The Words in the Song

Before I was a father (and even before I was married) I found myself sitting in a strangely named sandwich place (something like “the inebriated capra aegagrus hircus) reading the nearest offbeat magazine sitting on the table as I took my lunch break from the next door theatre were I was volunteering as the intern to the executive director for college credit towards my management degree. Inside that offbeat magazine I found an unexpected article. Among the typical politically charged and occasionally intentionally offensive artworks there was an article about a children’s musician who’d attended a local high school and … Continue reading

Disney Reviving the Radio Serial

Every year at Christmas the cable channel TBS plays the same movie for 24 hours straight, starting around midday on Christmas Eve and ending on Christmas afternoon. Though a large portion of the film relies on an increasingly outdated nostalgia, it’s still a Christmas classic; one that, thanks to its devoted following, has created a new nostalgia specifically for the world of the movie itself, thus cementing its place as part of the annual Christmas experience. One of young Ralphie’s many misadventures in “A Christmas Story” centers on his devotion to the “Little Orphan Annie” radio show. Ralphie never misses … Continue reading

U23D – Sharing Music With Children

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took the kids to see the U23D movie. None of them had ever been to a rock concert before. And while the movie wasn’t exactly like a rock concert, it was close. The movie was filmed in 3-D by National Geographic. In fact it is the first digital 3D, multi-camera, real-time production. According to the National Geographic website, the movie was shot from over 100 hours of footage with the “largest collection of 3D camera technology ever used on a single project”. Now my kids don’t really appreciate my musical taste. … Continue reading

I Don’t Think I’m Supposed to be Hip on Modern Music

The other day, I wrote about how much my kids just don’t get MY music, so I thought it would be only fair for me to talk about how surprisingly out of touch I am when it comes to what they listen to. I say “surprisingly” because I always fancied myself to be rather hip. I listened to pop music, I used to know all the bands and which musician was in what band before, and who influenced whom. I guess I blinked, or played the same Melissa Etheridge album over and over a few too many times, because the … Continue reading

Do You Know Your Kids’ Favorite Holiday Songs?

I think you can learn a lot about a person by finding out what sort of holiday music he or she likes (if any). This can be a great topic of conversation and comparison for a family too. Do you know what your child’s or children’s favorite holiday music is? Favorite songs or singers? Find out and see what you learn about your child… Expect kid’s tastes to change over the years—just because they love “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as a young toddler, doesn’t mean they will still love that song as a teenager. In fact, they may get rather … Continue reading

Family Fun Week in Review

Pumpkins and the looming Halloween holiday are right in the Family Fun bloggers wheelhouse and as a result this past week saw numerous fun articles designed to help get your family ready for the spooky 31st. Lauri suggests a pumpkin carving party in place of, or in addition to, a traditional Halloween costume party. Any parent of a preschool-age child probably knows how much kids that age love to paint. Here is a terrific idea for a magical Halloween painting project, courtesy of Lauri. If you have run out of wall space in your home, consider turning your windows into … Continue reading

Opposite Day

This fantastically fun idea is inspired by a clever new tune by veteran kid’s singer/songwriter Steve Roslek (aka SteveSongs). In the track, off SteveSongs’ excellent new disc “Marvelous Day!” we hear about what life would be like if we put shoes on our head, shirts on our legs and our pancakes tried to eat us instead of the other way around. The song is so much fun and so is the idea to flip the script on the daily routine of life. Try switching places with your kids for a spell, having them make dinner (but make it breakfast food!), … Continue reading

Discovering New Music with and for Your Kids

One of the pleasures of my life has been discovering bands and artists, becoming vested in their music then watching them evolve as musicians and, in some cases, as people. It can be so very rewarding to find a band, singer or musician (local or national) that is relatively unknown and then fall in love with their style, lyrics, live performances and records. You can feel a deep connection to that act, because you were on board early. It is like having a little secret that is wonderful and brings a tremendous amount of joy. To share this with others … Continue reading

Family Home Evening: Thanksgiving

For family home evening this week you may want to review the events leading up to the first Thanksgiving. This story talks about religious persecution, and the hopes that many who came to our country had. The lesson can then lead into things that each of you are grateful for. It is nice to have a reminder of all that we have at the beginning of the Holiday season. You can open the lesson by reading 1 Nephi 13:11-19. This is where Nephi prophesies of the Gentiles discovering America. You can then briefly review the story of Columbus and the … Continue reading

Rediscovering the Library

This is Jaime from Media Reviews bringing you the latest information on media! Do you know where you can get the latest media? Your local library! “Hold on, Jaime,” you may say, “the library only has books.” Well, my friend, the library does have books, but that’s not all! Did you know that most libraries these days also carry music and videos? Yes, it’s true! Since becoming a blogger for Media Reviews, I was looking for old and new materials to review. I went to my local library looking for books and CDs because I knew that the library had … Continue reading