Under the Hat: Counting and Key Changes

Counting and Key Changes

My new bilingual album is called Los Animales, and it’s pretty much what it sounds like: a collection of original song about animals.“Siete Elefantes” is a counting song, and a pretty simple one at that. In each verse you count different animals (elephants, butterflies, lions and crocodiles). The structure of the tune is four short verses with a bridge between verses two and three.

As a songwriter, you never want to be boring or predictable. So what’s the trick to avoid that with a song that is intentionally repetitive? In this case the answer is a combination of studio production arranging and key changes.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Songs About America Episode with Guest DJ, Rocknoceros (Radio Show/Podcast)

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 Songs About America Episode with
Guest DJ, Rocknoceros

Rocknoceros joins us as our Guest DJ with a Songs About America Episode. The musical trio explore their record collections to find tunes that celebrate, illustrate, and even criticize the Land of the Free.  Starting with the Chuck Berry-inspired rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, the selections quickly span the decades that followed and the various styles that continue to thrive today.  Join in the fun as the band members discuss the people and places that help make American music what it is, with a few asides about lemonade stands and Irving Berlin. — rocknoceros.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 27th & 28th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Read along with Rocknoceros as they sing about the Lone Star State in this up-tempo country rocker from the “Plymouth Rockers” CD.


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PLAYLIST

  • Rocknoceros – “United States of America” [Rocknoceros]
  • Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” [The Essentials: Otis Redding]
  • Ramones – “Rockaway Beach (Live)” [It’s Alive (Live)]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lemonade” [In Tents]
  • Chuck Berry – “Sweet Little Sixteen” [20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry]
  • The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Surfin’ USA]
  • Van Halen – “Dancing In the Street” [Diver Down]
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Born In the U.S.A.” [Born In the U.S.A.]
  • Rocknoceros – “Squeakers” [Plymouth Rockers]
  • Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom” [Greatest Hits 1970-2002]
  • Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues” [From the Mars Hotel]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “I’m My Own Grandpa (feat. Riders In the Sky)” [Dancin’ In the Kitchen]
  • Dwight Yoakam – “The Late Great Golden State” [21st Century Hits:  Best of 2000-2012]
  • David Bowie – “Young Americans” [Young Americans]
  • Rocknoceros – “God Bless America” [Plymouth Rockers]

HFVS All Kinds of Families Episode with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Alastair Moock

Grammy nominee Alastair Moock is guest DJ this week of the Hilltown Family Variety Show with an All Kinds of Families Episode. — www.moockmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 20th & 21st, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “It Takes All Kinds,” from Alastair Moock’s new album, All Kinds of You and Me.


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PLAYLIST

  • Alastair Moock – It Takes All Kinds [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Marlo Thomas & Harry Belafonte – Parents are People [Free to Be… You and Me]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Happy Adoption Day [Dancin’ in the Kitchen]
  • Papa Crow – Baby Makes Three [Things That Roar]
  • Alastair Moock – My Life is a Lot Like Yours [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Frances England – Family Tree [Family Tree]
  • Brady Rymer – The Relatives Came [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could]
  • Tig Notaro – Family Tree [Good One]
  • Father Goose – Panama [It’s A Bam Bam Diddly!]
  • Quartetto Cetra – Nella Vecchia Fattoria [Putumayo Kids Presents – Animal Playground]
  • Grenadilla – Family Song [Grenadilla]
  • Paul Simon – That was Your Mother [Graceland]
  • Jazzy Ash – Every Family’s Different [Home]
  • Johnny Cash – I Got a Boy Named John [The Johnny Cash Children’s Album]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Chorus – Grateful [Welcome to the Village]
  • Alastair Moock – Kenya Imagine? [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Alex Mitnick – Love is All it Takes [Love Songs for My Baby]

HFVS Songwriting Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Songwriting Episode with
Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

As multi-award winning singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds hosts The Hilltown Family Variety Show for the third time, she challenged herself by finding the “Songs That Make You Go Hmmmm, curating The Songwriting Show.”  While writing tunes for her band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, Joanie has always been drawn to “play on word” songs. In her songwriting themed show, Joanie picked tunes that concentrate on “idioms,” “creative word play,” and songs about songwriting hoping listeners will be inspired to create songs of their own. — www.joanieleeds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 13th & 14th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Filled with animal-isms, ‘Happy As A Clam’ will help you and your kids realize how much we use animal expressions in our daily lives!


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PLAYLIST

  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Happy As A Clam” (What A Zoo)
  • Dog on Fleas – “Palindrome” (Buy One Get One Flea)
  • Billy Jonas Band – “What Kind of Bear are You”  (Build it Back Again)
  • Trout Fishing in America – “18 Wheels on the Big Rig” (Family Music Party)
  • The Merry Macs – “Mairzy Doats” (Classic Years of the Merry Macs)
  • Cat Doorman – “So Many Words” (Kick Out the Jammies!)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I C U” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Hockey Puck” (Jam on Rye)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “The World is Your Oyster” (Good Egg)
  • Steve Songs – “Song without a Rhyme”  (Orangutan Van)
  • The Bazillions – “Similes and Metaphors”  (Heads or Tales)
  • The Verve Pipe – “You Can Write a Song”  (Are We There Yet)
  • Lori Henriques – “Vocabulary”  (The World is a Curious Place to Live)
  • Key Wilde & Mister Clarke – “Animal Alphabet”  (Pleased to Meet You)
  • Hullabaloo – “Dad upside Down”  (Raise a Ruckus)
  • Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks– Colors of You (Everyday’s Your Birthday) Releasing Fall 2015
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Hello, Goodbye, Shalom” (Meshugana) Releasing Sept. 4th  2015

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

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New Beginnings Episode with
Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy

Kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginnings – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal…. and shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! She plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musicians friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 6 & 7, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light


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PLAYLIST

  • The Kinks – Here Comes Yet Another Day  [Everybody’s In Show-Biz]
  • Alexandre Desplat – Third Class Carriage  [Grand Budapest Hotel]
  • Alison Faith Levy – The Start of Things  [The Start of Things]
  • Teenage Fanclub – Start Again  [Songs from Northern Britain]
  • The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!  [Turn! Turn! Turn!]
  • The Radars – Finger Licking Chicken [The Get-It]
  • Kelley Stoltz – Everything Begins [Circular Sounds]
  • The Orange Peels – [Begin the Begone]
  • The Corner Laughers – Queen of the Meadow [Matilda Effect]
  • The Sippy Cups – One Day Soon [The Time Machine]
  • Thomas Newman – Horizon 12.2 [Wall-E OST]
  • Max Richter – Horizon Variations [The Blue Notebook]
  • Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks [Truelove’s Gutter]
  • Alison Faith Levy – Three Tulips [World of Wonder]
  • Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light [The Ruminant Band]
  • Africa Show – Inspiracao De Nito [Angola Soundtracks]
  • Charity and the JAMband – Earth Day  [single]
  • The Orange Peels – New Moon [Begin the Begone]
  • The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows [Revolver]

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 8pm

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/15/15 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Beginning our summer promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pairs of tickets to see Ani DiFranco, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, June 19th, 2015. Peter Mulvey opens.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/15/15 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT ANI DIFRANCO

 As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano. — www.anidifranco.com

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

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National Parks Episode with Guest DJ, Jeff Wolin

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 our country’s great natural and cultural treasures. From a polka about a revolutionary war hero to sea turtles in the Gulf Islands, this national park themed show will keep you moving and perhaps inspire you and your family to visit a park near you!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 30 & 31, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Let’s Move Outside” by Erica Falls from Songs for Junior Rangers


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PLAYLIST

  • Bruce Barnes – “Humps, Hooves, and Horns” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Lucky Diaz (featuring David Lee Garza) – “De Colores” [Aqui, Alla]
  • Jim Gill – “California” [Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times]
  • Dee Dee Graves – “Spelunca Funka” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • The WhizPops – “Manta Ray” [Sea Blue Sea]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Turtle Up, Turtle Down” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Thaddeus Kosciuszko Polka” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks” [Big Round World]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “River Song” [We All Live Downstream]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Beach Party at High Altitude” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Erica Falls – “Let’s Move Outside” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Bruce Barnes – “New Orleans Jazz” [Songs for Junior Rangers]
  • Billy B. – “The Peregrine” [Nature in the City]
  • Jeff Wolin – “Explore, Learn, Protect” [Songs for Junior Rangers]

HFVS Everyone Together Now Episode with Guest DJ, Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Everyone Together Now Episode with Guest DJ, Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills

Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills celebrates family, friends, and being a part of the community with a show themed, “Everyone Together Now!” Joined by co-hosts Lorenzo and her nephew Gilad, this show is packed with hits from your favorite artists from around the world, even as far as the Australian outback! — www.milstrills.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 23rd & 24th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Mil’s Trills Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park


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PLAYLIST

  • Mil’s Trills – “Mil’s Trills Marching Band” [Everyone Together Now!]
  • Grenadilla – “Smiling” [Can’t Wait]
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Dance to the Music” [Dance to the Music]
  • Uno Dos Tres con Andres – “Los Colores” [Uno Dos Trest con Andres!]
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Our Love Fits” [No School Today]
  • Mil’s Trills – “Mother May I?” [Everyone Together Now!
  • Vered – “Grandparents” [Hello My Baby]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Beautiful Day” [Smile in My Heart]
  • John Williamson – “Home Among the Gumtrees” – [Waltzing Matilda: Live!]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Give Me A Hug” [I’m a Rock Star]
  • Mil’s Trills – “BroOklyn” [Everyone Together Now!]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Friends” [Go!]
  • Dog on Fleas – “If You Wanna Dance Say Yeah!” [Imaginary Friends]
  • Chairmen of the Board – “Working on a Building of Love” [Bittersweet]
  • Jon Samson – “Show More Love” [A New Kids Album]
  • Mil’s Trills – “You Have My Heart” [Everyone Together Now!]
  • Story Laurie – “Groovin’ in the Garden” [Groovin’ in the Garden]
  • Amadou and Mariam featuring K’naan – “Africa” [Welcome to Mali]
  • The Whirlygigs – “Looking Out the Window” [Welcome to Cloud 9]
  • The Trummytones – “Sway” [Down By The Seaside]

HFVS Silly Words Can Make Serious Music Episode with Guest DJs, The Dream Jam Band (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Silly Words Can Make Serious Music Episode with Guest DJs, The Dream Jam Band

Join Guest DJs The Dream Jam Band as they travel through the ages from Shape Note Singing to Scat to Doo Wop, Country, Rock and Roll, Folk and even Throat singing. Discover how silly words can make serious music! – www.dreamjamband.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 9th & 10th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Have a Party When You Get the Blues


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PLAYLIST

  • The Dream Jam Band- “Leave it in the Soup” [Leave it in the Soup]
  • Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five- “Heebie Jeebies” [The Essential Louis Armstrong]
  • Ella Fitzgerald- “Oh Lady Be Good” [The Scat of Jazz]
  • The Coasters- “Yakety Yak” [Hi Five The Coasters]
  • Johnny Cymbal- “Mr. Bassman” [Mr. Bassman]
  • Shirley Ellis- “The Name Game” [Rock ‘N’ Roll Pop and Soul Sisters]
  • The Beatles- “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da” [The White Album]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Nicky Nicky Knock Knock” [The Dream Jam Band]
  • Bobby Darin- “Splish Splash” [Bobby Darin]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Friends of the Sea” [Leave it in the Soup]
  • John Odrasik- “The Hoppity Song” [For the Kids]
  • Father Goose (feat Dan Zanes)- “Jig Jog Gee” [Putumayo Kids World Sing-Along]
  • Lisa Loeb- “Jenny Jenkins” [Jenny Jenkins]
  • Roseanne Cash [feat Dan Zanes]- “Fooba Wooba John” [Family Dance]
  • Shirley Temple- “Polly Wally Doodle” [The Littlest Rebel]
  • Laurie Berkner- “Boody Boody Ya Ya Ya” [Under the Shady Tree]
  • Tom Chapin- “What is a didjeridoo?” [Around the World and Back Again]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band- “Thingamajig”  [Lishy Lou and Lucky Too]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers- “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” [Can You Canoe?]
  • The Dream Jam Band- “Boing” [Leave it in the Soup]

 

HFVS Classic American Songs & Traditional Tunes Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Classic American Songs & Traditional Tunes Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

Join Hilltown Family Variety Show guest DJ Andy Z, as he spins a special selection of “Classic American Songs & Traditional Tunes.” Enjoy listening to family favorites and classic recordings, and find out more about the artists who created them.    — www.andyz.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 9th & 10th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Peter, Paul & Mary – “If I Had A Hammer”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Carter Family – “Keep On The Sunny Side” [RCA Country Legends: The Carter Family]
  • Ella Jenkins – “Mary Mack” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection]
    Dan Zanes – “Hop Up Ladies” [House Party]
  • Andy Z – “Turkey In The Straw [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
    Burl Ives – “Mr Froggie Went a Cout’in” [Ultimate Burl (The Very Best of the Legendary Burl Ives)]
  • The Beatles – “Rocky Racoon” [The Beatles [White Album] (Disc 1)]
  • The Hillbillies “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection]
    Andy Z – “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
  • New Lost City Ramblers – “Old Bell Cow” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection]
  • Leadbelly – “Ha-Ha This-A-Way” [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection]
  • Woody Guthrie – “Riding In My Car (Car Song) [Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection]
  • Trout Fishing In America – “18 Wheels On A Big Rig” [Family Music Party]
  • Andy Z – “Don’t Fence Me In” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
  • Elizabeth Cotten – “Shake Sugaree” [Shake Sugaree]
  • Gillian Welch – “Winter’s Come And Gone” [Hell Among the Yearlings]
  • Andy Z – “You Are My Sunshine” [Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes]
  • Pete Seeger – “The Water Is Wide” [American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5]
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – “If I Had A Hammer” – [The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary]

HFVS Guest DJs from Earthworm Ensemble

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Guest DJs from the Earthworm Ensemble

The Earthworm Ensemble radio broadcast is a bit of an experiment, as the band recorded their voices while setting up for a live performance for school children. The broadcast captures a bit of pre show high energy and giddiness.  The song choices reflect the group’s wildly eclectic taste–including African women using a flowing River as a percussion instrument, Nina Simone singing The Beatles, the anarchy of Spike Jones, country fried Everly Brothers, and a Muppets classic!    — earthwormensemble.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 2nd & 3rd, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Earthworm Ensemble – “I Didn’t Give Up”


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PLAYLIST

  • Earthworm Ensemble – “I Didn’t Give Up” [Backyard Garden]
  • Spike Jones – “Man On The Flying Trapeze” [The Best of Spike Jones]
  • The Muppets – “Mah Na Mah Na” [The Muppets (Original Soundtrack)]
  • John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” [Double Fantasy (Stripped Down)]
  • ESG – “The Beat” [Unknown]
  • Bing Crosby – “If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon” [Big Hits and Highlights of 1949]
  • Rotondi – “She’s The Lion” [Play On]
  • The Robin Thierry Group – “Pundela” [Gypsy Road]
  • David Grisman & Jerry Garcia – “The Miller’s Will” [Not For Kids Only]
  • Earthworm Ensemble – “Coyote Vs Mole” [Backyard Garden]
  • Earthworm Ensemble – “Sparko Stegasaurus” [Backyard Garden]
  • The Kinks – “Ape Man” [Lola Vs Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Pt 1]
  • Baka Forest People – “Water Drums” [The Big Bang]
  • The Everly Brothers – “Bird Dog” [The Everly Brothers’ Best]
  • Nina Simone – “Here Comes The Sun” [Sugar In My Bowl]
  • Earthworm Ensemble – “Backyard Garden” [Backyard Garden]

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Time for History Learning Through Music

New Album Inspires Civil War History Education Opportunity

Use music as a lens for learning about history – Lloyd Miller (of The Deedle Deedle Dees fame) has just released a new Civil War-themed album filled with traditional and original music. Using a curriculum created by Miller, as well as a wealth of other resources, families can use music as an entry point for learning about an important time period in American history.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Lloyd Miller‘s newest album offers opportunities for learning about the Civil War through the lens of music! Titled, Sing-a-long History, Vol. I: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!, the album is filled with a mix of traditional songs from the late 19th century, historic pieces of writing set to original music, and Civil War-themed songs created just for the album. Overall, the album provides an engaging musical examination of many of the big ideas involved in studying the Civil War – abolition, the Underground Railroad, warfare tactics, and the experience of slavery. Simply adding the album to a family CD rotation would spark lyrics-based learning, but thanks to a handful of other resources, families and educators can use Miller’s album to spark experiential, multidisciplinary learning about the Civil War! Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Episode with Guest DJ, Jacob Stein of The Pop Ups

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Animal Episode
with Guest DJ, Jacob Stein of The Pop Ups

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 25th & 26th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Box of Crayons” by The Pop Ups – www.thepopups.com

 


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PLAYLIST

  • Frances England – “Jacques Cousteau” [Mind of My Own]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • Cat and a Bird – “Lion and the Challengers” [Cat and a Bird]
  • Miriam Makeba – “The Naughty Little Flea” [Pata Pata]
  • Todd McHatton – “ I Think I’m A Bunny” [Galactic Champions of Joy]
  • The Pop Ups – “Box Of Crayons” [Radio Jungle]
  • DinoRock – “Dinosaur Rock” [Dinosaur Rock]
  • Justin Roberts – “Willy Was A Whale” [Yellow Bus]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pop Up City” [Radio Jungle]
  • Cathy & Marcy Feat. Christylez Bacon – “Hip-Hop Humpty Dumpty” [Banjo to Beatbox]
  • DinoRock – “We All Came From the Sea” [Dinosaur Rock]
  • Lucky Diaz – “Blue Bear” [Luckiest Adventure]
  • The Pop Ups – “Connect The Stars” [Radio Jungle]
  • DinoRock – “Moms to the Rescue” [Dreamosaurus]
  • Recess Monkey – “Super Stuffies” [Flying!]

Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ, Nathalia (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Guest DJ, Nathalia

Bilingual children’s artist Nathalia takes listeners on a musical journey playing a wide range of song selections. From jazz legends to contemporary kindie artists, this playful podcast that is sure to put a smile on your face. Nathalia also features songs from her latest album Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito. − www.nathaliamusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 18th & 19th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

  • Nathalia – “Los Planetas” [Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito]
  • Yael Naiim – “New Soul” [Yael Naiim]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina – “Águas de Março” [Elis]
  • Nathalia – “Magical” [Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito]
  • Jennifer Gasoi – “Cherry Tree” [Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Through the Woods” [Through the Woods]
  • Nathalia – “El Amazonas” [Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito]
  • Andres Salguero – “La Clave” [Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres!]
  • Nathalia – “Pop, Pop, Pop” [Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito]
  • Louis Armstrong – “When the Saint’s go Marching in” [When the Saint’s go Marching in]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Lullaby of Birdland” [Lullabies of Birdland]
  • Mariana Iranzi – “Arco Iris” [Hola Hello]
  • Natasha Bedingfield – “Who I Am” [The Music from the Pirate Fairy]
  • Nathalia – “Norah’s World” [Dream a Little / Sueña un Poquito]
  • Carlos Vives – “El Modelo Alfabetico” [Pombo Musical]

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

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Autism Awareness Episode
with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman

Autism Awareness Episode with Guest DJ, Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends. Celebrating children of all abilities in an hour long, commercial-free, radio show/podcast, Marc shares songs that inspire us to love people for who they are, including a songs from his album, The Best Day Ever. — www.mysillyfriends.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 11th & 12, 2015
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 Family Jam Band – “Quite Like You” [Oh Lucky Day!]
  • Uncle Kracker – “Smile” [Happy Hour]

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HFVS Funk Music Episode with Guest DJ, Mike Whitla

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Funk Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Mike Whitla

Mike Whitla from the band Rock’n’Rainbow is your guide into the world of Funk. This show will explore the roots history of funky music, it will also find out exactly what makes funky music sound the way it does. Get ready to boogie!!!  — rocknrainbow.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 4th & 5th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “5 Senses” – a great new Counting Song by Rock’n’Rainbow from Let’s Boogie


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PLAYLIST

  • James Brown – “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” [Mighty Instrumentals]
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Dance to the Music” [Greatest Hits]
  • Rock’n’Rainbow – “Hokey Funky“ [Let’s Boogie]
  • Parliament Funkadelic- “Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off)” [Mothership Connection]
  • Kool & the Gang – “Jungle Boogie” [Wild and the Peaceful]
  • Rock’n’Rainbow – “Let’s Boogie“ [Let’s Boogie]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Boogie on Reggae Woman” [Fulfillingness’ First Finale]
  • Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust” [The Game]
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers- “Funky Crime” [Uplift Mofo Party Plan]
  • Rock’n’Rainbow – “The Freeze“ [Let’s Boogie]
  • Living Colour – “The Cult of Personality” [Vivid]
  • Prince – “Cream” [Diamonds and Pearls]
  • Rock’n’Rainbow – “Five Senses“ [Let’s Boogie]

 

Under the Hat: When Sound Crosses Borders

The Universal Language of Dogs

Dogs all over the world understand each other, instantly! This universal language can be found in music too, crossing cultures and facilitating communication without barriers. Knowing how to play music can cultivate a sense of cultural appreciation and connection, building a bridge of cooperation and joy between people without the need for spoken language.

I’ve been a professional musician for thirty years, but it wasn’t until I started collaborating with artists from other countries and cultures that I finally understood the old cliché that music is a “universal language.”

I’m currently recording an album of original songs for a new bilingual album called, Los Animales. Part of the fun of making the record is working with great musicians from different parts of Latin America. Yesterday I was in a studio in Los Angeles with my friend Mari Nobre, who is a wonderful Brazilian singer. Over lunch we started talking about the different sounds we have for the way dogs bark in English and Portuguese. While we say “woof woof,” in Brazil they make a sound like “au, au.”

This realization led to a conversation about how dogs all over the world understand each other instantly. We concluded that there’s a universal language of dogs, which enables dogs to communicate and interact instantly regardless of where they’re from.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Twofers & Threefers Episode with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

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Twofers & Threefers Episode
with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

Randy returns to the Hilltown airwaves with a set of twofers and threefers: short mini-segments of two or three related songs——songs by the same group, in the same style, or whose themes or subject matter connect in some way. You’ll hear blues, folk, country, calypso, a few off-the-beaten-path numbers, and even a show tune lullaby sung by Randy’s wife, Julie May Kaplan…and, of course, a few trademark Randy songs as well.  — www.randykaplan.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 28th & 29th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Crew Cut” from Jam on Rye:


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PLAYLIST

  • Dave Van Ronk – “Did You Hear John Hurt?” […And The Tin Pan Bended, And The Story Ended… {Live}]
  • Mississippi John Hurt – “My Creole Belle” [Satisfied…..{Live}]
  • Doc Watson – “Curly Headed Baby” [Memories]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Crew Cut” [Jam on Rye]
  • Dan Bern – “My Frigerator Broke” [Three Feet Tall]
  • The Clash – “Lost in the Supermarket” [London Calling]
  • Randy Kaplan – “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh” [Jam on Rye]
  • Pete Townsend – “Sleeping Dog” [Who Came First {Bonus Track}]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Virginia, Vega, and I” [Jam on Rye]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Home Is Not a Hotel” [The Madness of Happiness]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Couch Surfing with a Family of Six”[The Madness of Happiness]
  • Sam Manning’s Orchestra – “Back to my West India Home” [Calypso Calaloo]
  • Charlie Binger & His Quartet – “Jamaica Is the Place to Go” [Trojan CALYPSO Box Set (Disc 1)]
  • Dan Bern – “Cheetah” [Three Feet Tall]
  • Randy Kaplan “Slow Motion Mom” [Jam on Rye]
  • Julie May Kaplan – “Goodnight, My Someone” [Jam on Rye]

 


 

Related Post: Jul 21/22, 2012 — Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan — Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast

 

HFVS Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo

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Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo

Suzanne Jamieson Selmo celebrates the SKY and everything in it. She takes us through a whole day, from waking up with the sun to going to bed with the stars and the moon…and lots of fun stuff in between. She threads through poetry, history, and science into the hour and showcases a variety of music… from old classics to modern pop, jazz standards to popular children’s music. It’s a celebration of the sky with great tunes! — www.suzannejamiesonselmo.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 21st & 22nd, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Caspar Babypants- “Bird in an Airplane Suit” [Rise and Shine!]


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PLAYLIST

1. Hilary Duff- “Wake Up” [Most Wanted]
2. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Here Comes the Sun” [Shine]
3. Caspar Babypants- “Bird in an Airplane Suit” [Rise and Shine!]
4. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights- “My Butterfly” [What a Zoo!]
5. Laurie Berkner- “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” [Buzz Buzz]
6. Taylor Swift- “Superman” [Superman-Single]
7. The Beatbuds- “When the Rain Falls Down” [The Beatbuds, Volume 1]
8. Lesley Gore- “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” [20th Century Masters: The Millenium
Collection]
9. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” [Alone in IZ World]
10. Selena Gomez- “When the Sun Goes Down” [When the Sun Goes Down]
11. Katy Perry- “Firework” [Teenage Dream]
12. Jack Johnson- “Constellations” [In Between Dreams]
13. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Moonlight in Vermont” [Shine]
14. The Marcels- “Blue Moon” [The Marcels-Single]
15. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)]

HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

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SPRING EQUINOX EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 14th & 15th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]


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PLAYLIST

  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]

Original broadcast: March 26, 2011. Find out more about our Guest DJ, Charity Kahn at www.jamjamjam.com.

HFVS with Guest DJ, Julianna Bright from Cat Doorman (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Julianna Bright from Cat Doorman

Julianna Bright, the Portland based artist and musician and mom with the kids’ music moniker Cat Doorman gathers together a passel of tunes from her family’s record collection, dotting the playlist with a few tunes from her recent release Cat Doorman Songbook. Other songs hop from Andalusia to Paris, from the 1930’s through today with a common thread of playfulness and joy. – www.catdoorman.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST 

  • Burl Ives – Buckeye Jim, Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck (And Other Children’s Favorites)
  • Ty Segall – Lovely One, Lemons
  • The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko, Iko Iko
  • Cat Doorman – Inspiration, Songbook
  • John Holt – Ali Baba, Best of John Holt
  • Charity Bailey – Hey Betty Martin, Songs to Grow On
  • Mooollar – Toroslar, Andolu Pop
  • The Kinks – Phenomenal Cat, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
  • Hélène Baillargeon and Alan Mills – Ah! Mon Beau Château, Chantons en Francais; Vol. 1
  • Django Reinhardt – Nagasaki – Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France
  • Cat Doorman – Two Old Shoes – Songbook
  • The New Seekers – Free to Be You and Me, Free to Be You and Me
  • The Zombies – This Will be Our Year, Odyssey and Oracle
  • The Incredible String Band – Log Cabin Home in the Sky, Wee Tam & the Big Huge
  • Lead Belly – Rock Island Line, Songs to Grow On
  • Deerhoof – The Eyebright Bugler, Reveille
  • Wire – Outdoor Miner, Chairs Missing
  • Alan Mills – Animal Alphabet Song, Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection
  • Cat Doorman – So Many Words, Songbook
  • Small Faces – The Hungry Intruder, Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  • The Ink Spots – Pork Chops and Gravy, If I Didn’t Care
  • The Staple Singers – Wade in the Water, Freedom Highway
  • Francoise Hardy – Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles, The Vogue Years

HFVS Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 28th & March 1st, 2015
(Original broadcast: Feb 28, 2009)
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Sheep Shearing

Shearing the sheep and skirting the fleece at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. Click on photo to see more images. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfied


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  • Lunch Money – “Wake Up, World” – Dizzy 
  • Pete Seeger – “Maple Syrup Time” – Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger
  • Kitty Donohoe  – “Maple Syrup” – Bunyan and Banjoes
  • Phil Rosenthal – “Buffalo Gals” – This Land is Your Land
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band & Kid Pan Alley – “Extra Hand” – Kid Pan Alley
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Carla Sciaky – “Sheep Shearing” – Spin the Weaver’s Song
  • Justin Roberts – “Field Trip” – Pop Fly
  • The Hipwaders – “Field Trip” – Goodie Bag 
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • L. Frank Baum – The Story of Baa-Baa Black Sheep
  • Teresa Doyle – “The Shearing” – If Fish Could Sing … and Sheep Could Dance
  • Matt Nathanson – “Starfish and Coffee” – For the Kids Too
  • Moxy Fruvous – “Maple Syrup Time” – If I Had a Song: Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2
  • The Hipwaders – “Things You Want” – Goodie Bag

HFVS with Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf

Danny brings a life long friend and occasional writing partner Francis X. Busso as a guest. Themes are friendship, songs that we remember from childhood and songwriting ideas. — www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 31st & February 1st, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Champion of the Spelling Bee” from Danny Weinkauf’s album No School Today. Video by Vanessa Appleby.


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PLAYLIST

1. Johnny Cash – “I Walk the line” (With his Hot and Blue Guitar)
2. Danny Weinkauf – “Botony” (Unreleased song)
3. Randy Newman – “You’ve got a Friend in me” (Toy Story)
4. Sammy Davis Jr. – “The Candy man” (The Definitive Collection)
5. Cat Stevens – “If you want to sing out” (Gold)
6. Danny Weinkauf – “Only One You” (Unreleased song)
7. David Bowie – “Op.67 the bird” (David Bowie narrates Peter and the Wolf)
8. They Might Be Giants – “Music Jail part 1&2″ (Dial a song 2015)
9. Danny Weinkauf – “It’s Your Birthday” (Single)
10. The Pop Ups – “All these Shapes” (Appetite for Construction)
11. Danny Weinkauf – “Together We Can Fly” (No School Today)
12. Danny Weinkauf – “Ambivalent” (No School Today)
13. The Beatles “With a Little help from my friends” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

HFVS Love & Social Consciousness Episode with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Love & Social Consciousness Episode
with Guest DJ, Lisa Mathews of Milkshake

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Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated kid rock band Milkshake talks about love and social consciousness in this musically diverse hour. With a song list that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, the Civil Wars, Adele, Lucienne Boyer and a sprinkling of Milkshake tunes from the band’s CD,  Got a Minute?, the show is sure to reward big ears and inspire discussion.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “I Love You” Music Video: A compilation of clips from Real Look Autism, with the song “I Love You” by Milkshake. – www.milkshakemusic.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Milkshake – “Enemies” (Great Day)
  • Beatles – “All You Need is Love” (Yellow Submarine)
  • Recess Monkey – “The Sandbox Song” (Tabby Road)
  • Lucienne Boyer – “Parlez-Moi D’Amour” (The Moderns movie Soundtrack)
  • Adriana Caselotti – “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Snow White Soundtrack)
  • Civil Wars – “Poison & Wine” (Barton Hollow)
  • Adele – “Turning Tables” (21)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Everyday People” (Crooklyn – Soundtrack)
  • Milkshake – featuring Alex Handy – “More Than Me” (Got a Minute?)
  • Brady Rymer – “Love Me For Who I Am” (Love Me For Who I Am)
  • Max Velthuijs/Anthea Bell – “Frog In Love” – (story)
  • Carpenters – “(They Long to Be) Close to You” – Interpretations – Carpenters
  • Johnny Cash – “Further Up the Road” (American V: A Hundred Highways)
  • Billie Holiday – “God Bless the Child” (Ken Burns’ Jazz)
  • Simon & Garfinkel – “The Sound of Silence” (Old Friends)
  • Milkshake – “Let ‘em Know” (Got a Minute)
  • 23 Skidoo –“Gotta Be You” (Make Believers)
  • Milkshake – “I Love You” (Great Day)

HFVS African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand (Podcast/Radio Show)

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African Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Jay Sand

Jay Sand of All Around This World, a global music and world cultures experience for kids and their families, takes us on a journey around the magnificently musical continent of Africa. Join Jay to explore African music that originates from countries  such as Algeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and Madagascar. Bring whole family along to meet Africa through music!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 31st & February 1st, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Jay and Liberian vocalists recording “Awa Yombei,” a song from The Gambia that appears on All Around This World: Africa, which will be released in April 2015.


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PLAYLIST

  • – All Around This World – “We Are Happy (West Africa)” [All Around This World: Africa]
  • – Khaled – “Aalach Tloumouni” [Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms]
  • – All Around This World – “Carnaval” – [All Around This World: Africa]
  • – Muluken Melesse – “Nanu Nanu Ney” – [Muluken Melesse Volume 1]
  • – All Around This World – “Tulo Tulo” – [All Around This World: Africa]
  • – E.T. Mensah – “Ghana-Guinea-Mali” [Day By Day]
  • – Fela Kuti – “Opposite People” [Opposite People/Sorrow Tears and Blood]
  • – Babatunde Olatunji – “Akiwowo (Chant of the Trainman)” [Drums of Passion]
  • – All Around This World – “Sai” [All Around This World: Africa]
  • — Oliver Mtukudzi – “Pindurai Mambo” [Paivepo]
  • – Smithsonian Folkways (Vocalists unlisted), “Thinantsha” [This Land is My Land: South African Freedom Songs]
  • – Jaojoby – “Tsy Akeo” [E Tiako–Madagascar]
  • – All Around This World – “Kora” [All Around This World: Africa]

HFVS Take Pause to Celebrate your Flaws Episode with Guest DJ, Billy Jonas (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Take Pause to Celebrate your Flaws Episode
with Guest DJ, Billy Jonas (from the Billy Jonas Band)

Billy Jonas presents a collection of artists and songs that recognize challenges, mistakes, accidents, and flaws to be gifts and opportunities. Personally and globally, these tunes offer a chance to look at unexpected and undesired circumstances in a brand new way. — www.billyjonas.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 24th & 25th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Old St. Helen” by Billy Jonas Band (LIVE)


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PLAYLIST

  • BILLY JONAS BAND –  “I WANT TO KNOW”  [BUILD IT BACK AGAIN]
  • JUSTIN ROBERTS – “WE GOT TWO” [RECESS]
  • ROGER DAY – “MONKEY BRAINS” [WHY DOES GRAY MATTER?]
  • BILLY JONAS BAND – “I MEAN” [BUILD IT BACK AGAIN]
  • CATHY FINK AND MARCY MARXER – “FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE” written by Dewey Bergman & Fred Wise [ROCKIN’ THE UKE]
  • PETER ALSOP – “DISCIPLES OF PERFECTION”  [DISCIPLES OF PERFECTION]
  • SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO – “MIND OVER MATTER” [THE PERFECT QUIRK]
  • BILLY JONAS BAND – “L-M-N-O-P BREAK” [BUILD IT BACK AGAIN]
  • ELIZABETH MITCHELL – “WHY, OH WHY” written by Woody Guthrie [LITTLE SEED]
  • BIL LEPP – “DON’T GET ATTACHED TO BALLOONS” [VAMPIRE SANTA]
  • BILLY JONAS BAND – “BUILD IT BACK AGAIN” [BUILD IT BACK AGAIN]
  • BRADY RYMER – “LOVE ME FOR WHO I AM” [LOVE ME FOR WHO I AM]
  • PETER PAUL & MARY – “DON’T LAUGH AT ME” written by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin
  • DAVID ROTH – “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT” [PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT]
  • PETER HIMMELMAN – “MAIN DISH” [MY TRAMPOLINE]

HFVS Pirate Episode with Guest DJs, Don, Lex & Stephanie of Nutshell Playhouse (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Pirate Episode with Guest DJs,
Don, Lex & Stephanie of Nutshell Playhouse

Join Nutshell Playhouse for an hour of songs about pirates, sailors, ships, whales and even a mermaid. Learn the latest pirate lingo, hear tales of adventure and hidden treasure, and meet special guest Taco Caramba, the most ferocious pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas. — www.nutshellplayhouse.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 17th & 18th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “We’re Here” by Nutshell Playhouse.


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PLAYLIST

  1. Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – Shiver Me Timbers [We’re Here]
  2. Opera Australia — The Pirate King [The Pirates of Penzance]
  3. Harry Belafonte – Jamaica Farewell [Calypso]
  4. Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – The Ballad of Crabclaw Charlie [We’re Here]
  5. The Beatles –Yellow Submarine [Yellow Submarine]
  6. The Elegant Captain Hook from Walt Disney’s movie “Peter Pan”
  7. Peter Paul and Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon [Peter Paul and Mommy]
  8. Que Mala Pata Tiene El Pirata from the movie “Petete y Trapito”
  9. Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – The Me Song [We’re Here]
  10. The Kingston Trio – Blow Ye Winds [At Large]
  11. Burl Ives – The Whale [Little White Duck]
  12. The Weavers – The Eddystone Light [Traveling On]
  13. Oscar Brand – Boston Come All Ye [Folk Music Legends]
  14. Dan Levinson and his Swing Band – At the Codfish Ball [At the Codfish Ball]
  15. The Kingston Trio – Coast of California [Goin’ Places]
  16. Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – Taco Caramba [We’re Here]

HFVS New Year’s Peace Episode

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New Year’s Peace Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 10th & 11th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

[Photo credit: (cc) Dominic Alves]

HFVS Kickin’ It Old School Episode with Guest DJ, Nick Deysher

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Kickin’ It Old School Episode with Guest DJ,
Nick Deysher

This week Nick Deysher from the Pionner Valley’s own In The Nick of Time is our Guest DJ with a Kickin’ It Old School Episode featuring songs from way back when (and modern artists with a vintage vibe).  Nick  features an eclectic collection of various musical styles including, big band jazz, bluegrass, Americana, funk, folk, and classic rock and roll. Take a trip on a musical time machine this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show! — www.inthenickoftimemusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 3rd & 4th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music video from In The Nick of Time for the single “Mama Don’t Allow,” a tribute song dedicated to Adam “MCA” Yauch, featuring Mista Cookie Jar and Trixie 3000.


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PLAYLIST

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo- Glen Miller Orchestra- Greatest Hits
  • Skip to My Lou- Pete Seager- Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection
  • Be With Me- Carly Simon- Be With Me- Sesame Street: In Harmony Volume 1
  • Jump Jive An’ Wail- Brian Setzer Orchestra- The Dirty Boogie
  • Mama Don’t Allow- In The Nick of Time- Fun O’Clock
  • One And One Make Two- Johnny Cash- Johnny Cash Children’s Album
  • Monkey- David Polansky- Animal Alphabet
  • Walkin’ The Dog- Rufus Thomas- A Child’s Celebration of Soul
  • Little Liza Jane- Elizabeth Mitchell- You Are My Little Bird
  • Singing in The Bathtub- John Lithgow- Singing in The Bathtub
  • Let’s Start Dancing (Remix)- Flannery Brothers- Dance Song For Silly Kids
  • Arkansas Traveler- Jerry Garcia and David Grisman- Not For Kids Only
  • Where’s The Music- Medeski, Martin and Wood- Let’s Go Everywhere
  • Rockin’ Robin- Bobby Day- 50’s Rock Hits
  • Hard Knock Life- Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Take Me to Jamaica- Ziggy Marley- Family Time
  • Down on Lemongrass Lane- In The Nick of Time- Fun O’Clock
  • Froggie Went a Courtin’- Bruce Springsteen- We Shall Overcome
  • Pajamas- Livingston Taylor- Sesame Street In Harmony Volume 1
  • Narwhal- David Polansky- Animal Alphabet
  • Blue Berry Pie- Bet Middler- Sesame Street In Harmony Volume 1
  • The Goodbye Song- In The Nick of Time- Coconut Groove

Under the Hat: Feliz Navidad – The Art of Making Bilingual Happen

Artists Interpretations Bring Music Diversity

I usually post videos and write about the songwriting process here in my column for Hilltown Families. But every once in a while I like to perform music by other artists! This month found me in Tuscon, Arizona, singing the holiday classic, “Feliz Navidad,” surrounded by beautiful catci.

The song was written and made famous by the great Puerto Rican singer and guitarist José Feliciano. One of the the things I’ve been focusing on over the last few years is writing songs in both English and Spanish. José Feliciano was one of the first artists to write bilingual songs and “Feliz Navidad” has been a holiday staple ever since it was first released in 1970.

What makes a song memorable? Is is the melody? The melody? The chord progression? The particular style of the singer and the musicians? For a song to become a classic, it’s really got to be a combination of all of those elements. Read the rest of this entry »

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