Lishy Lou’s Fabulous Fiesta Tips – Make It Musical – An idea to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Lishy Lou’s Fabulous Fiesta Tips – Make It Musical
By Alisha Gaddis of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
http://www.luckydiazmusic.com

I’m not Mexican, but my husband is- so our home is bilingual and multicultural, like so many of you out there.

But it doesn’t matter where you came from, or what your home celebrates- EVERYONE loves a party (and who doesn’t like burritos?!?!) Why not throw a Cinco de Mayo shindig with us- Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band?! We are celebrating the release of Aqui, Alla.

Here are the tips I use in our own home for the perfect fiesta:

1. Invite your most fun friends AND your most interesting friends. Sometimes, these are the same people, but oftentimes, they aren’t. Shake things up and invite different friend groups. Your kid’s soccer team would love playing with her Girl Scout troop. Mingle with magic!

2. Prepare delicious food and lots of it! Everyone loves to eat yummy treats! It doesn’t have to be pricey. Throw some chips in a bowl and use Lucky’s salsa recipe (see below).

3. Serve up something bubbly and make lots of toasts! Sparkling cider, fizzy water, champagne – anything that screams- LET’S CELEBRATE!! Toast people, events, and happiness.

4. Go for the theme. Hang lights and festive banners. Buy a piñata. Wear a fresh flower in your hair. Give the kids some maracas to shake (the adults will love those too!). Fiesta!

5. Always, always, ALWAYS have a dance party! Put one of the new songs from Aqui Alla (soon to be available via KidzMusic.com – and available right now on iTunes on your player of choice (“Viva La Pachanga” is my fave; it means “Live the Giant Party”), and dance your booty off. Not only is it a way to really feel joy surrounded by your family and friends, but it counts as your daily cardio, so you can eat more chips and salsa. ÓRALE!!

Lucky Diaz’ EASY Fiesta-ready Salsa Recipe:
1 1 1.5 oz. can Mexican stewed tomatoes
2 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
3 1 fresh Serrano or jalapeño chile
4 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
5 Dash salt and pepper

Add ingredients to blender or food processor – and you’re done!

Editor’s note: Alisha is an author and comedienne, married to Lucky, who was born in Miami, raised in San Antonio, and now lives in Los Angeles with Alisha and daughter ella.

Kidzmusic note: If you want to hear and purchase more great kids music, click here.

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“IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, JOIN ‘EM” – By Beth Blenz-Clucas

We responded to these three recent articles about people who don’t pay for music – and why complaining about that may be hopeless. 

Emily White (Emily White is this past summer’s NPR’s All Songs Considered intern. She is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. and the general manager of WVAU.)“I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With”

David Lowery (Currently a teacher at The University of Georgia, and also the founder of alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven and co-founder of the more traditional rock band Cracker) Responds via a: “Letter To Emily White At NPR All Songs Considered”

Jay Frank (Jay Frank is the Owner and CEO of DigSin, a new singles-focused music company that allows subscribing fans to obtain music for free.): “Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?”

I remember being appalled at the Emily White post, thinking her ignorant and larcenous, pretty much the same attitude that Lowery had in his very eloquent post. He’s absolutely right that it is often socially conscious people who think nothing of obtaining music for free, thus not supporting the artists they like. I’ve found that when young fans really think about what they’re doing, they’re more likely to use legal means (usually via one of the streaming services) to get music more often.

Since then, I’ve come to realize that bucking the free music trend will get artists nowhere. The next generation of music lovers won’t be returning to the world of album sales anytime soon. Yes, the niche fans who are once again buying cassette tapes from their favorite homegrown indie bands, and collecting lovely limited edition vinyl albums are a fun group to work with. But artists have to figure out how to follow that marketing path we talked about in earlier lessons – building on every level – awareness, acquisition, engagement – before expecting to make money from their music these days. It’s harder than sitting back and waiting for fans to come to you, but since when has the music business been easy?

Jay Frank’s post is a nice synthesis, a reminder that even a hot band from yesteryear – like Camper Van Beethoven or Cracker – has to find ways to attract new fans while reminding their longtime fans of why they liked them in the first place. The example of Wilco and their free streaming album was a good one, showing the power of a disruptive offer of free music to gain attention, loyalty, and ultimately support from fans.

Provide something special, of value, to your fans; give them a gift worth something, and you will build the kind of loyalty and support that you will need when you want to launch a Kickstarter campaign or sponsored tour later on.

Three children’s music artists offer some good examples of how to use “Free” to build awareness, acquisition, engagement, etc.

1. The Harmonica Pocket, one of the Seattle Kindiependent group of indie family music bands, has had a “Free Music Project” on their site for several years now. On this page: http://www.harmonicapocket.com/listen/index.html – fmp, the band offers a selection of free downloads, not ALL of their songs, just some. They’ve posted a Creative Commons-style licensing agreement on the page, which I think is smart. This has been an effective way for the band to attract new fans. Their songs are whimsical and smart, and I think it is simply the music that will  “sell” the band to new followers. I’m not sure how they’re keeping track of fan engagement and monetization from this, but they do manage to perform all around Puget Sound and sell albums as well as downloads. They also get a few bucks via the online “Tip Jar” jar every week. 

2. A NY band called Dog on Fleas just released a new album called “Buy One Get One Flea.” We cooked up a little launch for the album last month with a few YouTube video debuts, strategically timed over a 3-week period, and debuted with blog and radio partners. This is not a well-known band outside of their Hudson Valley milieu, although their existing fans adore them. The challenge is to build on this cult base and extend their reach more nationally (they rarely tour, and never beyond the Northeast). 

The album title lent itself to the February one-month promotion where we asked fans to download the Valentines-y song “I Must Be a Genius” via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Once a fan paid for the one track ($1), they could email the band or post a note on their Facebook page, and get a bonus song for free. This was a little klunkier than the Topspin model, but there have been dozens of downloads, lots of blog posts like this one:  and some nice overall buzz, making the title of the new album more memorable.

3. Roger Day makes most of his income these days from touring to schools and libraries. He often does week-long residencies in schools, and his latest albums are science oriented (STEM is a hot topic, very appealing in today’s education marketplace), and partnered with the University of Georgia two years ago to create a successful musical program about coastal ecology. 

In late January, on the day when winter storms stranded students at school in Alabama, Roger posted on Facebook that he’d be happy to connect with any stranded school via Skype. Immediately, three of his teacher-fans contacted him, and within hours, he was singing and playing along with students in three Skype sessions. The students loved it.

One of the teachers thought their session was so cool, he posted about Roger’s sing-along on Reddit. The post rose to the top of Reddit’s feed for 2 or 3 days, as people responded, talked about the weather, found out more about Roger, etc. etc. Roger also started getting requests from TV and radio show producers, and he appeared on a few shows in Alabama, also getting a feature story in the Birmingham News.

Pretty soon, the marketing folks for Skype heard about Roger’s Skype sessions. Their PR person contacted us, ran a blog post about Roger’s connection with the students, and then suggested he host some more sessions for a free service called Skype in the classroom. Roger was a little wary of doing more “Free” sessions with Skype. After all, he gets paid to work and perform in schools. We talked, and I suggested that the huge exposure (75,000 teachers participate in Skype in the Classroom, worldwide) and potential for new bookings, made it worth a few hours’ time in offering a class or two. I also suggested that he make sure that all of his web links were included in the offering, and that he create a simple handout that would provide teachers with information about all of his CDs, DVD, and booking information.

Last week, Roger posted his free class offering: https://education.skype.com/users/80263-roger-day – 

This seems to be working for Roger! And he can now say that he’s an official “Skype in the Classroom” educator, which only adds to his credentials.

Within hours of posting his offering, Roger had booked 15 sessions with schools, and he’s still taking inquiries. In all cases, the teachers and students want to learn more about Roger. It’s too early to tell what will happen next, but the early response is very good. The best thing about this is that Roger does not have to leave his home studio to do these sessions, and he’s connecting with dozens of new prospects for paid work in the future.

Beth Blenz-Clucas

 

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Two Free Family Music Festivals – By Beth Blenz-Clucas

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THIS SUMMER MARKS THE DEBUT OF TWO FREE FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVALS:Rox in Sox and Wiggle Out Loud

Rox in Sox: Aaron Nigel Smith and a host of partners debut the first free music and books festival in the Portland area, on August 3rd. What’s cool: Donations of socks and shoes will help kids in need.

Wiggle Out Loud: Chris Wiser (Boom) of the Sugar Free Allstars presents the first-ever kindie rock festival in Oklahoma on September 1. The Verve Pipe, an alternative rock band most widely known for its 1997 blockbuster hit single, “The Freshmen,” will headline. What’s cool: tons of fitness activities.

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As The Crow Flies Caw #22 “Punting On The Cam”

Dan Crow

Dan Crow

By: Dan Crow
Punting on The Cam with Miles and Kristy

Punting on The Cam with Miles and Kristy

A lovely time in England
Tracking where I am
With Miles, Me and Kristy
Punting on The Cam

This call is for you from Cambridge England

This call is for you from Cambridge England


The Cam’s a shallow river
It flows without a dam
In the town of Cambridge
Punting On The Cam

It runs right through the city
And green hills filled with lamb
Past The Colleges of Cambridge
Punting on The Cam

What's up with that in Newmarket England

What’s up with that in Newmarket England


Punting is just floating
Into a boat you cram
It’s really quite relaxing
Punting on The Cam

The boats are long and narrow
And sometimes they go wham
But still it’s very peaceful
Punting on The Cam

My tour of Great Britain
With every guitar jam
I had such fun performing
And Punting on The Cam

Running from The Mimes and The Clowns in Cambridge England

Running from The Mimes and The Clowns in Cambridge England


I sure enjoy my tours
And acting like a ham
Especially the friends I make
Punting on The Cam

Now home at my computer
I cleared out all my spam
And let this travel blog describe
Punting on The Cam

Punting on The Cam

Punting on The Cam

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ WITH CMMDR. HADFIELD AND A CARLOAD OF FREE SONGS

jpegIt’s almost time for the annual phenomenon known as the summer road trip. Whether you’ll be traveling to see grandma and grandpa or simply packing for a music festival, you will have to find creative ways to keep the kids happy and your sanity intact.

In fact, a summer music festival is a very smart destination when you’re traveling avec la famille. “Your summer might begin this weekend at any number of festivals in your town, or journey to the Hudson River Valley next month for the Clearwater Festival.

In July and August, you might travel to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. And, Lollapalooza will once again host a Kidzapalooza stage.

Parenting sites are full of advice for maintaining sanity during long car trips, including the tips from Coolmompicks and Today’s Parent.

Music can be an enormous help, and the old stand-byes like “99 bottles” and “The Wheels on the Bus” work for awhile (check out CafeMom’s list of favorite tune, here.

Pretty soon, though, “The Song that Never Ends” loses its charm, and you long for alternatives.

So, in honor of the launch of summer 2013, we’re offering a new playlist of interesting independent family music. These are one-of-a-kind tunes, like the “Honk Honk” rocker by Toronto’s The Monkey Bunch, thought pieces by Justin Roberts and Shine and the Moonbeams, folky sing-alongs from Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, and a quiet lullaby, “Down at the Sea Hotel,” from Montreal-based The Secret Mountain.

For this week only, until June 1st, we’re offering a new Summer Road Trip 2013 set of tunes as a FREE DOWNLOAD. Click over here to listen, then download them all or just the ones you like best. https://soundcloud.com/bethbcpr/sets/summer-2013-road-trip-playlist

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As The Crow Flies Caw #21 “Broncrows”

Dan Crow

Dan Crow

By Dan Crow

On January 12, 2013, in the middle of a performing tour in Germany, I went to watch the Broncos vs. Ravens playoff game. I was sitting between a German and a Greek Raven fan watching American Football in an Irish Pub in Heidelberg, Germany on Armed Forces Network and this what I was inspired to write.

I’ve loved The Denver Broncos
Since I was just a kid
My Dad bought season tickets
And I’m so glad he did

Mile High Stadium

Mile High Stadium


Broncos Old Uniform

Broncos Old Uniform


Our seats were in “The South Stands”
A great view of the field
The stadium a Mile High
So keep your eyeballs peeled

I remember 1960 when
The Broncos came to town
The uniforms were hideous
In mustard gold and brown

They wore the most outrageous socks
The lines went up and down
For those who know, that’s vertical
Still mustard gold and brown

Tripucka was the quarterback
The fans would call him Frank
Cookie Gilchrist ran the ball
Just like a Sherman Tank

The team was in The AFL
The American Football League
The old established NFL
Thought they all were weak

After 1969
The leagues combined as one
And that is when the Bronco team
Started all the fun

They battled with The Seahawks
The Chargers and The Chiefs
The Raiders were the most despised
A team of thugs and thieves

We had so many stars to watch
Floyd Little was the best
Mecklenburg and Gradishar
The Orange Crush passed the test

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos


The Broncos wore new uniforms
Navy blue and orange
I had a poster in my room
Right next to the door hinge
John Elway

John Elway


Then came 1983
A miracle from heaven
The great John Elway came to town
The famous number 7

He took us to 3 Super Bowls
Each of which we lost
The Redskins really broke my heart
My confidence the cost

But then came 98 and 9
All our dreams came true
Terrell Davis led the way
For Champion Orange and Blue

Then John Elway quit the field
And went to selling cars
Cutler came and Jake The Snake
But they aren’t really stars

Then Tim Tebow came to town
Providing many thrills
He gave us all the heart he had
But not so much the skills

Nowadays it’s Peyton Place
And Manning is The Man
The Raven loss was such a shock
How much more can we stand

That game was so hard to watch
I’m too dry for a tear
And I never liked that bad cliché
We always have next year!

Dan Crow

Dan Crow

Dan Crow

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As The Crow Flies Caw # 20 – Sidekicks and Saddlepals

dan crowby: Dan Crow

Sidekicks and Saddlepals

I have always loved Western Movies and TV Shows. As a little boy I enjoyed watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Rex Allen and Hopalong Cassidy. I especially got a kick out of their comical friends who provided laughs on the dangerous and exciting adventures they shared.

Harry Carey Jr

Harry Carey Jr


One of my favorites was actor Harry Carey Jr. who went to “The Last Roundup” this past year.

The following ditty is a tribute to all those “Sidekicks And Saddlepals” from my childhood days.

Refrain
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
The western hero’s friends
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
The laughter never ends
For Sidekicks and Saddlepals
Each with their own style
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
The memories bring a smile

Roy and Dale rode the trail with Nelly Belle and Pat

Gabby Hayes

Gabby Hayes

By crackie there was Gabby Hayes, consarn Jehoshaphat
Pancho And The Cisco Kid

Pancho And The Cisco Kid


And Pancho always brought a grin to Cisco’s fancy ride
And the Heigh Ho Silver Ranger needed Tonto by his side

Refrain

The Duke And Harry Carey Jr

The Duke And Harry Carey Jr

There was Walter Brennan and The Duke
And Smiley sang with Gene
Then Pat Buttram came along
To steal every scene
There was Chill Wills and Fuzzy Knight
Of course Andy Devine
And Harry Carey Jr.
Was a favorite pal of mine

Refrain

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson


I remember Raymond Hatton
And I remember Andy Clyde
I remember Big Ben Johnson
That cowboy sure could ride
I remember Little Beaver
And I remember Max Terhune
And his little dummy Elmer
Outside the old saloon
Max Terhune And His Dummy Elmer

Max Terhune And His Dummy Elmer


Sidekicks and Saddlepals
They never got the girl
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
In a double feature world
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
Make the bad guys pay
Sidekicks and Saddlepals
At the cowboy matinee
Smiley Burnett

Smiley Burnett


Dan Crow engaging Ernest Borgnine

Dan Crow engaging Ernest Borgnine


Dan and Ernest

Dan and Ernest

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