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December 2007: Santa's Laugh23/12/2007
Unfortunately I haven't been able to put together a new podcast for you this month. However please look for new editions of the songcast in 2008, and in the meantime I hope you'll enjoy this little Santa song. Happy listening, and Happy Holidays!Click here to listen.
November 2007: The Wind Energy Song02/11/2007
One of the most striking songs in my Oklahoma program is "The Wind Energy Song." In this edition, find out what makes this song so unique, learn what creative leaps lead to its construction, and hear a version of the song recorded just for this podcast. You can also download the song, the video, the sheet music, and a study guide.Click here to listen.
Sept 2007: 190720/09/2007
This edition follows the creation of a new song celebrating Oklahoma's statehood. Our state centennial is coming up, November 16, 2007, and I hope folks will be able to use this song to help teach kids a bit of state history. The recording features the dazzling talent of Oklahoma guitarist, Stephanie Jackson.Click here to listen.
Oct 2006: Halloween Madness (5 songs)20/09/2007
This edition, co-hosted by my daughter Evalyn, includes all five songs from my 1992 cassette, Halloween Madness: "Weird Things Happen on Halloween Night," "There's a Vampire in My Basement," "To the Monsters in My Closet," "Skeleton Dance," and "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet."Click here to listen.
Aug 2006: Goodnight Sun20/09/2007
A conversation with my friend and children's monster rock sensation, Mr. Billy, about a new song, "Goodnight Sun," which we wrote together. The song is on Mr. Billy's CD, Batteries Not Included.Click here to listen.
July 2006: Take Me to Your Library20/09/2007
This edition details the creation of the song "Take Me to Your Library," which won first place in the 2006 Unisong International Songwriting Competition children's category!Click here to listen.
May 2006: Villa Villekulla Hula; Hummingbird Hum20/09/2007
This is a double-wide edition (the first to break the ten minute barrier)! You'll hear two songs from the Paws Claws Scales & Tales CD, and I chat with two adorable guests (my wife and daughter) about how they helped me make these two songs into great recordings.Click here to listen.
Mar 2006: A Pet Like That20/09/2007
I detail the creation of "A Pet Like That," a song destined for my upcoming CD, Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales. Listen and learn how a well-known children's book author helped me out with finding the perfect rhyme!Click here to listen.
Jan 2006: Kiss a Pig!20/09/2007
This edition is all about a man who is destined to kiss a pig! I track the creation of the song "When Our Principal Kisses the Pig," which was written with 2nd and 3rd graders at one of my elementary school songwriting workshops. Plus, a challenge for you to complete the song "Old Pink Dinosaur," also written with kids in a school workshop.Click here to listen.
Dec 2005: Santa's Laugh; Dear Santa20/09/2007
In this edition I featured two Santa songs, one for kids and one for adults, plus sneak peeks at two songs I was working on at the time for the upcoming CD. (The drawing for a set of CDs has already been held, but watch for more drawings in the future.)Click here to listen.
Nov 2005: I Took My Dragon For a Walk20/09/2007
You'll hear early concepts for this song, an anecdote about naked tushes, and an early mix of the recording made at Woodside Avenue Music studio in Chicago, featuring Jim Cox on standup bass, Don Stiernberg on guitar, and Steve Rashid on harmonica and percussion.Click here to listen.
Oct 2005: Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet; Skeleton Dance20/09/2007
This episode features one of my most requested songs, "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet." You'll hear a couple of work tapes from 1991 and 1992, when I wrote the song, then you'll hear the entire song edited together from five different recordings.Click here to listen.
Sept 2005: I Go Bananas20/09/2007
In this episode I track the creation of a new song, "I Go Bananas." You will listen in on my personal work tapes as I mold and shape and prod the song into existence. Then you will thrill and groove even more to the final recording as you ponder its humble beginnings.Click here to listen.
Aug 2005: Birthday Boogaloo; Loose Tooth20/09/2007
I'm reposting all my old podcast editions here to make them easier for people to find. This was my very first podcast episode, before I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with it. You'll hear an instrumental version of "Birthday Boogaloo," as well as a rehearsal recording of "Loose Tooth," plus as I put it at the time "commentary about cool sounds to listen for."Click here to listen.