Night Owl and Early Bird is a little ditty about two birds who are very different, but are stronger and love each other very much because of those differences. Hmm… sound like any couple you know? For your listening consideration:
The weather in Chicago that winter wasn’t remarkably cold or snowy, but I think we may have set a record for days without sunshine. It seemed to rain every day in April and we still hadn’t had much sun or warm weather. There was finally a beautiful, warm, sunny day mid-May. I dropped everything and spent the day outdoors. I NEEDED the sun. I wrote this song the next day. “Our Summer Song” is a celebration of summer’s arrival. Summer had always been my least favorite season- HAD always – until now. I can’t wait for summer to arrive and already don’t want it to end.
“You don’t have a birthday song?”, the fellow children’s artist asked. “You’ve got to have a birthday song. My birthday song is my best selling song on iTunes and it’s not even that good. Parents make playlists for their kids’ parties and download anything with ‘birthday’ in the title. You really need a birthday song.” Wow. Just a couple hours later the Mrs. & I were eating out and the restaurant “celebrated” with one of those awful royalty-free birthday songs performed with lethargy by the staff. Thus, this song was born – my rebellious, wise-acre addition to the crummy birthday song club. The song leaves most people scratching their head, but it still cracks me up.
There are certain songs that must be played together: Journey’s “Feeling That Way/Anytime”, “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” by The Kings, and “Good Morning Little Children, Wake Up!/All Ready to Go!” by ScribbleMonster. We had just recorded “Good Morning Little Children, Wake Up!” As the song was running through my head the next morning it continued on the with alarm, drum riff and pretty much the rest of “All Ready To Go!” I jumped out of bed, grabbed a guitar, and sang and played the tune into my recorder. The music and most of the words, were all there on the spot. Apparently the elves in my brain were working in my sleep.
You know the joy of waking children in the morning? I needed to make it fun… for me. So it became part of my routine to happily flit from room to room, joyfully singing this song to my children. I would dance into the room, pull open the shades and sing to each of them a ridiculous list of all the things they would miss that day if they didn’t get out of bed. I’m pretty certain this is one of those situations where my kids didn’t understand or appreciate my humor, but it made my mornings better.
I love sharks. They have been on the planet longer than trees and yet there is still so much we don’t know about them. Sharks constantly need to swim in order to breathe. Generally, they eat and swim in the ocean. Every day. It would have to get kind of boring after a while. But if you could take up a hobby, say, playing the electric guitar, that would help you pass the time away. If you’re a shark at a party and someone asks, “So, what do you do?” you would say something like, “I’m a shark; I eat, I swim.” This shark? He would reply, “I’m a Shark; I Rock, I Swim!” I want to party with that shark!
Click play below to give the song a listen. You can also download the song from our radio player. Long live sharks!
I’m a big fan of kindness. “With a Smile (It’s Christmastime)”, is a reworking of a tune that originally appeared on the award-winning Songs With No Character. Jayne, Joyce and I were putting together a Christmas set and Jayne suggested the song could work with the other holiday songs. Changing the words “It’s pretty neat” to “It’s Christmastime” didn’t seem like a cheesy “Christmas Is All Around” move – not that cheese would stop us. We dug the simple arrangement and enjoyed the chance to play a song we normally wouldn’t play live.
Click play below to give the song a listen. You can also download the song from our radio player. Smile!
Like everyone else, I’ve been hearing about the disappearance of the bees for the last several years. The bees! The bees! What’s the deal with the bees? When you take a moment to check it out, it’s kind of a big deal and we do have a lot of the answers. It’s crazy how we can often be so slow to react to problems we can solve. It seems there are a combination of reasons for the crisis, but those directly involved are more concerned about their financial interests and spending money on campaigns saying, “It’s not us!” rather than admitting their part and working together to find solutions. I was inspired to write my own musical PSA after doing some research on Colony Collapse Disorder and the threats to the honey bees. You can download our song “Shakin’ Up The Pollen” and print out an informational page with ways we all can help the bees here.