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

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Thanksgiving Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Thanksgiving episode from Charity and the JAMband explores, through music and story, some of the many, many things we have to be grateful for in our lives — like the sun, rain, friends and family – – culminating in a vision for world peace where everyone finally has enough food, shelter, community and love. Incorporating songs by Snatam Kaur, Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole, among others, the music and commentary weave a gentle yet thought-provoking meditation on gratitude, generosity, love and compassion to inspire folks of all ages this holiday season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 19th & 20th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Charity has a great song, “Loving Kindness.” She writes, “Love shouldn’t cost anything. This song emanated from the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness (also called Metta), whereby you send wishes of health, happiness, safety and peace of mind to yourself and others.”  In this video she shows you the movements to the song so you can show your preK kids how to dance along! – www.jamjamjam.com


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  • Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” [Let It Bleed]
  • Beatles “Dear Prudence” [White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Grateful” [Family Values]
  • Snatam Kaur – “Long Time Sun” [Sacred Chants for Healing]
  • Gene Kelley – “Singing in the Rain” [Best of Gene Kelley]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Green Beans Everywhere” [Family Values]
  • Nat King Cole – “Frim Fram Sauce” [The King Cole Trio]
  • William Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble [Read by Charity Kahn]
  • Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You” [On the Threshold of a Dream]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Love Is Herel” [Family Values]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [single]
  • Los Lobos – “Peace” [Kiko]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Are the Ones” [Family Values]

Originally aired on November 21 & 22, 2012 on WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio

HFVS Character Episode with Guest DJ, Lloyd H. Miller (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Character Episode
with Guest DJ, Lloyd H. Miller
of the Deedle Deedle Dees

Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the long-running band the Deedle Deedle Dees, hosts this musical exploration of the concept of “playing a character.” We all change how we present ourselves to the world in order to get different reactions, whether we’re putting on a costume for holiday, dressing up to act onstage, trying on different outfits and accessories to present a different persona to our peers, or trying out new modes of behavior (for example, attempting to be an extrovert when you’ve always felt like more of an introvert). Songs by Dean Jones, Rachel Loshak, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, SLV, Weezer, Yo La Tengo, the Deedle Deedle Dees, and other favorite artists of Lloyd’s provide a variety of interesting takes on the topic. — www.thedeedledeedledees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 29th & 30th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Lloyd H. Miller


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  • Billie Holiday – When You’re Smiling
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Feel the Ice Melting
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Every Time I Stand Up (I Feel Like Falling Down)
  • Dean Jones – I Tried to Make a Friend
  • Francis and the Lights (featuring Bon Iver) – Friends
  • Weezer – My Best Friend
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Tesla v. Edison
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Secret Superhero
  • STORY
  • Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Super Strong
  • Vered – Something Other Than a Mom
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – Typhoid Mary Tells Her Side of Things
  • SLV – History
  • Lucy Kalantari – Fantastic

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

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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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  • 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 Autumn Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Autumn Episode with
Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Explore the joys of autumn with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. With music spanning decades from the 1930s to the present she includes the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Earth, Wind & Fire, The White Stripes, Joanie Leeds, Mister G, and many more. Everyone has something to say about autumn. — www.LucyKalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 1st & 2nd, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling”


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  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling” [Bandwagon]
  • Wendy & DB – “Jump Into Fall” [Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes And Reasons]
  • Chibi Kodama – “Moonlight Dance” [Stardust]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Sean’s Music Factory – “Kindergarten Shoes” [Love and Music]
  • Julie Andrews “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” [Mary Poppins (Soundtrack)]
  • Mister G – “Luckiest Kid in the World” [Pizza for Breakfast]
  • Laura Doherty – “I’m a Tree” [Shining Like a Star]
  • Sarah Vaughan – “September In The Rain” [Sarah Vaughan At Mister Kelly’s]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Halloween” [Big Things]
  • Grin Brigade – “Must Be Halloween” [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Ken Page – “Oogie Boogie’s Song” [The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Mysterious Mose” [Big Things]
  • Tom Proutt & Emily Gary – “Fall of the Year” [A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs]
  • Gene Kelly – “Singin’ In The Rain” [Singing In The Rain – Original Film Soundtrack]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Early Autumn” [Early Autumn]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Balloon” [Big Things]
  • Jon Samson – “Why I Love the Seasons” [A New Kids Album]

 

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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month
with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés share the things that inspire them. Friends, travel, and dreams fill this episode, along with music from different artists… including a zombie! — www.123andres.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 17th & 18th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]


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  • 123 Andrés – “Ten Little Birds” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Nathalia – “Que llueva” [Cuando era pequeña (When I Was Your Age)]
  • Orlando Valle “Maraca” – “Almendra” [Formula Uno]
  • 123 Andrés – “Vuela, vuela” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Tu Rockcito – “Cantar En Un Concierto de Rock” [Rockcitis Aguda]
  • Chuchumbé (feat. Zenen Zeferino) – “Conga de San Benito” [¡Caramba Niño!]
  • Poncho Sanchez – “Watermelon Man” [Conga Blue]
  • Los Wemblers de Iquitos – “Sonido Amazónico” [La Danza del Petrolero]
  • 123 Andrés – “Tickles” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Bolacha de Água e Sal” [Especial Dia Das Crianças]
  • 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Rita Rosa y Amigos – “La Rana” [Fiesta en la Tierra Akanamandla]
  • Rita del Prado & Dúo Karma – “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Manuel Garcia – “Acuario” [Acuario]
  • 31 Minutos – “Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Bombi)” [Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Banda Sonora Original de la Cuarta Temporada)]

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Under the Hat: Songwriting with the Seasons

Songwriting with the Seasons

At the end of every summer tour, it’s always an incredible relief to get back to the Pioneer Valley. As grateful as I am to travel around the world making music, the old cliché turns out to be true: there’s no place like home! That’s particularly true for all of us fortunate enough to be based here in Western Massachusetts.

Over the years, we’ve developed a ritual at the end of the long months of summer on the road. As soon as we’re home, we make a point to swim in all our favorite ponds, rivers, and streams that we’ve been missing while we’re performing in big cities. Last week as I was getting out of Ashfield Lake at sunset, I noticed the first few leaves starting to turn under the tree where I’d placed my towel.

As a songwriter, being aware of my surroundings and responding to my emotions are important tools of the trade. Noticing the changing leaves, the sensation of getting in cool water, the feeling of sand on bare feet: any of these experiences could be the spark of a new song. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste (Radio Show/Podcast)

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World Languages Episode with
Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste

This week on the HFVS, Sarah Aroeste, a children’s singer and songwriter in the rare and eclectic dialect of Spanish called Ladino, will take listeners around the globe to explore some contemporary kids music in lesser-known dialects. From Quechua to Yup’ik to Amharic and more, Aroeste hopes listeners will agree that good music is good music, no matter the language! — www.saraharoeste.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 6th & 7th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Sarah Aroeste, “Ora de Despertar”


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  • Will Stroet – “La récréation” [Wordplay] FRENCH
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Ora de Despertar” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO
  • Manos Vafiadis – “Horalia” [Xana Zoo]  GREEK
  • World Music with DARIA  – “Yaw, Yaw, Puka Polleracha” [Beautiful Rainbow World]  QUECHUA
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen  – “Reven ut på hønsejak” [Haba Haba!]  NORWEIGAN  the Fox & the Farmer
  • DJ Serdar Ayyıldız & DJ Selami Bilgiç “Mini Mini Bir Kuş (feat. Zeliha Sunal)” [Çocuk Diskosu]  TURKISH
  • Les Sambalelê – “Atirei o Pau No Gato” [Brésil] PORTUGUESE
  • Arik Einstein – “Adon Shoko” [Shirey Hayeladim] HEBREW
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Las komidas” [Ora de Despertar] LADINO
  • K3 – “Als het binnenregent” [10.000 luchtballonnen]    DUTCH
  • Pamyua  – “Bubble Gum” [Side a / Side b ]   YUP’IK 
  • Macdara – “Beidh Aonach Amárach”  [The Love Token] GAELIC
  • Elena Moon Park – “Diu Diu Deng”  [Rabbit Days and Dumplings] TAIWANESE
  • Loreen Hattar – “I have a Train” [Arabic Children’s Songs: A New Day] ARABIC
  • All Around This World – “Kabuli Tutu” [All Around This World: Africa] SWAHILI
  • Bole 2 Harlem – “Hoya Hoye” [Bole 2 Harlem, Vol.1]  AMHARIC
  • Geraldino – “Wenn du Singst” [Wow!] GERMAN
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Nochada Buena” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO

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HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

Kevin and Casey of The Whizpops have put together a fun educational show about wildlife and imagination seamlessly weaving songs about animals both real and make-believe. Join them on a musical journey through endangered species, mustaches, and even unicorns! — www.thewhizpops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 30th & 31st, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Black Footed Ferret by The Whizpops!


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  • The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Monarch” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Butterfly Driving A Truck” [Sing Along!]
  • The Whizpops – “Pika” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • The Big Wu – “Kangaroo” [Tracking Buffalo Through The Bathroom]
  • The Pop Ups – “Elephant” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Everything’s Better With A Mustache (Walrus Song)” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • FunkeyMonkeys – “Mustache” [[Mustache]
  • The Salamanders – “Please Don’t Eat My Guitar” [[The Salamanders]
  • Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Single]
  • The Whizpops – “Swift Fox” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Sallie Ford and the Outside Sound – “Not an Animal” [Dirty Radio]
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait To Hibernate” [Bear Tunes for Kids]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lovestruck Unicorn” [Novelties]

HFVS Novelty Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jack Forman from Recess Monkey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Novelty Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jack Forman from Recess Monkey

Recess Monkey whisks listeners of the Hilltown Family Variety Show off on a trip to the Novelty Shop for a madcap hour of truly strange musical oddities! The band’s bassist frontman Jack Forman guides us through a collection of dust-covered rarities and instant classics, each guaranteed to out-weird the last! — www.recessmonkeytown.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 23rd & 24th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:Recess Monkey’s “Sweaty Yeti” from Novelties


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  • Tiny Tim – “Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moon Light” [God Bless Tiny Tim]
  • Recess Monkey – “Every Flavor” [Novelties]
  • Barnes & Barnes – “Fish Heads” [Fish Heads – Single]
  • Paul McCartney – “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” [RAM]
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers – “Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep” [The Jones Laughing Record]
  • Recess Monkey – “Wind Up Robot” [Novelties]
  • Leonard Nimoy – “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” [Spaced Out – The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner]
  • Mike Phirman – “What Makes the Breakfast?” [Single]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sweaty Yeti” [Novelties]
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Yoda” [Dare to be Stupid]
  • Parry Gripp – “Chimpanzee Riding on a Segway” [Single]
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks – “Witch Doctor” [Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years]
  • Flight of the Conchords – “Foux du Fafa” [Flight of the Conchords]
  • Paul McCartney – “Monkberry Moon Delight” [RAM]

 

HFVS with Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas

Grammy winning producer, Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas, is our guest DJ this week. — www.dogonfleas.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 16th & 17th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)


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  • Jonathan Richman- “That Summer Feeling” (I, Jonathan)
  • Dean Jones – “Swiss Cheese Angels” (In My Dreams)
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “I Love Ukeleles” (Sundrops)
  • Michael Hurley – “Why Should I Have to Worry” (Long Journey)
  • The Efe Pymies – “Ikobi” (Echoes of the Forest)
  • Stevie Wonder – “Outside My Window” (Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants)
  • Joanna Newsom – “Bridges and Balloons” (The Milk-eyed Mender)
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Super Strong” (The Rocket Went UP)
  • Roberto Stepheson – Frevo Danado de Bom na Tocaca Furada (Guide to Pernambuco)
  • Dean Jones – “Humans are Still Evolving” (In My Dreams)
  • Donovan – “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” (Donovan’s Greatest)
  • Kishi Bashi – “Wonder Woman, Wonder Me” (151A)
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “Shenendoah” (Katie Ha Ha Ha)
  • Dog on Fleas – “Babies” (Beautiful World)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – “The Key” (Fanfare for the Warriors)
  • Marcy Marxer – “Things are Coming My Way” (Things are Coming My Way)
  • Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (What We Saw from the Cheap Seats)

HFVS with Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Cactus from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Family Funk and Half Pint Hip Hop specialist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo takes listeners on a journey through the weird and lovely sonic landscape of family music at its best! This show features the story “Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out,” fringe science explanations on the fantastic from bio physicist Jeff Firewalker Schmitt, and some very strange sponsors. Appropriate for ages 1 through 1 billion. — secretagent23skidoo.com

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

Featured video:  Barenaked Ladies – “Pollywog In A Bog” (Extended Version)


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  • Barenaked Ladies – “Pollywog in a Bog” [Snacktime]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “My First Multiverse” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Sugar Free All Stars – Bunnybot {Sugar Free All Stars]
  • Pointed Man Band – “Old Mother Blubber Hunter” [Flight of the Blue Whale]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Weirdo Calhoun: Hip Hop Version” [Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out]
  • Mista Cookie Jar – “Be a Little Angel” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly – “Count Your Rings” [Trees]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Tastes Like Space” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Josh and the Jamtones – “I The Pop Ups – “Pictures Making Pictures” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Secret Superhero” [Infinity Plus One]
  • Parliament – “Placebo Syndrome” [Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome]

 

 

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HFVS History of Folk Music for Families Episode with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvainey (Radio Show/Podcast)

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History of Folk Music for Families Episode
with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvaine

This week on the HFVS, Greg McIlvaine, singer and guitar player with The Hollow Trees guest DJs this week with History of Folk Music for Families Episode. He plays fun and fascinating family songs ranging from the earliest recorded music up to the present. The songs reflect a short history of family music with an emphasis on the songs and artists that have influenced him the most. – thehollowtrees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 2nd & 3rd, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: The Hollow Trees – I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants) :


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  • The Hollow Trees – “What Do You Want on Your Taco?” [Hello Friend!]
  • Stella Mahew – “I’m Looking for Something to Eat” [UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive]
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” [Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)]
  • Lake Howard – “Chewing Chewing Gum” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 2]
  • Cousin Emmy – ”Johnny Booker” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 1]
  • Phil Harris and His Orchestra – “The Thing” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Charles Penrose – “The Laughing Policeman” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards – “Singing in the Rain” [Singing in the Rain]
  • Hoosier Hot Shots – “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies” [Everybody Stomp]
  • Burl Ives – “Tam Pierce” [The Wayfaring Stranger]
  • Woody Guthrie – “Riding in My Car” [Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs]
  • Ed McCurdy – “The Old Woman and the Pig” [Children’s Songs – The Greatest Hits]
  • The Hollow Trees – “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants” [Hello Friend!]
  • Richard Dyer-Bennet – “The Leprechaun” [With Young People in Mind]
  • Burl Ives – “The Goat” [Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children’s Favorites]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Tom T. Hall – “How Do You Talk to a Little Baby Goat [Country Songs for Children]
  • Raffi – “Apples and Bannanas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time!]
  • John Lithgow – “The Gnu Song” [Singin’ in the Bathtub]
  • Hullabaloo – “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Linger” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hollow Trees – “My Dog Has Fleas” [Hello Friend!]

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HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Fun in the Sun Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

Guest DJ Jason Didner invites you for an hour of “fun in the sun” themed music by today’s great children’s musicians and a few well renowned classic rock and reggae acts. You’ll get to know more about the “Jersey Shore Sound” that Jason and band are proud to call an influence. You’ll catch the beach party spirit that’s on full display from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, an energy that also shows up in tracks by Brady Rymer and Yosi. You’ll enjoy the feel-good sounds of Jimmy Cliff, Suzi Shelton, Miss Nina and more. Whether you’re headed for the beach, the lake or the pool, this episode can be your summer soundtrack! — junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 25th & 26th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Sand in my Sandwich” [Tiny Cool]


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  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “Get This Party Started” [Just Say Hi]
  • Justin Roberts – “Kickboard Baby, Yeah” [Pop Fly]
  • Suzi Shelton – “It’s a Beautiful Day” [Smile in my Heart]
  • Jimmy Cliff – “I Can See Clearly Now”” [We All Are One…The Best of Jimmy Cliff]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “Day at the Beach” [Lollipop Motel]
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Silly Sandy Shark’s Swinging Summer Surf Song” [Best Day Ever]
  • Yosi and the Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – “Havin’ a Party” [The Best of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Surf Radio” [Tiny Cool]
  • Princess Katie & Racer Steve “Sand in my Sandwich” [Tiny Cool]
  • Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks “Sunshine Blue Skies” [Every Day’s Your Birthday]
  • Chicago, “Saturday in the Park” [Chicago V]
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, “Stay in the Pool” [Everyone’s Invited!]
  • Hullabaloo, “Waterfront” [I Chew]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole, “Swim Like the Dolphin” [Time for Hummus]
  • Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band, “I’m Going to the Beach” [Big Hugs from Mama.”
  • Laurie Berkner Band, “Under a Shady Tree” [The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band]

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Kb Whirly (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJ, Kb Whirly

This week on the HFVS, Kb Whirly takes us on a funky musical journey. From dancing like a rooster in the kitchen with Pete Seeger, to celebrating all the critters with Andrew and Polly, KbWhirly will take us on a cruise through folk, blues, funk, pop and hip hop tunes that are sure to get your toes tappin’! – www.kbwhirly.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 18th & 19th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Big Bang Boom – “Hippie Mom” [Because I said So!]


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  • 1. Pete Seeger – “All Around the kitchen” [American Folk Games and Activities Songs]
  • 2. Kb Whirly – “Camp Song” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 3. Randy Kaplan – “In a timeout Now” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • 4. Mills Trills – “Brooklyn” [Everyone Together now]
  • 5. Big Bang Boom – “Hippie Mom” [Because I said So!]
  • 6. Vered – “Peekaboo” Vered [Hello My Baby]
  • 7. Frances England – “City of Hills” [Explorer of the World]
  • 8. KB Whirly – “Peter Piper’s Pickled Palace” [Camp Songs vol.1]
  • 9. Sugar Free Allstars – “Grumpopotamus” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • 10. Kb Whirly – “Scary Gary” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 11. Shel Silverstein – “Peanut Butter Sandwhich” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 12. Shel Silverstein – “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout…” [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • 13. Jazzy Ash featuring Mister Cookie Jar – “Throw me Sumthin’ Mister” [Home]
  • 14. Kb Whirly featuring Jazzy Ash – “Hole in my Bucket [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • 15. Josh and the Jamtones featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “I >3 Ur Face” [Rocksteady]
  • 16. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Three Pointed Back” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • 17. Andrew and Polly – “Critters” [Odds and Ends]
  • 18. Kb Whirly – “Say Say My Playmate” [Camp Songs Vol.1]

HFVS You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Family music artist Eric Herman serves up a smorgasbord of fun food songs. From chocolate-covered brussels sprouts to a thousand tiny doughnuts, Eric will musically explore the idea that you are what you eat. – www.erichermanmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 11th & 12th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Crazy Over Vegetables”


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  • Alphabet Rockers – “Food Songs” [Go!]
  • Oliver! – “Food Glorious Food” [Oliver! – Original Cast Recording]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “You Are What You Eat” [Bubble Wrap]
  • The Imagination Movers – “What’s in the Fridge?” [Juice Box Heroes[
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could – “Pie” [Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could]
  • David Tobocman – “Ice Cream on a Hot Dog” [Lemonade School]
  • Chuck Cheeseman – “Chocolate-Covered Brussels Sprouts” [Dancing With No Shoes On]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Sweet Marmalade” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Frances England – “Blueberry Pancakes” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Kelli Welli – “Cookin’ Up Some Happiness” [single]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Food Fight” [Good Egg]
  • Recess Monkey – “Sack Lunch” [Field Trip]
  • Eric Herman and the Invisible Band – “Crazy Over Vegatables” [Monkey Business]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Popcorn” [Snacktime]
  • Ginger Hendrix – “Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo” [Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo”]
  • Steve Cooper – “Ketchup and French Fries” [single]
  • Weird Al – “Eat It” [“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D]
  • Mister G – “Chocolalala” [Chocolalala]
  • Caspar Babypants – “A Thousand Tiny Doughnuts” [Hot Dog!]
  • Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies – “Take a Bath” [Bubble Wrap]

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

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Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 4th & 5th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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

HFVS Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez

Moona Luna’s Sandra Velasquez takes you on a Latin American bus adventure.  Based on her own travels by bus through Latin America, she provides you with a soundtrack for a journey that is as rich and diverse as the changing landscape. – www.moonalunamusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 28th & 29th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “PANORAMA” by Moona Luna


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  • Rana Santacruz – “Lo Unico Que Quiero” [Chicavasco]
  • Moona Luna – “Panorama” [Panorama]
  • Los Super Seven – “Canoero” [Los Super Seven]
  • Susana Baca – “Que Bonito Tu Vestido” [Afrodiaspora]
  • Ana Tijoux – “1977” [1977]
  • Moona Luna – “Vamos, Let’s Go” [Vamos, Let’s Go]
  • Rana Santacruz – “Ojitos De Maguey” [Chicavasco]
  • Paulihno Moska & Ceu- “10 Contados” [Ceu]
  • Pistolera – “Ponle Frenos” [El Desierto Y La Ciudad]
    Moona Luna – “Espejos” [Panorama]
  • Los Diablitos – “Los Caminos De La Vida” [Sorpresa Caribe]
  • Moona Luna – “La Llegada” [Panorama]

Under the Hat: School of Rock

School of Rock

In the 30+ years that I’ve been playing music professionally, I’ve been lucky to have many incredible experiences performing all around the world. There are lots of variables that go into creating a great show: the venue, the crowd, the sound, and of course, the rapport with other musicians. It’s a rare occasion when everything comes together, but when those magical moments happen it’s powerful for everyone fortunate enough to be in the band or in the audience.

Recently, in New York City, I played a concert that immediately found a spot high on the list of my all-time favorite gigs. The sold-out show was at a great theater (Symphony Space) on Broadway and my backing band was a group of phenomenal children. The kids who played with me are the stars of the hit Broadway musical “School of Rock.”

In many ways, working with Brandon, Evie, Dante and Ethan was similar to rehearsing and performing with grown-up pros. I sent them mp3’s and chord charts of the songs before we met, and they showed up prepared having done their homework. We had one short rehearsal and then played the show.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. — www.mamadoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

HFVS Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington

Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. – www.johnettedowning.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 6th & 7th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Reading Rocks! By Johnette Downing Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing sings “Reading Rocks!” from her Reading Rocks! CD to get children boppin’ into books and rockin’ into reading!


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  • Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
  • Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
  • The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
  • The Rock’n’roll Years)
  • Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
  • Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
  • Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
  • Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
  • Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
  • Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
  • Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
  • Hits)
  • Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
  • Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
  • Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
  • Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
  • Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)

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HFVS Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige

Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects. Through music and story you’ll learn: how to identify an insect, how insects connect with animals, how insects help humans, and how humans can help insects! Jeff and Paige will play some of their favorite songs as well as fun tunes from other children’s musicians and from a few adult acts. Make sure you have room to dance as you explore nature and science with Jeff and Paige. – www.jeffandpaige.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 30th & 31st, 2016

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

Featured Video: “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect”


 

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  • Jeff and Paige – “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect” [Get Outdoors]
  • Ayla Nereo – “Eastern Sun” [Hollow Bone]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Why Does the Sun Shine?” [Here Comes Science]
  • The Smurfs – “Poor Little Silly Shy Smurf” [The Smurfs All Star Show]
  • Banana Slug String Band -“Decomposition” [Singing in our Garden]
  • Jeff and Paige – “New Tree Grows” [21st Century Energy Superheroes]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • The Bell Hours – “Farther Apart [The Bell Hours]
  • Sarah Jarosz – “Little Song” [Song Up In Her Head]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Bats” [Get Outdoors]
  • Mikey Mike -“Likin’ the Lichen” [Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Thank You Honeybee” [Songs from the Trail]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Fur” [Fur] 4:08
  • Jeff and Paige “The Great Monarch Migration” [Mighty Wolf]

HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 16th & 17th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2008

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


 

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

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History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 9th & 10th, 2016

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

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain!

Making Music is a Brain Workout!

TED-Ed has a great video on how playing an instrument benefits your brain by Anita Collins:

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Wondering how you can get your kids to practice their musical instruments? Check out this post, 12 Musicians Share Strategies on How to Get Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments.

 

Under the Hat: Music as Reflection

The Gift of Songwriting

One of the greatest things about being a songwriter is freedom. While there are countless opinions on what constitutes a great song, at the end of the day there are no rules whatsoever.

From a musical perspective, any genre is fair game. Want to write a ska song today and a bluegrass tune tomorrow? Go ahead. How about a ten minute classical inspired epic, followed by a ten second snippet? That’s fine too.

It’s likely that the music you write will be a reflection of the mood you’re in.  For example, if you’re happy chances are you’ll pick a faster tempo than if you’re sad. If you’re feeling silly, the lyrics you write will surely be different than if you’re feeling down. The sky’s also the limit when it comes to topics: pretty much anything that you find interesting can become the subject of a new song.

In that respect, songwriting is a great mirror to our emotional state. While many people journal, songwriters tend to document their feelings through a combination of words and music. Some examples of this approach would include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Ani DiFranco, Other songwriters choose to invent characters and scenarios that aren’t necessarily related to their own personal experience. For artists like Tom Waits, Donald Fagen and Bjork, songwriting provides a vehicle to explore alternate realities.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

 Guest DJ Jason Didner, a children’s musician, leader of the Jungle Gym Jam, spins a  collection of holiday music that he and his family enjoy. You’ll hear performances by   independent children’s musicians and a few household names too. You’ll hear   timeless holiday classics and some original numbers written by some of these   performers to get you in the spirit. Songs will celebrate winter fun, Christmas,   Hanukkah and the joy of an occasional “snow day” off. — www.junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 26th & 27th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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Hullabaloo – Frosty the Snowman [Holiday Hullabaloo]
Sugar Free AllStars – Funky Christmas [Single]
Groovy David – The Great Dreidel Tournament
Rob Thomas – A New York Christmas [Single]
Milkshake – Christmas in Baltimore [Single]
Andrew & Polly Featuring Mista Cookie Jar – L.A. Christmas [Other Days]
Danny Weinkauf – Wonderful Christmas Day [Single]
Dan Zanes – Angels We Have Heard On High [Christmas in Concord]
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – Summertime Santa [Single]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [Single]
Justin Roberts – Snow Day [Jungle Gym]
Judy Pancoast – The House on Christmas Street [Single]
Little Rockers Band – Hanukkah Is Here [Yule Be Cool]
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles [Learning to Crawl]
Josh and the Jamtones – This Lil’ Lite of Mine [Amen!! Holiday Singles Collection]

HFVS Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos

Join Sonia De Los Santos (from Dan Zanes and Friends) as she presents this episode on “The Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA”. She’ll play some of her favorite songs from a variety of Mexican genres like: Son Jarocho, Norteño, Mariachi, Son Guerrerense, Banda, Huapango and Corrido. Learn about Mexican Traditional instruments and get to know who’s making Mexican music in the USA! — www.soniadelossantos.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 19th & 20th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  Sonia De Los Santos sings and plays jarana at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, NYC on July 11th 2015. Elena Moon Park on violin and vocals and Martin Vejarano on percussion.


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  • Las Cafeteras – “La Bamba Rebelde” [It’s Time]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “La Golondrina” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]
  • Los Cenzontles – “Soy Mexico Americano” [Raza de Oro]
  • Jarana Beat – “Dolor de Aquí” [¡Echapalante!]
  • Villalobos Brothers – “María Chuchena” [Aliens of Extraordinary Ability]
  • Mariachi Flor de Toloache – “Son de Toloache” [Mariachi Flor de Toloache]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Colás” [¡Nueva York!]
  • Banda De Los Muertos – “El Sinaloense/El Jalisciense” [Banda De Los Muertos]
  • Radio Jarocho – “Bemba y Tablao” [Café Café]
  • Sones de México Ensemble – “Xochipitzahuatl” [13 Baktun]
  • Pedro Rocha and Lupe Martinez – “Corrido De Pennsylvania” [Mexican-American Border Music]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “Monterrey” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]

HFVS with Guest DJs, Joshua & Robyn of Sugarcrash Kids

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Guest DJs, Joshua & Robyn of Sugarcrash Kids

Join Sugarcrash Kids as they guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. The songs range from dance party to camping trip, and the Sugarcrash Kids crew talks about the importance of being yourself and embracing who you are. — www.sugarcrashkids.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 12th & 13th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups”


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– Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert – “Starship” (Deer Sounds)
– Josh and the Jamtones – “I Love U” (Bear Hunt!)
– Andrew & Polly – “Grapes” (Odds & Ends)
– The Pop-Ups – “Robot Dance” (Appetite for Construction)
– The Singing Lizard – “The Singing Lizard Beat” (Make Believe)
– The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Through the Woods” (Through the Woods”)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “These Are My Friends” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– The Pop-Ups – “Costume Party” (Appetite for Construction)
– Big Block Singsong – “Princess” (Greatest Hits)
– The Singing Lizard – “Pirates” (Make Believe)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Different” (Rad Songs)
– Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Lines and Dots” (A Potluck)
– Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Noise” (Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti)
– Big Block Singsong – “Big Foot” (Greatest Hits)
– Imagination Movers – “Be Yourself” (Back in Blue)
– Slugs & Bugs – “I Wanna Help” (Under Where?)
– Recess Monkey – “Hand Me Downs” (Hot Air)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Are You Ready to Fly?” (Rad Songs)

HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas. – www.MamaDoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 5th & 6th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”


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  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N’est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Home and Away Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly

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Home and Away Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly

Andrew & Polly spin their favorite songs about being home and away.  They’ll play some of their childhood favorites, some quirky holiday songs, and a grab-bag of tunes about traveling and the different places they’ve lived. — www.andrewandpolly.com

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

Featured Video: Los Angeles children’s musicians, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar, team up on this LA-tastic holiday jam.


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PLAYLIST

  • Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”
  • Aimee Mann & Michael Penn – “Two of Us”
  • Cab Calloway – “Everybody Eats”
  • Guy Clark – “Homegrown Tomatoes”
  • Andrew & Polly – “Grapes”
  • Joe Wise – “Doodle Bee Doo”
  • Blossom Dearie – “Rhode Island is Famous for You”
  • James Taylor – “Sweet Baby James”
  • Andrew & Polly – “Hey Hat”
  • Perry Como – “Home for the Holidays”
  • Mister Rogers – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”
  • Andrew & Polly & Mista Cookie Jar – “L.A. Christmas”
  • Ernie – “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “This Land is Your Land”
  • Andrew & Polly – “A Mapmaker’s Song”
  • Simon & Garfunkel – “Homeward Bound”
  • The Beatles – “Get Back”

 

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