OK, I know that what I'm about to write is just my attempt to spruce up a press release and give it a fun and slightly ironic spin. But. Zooey Deschanel! Winnie the Pooh! Really, that's almost worth the exclamation points. So Disney is releasing a new movie called Winnie the Pooh on July 15. And they've recruited "Actress/Musician/Singer/ Songwriter/Lumberjack" (OK, that last one wasn't in the press release) Zooey Deschanel to perform three songs for the film -- the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do” and the original end-credit song “So Long,” written by Deschanel and performed with She & Him bandmate M. Ward. (She also lends backing vocals to a couple other songs.) I'll spare you the silly, gushing words from everyone to say only that Deschanel apparently plays the ukulele in the theme song. Why am I writing all this? Only because the few clips you can hear of "So Long" in the YouTube clip below make it seem like Deschanel was a great choice, a worthy successor to Jenny Lewis' work on the Bolt soundtrack.
I got a nice note from Joel Fox last week. Who is Joel Fox, you might ask? Well, he creates visual effects for a little show you may have heard of... called Yo Gabba Gabba!. Yeah, that show. In any case, he thought I (and by extension, you) might be interested in his recent behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a YGG episode, in particular, the recently-premiered episode "Nature." Fox not only created the visual effects for the episode, he also co-directed it.
I hope you've taken the opportunity to watch a lot of great videos and vote for your favorites at a lot of great kids music sites over the past couple weeks -- now the four videos which won their regionals will compete here at Zooglobble to finish determining the KidVid Tournament 2011 champion. The first semi-final matchup features Keller Williams, who won the Pete Seeger Region with his video for "Hula Hoop to Da Loop," going up against Debbie and Friends, the winner of the Woody Guthrie Region with "Cinderella." Two very different videos, indeed, so even if you came here intending to vote for one or the other, I hope you'll take 3 or 4 minutes and check out the competition's song and video. Polls close at 9 PM West Coast time tonight (Thursday). As always, one vote per household, and play nice. Debbie and Friends - "Cinderella" [YouTube] Keller Williams - "Hula Hoop to Da Loop" [YouTube]
Hopefully this isn't news three years from now, but for the moment, every recognition of kindie music by the public at large (or in this case the market at large) is still news. So, yeah, it's a big deal that Amazon picked "Slim Gets In 'Em" from the latest Gustafer Yellowgold album Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock as a free download. Given how rarely family music makes it onto Amazon's list of free mp3s, I think it's a Good Thing. Anyway, no need to feel down about it, grab the free song here. And, hey, why not watch the video, too? Gustafer Yellowgold - "Slim Gets in 'Em" [YouTube]
The first day of Major League Baseball is almost upon us, woo hoo!As is my yearly tradition, I've provided this slightly updated list of baseball songs. (Read last year's list here.) Enjoy, and may all your teams have a great season. Except, as always, unless you're in the National League West, because the Diamondbacks rule. (In, er, 2012.) If any of you have more suggestions, leave me a comment.
We are down to the last Round 2 matchup in KidVid Tournament 2011. It features the Leadbelly Regional, hosted today by Bill over at Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The winner of the matchup between the #1 seed, Caspar Babypants' "$9.99" and the #2 seed, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke's "Big Pet Pig," will be the last entrant in the KidVid Tournament 2011's final four videos. The competition is for today and today only, so head here, watch both videos, and vote your heart. Or your head. Or toes. Whatever, really.