Video: "A Fact Is a Gift That You Give Your Brain" - Steve 'n' SteveN

I have failed you, readers.

Despite the fact that I've been on the hunt for Steve 'n' SteveN for several years, I somehow missed the release of this video (made by the folks at Delo Creative) THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO.

Sigh.  I can't even.

Just watch.  Please.

(And, yes, I'll have more about the latest news from the band shortly.)

Steve 'n' SteveN - "A Fact Is a Gift That You Give Your Brain" [Vimeo]

World Premiere Video: "Daylight" - The Dream Jam Band

Rather than some complicated introduction, let me state simply that I think this brand new song and video is lovely.  It's for "Daylight," the leadoff track from The Dream Jam Band's brand-new album The World of Nickhoo.  The adult watching might hear some echoes of the Beatles in the gentle, wake-up melody, and see some echoes of movies like The Red BalloonGravity, and Star Wars in the visuals from Planet Sunday, but you don't need any of those references to enjoy the simple journey of a raccoon through the world.

The album itself is released digitally today and physically in mid-May.  You can learn about the whole album at the World of Nickhoo site.  For now, I'm just pleased to world-premiere this video.

The Dream Jam Band - "Daylight" [YouTube]

Video: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" - Charlie Hope

How cute is this video for Charlie Hope's "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" from her album Sing As We Go?

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That's one hundred "cute"s, folks.  Sandpiper Animation, who directed the animated video, includes David Cowles, who's done lots of animation for They Might Be Giants.

Charlie Hope - "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" [YouTube]

Monday Morning Smile: "Helium Harvey"

A little imaginative helium-based humor from Daniel Savage for your Monday morning.  It's beautiful and utterly delightful, though I still snicker at the way the helium makes the titular character's pants fit.... less than optimally.

"Helium Harvey" [Vimeo]

Video: "Los Colores" - Andrés Salguero

"De Colores" is a classic song, but, frankly, after many years of parenthood, I'm more than willing to call for a personal moratorium on that lovely tune.  I'm ready for other songs celebrating in Spanish the many different colors around the world.

I do kinda like this song from Andrés Salguero from his forthcoming debut kids' album ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! --it's called "Los Colores" (natch), and it's a gentle folk song pointing out the colors of the world around us.  The animation from Santiago Germano is an excellent match, and I think a lot of preschoolers will enjoy the brief animated trip.

Andrés Salguero - "Los Colores" [YouTube]

Video: "All These Shapes" - The Pop Ups (plus free download!)

When it comes to '80s-aping synth-pop kindie tunes, there is nobody who's currently writing them any better than The Pop Ups"Box of Crayons," the lead single from their latest album, Radio Jungle, was awesome, and they've earned their next "awesome lead single" badge for the song "All These Shapes."  It's the first track on Appetite for Construction, their eagerly-anticipated third album, out later this spring. (They've also earned their "awesome album title" badge, as well.)

The song is wonderful -- a soaring, synth-y chorus, and lyrics that both inspire the little ones (and maybe the big ones) and have enough Easter eggs of lyrical content to keep the big ones amused.  The video, featuring hand-drawn art from Pop Up Jacob Stein (if you see them in concert, you'll know that drawing is a feature of their gigs), illustrates (in many ways) the themes of the song.  Much fun.

The Pop Ups - "All These Shapes" [YouTube] (via Cooper & Kid)

P.S. -- would you like a free download of the song?  Here you go: