HFVS: Friends Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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This week’s show is all about friends. Good friends, unlikely friends, real friends that stick with you through the good times and bad. Steve from Hullabaloo hand picks his favorites and shares a story about how he met his best friend.

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

Featured Video: “Out Standing” by Hullabaloo (from the album Raise a Ruckus)


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Guest DJ Playlist

  • Dan Zanes – Fine Friends Are Here – Catch That Train
  • Frances England – Place in Your Heart – Mind of My Own
  • Caspar Babypants – I Don’t Mind – Hot Dog!
  • Melissa Green – The Playdate – Sing Loud! 
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – Lucy & Tighty – Take it Outside
  • Elska – Don’t Make Fun of the Goobler – Middle of Nowhere
  • Hilltown Story Intro
  • Hullabaloo – Shy Kid Blues – Shy Kid Blues
  • Hullabaloo – 365 Days on Earth – Shy Kid Blues
  • Hullabaloo – Best Friends Forever – Shy Kid Blues
  • Dan Zanes – Side By Side – Night Time!
  • Randy Kaplan – Joe & Finn – The Kids Are All Id
  • Frances England – Cookies & Milk – Mind of My Own 
  • Jack Johnson – We’re Going to Be Friends – Sing-Alongs and Lullabies for
  • the Film Curious George
  • The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts: Greatest Hits
  • Bruno Mars – Count on Me – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
  • Randy Newman –  You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story
  • James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor Greatest Hits: Vol. 1
  • Dan Zanes – Surrounded in Friendship – House Party
  • Dan Zanes – House Party Time – House Party

Mind of My Own: France England’s Newest CD

Frances England: Mind of My Own

Frances England: Mind of My Own

Mind of My Own, due out November 9th, has a frenetic energy that is exciting and contagious!

You know when you hear an artist for the first time and they just grab you? That’s what happened for me when I heard Frances England’s new CD Mind of My Own.

On the one hand I was upset with myself for never having listened to Frances before, but on the other hand I was excited that she has two other CDs! I immediately ordered Fascinating Creatures and Family Tree. She’s just glorious!

If you’re familiar with Frances’ earlier work, then you already know about her sultry voice, creative lyrics, and timeless melodies. Her songs are easy to hum to and often the choruses are easy to sing to your kids later to get them to calm down. Many of the songs on her first two CDs are very soothing, but her new CD, due out November 9th, 2010, has more of a frenetic energy that is exciting and contagious.

As with many mommy artists, Frances’ music has grown with her kids. You can hear in this album the emerging independence I’m sure she’s seeing in her sons. The title song, Mind of My Own, is all about finding your own way while also maneuvering through all the rules your parents place on you. I absolutely adore the song Red Balloon where Frances describes a child growing in perfectly poetic language:

I’m a red balloon
I’m a full moon rising
I’m an apple tree
I’m a lemon drop
I’m a flower petal
I’m heavy metal
I’m two years old and I’m nonstop
I’m two years old and I’m nonstop

In the song To Be we hear Frances really appreciating the simple things in life. As parents we all know how sobering it can be to suddenly see the world through our kids’ eyes and realize the beauty of a flower or triumph of climbing a tree.

Frances says: “As a mother of two, it… feels really good to use song writing as a way of reflecting on daily family life. It’s such a precious time but too often we all lose sight of how significant it is because of our crazy schedules. For me, writing and singing these songs serves as a reminder that this stage in our families’ lives is golden.”

That’s a good reminder for all of us. Please check out this CD when it’s released in November. You’ll be so glad you did!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

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