HFVS with Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow

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 This week guest DJs Bill Harley and Keith Munslow teamed up and selected a bunch of their favorite songs; some from their childhood, recent discoveries, and a couple of ditties from their CD as well! While not expressly “kids songs”, these are songs that Bill and Keith love. They love them for their humor, wit, silliness and musical wizardry. – www.billharley.com, www.keithmunslow.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 15 & 16, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Boy Who Hid In A Peanut” by Bill Harley


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PLAYLIST

  • Steve Martin, “Late For School [The Crow]
  • The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Cab Calloway “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [The Hi-De-Ho Man]
  • Stan Freberg, “Banana Boat (Day-O)” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “A Dog Named Cat”
  • Raymond Scott, “Powerhouse”
  • Asylum Street Spankers, “Digga Digga Do” [Mercurial]
  • War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” [Why Can’t We Be Friends?]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Stinkeye” [It’n Not Fair to Me]
  • The Coasters, “Poison Ivy” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Bootsy Collins, “What So Never the Dance” [Back in the Day]
  • Randy Newman, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear” [Sail Away]
  • Slim Gaillard, “Potato Chips” [Slim Gaillard]
  • Stan Freberg, “Sh-Boom” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • The Chips, “Rubber Biscuit” [Doo Wop Classics]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Hideous Sweater” [It’s Not Fair to Me]

Originally broadcasted on March 23rd & 24th, 2013

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HFVS with Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow (Radio Show/Podcast)

Guest DJs, Bill Harley & Keith Munslow

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This week guest DJs Bill Harley and Keith Munslow teamed up and selected a bunch of their favorite songs; some from their childhood, recent discoveries, and a couple of ditties from their new CD as well! While not expressly “kids songs”, these are songs that Bill and Keith love. They love them for their humor, wit, silliness and musical wizardry. – www.billharley.com, www.keithmunslow.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 23rd & 24th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Boy Who Hid In A Peanut” by Bill Harley


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PLAYLIST

  • Steve Martin, “Late For School [The Crow]
  • The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Cab Calloway “Everybody Eats When They Come To My House” [The Hi-De-Ho Man]
  • Stan Freberg, “Banana Boat (Day-O)” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “A Dog Named Cat”
  • Raymond Scott, “Powerhouse”
  • Asylum Street Spankers, “Digga Digga Do” [Mercurial]
  • War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” [Why Can’t We Be Friends?]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Stinkeye” [It’n Not Fair to Me]
  • The Coasters, “Poison Ivy” [The Very Best of the Coasters]
  • Bootsy Collins, “What So Never the Dance” [Back in the Day]
  • Randy Newman, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear” [Sail Away]
  • Slim Gaillard, “Potato Chips” [Slim Gaillard]
  • Stan Freberg, “Sh-Boom” [Tip of the Freberg]
  • The Chips, “Rubber Biscuit” [Doo Wop Classics]
  • Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, “Hideous Sweater” [It’s Not Fair to Me]

Bill Harley Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Bill Harley Guest DJ Show

Guest DJ: Bill Harley

Grammy award winning story teller Bill Harley was this week's guest DJ for HFVS with six year old star-struck Zen HFVS co-host!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 15th & 16th, 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Stan Freberg – “Banana Boat” [Greatest Hits]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Stone Telling” [Where the Side Walk Ends]
  • Bill Harley – “King of Calibar” [Down in the Back Pack]
  • Bill Harley – “Barney and Candy” [Live in Studio]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “Macaroni and Cheese” [Down in the Back Pack]
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers – “Holiday for Strings” [Anthology]
  • Bill Harley – “Everybody is a Baby About Something” [Live in Studio]
  • Stan Freberg – “The Yellow Rose of Texas” [Greatest Hits]
  • Bill Harley – “You Saved My Life” [I Wanna Play]
  • Bill Harley – “Everything is Music” [Down in the Back Pack]

Rebroadcast from 4/4/09

BILL HARLEY IN CONCERT

Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock present Bill Harley in his triumphant return to the Pioneer Valley! Enter to win a family 4-pack of free tickets along with a copy of his newest Grammy nominated CD, "The Best Candy in the Whole World". Deadline to enter to win, 01/19/11 by 7pm (EST).

Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock present Grammy award winning storyteller Bill Harley in songs and stories at  Flywheel Arts Collective in the Easthampton Old Town Hall on Sunday, January 23rd at 1:30pm — part of the on-going No Nap Happy Hour Series.  Families are invited to come sit and listen to Bill’s funny and engaging stories and songs.

Bill Harley is a fabulously funny entertainer and the show will be a great way to spend a Sunday in January. Tickets can be purchased in advance online HERE and are $8 in advance/ $10 door. Family 4-pack: $25 in advance, $35 door.  Flywheel is located in the Easthampton Old Town Hall at 43 Main St.

Hilltown Families is giving away a family 4-pack of free tickets to see this show, along with 2 copies of Bill Harley’s newest CD release, The Best Candy in the Whole World. Deadline to enter to win is 01/19/11. Find out how to enter to win HERE.

Find out more about Bill Harley at www.BillHarley.com.

Ticket & Music Giveaway: Family Performance with Bill Harley

BILL HARLEY
Sunday, January 23rd @ 1:30pm
At Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA

Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock present…

Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock present Bill Harley in his triumphant return to the Pioneer Valley as part of the fantastic No Nap Happy Hour Series at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA! Enter to win a family 4-pack of free tickets along with a copy of his newest Grammy nominated CD, "The Best Candy in the Whole World". Deadline to enter to win, 01/19/11 by 7pm (EST).

Grammy award winning storyteller Bill Harley will be singing songs and telling stories at  Flywheel Arts Collective in the Easthampton Old Town Hall on Sunday, January 23rd at 1:30pm as part of the on-going No Nap Happy Hour Series.  Families are invited to come sit and listen to Bill’s funny and engaging stories and songs.

“Harley delivers an uninhibited performance with wry sense of humor and has a love of life we can all share…” — Los Angeles Times

“He combines wry observation with well-crafted folk, pop and rock music to tell tales that tickle the funny bone and tease the brain.” – Boston Globe

Hilltown Families is giving away a family 4-pack of free tickets to see this show, along with 2 copies of Bill Harley’s newest CD release, The Best Candy in the Whole World. Deadline to enter to win is 01/19/11. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT BILL HARLEY

A two-time Grammy award winning artist, Bill Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and modern family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves.

A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author and performing artist.  Harley is the recipient of the 2010 lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities “for his use of music, song, and story in building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing”.

Bill is the author of numerous children’s books and is working on a new project relating to school culture. His new collection of stories and songs, The Best Candy in the Whole World, was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. Harley also just published a new book for parents and educators called Between Home and School: Letters, Notes and Emails.

Find out more about Bill Harley at www.BillHarley.com.

ABOUT THE NO NAP HAPPY HOUR SERIES

Started by Bill Childs of Spare the Rock in 2009, the No Nap Happy Hour concert series continues at it’s new location, Flywheel (43 Main St., Easthampton, MA).  The series has been featuring the kinds of bands that seem to have taken their cue from They Might Be Giants in believing that kids’ music doesn’t have to condescend or, well, suck. The series has brought many fantastic acts to the Pioneer Valley, including Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Gustafer Yellowgold, AudraRox, Bill Harley, Justin Roberts, Lunch Money, Uncle Rock and the Deedle Deedle Dees. www.sparetherock.com

ABOUT FLYWHEEL

The Flywheel Arts Collective’s new home (Easthampton’s Old Town Hall) is a delightful space for families to come enjoy fabulous family entertainers! Home of the Easthampton Family Center, Flywheel is a collectively run, not-for-profit space, aimed at building community and giving artists opportunities to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people. www.flywheelarts.org

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see storyteller Bill Harley at Flywheel Arts Collective in the Easthampton Old Town Hall on Sunday, January 23rd at 1:30pm, or a copy of Bill Harley’s newest CD release, The Best Candy in the Whole World, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW
  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address)
  6. We’ll randomly draw our winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 7pm (EST). We will randomly select three winners.  One winner will receive 4 tickets, and two additional winners will receive a CD.  If you can’t make the concert but would like to enter to win a CD, please note you are entering to win just a CD.

If you don’t win, you simply still must come!  Bill Harley is a fabulously funny entertainer and the show will be a great way to spend a Sunday in January. Tickets can be purchased in advance online HERE and are $8 in advance/ $10 door. Family 4-pack: $25 in advance, $35 door.  Flywheel is located in the Easthampton Old Town Hall at 43 Main St.

Ticket Giveaway: Family Concert with Bill Harley @ the Iron Horse in Noho

WIN A FAMILY PACK OF FREE TICKETS:
Grammy Award Winner, Bill Harley
Sun. Matinee Concert for Families @ the Iron Horse

Grammy Award Winner Bill Harley at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Sun., December 6th at 2pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance for two families to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see 2-time Grammy Award Winner Bill Harley at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. on Sunday, December 6th at 2pm. Deadline to enter to win is 12/02/09. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT BILL HARLEY

A two-time Grammy award winning artist, Bill Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author and performing artist – and is a perennial favorite of the Hilltown Family Variety Show!

Bill is offering a free download of his original song for kids, “Wash Your Hands, from his site www.billharley.com, recently aired on the HFVS. It’s also featured on Education.com’s swine flu information page for parents. You can discover more about Bill Harley at www.billharley.com.

  • On Saturday, December 5th, Bill Harley will be a featured artist on the Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am on 103.3FM WXOJ, Northampton, MA (Valley Free Radio)  Tune in, listen live via streaming audio at Valley Free Radio.  Tune in every Saturday from 6-10am for 4-hours of commercial-free family programming, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am, followed by the HFVS.  Miss us on the air?  Listen now to our extended podcast.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see Bill Harley at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 12/02/09 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets for the No Nap Happy Hour concert series are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

Bill Harley Guest DJ Episode on HFVS (04/04/09)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Bill Harley Guest DJ Episode

Guest DJ: Bill Harley

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

04/04/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Stan Freberg – “Banana Boat” [Greatest Hits]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Stone Telling” [Where the Side Walk Ends]
  • Bill Harley – “King of Calibar” [Down in the Back Pack]
  • Bill Harley – “Barney and Candy” [Live in Studio]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “Macaroni and Cheese” [Down in the Back Pack]
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers – “Holiday for Strings” [Anthology]
  • Bill Harley – “Everybody is a Baby About Something” [Live in Studio]
  • Stan Freberg – “The Yellow Rose of Texas” [Greatest Hits]
  • Bill Harley – “You Saved My Life” [I Wanna Play]
  • Bill Harley – “Everything is Music” [Down in the Back Pack]

Grammy award winning story teller Bill Harley was this week’s guest DJ for HFVS with six year old star-struck Zen HFVS co-host! Check out Bill Harley’s web site at www.BillHarley.com to discover more, including a place to by his CD’s, DVD’s and books.

We wanted to thank Bill and his lovely wife Deb for coming to the studio to host the show.  We had a wonderful time!

Winning Families for Tickets to See Bill Harley with the Pioneer Valley Symphony

Congratulations to Laura Mazza of Florence, MA on winning two free tickets to see the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) featuring Grammy winning storyteller, Bill Harley and Peter and the Wolf in Greenfield, MA at the Greenfield High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 28th, at 7 pm, courtesy of PVS.

Two more tickets are being awarded to Helen Kahn, also of Florence, MA who was the second name to be selected from our random drawing.

And congratulations to Victoria Worth of Ashfield, MA who won a copy of Bill Harley’s DVD, Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live, which won the 2009 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

Thanks to PVS for offering tickets and to everyone for posting a comment to enter to win.  Be sure to check back for upcoming promotions and giveaways … or better yet, subscribe to our newsfeed and local listserv and don’t miss our next media contest/giveaway!

HFVS Reel & Jig Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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REEL & JIG EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th, 2009
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Bill Harley – “Sick of Sick” [The Teacher’s Lounge]
  • The Jimmies – “Googlie Mooglie” [Make Your Own Someday]
  • Shel Silverstein – “Sick” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • Justin Roberts – “Doctor, Doctor” [Way Out]
  • Billy Jonas – “Wake Up Suite” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Gotta Get Up” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Two Minute Shower” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Eat Something” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Brush Your Teeth” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Billy Jonas – “Totally Ready To Go” [Happy Accidents]Music
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “I Love My Sister” [There’s A Pea On My Plate]
  • Bill Harley – “You’re in Trouble” [Play it Again]
  • Karan Casey – “The Silkie Song” [20 Great Kids Songs]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “John’s Jig” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Gerald Trimble – “The York Reel/Dancing” [Celtic Odyssey]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Ben’s Jig” [A Frog Named Sam]Music
  • Boilermaker Jazz – “Band Four Leaf Clover” [Jazz Baby]
  • Lunasa – “Goodbye Miss Goodavich / Rosie’s Reel” [Otherworld]
  • Willie & Lobo – “Rita’s Jig” [Wild Heart]
  • Boilermaker Jazz Band – “Four Leaf Clover” [Jazz Baby]
  • Billy Jonas – “Knock Knock ” [Happy Accidents]Music

HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets) Bill Harley with the Pioneer Valley Symphony

FREE TICKETS


Special Family Performance
with the Pioneer Valley Symphony featuring
2009 Grammy Storyteller BILL HARLEY
and Peter and the Wolf

Greenfield High School Auditorium in Greenfield, MA
On Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 7pm

We are pleased to offer four free tickets to see the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) featuring Grammy winning storyteller, Bill Harley and Peter and the Wolf in Greenfield, MA at the Greenfield High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 28th, at 7 pm, courtesy of PVS. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, 03/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).  More details below.

This PVS Special Family Performance line-up will includes:

  • JOHN WILLIAMS – Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
  • BILL HARLEY – There’s a Pea on My Plate
  • BILL HARLEY & PAUL PHILLIPS – Come On Out and Play
  • SERGEI PROKOFIEV – Peter and the Wolf (narrated by Bill Harley)
  • BILL HARLEY – You’re In Trouble

BILL HARLEY

Two copies of the DVD, Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live, which won the 2009 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, will be offered too.

Bill Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and featured on PBS. Harley’s newest recording, a live performance CD set and DVD, Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live won the 2009 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, and has been the featured storyteller on Hilltown Family Variety Show numerous times!  Click HERE to see videos of Bill’s live performances.

At his website, BillHarley.com, educators can find resources and curriculum to many of his songs and stories, including Come Out and Play (pdf) and You’re in Trouble (pdf), both being presented at this PVS Special Family Performance.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY

Bill Harley will be narrating Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the PVS Special Family Performance.  Sergei Prokofiev was a great twentieth century Russian composer.   He composed a number of pieces for young listeners and performers.  The director of the Moscow Children’s Musical Theater asked him to compose something for them to perform and they decided to have a story about a child and a group of animals, in which each animal would be given a theme using a different instrument of the orchestra so that the audience would learn how the instruments look and sound.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win tickets to see the Bill Harley with the Pioneer Valley Symphony is as easy as 2-4-6!  To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner(s) from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and post the results below.
  4. We have up to four free tickets to offer, so be sure to include how many tickets you would like to win.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  6. The winner will be contacted with details on how to retrieve tickets via email upon the close of the contest.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 03/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).

Two runner ups will receive a copy of Bill Harley’s DVD, Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live which won the 2009 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are available here.


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High Concept, High Reward (Music Review)

High Concept, High Reward
By Bill Childs, HF Contributing Writer

Sesame Street Playground CD & DVD

Sesame Street Playground CD & DVD

CDs aimed at kids are rarely what the industry calls “high concept” – that is, with a Big Theme running throughout, or a clever idea at their core.  Sure, you occasionally get the food-themed record or the alphabet/number collections, but rarely anything more than that.  This month, a few releases that break the mold and, mostly, pay off with their gamble.

Putumayo Kids – Sesame Street Playground: There’s no better concept yet this year: Sesame Street songs from around the world, plus a DVD with a handful of videos from international editions of the essential kids’ series.  And Putumayo pulls it off, from the Dutch opening to a Chinese “Rubber Duckie” to a French “La Chanson de l’Amité” that sounds exactly as French as you’d hope, to the driving Israeli “En Den Dino.”  It’s not perfect – at least for me, I can think of a lot of U.S. songs I’d put ahead of “Elmo’s Song” to represent the domestic version of the show – but the highs easily outweigh the lows.  (And I probably just resent Elmo, coming as he did after I was done with the show.  Like Scrappy on Scooby Doo; can’t stand him either.)  The DVD just adds to the fun, giving kids a look at what Sesame Street is like overseas.  www.putumayo.com

Yes to Running

Yes to Running

Bill HarleyYes to Running: Harley is a very funny musician and storyteller, well known for both his kids’ stuff and his commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered.  Frankly, his studio CDs have always left me a little underwhelmed, but this two-CD set, recorded live at a high-energy show in Montana, helps me understand his success.  Harley’s at his core a storyteller (even in his songs), and clearly thrives on audience participation.  You don’t need to get past the first track (“I Like to Sing”) to get a sense of the sheer fun that must be seeing him live.  The CDs also include several lengthy musical stories, including the very funny “Mom and the Radio.”  He’s utterly engaging and has a great sense of comic timing, and has a bluntness and self-deprecating wit that kids no doubt will love (noting that “only an idiot” would sled down a huge hill, and that they did, “because we were idiots”).  Add in his willingness to good-naturedly mock parents along with himself and it’s a lot of fun.  It’s not as big a concept as, say, Sesame Street Playground, but it’s definitely a CD that’s much more about the whole than any of its parts.  www.billharley.com

Spanglish Wrangler

Spanglish Wrangler

Will Thomas – Spanglish Wrangler: Now Miami-based Will Thomas performs relaxed alt-country with a blues touch, more or less, with lyrics in, as the title suggests, some Spanish, some English – Spanglish – in every song.  The arrangements and production have a bit of a G. Love/Jack Johnson/Ben Taylor vibe, with a couple of songs based on classics (“Cucaracha” based on Earth Wind & Fire’s “September,” and “They Call It Spanish Monday” on T. Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”).  If you’re looking for some Spanish language in your kids’ environment, this is a great, accessible, non-cheesy record, with some gentle humor (“Broccoli,” for instance, involves a kid’s bargaining for more – yes, more! – broccoli).  While there are a handful of songs out there with both English and Spanish (the Jimmies’ terrific “Spanimals” comes to mind), this is the first kids’ record I can remember that reflects the reality in many households of both languages intermingling.  It sounds effortless but hits the spot.  www.willthomas.com


Bill Childs & Ella

Bill Childs

Bill teaches law school by day in Springfield. With his kids, he produces a radio show for kids, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, which airs on Saturday mornings on 93.9 The River (7-9 AM, 101.5 in Brattleboro) and 103.3 Valley Free Radio (8-10 AM). He’s also a columnist for regional parenting magazines, covers music for Parenting magazine, and is a bi-monthly contributing writer to Hilltown Families. Contact him at show@sparetherock.com

HFVS Weekly Giveaway: Bill Harley’s New DVD

Bill Harley: Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live (DVD)

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

Bill Harleys Newest Release

Bill Harley's Newest Release

I love Bill Harley! He’s an excellent (Grammy Award Winning) storyteller, musician and author and he has a new CD & DVD (release date: 08/12/08), Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. Just in time for back-to-school, this new release demonstrates Harley in action, hilariously recounting the battle for parental control of the car radio or the awful thrill of hurtling down a snowy hill with the principal’s wife on board the sled, or finding a toilet bowl full of freedom from school rules in the boys’ bathroom.

My daughter and I both love Bill’s stories. Great family appeal and a must have in your family collection. This week we are giving away the DVD collection which includes The Teachers’ Lounge, The Ballard of Dirty Joe and Mom and the Radio, along with many other favorites.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free DVD is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 08/13/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO

on winning our Nields promotion. She will receive Nerissa Nields new book, How to Be an Adult, and The Nields family album, All Together Singing in the Kitchen. Thanks for participating and please email us your mailing address.

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