HFVS Songs That Evoke Special Memories Episode with Guest DJs, Evan and Vanessa

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Songs That Evoke Special Memories Episode with Guest DJs, Evan and Vanessa

Music and memories often go hand in hand, and this is a theme that bilingual children’s/family musicians “Evan and Vanessa” love to explore!  In this program they will take listeners through an array of beautiful music from many decades, sharing special memories they associate with each song, as well as discussing how music can develop a memory that sparks a child’s and enthusiasm for language and culture!  – www.evanandvanessa.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 1st & 2nd, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Sun Sun Sun” by Evan and Vanessa

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1. Cliff Edwards and Disney Studio Chorus – “When You Wish Upon A Star” [NOW That’s What I Call Disney”
2.  Evan and Vanessa – “Sun Sun Sun” [In Our World There Are No Strangers]
3.  Peter, Paul and Mary – “Puff The Magic Dragon” [The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary]
4.  Shel Silverstein – “Rings Of Grass” [Drain My Brain]
5.  The Beach Boys – “Don’t Worry Baby” [All Summer Long]
6.  Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” [The Essential Elvis Presley]
7.  Evan and Vanessa – “Los Pollitos” [In Our World There Are No Strangers]
8.  The Sandpipers – “Guantanamera” [Guantanamera]
9.  Juan Wauters – “Así no más” [Who Me?]
10.  Evan and Vanessa – “Somewhere Out There” [In Our World There Are No Strangers]
11.  The Modern Lovers – “Ancient Long Ago” [It’s Time For]
12.  Fred Rogers – “It’s You I Like” [Beyond The Neighborhood: The Music Of Fred Rogers
13.  Molly Drake – “I Remember” [The Tide’s Magnificence: Songs and Poems of Molly Drake]
14.  Connie Converse – “There Is a Vine” [How Sad, How Lovely]
15.  Evan and Vanessa – “In Our World There Are No Strangers” [In Our World There Are No Strangers]




HFVS Guest DJ, Recess Monkey Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 23rd & 24th, 2012

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

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages!  This weekend Seattle’s celebrated band of teacher-rockers – Recess Monkey – bring their special brand of “undeniably hip, yet also kid-accessible” music and humor as guest DJs for a special circus-themed episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! A highlight of the June 23 and 24 Hilltown Family Variety Show broadcasts is Recess Monkey reading the In Tents booklet aloud. Audiences can follow along HERE.

Featured Video: Recess Monkey’s Drew just figured out how to pay off his student loans- with a good old fashioned Lemonade Stand! He soon discovers that those lemons are more a-peel-ing than he thought! “Lemonade” is from Recess Monkey’s 8th album, the circus-themed In Tents. – www.recessmonkey.com

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Recess Monkey Guest DJ Playlist

  • Recess Monkey- “In Tents” [In Tents]
  • Robert Preston “Seventy Six Trombones” [Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man]
  • Ralph’s World- “Abby’s Alphabet Soup” [The Rhyming Circus]
  • Sugar Free Allstars- “Petting Zoo” [Dos Ninos]
  • Caspar Babypants- “The Animal Lunch” [Hot Dog]
  • The Beatles- “Being for the Benefit of Mr/ Kite” [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]
  • Recess Monkey- “Odditorium” [In Tents]
  • Ukulele Jim- “The Jumping Flea Circus” [Ukulele Jim’s Jumping Flea Circus]
  • Dog on Fleas- “If You Wanna Dance Say Yeah!” [Invisible Friends]
  • Show on the Road

HFVS Guest DJ, Steve Denyes from Hullabaloo Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 16th & 17th, 2012

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

Steve from the band Hullabaloo plays his favorite traditional American folk songs about people, places, animals, trains and more. Hear Bruce Springsteen, Dan Zanes, Lisa Loeb, Elizabeth Mitchell and Hullabaloo sing the songs that have been passed down from generation to generation since our country was born.

Featured Video: “Out Standing” from Hullabaloo’s album, Raise a Ruckus.www.hullabalooband.com

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Steve’s Guest DJ Playlist

  • Bruce Springsteen – Old Dan Tucker [We Shall Overcome]
  • Spider John Koerner – The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn [Raised By Humans]
  • Hullabaloo – Old King Cole [Hey, Everybody!]
  • Lisa Loeb – Big Rock Candy Mountain [Catch the Moon]
  • Bruce Springsteen – Erie Canal [We Shall Overcome]
  • Dan Zanes & Friends – Loch Lomond [Catch That Train!]
  • Hullabaloo – Froggy Went a Courtin’ [Tall as a Tree]
  • David Holt – Mole in the Ground [I Got a Bullfrog]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – Shoo Fly [You Are My Flower]
  • Hullabaloo – I’ve Been Working on the Railroad [Tall as a Tree]
  • Rafii – New River Train [More Singable Songs]
  • David Holt – When the Train Comes Along [I Got a Bullfrog]
  • Dan Zanes – We Shall Not Be Moved [House Party]
  • Bruce Springsteen – O Mary Don’t You Weep [We Shall Overcome]
  • Dan Zanes – Down By the Riverside [Night Time!]
  • Fox & Branch – Mama Don’t Allow [Mama Don’t Allow]
  • Hullabaloo – Raise a Ruckus [Raise a Ruckus]

HFVS Guest DJ, Joe & Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 9th & 10th, 2012

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

Childhood best friends, Joe and Justin, now known as The Okee Dokee Brothers from Minneapolis, Minnesota, are our Guest DJs this today, spinning some songs of their own childhood, songs in the Americana folk tradition and even some tunes off their brand new CD called Can You Canoe? about their real-life 30 day canoe trip down the Mississippi River.

Featured Video: The title track from the album Can You Canoe?  On June 1st, 2011, Joe and Justin began a canoe trip in Minneapolis, MN and continued down the river for the next 30 days until they reached the St. Louis Gateway Arch. During their month long journey on the Mississippi, they camped, canoed and composed the songs that make up the album Can You Canoe? – www.okeedokee.org

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The Okee Dokee Brothers Guest DJ Playlist

  • Woody Guthrie – “Howjadoo” [Nursery Days]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Can You Canoe?” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Paul Simon – “Graceland” [Graceland]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Hank Williams – “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” [Honky Tonkin’]
  • The Little Willies – “Roly Poly” [The Little Willies]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Bullfrog Opera” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Justin Townes Earle – “The Good Life” [The Good Life]
  • Leadbelly – “Midnight Special” [Leadbelly Sings for Children]
  • Taj Mahal – “Fishin’ Blues” – [The Essential Taj Mahal]
  • Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys – “Blue Moon of Kentucky” [Best of Bill Monroe]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Brother” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Trampled by Turtles – “Victory” [Palomino]
  • Bob Dylan – “Buckets of Rain” [Blood on the Tracks]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Rosita” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Gillian Welch – “I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll” [Time (The Revelator)]
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (f. Allison Krauss) – “Catfish John” – [Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 3]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Memphis Town” [Can You Canoe?]

HFVS Holiday Show with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Charity Kahn Holiday Show

Original Broadcast: Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 11th & 12th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Peanut Butter and Jam” by Charity and the JAMband (jamjamjam.com)

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Charity Kahn Guest DJ Playlist

  • Simon and Garfunkel — “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” [Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits]
  • Sweet Honey In the Rock — “So Glad I’m Here” [All For Freedom]
  • David Grisman & Jerry Garcia — “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [Not For Kids Only]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Happy Fluffy” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Mavis Staples — “This Little Light of Mine” [We’ll Never Turn Back]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “We Are Stardust” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Wise Old Owl” [unreleased]
  • Charity and the JAMband — “Loving Kindness” [free download below]
  • Supertramp — “Give a Little Bit” [Even in the Quietest Moments]
  • William Bell — “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday” [Can You Handle It? Vol. 6]
  • Shirley Temple — “Come and Get Your Happiness” [The Very Best of Shirley Temple]

Charity Kahn writes:

The day after we recorded the show, Daryn (my producer/engineer/guitarist/partner) and I went on a hike in Briones Regional Park, just east of the Oakland Hills. On our way down, in the dusk, we heard the call of a Great Horned Owl, and then another, answering, from across the canyon. As we walked into the valley and back toward the car, at least three different owls continued calling to each other in the almost-darkness. We stopped to listen and absorb, and, miraculously, a huge Great Horned Owl flew out of the forest, over our heads, and perched on the tippy top of a scraggly branch at the tippy top of a tall tree, and stayed there for quite some time. Had we not researched the call of the owl the day before (so I would have a chance of mimicking it passably during the reading of the Owl Moon story for the show), we wouldn’t have recognized it and probably wouldn’t have been present for this magical moment and gift from nature.

In addition to a WONDERFUL holiday show, Charity has several gifts to offer…

FREE DOWNLOAD: First she is offering a free download of the song Loving Kindness this month, a song that “is rooted in a Buddhist meditation practice (also called Metta) whereby you simply send wishes for happiness, health, safety and peacefulness to yourself and others.”

HFVS Mother’s Day 2008 Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Mother’s Day Magic Fish & Pink Whale Episode

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am

May 8th & 9th, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Pink Whale” by Shana Berry, from the album A Pink Whale and a Very Tall Tree

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Okay, so our Mother’s Day show really doesn’t have any songs about being a mother, having a wrecked house or breastfeeding…  but it does have some fun songs about magic, fish and the Down Under – and we’ve even featured a video about a super cool pink whale! I ask you, what more could a mom want?  You say breakfast-in-bed?  Well, we can’t deliver that, but for the foodie mom we’ve included a story by Mem Fox that explores international culinary delights, and songs about magic toast, spiders in your breakfast and coffee with starfish. Happy Mother’s Day!


  • Steve Weeks – “Look, Look!” [Alphabet Songs Vol. II: Ivan Idea]
  • Ellis Paul – “Wabi-Sabi” [Dragonfly Races]
  • Twink – “Mr. Magic” [The Broken Record]
  • The Beatles – “Magical Mystery Tour” [1967-1970 Disc 1]
  • Nat King Cole Trio – “Kee-Mo Ky-Mo (The Magic Song” [Nicky’s Jazz For Kids]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Magic Toast” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Spiders in My Breakfast” [Ladybug One]
  • SHOW ID: Harmonica Pocket (www.harmonicapocket.com)
  • Matt Nathanson – “Starfish and Coffee” [For the Kids Too]
  • STORY TIME: Steve Weeks (www.steveweeksmusic.com)
  • Mem Fox – “Possum Magic” [Possum Magic]
  • Steve Weeks – “Kiki Kangaroo” [Alphabet Songs Vol II: Ivan Idea]
  • Justin Roberts – “Koala Bear Diner” [Meltdown!]
  • Joe McDermott – “Baby Kangaroo” [Everywhere You Go]
  • SHOW ID: Princess Katie & Racer Steve (www.princessracer.org)
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve – “Hot Shot!” [Fast & Feisty]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Little House of Jello” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack – “The Lollipop Guild”
  • Country Joe & The Fish – “The ‘Fish’ Cheer” (excerpt)
  • The Bottle Let Me Down (John Rauhouse & Andy Hopkins) – “Three Little Fishes”
  • Taj Mahal – “Fishing Blues”
  • Mr. David – “Jump in the Jumpy House”
  • The Ditty Bops – “Fish to Fry”
  • Mr. David – “Hey! It’s Lunchtime!
  • The Nields – “Toes”
  • Uncle Rock – “Shoe Bandit”
  • The Nields – “Shoes: Farewell, My Pants”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Winter’s Come & Gone”
  • Vintage Children’s Favorites (Maurice Denham) – “Three Little Fishes”
  • Walter Frederick Browder – spoken word

Chantey & Mambo Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)


Chantey & Mambo Episode

Saturday from 9-10am
April 3rd, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
Valley Free Radio

Northampton, MA

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  • Dan Zanes & Festival Five Folk – “Cape Cod Girls” [Sea Music ]
  • Dan Zanes & His Band – “Drunken Sailor” [Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Vol. 1 ]
  • Astrograss – “Drunken Sailor” [Let Me Stay Up All Night ]
  • Country Joe McDonald – “Save the Whales” [Paradise with an Ocean View ]
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – “Somos El Barco” [Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too ]
  • Station Id: Bill Harley
  • Bill Harley – “Somos El Barco/We Are The Boat” [50 Ways to Fool Your Mother ]
  • Les Baxter and His Orchestra – “April in Portugal” [Your Hit Parade Vol. 03-1953 ]
  • Ricardo Lemvo – “Yiri Yiri Bon” [Latino! Latino!]
  • Beny More – “Yiriyiribon”
  • Cubanismo – “Mardi Gras Mambo” [Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Playground ]
  • Fox & Branch – “Old Dan Tucker” [Take Time in Life ]
  • The Hullaballoos – “Old Dan Tucker” [High Roller]

Photo Credit: Leo Reynolds

Harvest Moon Episode on HFVS (10/10/09)

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Garlic and Arts Festival-3

Peace pumpkins during harvest time. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

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  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – “Go Waggaloo” [Go Waggaloo] Music
  • Neil Young – “Harvest Moon” – [Neil Young: Greatest Hits]
  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – “Big Moon” [Go Waggaloo] Music
  • Jim Clark – “Harvest Moon” [Buried Land]
  • Dog on Fleas – “The Moon Song” [When I Get Little]
  • King Harvest – “Dancing in the Moonlight” [Dancing in the Moonlight]
  • Asylum Street Spankers – “Shine On Harvest Moon” [Mercurial]
  • Father Goose – “Gypsy in the Moonlight” [It’s a Bam Bam Diddly!]
  • Dan Zanes & Friends – “Moonlit Town” [Catch That Train!]
  • Jim Armenti – “You Just Can’t Kill a Good Idea” [The Great Pumpkin Roll]
  • Bob Dylan – “Country Pie” [Nashville Skyline]
  • Uncle Rock – “Break a Few Eggs” [Plays Well With Others]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Pie” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • Pete Seeger – “Wonderful Friends” [At 89]
  • The Band – “King Harvest” [The Band: Greatest Hits]
  • Laura Doherty – “Uncle Ukulele’s Band” [Kids in the City]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]


  • Click here to read the history of the song “Shine on Harvest Moon”
  • Find out more about the Westhampton Library Project here.
  • Click here for Jim Armenti’s album, The Great Pumpkin Roll.
  • Click here to see the Great Pumpkin Roll video from a previous Westhampton Fall Festval.
  • The Westhampton Fall Festival will happen on Sunday, Oct. 18th, 2009 at 12:30pm in the center of town. (Free) Pumpkin roll happens at 4pm.
  • Check out the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend.
  • Win Free Tickets to see Dan Zanes
  • Family concert on October 18th in Northampton with  Uncle Rock and the Playthings, his first local appearance by his great trio, the Playthings. Check out Uncle Rock at http://www.unclerock.com — it’ll be a great time.  Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (1:30 doors) at the Iron Horse (downtown Northampton).

Water Cycle Episode on HFVS (11/20/07)

Water Cycle Episode

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Tuesday evening @ 7pm

11/20/07 Playlist

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This week’s Water Cycle Episode goes out to the Yellow’s (2nd & 3rd graders) at Hilltown Cooperative Community Public School who are studying the water cycle.

We’ve found a few web sites exploring the water cycle that kids and educators might enjoy. Click here to share a water cycle web site/resource you’ve discovered:

  • Thirstin’s Water Cycle – Put out by the EPA; reviews rain, water storage, vapor and clouds through flash video for kids.
  • Droplet – NASA has put together a water cycle game for kids.
  • The Illinois EPA shows how to make a water cycle wheel for kids.
  • Enchanted Learning posted a water cycle diagram that can be used for curriculum planning.
  • The Water Education Foundation has a Water Kids page.
  • ProTeacher! offers water lesson plans that, including the topics of evaporation, water, water cycle and weather.
  • For teachers and homeschoolers, National Geographic has a water lesson plan.

And here’s a cute video for the younger crowd titled, The Cat Who Hated Rain, originally aired on Sesame Street, and animated by Bruce Cayard. A cat wishes the rain away and the consequenses of no rain are illustrated. Appropriate for all ages.


on winning a CD & T-shirt of Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang!


For this week’s contest we’re offering music and the t-shirt from Milkshake. Their t-shirt won a Parent’s Pick from the HFVS T-Shirt Review.

“WGosh!� We are so honored to be one of the winners.� Always a nice thing.� Glad you liked Moo.� Right now she’s pouting in the studio.� Seems Mikel told a bad cow joke (“What do you call a dancing cow?� A milk shake!”)� She wasn’t amused.� So I’m off to make her a sprout sandwich and pour her a tall glass of veggie juice.” – Lisa from Milkshake.

For your chance to win simply post us a comment below. We’ll draw a winner from everyone who leaves a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!  Deadline is 11/27/07 @ 7pm (EST).

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