Monday, January 29, 2007

Kids Music Planet Podcast

The other project I wanted to tell you about is actually my wife, Lisa's, but I've been helping her with the recording and editing.

Lisa is now producing and hosting a new podcast for the Kids Music Planet! She conceived of the format and collected artists willing to participate. She's been working on it for several months, and has finally put out the first edition. New editions will come out every Wednesday.

Lisa's motto for the podcast is, "bringing you the new world of children's music."

Each week she allows the listener to "try it before you buy it" with three new children's music CDs. She uses a mix of commentary and clips from each CD to create an "audio tour" that gives you a idea of what the CD is all about.

The podcast also includes children's music news and "Evalyn's Pick," a song selected and introduced each week by our daughter, Evalyn. (She's mighty cute, and hilarious to boot.)

So far Lisa has received extremely positive feedback from listeners and artists alike. We are both excited about this new venture and we hope you'll give it a listen!

You can find it on iTunes, or at Kids Music Planet.

Oklahoma CenTUNEial Celebration!

Howdy, folks,

Sorry to let the blog go unattended for so long. I have no real excuse. But I have been working hard on several new projects, a couple of which I'm ready to tell you about.

Firstly, I've been writing like a fiend and I have a new batch of songs about Oklahoma's colorful history. I feel like I could write a hundred more! Over the past several months I've learned way more about this state than I ever learned in my high school Oklahoma History class. There's a lot of fascinating stuff to know.

Anyhow, today was my first "Oklahoma CenTUNEial Celebration!" performance, at Charles Haskell Elementary School in Edmond, OK, of all places!

I say "of all places" because Charles Haskell Elementary was named after our first state governer.

Also, because Charles Haskell Elementary is where America's most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, went to school. I just found that out today, and I have a verse about her in one of my songs! Pretty cool.

I did two shows and they both went really well. I must admit that I was a bit nervous - I don't think I've ever debuted so many new songs all at once at a school. But I've been preparing for a long time, and it went pretty smoothly. I think the kids really had fun and I know the teachers enjoyed it. I already have several requests now for a CD with these songs. My work never ends!

Here's the lineup... The songs are by me unless otherwise noted.

1. In Oklahoma We Say "Howdy!"
2. Oklahoma Land Rush, 1889
3. My Oklahoma Home, It Blowed Away, by Bill and Sis Cunningham
4. Boom Town
5. The Wind Energy Song
6. Oklahoma Heroes at the Library
7. Oklahoma, by Rodgers and Hammerstein