HFVS Favorite Songs in the Classroom Episode with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Favorite Songs in the Classroom Episode
with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan

The Hilltown Family Variety Show presents Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award winning band Grenadilla,(pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit). Debbie is also a Teaching Artist in a school, enjoying singing and making music with children in parent/child classes through 4th grade. This week, Debbie will share some of her student’s favorite songs. — www.grenadillasings.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 16th & 17th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Smiling” by Grenadilla.


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PLAYLIST

  • Grenadilla “Sunday Afternoon” [Grenadilla]
  • Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers “Give a little love” [For Our Children]
  • Ella Jenkins “An Arabic Chant that means welcome” [Call and Response]
  • Kathleen Hannan “Ancient Green” [Bodies and Voices]
  • Pete Seeger “Put your finger in the air” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Doris Brasch “Brave Brave Mouse” [Pollywiggle]
  • Grenadilla “Arabella Angelique” [Grenadilla]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell “Little Bird Little Bird” [You are my little bird]
  • Laurie Berkner “The Goldfish” [Victor Vito]
  • Larry Gros “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith” [Children’s Favorites Volume 2]
  • Grenadilla “Got Light” [Grenadilla]
  • Pete Seeger “The Foolish Frog” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • They Might Be Giants “7 Days of the Week” [Here come the 123s]
  • Sheb Wooley“Purple people eater” [20th Century Rocks: 50's Rock 'n Roll, At The Hop]
  • Max Bygraves “Katzenellenbogen by the sea” [Vintage Children’s Favorites]
  • Grenadilla “Doodle doodle doodle doodle doo” [Can’t Wait]
  • Cheryl Wheeler “Potato” [Sylvia Hotel]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock “I love to laugh” [Still the Same Me]
  • Bill Withers “Lean on Me” [The Best of Bill Withers]

HFVS Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Summer in the City  Episode
with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 9th & 10th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960's vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1″ [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

Under the Hat: Energize Your Child’s Imagination through Literacy

Reading Supports the Development of a Creative Mind!

Reading is fun

Reading requires imagination and can inspire creativity.

I was a lucky kid: my mom was a children’s book author and illustrator and I grew up surrounded by books. For years, my mom and I had a weekly date at the library. I’d always check out the maximum number of books and couldn’t wait to get home to start reading. I loved everything, but my favorite stories were the really scary ones.

Not too much has changed over the years; I still have a stack of books on my bedside table and I still love learning about all sorts of things just by lying still and reading.

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HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show

WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 19th & 20th, 2014

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “World of Wonder,” the title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children World of Wondera paean to the natural world and all its mystery. Animated by filmmaker Danny Plotnick. – www.alisonfaithlevy.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

HFVS: Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

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Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World - not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.  Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.  Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 14th & 15th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make. – www.crosspulse.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Body Beat – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.
  • Bayaka Pygmies – Bayaka Song – Pulse of the Planet
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – Unknown – Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO
  • Zap Mamá – Brrrlak! –  Divas volume two
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Cumbe – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Mangbetu – Water Drumming – Pulse of the Planet
  • Tangle Eye – Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping – Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues
  • Unknown – Bricks – Unknown
  • Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office – 1975 field recording, James Koetting
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Flores – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Mayan Marching Band – Unknown – Unknown
  • The Tahitian Choir – Morotiri Nei – Rapa Iti
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – Body Music – Keith Terry & Crosspulse
  • Vocal Sampling – Una Forma Mas – Una Forma Mas
  • Barbatuques – Cneiro verde – O Seguinte é Esse
  • Ants – Ants – Pulse of the Planet
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – Foghorn – original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Jalan Jalan – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Talab Khan Barna – Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I – Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – Atmospheric Whistlers – Pulse of the Planet
  • Barbatuques – Respirando – O Seguinte é Esse
  • Inuits – Unuit Throat and Harp Songs – Canadian Music Heritage Collection
  • Sergio Mendez – Fanfarra Despedida – Brasileiro

HFVS: Bears and Other Furry Friends Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton

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This week our guest DJ is award-winning singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton who will be sharing songs about “Bears and Other Furry Friends,” including her new song “Cinnamon Bear,” from her latest album Smile In My Heart. − www.suzishelton.com

Suzi Shelton – “Cinnamon Bear”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Okee Dokee Brothers –  Black Bear Mama – Through The Woods
  • Andrew & Polly – Little Bitta You – Little Bitta You
  • Suzi Shelton – Cinnamon Bear - Smile in My Heart
  • Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band ​​- Blue Bear – Luckiest Adventure
  • Bari Koral Family Rock Band – Dancing Bear – Apple Tree & The Honey Bee
  • Bears and Lions – We’re a Club in the Woods – Bears and Lions
  • Laura Doherty – Woolly Woolly Bear – In a Heartbeat
  • Randy Kaplan – Virginia, Vega, and I – Jam on Rye
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – If You Go – What A Zoo!
  • Suzi Shelton – Wings of A Bird – Smile in My Heart
  • Little Miss Ann – Someday, Some Morning, Sometime – Follow Me
  • Mil’s Trills – Lomi – Everyone Together Now!
  • Miss Nina – The Brown Bear Rap - Sha Doo Be Doop
  • Stacey Peasley – Marley – Lucky Day
  • Lou Gallo – Grizzly Bear (Live) – I’m Home
  • David Grisman & Jerry Garcia – Teddy Bears‘ Picnic – Not For Kids Only
  • Vanessa Trien – Hey Ho – Bubble Ride
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – My Horse – Love is a Superpower
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – Said The Boy – Toddlerville
  • Shira Kline – Whole Wide World – Earth Worm Disco

HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 24 & 25, 2014
Original Broadcast: May 25th & 26th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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PLAYLIST

  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra from Moona Luna (Radio Show/Podcast)

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CINCO DE MAYO EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Sandra from Moona Luna

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 3rd & 4th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Todas Las Comidas” (All The Foods) from Moona Luna’s album Piñata Party


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PLAYLIST

  • Moona Luna – “Quieres Bailar?” [Piñata Party]
  • Isaac Villanueva – “El Pescador De Baru” [Vol. 1 Greatest Cumbia Classic]
  • La Sonora Santanera – “Donde Estas Yolanda”  [15 Exitos (Luces de New York)]
  • Moona Luna – “Todas Las Comidas” [Piñata Party]
  • Los Lobos – “La Iguana” [Just Another Band From East L.A.]
  • Celina Gonzalez – “Camina Y Ven” [Sabroso Havana Hits]
  • Pistolera – “Nuevos Ojos” [En Este Camino]
  • Lisandro Mesa – “La Burrita De Eliseo” [Vol. 1 Greatest Cumbia Classic]
  • Hermanos Flores – “La Bala” [Las Mejores Cumbias Del Milenio]
  • Moona Luna – “Hay Que Trabajar” [Piñata Party]
  • Cabral/Dizeo – “Amor De Mis Amores” [Vol. 1 Greatest Cumbia Classic]
  • La Sonora Santanera – “Los Aretes De La Luna” [15 Exitos]
  • Manu Chao – “Bong Bong” [Clandestino]
  • Moona Luna – “Tomorrow’s Another Day” [Piñata Party]
  • Coperana/Madera – “La Pollera Colora” [Vol. 1 Greatest Cumbia Classic]
  • Moona Luna – “Brinca, Jump!” [Piñata Party]

Moona Luna is the family music project of New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera. With her young daughter as inspiration, Velasquez wrote an album’s worth of songs geared for families, making the songs bilingual so that the simple messages of joy, discovery and perseverance would reach young ears Velasquez says that Piñata Party is her attempt to re-create the vibe she remembers and treasures from the backyard parties her parents used to throw while she was growing up in San Diego, Calif. Dan Zanes joins the Piñata Party on the song “Brinca, Jump.” www.moonalunamusic.com

Under the Hat: How Books Can Inspired Songwriting

Under the Hat: Setting the Stage

Ever since he was a little kid, Mister G has loved to read and make up stories. His parents read to him all the time and took him on weekly trips to the library. Looking back, he now sees that this love of books set the stage for his career as a songwriter.

In this month’s Under the Hat, Mister G and his mom, children’s book author/illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, reminisce about the role books and stories played in their household when he was growing up.

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Language Play: Learning to Play an Instrument Support Language Skills

Hearing, Language, Learning and Music

Wondering how to help encourage kids to practice their musical instruments? See what works for other parents in western MA and suggestions working musicians offer too in Hilltown Families post, “Getting Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments.” (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The last two weeks, I participated in an online continuing education training concerning language listening skills. I came away in awe of the new research being done on something that we don’t really think of as necessary to learn. We think of it as something optional to learn or even optional to have available at our schools. All the latest research shows us that learning to play an instrument helps us to listen to language and improves learning and cognitive function throughout our lives! But it’s especially a benefit for kids with dyslexia, auditory processing disorder (listening and understanding language at the level of the brain), specific language impairment, autism, and stroke recovery.

In a three year assessment of kids who had music training vs. those who didn’t, the kids with training did better at reading, speech in noise, and had stronger brain responses to sounds including language. Their brains changed! Of course, the longer the training, the better the cognitive changes, but scientists now know that the effect usually requires at least two years of music training. These results appear to be long term, too. Musicians have much fewer problems when older with hearing in noise, even if they’ve stopped their training at some point. We’re not talking about listening to music; we’re talking about active engagement in learning music. Current research studies are focusing on the effects of singing and drumming on understanding language…

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Under the Hat: Curiosity and Songwriting

Songs in the Desert

As I write, I’m sitting in the Arizona desert surrounded by giant cactus and enormous mountains. For a songwriter from New England, it’s a lot like being in a candy store. The landscape, the people, the food, the music — everywhere I look there are fascinating things to see, touch, taste, smell and hear. Songwriters depend on their senses for inspiration and this year I’ve had more than my fair share of sensory stimulation. From performing in big cities and small villages in Mexico, to touring coast to coast around the United States, I’ve been fortunate to witness an amazing range of people and places… Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS with Guest DJs, Ruby, Pearl & Jade of Treetop Sisters (Radio Show/Podcast)

Guest DJ, Ruby, Pearl & Jade of the Treetop Sisters

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This week’s guest DJs are sisters, Ruby, Pearl & Jade, also known as the Treetop Sisters! – treetopsisters.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 14th & 15th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “The Night Before Christmas” by The Treetop Sisters


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PLAYLIST

  • Treetop Sisters ” Camel Stan and His Swinging Desert Band” [Single Only]
  • Trout Fishing In America ” Don’t Touch My Stuff” [ Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers]
  • The Jimmies “Gonna Get A Hampster” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Robbie Schaefer ” Fits Right In ” [Single Only]
  • Las Hermanes Treetop ” El Oso en la Feria en la Plaza” [Single Only]
  • Patricia Ayers ” Story Time”
  • The Pop Ups “Box of Crayons” [ Radio Jungle]
  • The Board of Education ” Why is Dad So Mad” [Binary]
  • Lonnie Donegan “Does You Chewing Loose It’s Flavor” [The Hit Collection]
  • Kentucky Headhunters ” Ballad of Davy Crockett” [Electric Barnyard]
  • Treetop Sisters “Surfer Puppy” [Single Only]
  • Roger Day “I Like Yaks” [ Dream Big]
  • Treetop Sisters “Conley the Cow” [Single Only]
  • Sugar Free Allstars “Cars and Trucks” [Funky Fresh & Sugar Free]
  • Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke “Supercalifragilistic” [Mary Poppins Soundtrack]
  • Buck Howdy “Buffalo Bob” [Around the Campfire]
  • Robbie Schaefer “There’s A Carp in the Tub” [Songs for Kids Like Us]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold “Rock Melon” [Year In the Day]
  • Treetop Sisters “Larry the Lumberjack” [Single Only]

I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store

Fast Forward: New Filmmakers
at Historic Northampton

In our modern society, most of us (even a lot of kids, and certainly many teens) are well aware of the effect that corporately-run big box stores have on small businesses, tightly knit communities, and local economies. Filmmaker Brendan Toller’s documentary, I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store, tells the story of the national impact that big media, big business, and internet-based purchasing has had on a very specific part of our economy and our culture.

Focused on the sharp decline in independent record stores nationwide during the past decade, as well as media consolidation and changes in technology, the film features interviews with music industry greats such as Thurston Moore (iconic Sonic Youth frontman), the Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz, activist and author Noam Chomsky, and Pat Carney of the Black Keys. Toller weaves these interviews (and many more) together alongside staggering statistics about the state of the record industry and tales of media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, and – most importantly – greed, in order to pay homage to the iconic indie record shop and to shed a bright light on the frustrating and destructive effect that corporate media has upon the record industry.

Families with older students can see I Need That Record! at Historic Northampton on Sunday, December 15th, 2013, at 3pm. Shown as part of Historic Northampton’s series Fast Forward: New Filmmakers at Historic Northampton, the screening presents a community based opportunity to examine one of today’s biggest economic and cultural issues through a unique lens. The film can help teens and tweens learn how to make good choices about where (and from whom) they choose to buy or access music, and makes the importance of supporting local businesses really hit home. Independent record stores, which can be a pop culture reference for specific sub-cultures, are often portrayed with an air of invincibility about them. They’re often portrayed in the media as being so against the mainstream that they’re unaffected by it; however, quite the opposite is true. The smaller, less represented parts of our culture are generally the most vulnerable – and record stores are not exception.

HFVS Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Judy Pancoast (Radio Show/Podcast)

Holiday Episode
with Guest DJ, Judy Pancoast

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This week’s guest DJ, Grammy nominated children’s artist Judy Pancoast hosts a musical celebration of December holidays with tunes for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Learn the history behind the legend of Santa Claus, plus an original story about a little mouse in search of a perfect Christmas tree. December is Judy’s favorite time… tune in for a festive time! – www.JudyPancoast.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 7th & 8th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “The House on Christmas Street” by Judy Pancoast


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PLAYLIST

  • Judy Pancoast- ” Santa Whatcha Got” [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]
  • Joanie Calem- “Lots of Lattkes” [Shanah Tovah, Shanah M'tukah]
  • Marla Lewis- “Magical Time of Year”
  • Janie Next Door- “Santa’s on His Way” [Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door]
  • Ray Stevens- “Santa Claus is Watching You” [Christmas Through a Different Window]
  • Judy Pancoast featuring Dave Kinnoin- “The Disastrous Toboggan Disaster 1967″ [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]
  • Judy Pancoast- “A Teeny Tiny Christmas Tree” [The House on Christmas Street]
  • Beth and Scott Bierko- “Flor de La Noche Buena” [Happy Holidays Around the World]
  • Stacey Peasley- “Under the Tree”
  • Beth and Scott Bierko- “Matunda Ya Kwanzaa” [Happy Holidays Around the World]
  • Earth Mama- “Jingle Your Heart” [A Sense of Place]
  • Judy Pancoast- “The House on Christmas Street” [Christmas with Mrs. Claus]

HFVS Bluegrass Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Teskey (Radio Show/Podcast)

Bluegrass Episode
with Guest DJ, Chris Teskey

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This week’s guest DJ, Chris Teskey of The Chris Teskey Show (WAMU, Washington, D.C.), hosts a Bluegrass Episode, bringing bluegrass music for the whole family from the nations’ capitol, the heart of bluegrass music in America!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 2nd & 3rd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: The Okee Dokee Brothers song, “Auctioneer.”


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PLAYLIST

  • “Alligator Stroll” – Josh Turner
  • “There Ain’t No Bugs On Me” – Grisman & Garcia
  • “Beverly Hillbillies Theme” – Flatt & Scruggs
  • “I’m My Own Grandpa” – David Grisman
  • “Buffalo Gals”- Mark Tamlusa & Richard Withers
  • “All I Have To Do Is Dream” – Doc & Merle Watson
  • “Froggy Went A’ Courting” – Doc Watson
  • Story:  “Two Frogs In Trouble” by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • “Frog Trouble” – Mark Lanegan
  • “The Cowboy Way” – Riders In The Sky
  • “That’s How The Yodel Was Born” – Riders In The Sky
  • “Fox On The Run” – The Country Gentlemen
  • “Rocky Top” – The Osborne Brothers
  • “God Gave Names To All The Animals” – Ronnie McCoury
  • “When I’m 64″ – Del McCoury
  • “Beatles Medley” – Tony Trischka
  • “Mr Bojangles” – Vassar Clements

Under the Hat: The Journey of Songwriting

Making Songwriting Twice As Fun

I’ve been traveling and performing around the world for many years, but singing my bilingual songs on a big stage in Mexico City or a little mountain village in Guatemala was the most fascinating and rewarding experience I’d had as a touring musician.

I started writing songs long before I learned how to play an instrument. My parents still tell stories about me banging on pots and pans and making up nonsense sounds with melodies before I could speak. You may have a kid like that too. Lots of kids love to experiment with rhythm and sound. It’s all part of the joy of using your imagination and creating something from nothing. It’s not that unusual, after all.

What’s unusual is to find someone who doesn’t love music. There’s a saying that music is the universal language. Over the last few years, I’ve learned some other wonderful lessons that have made me understand how true that old cliché really is. And the best part about the lessons I’ve learned is that they really happened by accident.

Here’s the story: my first CD, Pizza for Breakfast, came out four years ago. I’d been writing and performing for grown-ups for a long time, and I thought it would be fun to make a record for kids. The songs on Pizza for Breakfast were inspired by my former elementary school students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, MA. Shortly after the CD was released, my wife (Missus G) and I took a trip to Colombia in South America…

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HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg

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This week’s guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg, shares songs about noises, monsters and the Boogie Man, performs Halloween songs live with her ukulele, and shares the Flamenco spiced “Story of the Cat and the Chicken” (with ukulele flamenco by her partner Daniel Ward). A little spooky and a lotta silly! – www.sukeyjumpmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 26th & 27th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Kindie music singer songwriters Lori Henriques and Todd McHatton come together as You and Me and the Rain. The first release is a special holiday Halloween tune and video, For Halloween This Year.


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PLAYLIST

  • You and Me and the Rain- “For Halloween This Year” [single release]
  • Natalie Merchant -“Isabel” [Leave Your Sleep]
  • Johnathan Richman -“Party in the Woods” [Back in Your Life]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Boogie Man” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Pete Seeger – “Abi Yoyo” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Albert Whelan – “My  Brother makes the Noises for the Talkies” [Imperial #2490]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Cup of Tea” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Skümbaag – “Pop Goes the Weazel” [Music is the Enemy]
  • Sam Hinton -“Old Boastun Was Dead” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Sam Hinton – “Little old Woman all Skin and Bone” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Down in the Valley” [Play]
  • Scott Jarrett – “Edge on the Moon” [The Gift of Thirst]
  • Heidi Swedberg -“Oona’s Halloween Song” [Live]
  • Heidi Swedberg- “The Green-Eyed Dragon With the 13 Tails” [Live]

HFVS Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Summer in the City  Episode
with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 24th & 25th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960's vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1″ [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

HFVS Superhero Episode with Guest DJ, Tim Kubart (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Superhero  Episode
with Guest DJ, Tim Kubart

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets for a show about Superheroes, both imaginary, and real! Superhero theme songs get mixed in with contemporary kindie music and classic rock about flying, and saving the day. Also, a story is read about a Super Dad!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 17th & 18th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Superhero” by  Tim and the Space Cadets


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PLAYLIST

  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “The Anthem Part 1” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “The Anthem Part 2” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • John Williams – “Superman Theme” [Superman: The Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Justin Roberts – “Backyard Super Kid” [Pop Fly]
  • The Ramones – “Spider-man” [Mondo Bizarro]
  • Jimmy Buffett – “Captain America We Love You” [Captain America]
  • Lavern Baker – “Batman to the Rescue” [Batmania]
  • Mitch Miller – “Mighty Mouse Theme” [Mighty Mouse]
  • Chester Stover – “Underdog Theme” [Underdog]
  • Lunch Money – “Gingerbread Man” [Spicy Kid]
  • Shoo Raynor – “Super Dad” [Super Dad the book]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “Superhero” [Anthems for Adventure]
  • Patty Shukla – “Superhero” [Play with me, Sing Along!]
  • Spin Doctors – “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” [Pocket full of Kryptonite]
  • Vanilla Ice – “Ninja Rap” [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • Recess Monkey – “Flying! Reprise” [Flying!]
  • Tim and the Space Cadets – “Upbeat/Downbeat” [Anthems for Adventure]

HFVS Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Autism Awareness Episode
with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends for a very special Autism Awareness Episode celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast. In this week’s episode, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a few sneak peaks at songs from his upcoming release, The Best Day Ever.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 10th & 11th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Superhero” by  Baze And His Silly Friends from the album, The Best Day Ever. Baze And His Silly Friends are proud supporters of Autism Speaks.


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could – Love Me For Who I Am [Love Me For Who I Am]
  • Jeff Daniels and Steppin’ In It – “You Can Call Me Happy” [Calling All Kids]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Fly (a caterpillars tale)” [The Best Day Ever]
  • Jules Music 4 Kids – “Ever Dream You Were A Rainbow” [Everybody Has A Bellybutton]
  • Little Miss Ann – “Clap For Love” [Clap For Love]
  • Ralph’s World – “All My Colors” [Ralph’s World]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve – “Stick Around” [Tiny Cool]
  • Suzi Shelton = “Lift Me Up” [No Ordinary Day]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Superhero” [The Best Day Ever]
  • AhChoo – “I love myself” [I love myself]
  • Yosi – “Hole In The Ground” [Under a Bright Yellow Umbrella]
  • Kira Willey – “Colors“ [Dance For The Sun]
  • Harry Chapin – “Dancing Boy” [Gold Medal Collection]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “The Happiest Boy in the World” [One Little Smile]
  • Lucy Diaz and the Famil Jam Band – “Quite Like You” [Oh Lucky Day!]
  • Uncle Kracker – “Smile” [Happy Hour]

Related Post: Recommended Fiction Titles with Autistic Characters

Under the Hat: Mixing Music is Like Mixing a Cake

Under the Hat: Mixing it Up

Have you ever stopped to think about how music was recorded?  Or what decisions were made along to way to create the music you listen to?

Mister G takes us into his recording studio this month for a behind the scenes tutorial on how to mix music. It turns out that mixing music is a lot like mixing a cake; you have to start with good ingredients and then blend them together carefully.

Focusing on his bilingual song “ABC Fiesta,” we hear how the individual instruments (drums, bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals) sound by themselves, prior to Mister G mixing the various tracks.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is an Amherst College graduate who spent 20 years as a singer/songwriter/producer in the adult music world prior to earning a Masters in Elementary Education at Smith College and transitioning to making music for children.  His most recent release, CHOCOLALALA, a collection of original, bilingual (Spanish/English) songs for children, won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and is on the Grammy ballot for Best Children’s Album of 2012. A leading figure in the kids music world, Mister G’s 2011 bilingual release, BUGS garnered numerous national awards and was dubbed “irresistible” by People magazine. www.mistergsongs.com

HFVS National Parks Episode with Guest DJ, NPS Ranger Jeff Wolin (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
National Parks Episode
with Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin

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Join Guest DJ, National Parks Service Ranger Jeff Wolin (aka Ranger Jeff) from his ranger station in the mountains of Colorado for a musical tour of our National Parks. While families are dancing and singing, everyone will get a musical exploration of  Mount Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, the Washington Mall, and even raft down the Colorado River!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 20th & 21st, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: In this video, the National Park Service’s Youth Ambassador Program in New Bedford, MA encourages youth to disconnect from technology and connect outdoors with the New England National Scenic Trail!


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PLAYLIST

  • Committed- “Down on the Mall” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Daryl Simpson, Ceol Ceili, Omagh  Choir – “New Bedford Whaling” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) – “Wapiti Hoppity” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Thaddeus Kosciuszko Polka” – [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Johnette Downing – “Four Presidents” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Bruce Barnes – “The Airmen of Tuskegee” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Monty Hall – “Microbe Hunter” [Songs from the Science Frontier]
  • Erica Falls – “Frozen Bulldozin'” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Ted Newman – “Great Sonoran Desert” [Songs for Kids]
  • Jim Salestrom – “In the Grand Canyon” [Music from the Grand Canyon]
  • Krishel Augustine – “Junior Ranger” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Billy B. – “Wild Wetlands” [Romp in the Swamp]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Walking the Tetons” [Goin' Wild!]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith – “Run, Fish, Run” [Songs for Junior Rangers]

Discover more Junior Ranger music & resources, courtesy the National Parks Service:

  • Listen to Junior Ranger Radio
  • Watch Videos of Junior Ranger Music
  • Download Junior Ranger Music
  • Learn about “Songs for Junior Rangers,” the Junior Ranger Music Album
  • Play games and become a Webranger

HFVS Firefighter Episode with Guest DJs, Chicago Firefighters John and Pete (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Firefighter Episode
with Guest DJs, John and Pete of the Poochamungas

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Guest DJs, John and Pete of Poochamungas, play some great tunes and discuss their other life as firefighters.  Get some insights into firefighting, firehouse life and fire safety from two guys who have worked for the Chicago Fire Department for the last 17 years!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 12th & 13th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Here is a series of 30 short videos about the history of firefighting from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s (Aurora, IL) exhibit. Want to learn more about the history of firefighting? Check the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s web site for historical information, videos and links to other resources: www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org. Also, check out this history video, Great Chicago Fire 1871.


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PLAYLIST

  • Uncle Rock––  “I am a Fire Engine” [Uncle Rock U’]
  • Little Miss Ann –  “Mocking Bird”  [Clap For Love]
  • Lunch Money – “Translator” [Spicy Kid]
  • Grenadilla –  “Shall Sing” [ Grenadilla]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Band – “Firefighter Girl” [Luckiest Adventure]
  • Poochamungas – “My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)” [Block Party!]
  • Boogers – “My Baseball Bat” [Let’s Go]
  • Poochamungas – “I’m a Big Red Fire Engine/Truck” [Block Party!]
  • Seanster and the Monsters – “G’rup” [Seanster and the Monsters EP]
  • Kurt Gallagher – “Peace and Quiet” [1234]
  • Poochamungas – “End of the Day” [End of the Day]
  • Justin Roberts – “Fire Drill” [Jungle Gym]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Wonder Wheel” [Family Dance]
  • Poochamungas – “Till the Sun Goes Down” [Block Party!]
  • Emily Hurd – “Kids in Red Wagons” [Daytime Fireflies]

HFVS Summer Essentials Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS EPISODE

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am

July 6th & 7th, 2013 (Rebroadcast)

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PLAYLIST

  • Lisa Loeb – “Ready for the Summer” [Camp Lisa]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Green Grass of Summer” [When I Get Little]
  • Nat King Cole – “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” [The Greatest Hits]
  • Tony Bennett – “Firefly” [The Playground]
  • Robbi K & Friends – “Summer’s Here” [Music Makes Me Happy]
  • Justin Roberts – “Kickboard, Baby, Yeah” [Pop Fly]
  • Gunnar Madsen – “Summertime is Here” [Old Mr. Mackle Hackle]
  • Storytelling ID: Steve Weeks www.steveweeksmusic.com
  • Bill Harley – “King of the Clams” [Blah, Blah, Blah]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Lily Names Everything Sandy” [Jerzy the Giant]
  • The Beach Boys – “Fun, Fun, Fun” [Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys]
  • T-Squad – “No Sleep ‘Til Summertime” [T-Squad]
  • SHOW ID: Princess Katie & Racer Steve (www.princessracer.org)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Mosquito Song” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Ellis Paul – “Dragonfly Races” [The Dragonfly Races]
  • Recess Monkey – “The Sandbox Song” [Tabby Road]

HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

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Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World - not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.   Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.   Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make. – www.crosspulse.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music - UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax's Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Jeffrey Friedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Guest DJ, Jeffrey Friedberg from
The Bossy Frog Band

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Celebrate summer in this multicultural and multi-genre children’s music radio show hosted by Jeffrey Friedberg from The Bossy Frog Band. Children will hear music from South American to South Africa to the American South. Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, these songs will make you want to lie down in a hammock, close your eyes and swing from side to side.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Gather around your youngins to follow along with Bossy Frog.  Hand play and movement to great music that’s both silly and good for you!  Kids will have so much fun they won’t know they’re learning! – www.Bossyfrog.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog Band – “Beach Party Band” [Crabby’s Beach Party]
  • Doc Watson – “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” [The Essential Doc Watson]
  • Kathy Reid-Naiman – “Shoo Fly” [Tickles and Tunes]
  • Jeffrey Friedberg and The Bossy Frog Band – “The Bossy Frog” [Party in-a-Box]
  • Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata 2000” [World Playground 2]
  • The Delmore Brothers – “Tennessee Choo Choo” [Discography ’33-‘52]
  • Henry Hall – “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” [Classic Children's Favourites]
  • Merle Haggard – “Bingo” [Classic Children's Favourites]
  • Ella Jenkins – “The World is Big The World is Small” [Songs and Rhythms from Near and Far]
  • Pete Seeger – “I Had a Rooster” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection]
  • Suni Paz – “Los Politos” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection]
  • Carole King – “Pierre” [Really Rosie]
  • Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog Band – “Happy in the Summertime” [Crabby’s Beach Party]
  • Clarence White – “Arkansas Traveler” [33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals]
  • The Greenbriar Boys – “Chicken” [The Best of the Vanguard Years]
  • Norman Blake – “Down Home Summertime Blues” [Old Ties]
  • Glenn Campbell – “I Love to Play Outside” [Country Music For Kids]
  • Clarence White – “Country Boy Rock & Roll” [33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals]
  • Flatt and Scruggs – “Old Macdonald Had a Farm” [Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert]

HFVS Country Travelin’ Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Country Travelin’ Episode
Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton

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“Country Travelin’ Episode” – is a musical journey across this beautiful country and beyond, and the interesting adventures, animals and friends we will meet along the way. Join guest DJ, Suzi Shelton as she leads us through a fun-filled road trip – complete with cars, trains, banjos, frogs, pigs and even just a little blowin’ in the wind.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 1st & 2nd, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Tomboy in a Princess Dress” by Suzi Shelton. Originally inspired by her seven year old daughter, this song portrays some pretty active tomboys who also love to wear princess dresses, tiara, and tutus. Add a mix of cowboys, Suzi’s video band and water balloons and you have a whole lot of fun! – www.suzishelton.com


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PLAYLIST

  • The Submarines – “The Wake Up Song” [Honeysuckle Weeks]
  • Justin Roberts – “Do You Wanna Go?” [Great Big Sun]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Goin’ on a Road Trip” [No Ordinary Day]
  • Coon Creek Girls – “Banjo Picking Girl” [Lily Mae, Rosie & Susie]
  • The Beatles – “Day Tripper”
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Route 66″ [Grace's Bell]
  • Gillygaloo – “Sweet Lei Ilima” [Little Green Thing]
  • Baze And His Silly Friends – “Train, Train” [One Little Smile]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Bought Me A Cat” [Simply Suzi]
  • Melinda Caroll – “Epo I Tai Tai E’ I” [Girl Scouts Greatest Hits, Vol. 11]
  • Little Miss Ann – “Over In The Meadow” [Clap For Love]
  • Caspar Babypants – “The Frogs” [This Is Fun!]
  • Kira Willey – “Black Dog In the River” [Dance for the Sun]
  • Imagination Workshop Band – “Skinny Pigs” [It's A Kid's Life]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Road Trip” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • The Weepies – “All This Beauty” [Hideaway]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Green, Green Rocky Road” [Sunny Day]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Freight Train” [Five Cent Piece]
  • Dean Jones & Jerrice Baptiste – “Little By Little” [Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti]
  • Bob Dylan – “Blowin’ In The Wind” [Greatest Hits]

HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 25th & 26th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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PLAYLIST

  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi

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Mariana Iranzi, children’s musician from Argentina living in New York, guest DJs our Cinco de Mayo Episode— a celebration of Hispanic culture and its friendship with the United States through great family music. Multicultural, bilingual (Spanish & English) and fun! – www.marianairanzi.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, and next weekend is Mother’s Day! In this video Mariana Iranzi’s bilingual song celebrates Mother’s day – Felíz día Mamá!


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PLAYLIST

  • Mariana Iranzi, “Hola Hello” (Hola Hello)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Cuando yo me muera” (Cuando yo me muera)
  • Julio Brum, “La Yerba Mate” (El secreto de la yerba mate)
  • Nathalia Palis, “Animal Bop” (Animal Bop)
  • Laura Doherty, “uno dos tres” (Kids in the City)
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “A Bailar “ (Fantastico)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Los Pollitos” (Hola Hello)
  • Luis Alberto Spinetta, “El mono tremendo” (Tester de violencia)
  • Susana Dutto, “Hay un chimpance y una mona” (Caramelitos Surtidos)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Come on let’s jump” (El planeta)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Five little monkeys” (Hola Hello)
  • Juan Pedraza, “Transformacion” (single)
  • Hugo Fattoruso y Rey Tambor, “Sale el sol” (Emotivo)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “La semana” (Hola Hello)

Under the Hat: Learning About Songwriting with Rhymes

Under the Hat: Rhymes

Have you ever wondered why the words to some songs get stuck in your head? In this episode of Under the Hat, Mister G reveals one of his big secrets; songwriters love to use rhymes.

Using examples from his songs “Pizza for Breakfast” and “Colores,” Mister G explains how good rhymes fit together like puzzle pieces to create catchy, memorable rhythms. We learn how songwriters search for the perfect rhymes to help to tell the story of the song.

As always, Mister G encourages kids to write their own songs whether they choose to use rhyming words or not. Featuring a cameo from Silas the Cat.

Next time in Under the Hat: Mixing it up in the studio. It’s a late night session, so you may have to stay up past bedtime for this episode as Mister G takes us into his studio where he’s recording a new CD. You’ll never listen to music the same way after you learn how songs are recorded and mixed.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is an Amherst College graduate who spent 20 years as a singer/songwriter/producer in the adult music world prior to earning a Masters in Elementary Education at Smith College and transitioning to making music for children.  His most recent release, CHOCOLALALA, a collection of original, bilingual (Spanish/English) songs for children, won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and is on the Grammy ballot for Best Children’s Album of 2012. A leading figure in the kids music world, Mister G’s 2011 bilingual release, BUGS garnered numerous national awards and was dubbed “irresistible” by People magazine. www.mistergsongs.com

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