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Longfield GardensWith Gardening being a part of our regular routine, we've dabbled in annuals, perennials, vegetables, and more... but one thing we'd never worked with previously is bulbs, and this Fall, that changed. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it previously here on THE ROCK FATHER, but waaaaaay back in my past (practically another lifetime), I used to run a couple of garden centers. I sold a ton of bulbs back then, but never had the opportunity to plant some of my own. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and here we are - my Wife and I are homeowners, and I'm finally planting some fresh bulbs. For this project, four-year-old Addie was my Garden Helper. Armed with 200 (!) Fall Bulbs that were sent to us courtesy of the folks at Longfield Gardens, the little one and I set out to prep our home for some Spring color, completing a project that is fun and easy for kids and grownups alike.

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movember125It's November 1st, and for the first time-ever, it's MOVEMBER 1st here at Rock Father HQ. Yes, you read that correctly - I am participating in Movember this year - my first-ever excursion into the world of being a MO BRO. Indeed, I do despise mustaches on baby products (and in most non-facial uses), and I once declared that "Hipsters and Movember Killed the Mustache Movement." My attitude has changed, and while I often tend to buck trends, why I previously chose not to participate in Movember is unimportant at this point. What's important is why I've chosen to support it.

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As I sat down to write this entry, I happened to notice that it was exactly one year ago today, for 31 Days of Halloween 2012, that I'd written about the same thing. While Halloween isn't officially here until Thursday, Trick-or-Treating here took place yesterday, on a Sunday afternoon, and in broad daylight. This is still weird to me, and I can only equate it with doing Christmas morning presents on December 21. It will never feel right.

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It is my duty to warn you that the video that I am about to share is most certainly not-family-friendly, and also probably not-safe-for-work, unless you work somewhere really cool. What just happened is that GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus (who may have Dave Brockie in his belly) recently sat down at the offices of Loudwire in Manhattan for a reading of Margaret Wise Brown's classic children's book, GOODNIGHT MOON. Now, being that this site is called "The Rock Father," you should understand the significance of why I'm posting this... It's the singer of GWAR reading a book that I, as a parent, have read to my children countless times. If you've read it, and understand the mighty power of GWAR, you will appreciate this video. If you do not understand the metal majesty of Anarctica's finest band, I urge you to read a different article, right now (this one is good). You have been warned.

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While I've already featured some great family-friendly music during 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father, today we're going to expand that playlist by nine... but only if you act fast! From now through Sunday (the 20th), you can grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of a Kindie Rocktober Halloween Playlist featuring tracks by TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA (again?), KEY WILDE & MR. CLARKE, DAVID TOBOCMAN, JUSTIN ROBERTS, HEIDI SWEDBERG and the SUKEY JUMP BAND, MISTER G, BOXTOP JENKINS (again?), LLOYD H. MILLER, and THE POP UPS. Stream the songs below, then grab the downloads from this page...

Published in Family Music

For the second year in a row, the folks behind the annual Fids and Kamily Music Awards (inspired by the Village Voice's long-running "Pazz and Jop" Critics Poll) have been gracious (or foolish) enough to allow The Rock Father to join their ranks as one of 27 judges tasked with determining the best in Kids and Family Music for the year. It's the only award program that I support for Kids and Family Music, as I don't put any value in the programs that require artists to pay for a submission or "seal." For 2013, the voting was moved up to include family music releases that were released between November 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Most people (including a lot of people in the family music realm) don't realize just how much music is released during the course of a calendar year... and this year was MASSIVE. And much of it was really good, which made determining the winners a very difficult task. Each judge submitted a ranked list of their top 10 albums for the year, and today the results are in...

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