Intro to Kindie: Dave Loftin (Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl)

 Dave Loftin and kids

Dave Loftin and kids

Continuing our Intro to Kindie series -- the fact that there's a second entry makes it a series, right? -- this week I've got a list from Chattanooga's Dave Loftin that outlines how he'd spend an hour introducing kids music to someone new to the concept. 

For more than 9 years, Dave has been spinning music for kids and families on his show, the Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl.  The show airs 8 'til 10 AM on (what else?) Saturday mornings, streamed on WAWL.org out of Chattanooga.

When he sent me the list, he took the "one hour" concept seriously -- he says it's timed out at 59 minutes and 57 seconds.  That doesn't leave a lot of time for intros, bumpers, or chatter, but it does leave a lot of time for some great music.


My first thought about coming up with a “Kindie 101” of sorts was, “Awesome! This will be great.” Then I quickly realized, after being waist-deep in this genre for nine and half years, "this is going to be a lot more challenging than I thought." I’ve been exposed to so much talent over these years and trying to think back to my first kindie discoveries and the elation that accompanied those experiences might prove a challenge.

This list is not a best-of list (because that would just be cruel of Stefan to ask) but rather these are the artists that stood out to me when I first heard them. They all had and have something that can make naysayers of kids’ music rethink what they believe they know of the genre.

This is laid out as a mixtape. There’s no order of importance and it’s not a top 20 list, but it’s made to flow. Not too different than how I program the show. Just like the tapes some of us poured so many hours into getting just right.

 Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl logo

Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl logo

So here it is. Your SMCB Mixtape:

Side A

Lucky Diaz - “Blue Bear” [Luckiest Adventures]

Mr. David - “Jumpy in the Jumpy House” [Jump in the Jumpy House]       

Frances England - “Place in Your Heart” [Mind of My Own]

Caspar Babypants - “$9.99” [More Please!]

Alex Volz - “Tommy the Talking Taco” [Awesome Songs For Cool Kids]

Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke - “Big Pet Pig” [Rise and Shine]

Gustfer Yellowgold - “I’m From the Sun” [Wide Wild World]

The Okee Dokee Brothers - “Can You Canoe?” [Can You Canoe?]

Trout Fishing in America - “It’s Better Than That” [Infinity]

Randy Kaplan - “Don’t You Leave Me Here” [The Kids Are All ID]

 WAWL logo

WAWL logo

Side B

Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips - “Gratitude”

Shine & the Moonbeams - “Bully Bully” [Shine & the Moonbeams]

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - “Pillowfort Pillowfight” [The Perfect Quirk]

The Pop Ups - “Box of Crayons” [Radio Jungle]

Renee & Jeremy - “Watch Where You’re Goin’” [C’mon]

Ratboy Jr. - “High 5 Your Shadow” [Champions of the Universe]

Recess Monkey - “Knocktopus” [Field Trip]

Egg - “What’s Inside” [Sunny Side Up]

Charlie Hope - “Train Song” [It’s Me!]

Lunch Money - “Time Out” [Spicy Kid]