Upcoming video premiere: “Five Sea Lions” – Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam


Stay tuned for the world premiere of “Five Sea Lions” by Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam starting Tuesday, March 18.

The endearing visuals, animated by Glen Biltz , reinforce the learning inherent in the lyrics:

“Five Sea Lions rolling on the pier
They look like seals but you can see their ears
One rolled off and then swam to shore
And four sea lions were left on board”

Here’s Jason announcing the premiere with some real sea lions in the background!

Singled Out: “You’re Bound To Look Like A Monkey” – Papa Crow

papa-crow-snowstormFollowing the awesome rendition of Manu Chao’s “Bongo Bong,” Jeff Krebs, aka Papa Crow, has a new single from his upcoming mini-album, Monkeylele: songs about monkeys performed on the ukulele.

“You’re Bound To Look Like A Monkey” is based on a song that Krebs’ grandpa used to sing for kids back when he was a kid. It’s a fun track that is clever and….cute. The lyrics refer to monkeys in an unexpected way that serve as a good reminder not to take life too seriously (especially if we are bound to look like a monkey). “You’re “Bound To Look Like A Monkey” is a sprightly, knee knocking little tune. Another promising glimpse into what is proving to be a great album so far.


Sneak Preview: Blue Clouds – Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower

Elizabeth Mitchell is on a roll, just coming off of a tribute to Woody Guthrie, and now with an upcoming release in October called “Blue Clouds.”

“Blue Clouds” is another Smithsonian Folkways release and it is sure to be yet another beautifully arranged album.  With some originals, renditions of traditional songs and covers from David Bowie, Van Morrison and even Jimi Hendrix I’d say we’re in for a treat.

Below is a sneak preview of a few songs from the album, which includes the Bowie cover “Kooks”, a rendition of “Froggie Went-A-Courtin” and the title track “Blue Clouds,” a lullaby written by Daniel Littleton (Mitchell’s husband) for their daughter Storey when she was 3 years old.

Sneak Preview – Listen to Selections from Blue Clouds

Upcoming Release: Little Seed – Elizabeth Mitchell: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

In July, Elizabeth Mitchell will be releasing a new album from the Smithsonian Folkways label.  The album, “Little Seed,” is the only album containing Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs just in time to for his centennial celebration.

Mitchell is featured on the album along with her husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey and friends, including Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Ruthy Ungar.

“Little Seed” will contain 13 songs (totaling 29 minutes), 8 of which are new recordings while 5 are previously released recordings by Mitchell.  Below is a track listing plus 2 sample sneak peaks which existing fans and newbies are sure to enjoy.

We are eagerly awaiting this release!  Anytime we get to hear Elizabeth Mitchell (and family), it is always such a delight and the pairing of her with Woody Guthrie’s work just seems so right.

Enjoy a sneak preview of Bling Blang and This Land is Your Land.

1. Riding in My Car
2. Bling Blang*
3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*
4. Why, Oh Why *
5. Sleep Eye *
6. Who’s My Pretty Baby?
7. Rattle My Rattle*
8. This Land Is Your Land*
9. Merry-Go-Round*
10. One Day Old
11. Little Sugar
12. Grassy Grass Grass
13. Little Seed*

*Previously Unreleased