I do not like spiders. No matter what their place in the ecosystem, I do not like them, particularly in our house. Oddly enough, right now, this very second, there is a massive spider just outside the front door of Rock Father HQ - sleeping (I think, since she's dormant during the day), just waiting to emerge in her perfectly-spun web at night. This particular spider is MASSIVE, I think it's an Orb Weaver of some kind, but I've never seen one as big as this - probably because I've never allowed one to live this long. Thing is, this spider is just out of the way enough - and has been doing such a great job with the mosquitos and other flying critters (attracted by the porch light, I'd imagine) that I've let her continue her work... for now. Little does she know that eventually, I will "turn," and extinguish her fire... because that's what I do to eight-legged arachnid beasts. From the spider's perspective, the "monster" - the "boogeyman," if you will - is us, human beings. Heartwarming stories aside, it's totally appropriate for Halloween that we're talking spiders, and THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween with "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," just-released on LAURIE BERKNER's FAVORITE CLASSIC KIDS' SONGS, available on Amazon or iTunes.
On June 16th, Razor & Tie will distribute six "themed" digital albums from children's recording artist and preschool TV favorite Laurie Berkner. Personally curated by Berkner from her own archives, each album focuses on a particular theme in support of teachers and other grownups looking for help with a specific topic. Laurie Berkner's Animal Songs, Laurie Berkner's Classroom Favorites, Laurie Berkner's Food Songs, Laurie Berkner's Movement Songs, Laurie Berkner's Nature Songs, and Laurie Berkner's Transportation Songs will all be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.
"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."
Each Mother's Day, I post a similar message on THE ROCK FATHER and all of my social networks: "For All the Moms Who Rock, I Salute You." Yes, that play on the old AC/DC classic "For Those About to Rock" is something I stand behind, but this year, I have something very special for all of you to go with it - a Kindie Rock playlist from a group of true All-Stars, all of whom are allowing me to share their music with you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for the next week. Below the break, you'll find ten songs for Moms to share and enjoy with their kids - tracks from folks like Seattle's THE NOT-ITS!, the wonderful LUCKY DIAZ and THE FAMILY JAM BAND, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS bassist DANNY WEINKAUF, and more...
On April 8, LAURIE BERKNER will release her first-ever lullaby album when LAURIE BERKNER LULLABIES (Two Tomatoes/Razor & Tie) hits the streets. The 21-track collection features a mix of classic lullabies and new compositions, with contributions by bandmates Susie Lampert (keyboards), Brady Rymer (bass) and Bob Golden (drums, percussion), along with the voices of children... including Berkner's own daughter, Lucy.
The Fifth Annual Kindiefest will be taking place in Brooklyn next month (April 26-28), for the first time happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), who will be co-presenting the Family Music Conference and Festival in their brand-new, state-of-the-art music venue - The BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). As always, Kindiefest will combine an industry networking conference with a public fest in which kids and grownups alike can sample some great music.