HFVS Counting Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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

May 10th, 2008

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  • Dan Zanes – “West Indian Counting Song” [House Party]
  • Bill Bragg & The Blocks – “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8” [Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Number One” [Hot Peas ‘N Butter Vol. 3, Mo Hotta]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Jambo – “Two Feet” [Lucy’s Parade]
  • The Jellydots – “Three is a Magic Number” [“Hey You Kids!]
  • Twink – “Three Blink Mice” [The Broken Record]
  • Nat King Cole Trio – “Three Blind Mice” [Nicky’s Jazz for Kids]
  • Robbie Schaefer – “Sally, Can I Walk You Home?” [Songs for Kids Like Us]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Four Spaces” [Ladybug One]
  • They Might Be Giants – “High Five!” [Here Come the 123s]
  • SHOW ID: Princess Katie & Racer Steve (www.princessracer.org)
  • Count Basie – “Jive at Five” [The Best of Early Basie]
  • David Grover & The Big Bear Band – “Six” [Watch Me Now!]
  • Imagination Movers – “Seven Days a Week” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Charity and the JAMBand – “Counting Tricks” [Peanut Butter and JAM]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Counting in Swahii” [A Child’s Celebration of the World]
  • Justin Roberts – “Nine Planets” [Not Naptime]
  • Erin Flynn with the Co-Op Band – “Count to Ten” [Dreamers Of Dreams]
  • Louis Armstrong – “Ten Feet Off the Ground” [Nicky’s Jazz For Kids]
  • Terrible Twos – “When I Get to Eleven” [If You Ever See an Owl]
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – “Counting in Japanese” [A Child’s Celebration of the World]
  • Ralph Covert – “Eighteen Wheels on a Big Rig” [At the Bottom of the Sea]
  • SHOW ID: Steve Weeks (www.steveweeksmusic.com)


There are heaps of songs we didn’t get to play on this week’s episode that would have fit our theme perfectly, including “7, 8, 9” off of the new album Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies and a favorite from my childhood, “Figure Eight” from the Schoolhouse Rock episodes. Here are their videos below. Check ’em out.

HFVS is Moving to Saturdays!

The Hilltown Family Variety Show is Moving & Expanding!

On May 3rd, the Hilltown Family Variety Show will moving to Saturday mornings, and expanding to a full hour! Tune in between 9am-10am to 103.3FM (Northampton) to hear great family music and storytelling every Saturday! Our weekly podcast will be following suit, expanding to a full hour. Click here to subscribe to our free podcast.

But we’re not the only ones moving, our friends over at Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child will be moving up an hour from 7am-9am on Saturday’s too! – It’s a party!

So get your kids to exercise their groove-thang by turning off the Saturday morning, commercial-laced, cartoons on the boob-tube, and tune-in to WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM from 7-10am for three full hours of back-to-back, commercial-free, local family programing. It’ll be a rockin’ good time!

I Love You! Spiderman! Rock n’ Roll!

Kids Rock ‘n Roll with Uncle Rock at the Florence Civic Center

Wow! The Florence Civic Center was rockin’ on Saturday to a full house with Uncle Rock, at a mid-winter kids concert sponsored by Hilltown Families (click here to see photos). It was an excellent performance with new music from his third CD release, Uncle Rock U, plus many favorites from his past two CD’s. Thanks to all the folks that came out to celebrate Groundhogs Day with great music, and a special thanks to all the HF Volunteers for making the morning go so smoothly!

The title of this post , “I Love You! Spiderman! Rock n’ Roll!”, is an inside joke to families that were there on Saturday. Uncle Rock had me in stitches as he explained the different ways of exclaiming this same phrase in different sequences, all with variations of the same hand gesture. You had to be there – but just in case you weren’t, this one’s for you … Here is a short low-fi music video of “It’s Hot,” one of my favorite songs off of his new album:


(WXOJ) Hilltown Family Variety Show
Tune-in next Tuesday (02/15/08) to the Hilltown Family Variety Show for our special Valentine’s Day episode with co-host Persephone and Uncle Rock as our guest DJ as he serenades us with live music.

(WXOJ) Spare the Rock, Spoil the Rock
Uncle Rock was live in studio Saturday morning (02/02/08) pre-concert on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with Bill, Ella and Liam. Click here to access the archived show.

(WHMP) Vannah and Collins
And on Friday morning (02/01/08) Uncle Rock did a live call in interview with Vannah and Collins on WHMP in Northampton, MA. Click here to listen to that interview.

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