jazz vibe happening here - something that weaves throughout the album like a connecting thread, emerging fully on "L'Alphabet." I wasn't expecting that from an album with roots in the Catskill Mountains, but surprises are good. My wife and I both having spent time studying French, and eventually bestowing our first daughter with both first and middle names from French 'Lore, the "French connection" of GROOVIN' is  appreciated. The entire 16-track affair clocks in around 35-minutes, making for a well-paced album that avoids the bloat factor.

Thematically, 'GROOVIN is about Community Gardening, and there's plenty here to pique the interest of the little ones. "Homegrown Tomatoes," "Wonderful Wiggly Worms" (my daughter actually carried on a conversation with an earthworm today), and the title track (which features Laurie's husband Ira, as does "Sandcakes") are great for moving and shaking.

Now I need to get one of those wireless speaker systems for my Garden, though.

The Rock Father™ Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN is available now on iTunes.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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