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One of this year's most unexpected Halloween songs comes from RENEE & FRIENDS' SIMPATICO - a collaborative album that finds Renee Stahl (RENEE & JEREMY) and producer Rich Jacques teaming-up with an impressive cast of guest players. There's LISA LOEB, former SNL cast member MAYA RUDOLPH, COLIN HAY (MEN AT WORK), TOAD THE WET SPROCKET's GLEN PHILLIPS, and an appearance by CASPAR BABYPANTS - better-known as CHRIS BALLEW of THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It's Caspar that lends his voice to "I Am Not Afraid," a powerful new anthem for children as the nights become longer, the skies become darker, the air colder, and "the trees tickle windows." Check it out below as part of my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

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RENEE AND JEREMY have just released the music video for the title track to their SUNNY CHRISTMAS EP. Assembled as a compilation of photos submitted by friends and fans, the full piece can be viewed below. 

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RENEE AND JEREMY have had a busy year. Their recent covers album, A LITTLE LOVE (read my full review here) continues to spawn new singles and videos, including "Give it Away" (originally by the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) that debuted earlier this month. Today comes word that the acoustic kindie duo have release their SUNNY CHRISTMAS EP, which has arrived on iTunes and CDBaby this week.

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Back in May, Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback, collectively known as RENEE & JEREMY, released their latest album, A LITTLE LOVE (read my full review here). A full collection of kid-friendly cover songs performed in a mellow, acoustic style, A LITTLE LOVE launched with a video for R&J version of COLDPLAY's "Yellow" (watch it here), and now it's spawned another. You can check out the new video for "Give it Away" (originally performed by the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) below...

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I'm a sucker for a good cover song, and that's something that I've noted often over the years. In a way, I guess you could say that I'm a 'collector' of covers, with countless compilations devoted to artists putting their personal stamp on another artist's work residing on the shelves and in the files of my personal archives. This week there's a new piece available in the form of A LITTLE LOVE, a 10-song collection of acoustic re-imaginings from RENEE & JEREMY. While the duo is known for their kid-friendly works, A LITTLE LOVE is really an album for both kids and grownups alike.

Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback, collectively known as RENEE & JEREMY, will release their new album of family-friendly cover songs on May 8th. Of the tracks featured on A LITTLE LOVE, the first to get the video treatment is a rendition of the COLDPLAY classic ''Yellow.'' I've got the video embedded for your viewing enjoyment below, but damn if it didn't bring a tear to my eye in it's depection of parenthood - ending with the little bird leaving the nest, flying off toward those yellow stars. With a two-and-a-half year old here and another on the way, I'm not quite ready to think of that part of the journey just yet.

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