“Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?” — Amelia Earhart
Having a daughter who is bright, strong-willed (read: confident), and fearless has taught me so much. She is small but curious and constantly seeks answers to greater things. One of the many questions that frequently perplexes her is why there are more boys doing things than girls. Some of those things include plumbing, construction, being president, space exploration, even ninjas. And, don’t even get her started on why boys don’t take the girl’s name when they get married or why every classic princess story ends with the princess marrying the prince (or, as she would say, “yeah yeah then they get married, blah blah blah”). I wish I could say that I had a part in provoking this charge in her, other than a result of a crazy combo of genetics, but I don’t. She is a thinker and a seeker and I love that about her. At 5-years-old anything is possible whether you are a boy and especially if you are a girl! As I listen to her questions, sometimes in awe, I try to answer as best I can to the tune of empowering her to follow her passions and to be the one that makes a change.
So this all ties into the fact that it’s Women of Aviation Worldwide week! First, I must say that I am a fan of the site A Mighty Girl. In summary, “The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.” They posted the Amelia Earhart quote, featured at the beginning of this post, on their Facebook page which subsequently inspired my thoughts above.
Secondly, there’s always room to celebrate with a song! “8000 Feet” by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was inspired by Amelia Earhart. I present it to you in honor of The First Lady of Flight and all the other mighty girls who are seeking out their dreams, whether it is actually flying 8000 feet in the sky or ambitiously seeking out greater things on the ground. It’s awesome!
“8000 Feet” can be heard on LDFJB’s most recent release, Lishy Lou and Lucky Too. You can preview the entire album here which I absolutely suggest. It’s brimming with vibrancy, life and as much wonder about the world as my little mighty mouse has. Lishy Lou and Lucky Too is also available via iTunes.
It’s Fat Tuesday! In honor of this colorful and somewhat mysterious time of year, it seems fitting to post “The Little Big Easy” by Rainbow Beast and the Rock Band Land Rockers.
While people on earth are celebrating, this heroic tale tells of how a fortune cookie prophesy caused one man (Douglas) to save a race of creatures allergic to electric light by constructing an underground city for them. As it turns out, his legacy lives on thanks to Fluffy Joe, who was also a kind soul. You can sample and purchase the song through the Bandcamp widget below.
From her debut album, Home, Jazzy Ash delivers a big, brassy dance party in honor of Mardi Gras. “Throw Me Something Mista” is a tribute to the the miscellaneous goodies typically thrown from floats in the New Orleans parade. Add Mista Cookie Jar to the mix and you’ve got a funky carnival celebration! Get ready to shout and laissez les bon temps rouler!
Andrés Salguero has released his first video from his upcoming album, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! “If I Had a Mariachi” was filmed at La Plaza Garibaldi (Mexico City’s traditional home of mariachi) and other Mexico City locations which gives it a nice authentic feel. Anyone who has been serenaded by a Mariachi band should know how much energy goes into one performance, whether it’s tableside at an amazing restaurant or out in a plaza. The video for “If I Had a Mariachi” definitely exemplifies the spirit of Salguero’s music while introducing kids to an important piece of Mexican culture.
In truth, I was sold simply based on the title of the song. Now, after watching the video, I want a mariachi! I love the introduction of the instruments, included with the spanish spelling of the words across the screen, and the kids’ faces as they are wowed by the beautiful display of mariachi instruments.
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! will be released in April to honor El Día de los Niños so tay “tuned,” i.e. polish up your trompeta and tune your guitarras boys and girls./p>
Bonus: You can sample the entire album from at Salguero’s official site!
Baby it’s cold outside and with each weather report comes the call of yet another battle against nature. Fear not, for Dog On Fleas has come to offer a reprieve! In their video for “Grand March from Aida,” a “triumphal march” takes place as a procession of creatures strut, scurry and float across the screen. There’s even a surprise guest in the mix (Gustafer Yellowgold fans, I’m looking at you)! And what would a triumphal march be without the right ensemble? Thanks to the Backyard Dorkestra, the animal parade is given some regality while being accompanied by a a melange of instruments, including an accordion, kazoo, bassoon, flugelhorn, violin, sousaphone and glockenspiel, to name a few.
“Grand March from Aida” was originally written by Giuseppe Verde for his opera, Aida, and can be found on the Fleas’ eighth album, Buy One Get One Flea, which officially releases today! While the song is completely instrumental, it stays with you, leaving you no choice but to grab a kazoo and create your own grand parade. So sound the alarms, raise a ruckus, stomp around, heat things up and join in the celebration!
Buy One Get One Flea is available for purchase via CdBaby.
For more Dog on Fleas goodness, don’t miss their one-hour Rumpus Room concert this weekend. Details below:
Happy Valentine’s Day! And like any other holiday, or really any day, your ears deserve musical treats. So, below you will find a Spotify playlist containing some tracks we are spinning. Since not all of the songs are on Spotify, you can find additional tracks below the playlist in the form of videos, links, and FREE DOWNLOADS!
There’s a whole lotta love here so get ready to turn it up!
Dean Jones, check. Trombone, check. Adorable furry friend, check! I’m sold!
Bonus: The good people of Dog On Fleas would like to share their love with fans of all ages by offering a flea, er, free download. If you download this track in February, and send Dog On Fleas a message with your email address, they will send you a bonus track!! As in… buy one, get one flea. Or you can go to their Facebook page and message them (and like them while you are there).
Laura Doherty – “In a Heartbeat”
I love the disco break in the middle of this song. The beats are good, Laura’s voice is gorgeous and the photos breathe love.
Alex Mitnick of Alex & The Kaleidescope Band has been a dad for almost a year now. In awe of his son, Miles, Alex was inspired to write the song “Feelin’ Fine” to celebrate Miles’ first Valentine’s Day. It’s also a sneak peek into Alex’s upcoming album entitled Love Songs For My Baby. As a special gift for Valentine’s Day, Alex is also offering a free download of this song.
Mariana Iranzi – “Valentine’s Day Song”
A bi-lingual valentine’s song with bold color, fun puppets and a beautiful translation.
“I have a heart so big like the sun
beats like a drum
I have a heart without sorrow nor resentment
sing like the nightingale
I have a heart open like a flower
dance with emotion
I have a heart full of hope
I want to give you all my love”
Poochamungas – Valentine’s Day
I unfortunately can’t embed the player here but I can tell you that the song is a fun one and the tone accurately expresses the experience of spending time making cards on Valentine’s Day. http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_19910031