Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After violently refreshing the iTunes trailer page for the last two hours, the newest Star Wars trailer has arrived.  December 2015 cannot arrive soon enough!  I have full faith in J.J. Abrams.  Plus that Falcon shot is crazy good.  STAR WARS!!!



What do all of you think of the trailer?

Best. Black. Friday. EVER!

Saving Money While You Play With Your Infant

One thing I have always hated is paying a lot for a music CD and getting it home to find that it isn’t what I wanted. The songs are too complicated, the sound is terrible, the songs stick in my head (and not in a good way), I don’t recognize any of the tunes….you know what I mean. Worst of all, you can’t return it once it’s open. That’s where the library has saved me thousands of dollars.

I might not have had the most recent releases, but by checking out a wide variety of CD’s to listen to BEFORE buying my favorites, I could be assured of getting exactly what I wanted and what I could live with. I know you are with me on this one–how many times have you caught yourself humming “The Wheels On the Bus” while grocery shopping?

I would first scan the songs to see what I thought would work, and then played them for my daughter. She let me know quickly she was going to be a tough audience (you should hear her complain when I sing with “broken notes”….). If we still liked them after two weeks, I ordered personal copies. Infants and toddlers need to hear and respond to music for a variety of educational reasons (see this article on how music effects changes in the brain). A few of our favorites were anything Baby Einstein, Laurie Berkner and Raffi. We loved (and still listen to) compilations for meditation (yoga CD’s) and cello music at bedtime – “Cello for Relaxation” is our favorite.

So get out your shakers, rattles, finger puppets, and library card! Check out some new music and work out those brains!


“Catch a rainbow and I’ll be along, singing coloured songs…”: The Dukes of Stratosphear’s Chips from the Chocolate Fireball

In late 1966, just after they quit touring to devote themselves full time to making music, the Beatles began work on a new album. That album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, would not only go down in history as one of the most important albums in rock, but it also marks the most famous instance of a band adopting a pseudonym or alter ego under which to create music. In the Beatles’ case, taking on the Sgt. Pepper moniker provided the band with a concept for their album and allowed them new freedom to experiment, but countless other artists, like Green Day posing as the Foxboro Hot Tubs or Paul McCartney disguising himself as the Fireman, have donned similar masks for a variety of reasons. Continue reading ““Catch a rainbow and I’ll be along, singing coloured songs…”: The Dukes of Stratosphear’s Chips from the Chocolate Fireball”