As a parent, are you always on the lookout for new — and good — things for your kids? Host Mike Mason is an educator, musician, and parent of three. Each week he introduces new music for kids, interviews a special guest about their "good stuff" for kids, and invites you to join in the fun (and griping) of parenthood. It is a podcast the whole family can listen to together.
It’s time for a lesson in GaGa! The sport of champions that so many grew up playing at summer camps. Talon Athletics is going to bring the joy and competition of GaGa to you. It’s time to get in the pit for some rage in the cage! Talon Athletics hosts GaGa tournaments and camps, so check them out. Armond and Scott know what they’re talking about and they’ll make you a GaGa believer!
From the 716, to the Talking Heads, to Frozen Fractals, to the Pacific Northwest, to musical surprises I had an amazing time getting to know Jessa Campbell. She’s also amazingly patient, knowledgeable, and fun. Her project Jessa Campbell & the Saplings brand new record ‘Can You Feel It’ is educational and well crafted with a thematic hat tip to the Pacific Northwest in every song. Be sure to listen to her song ‘Can You Feel It’ at the end of the episode.
It can take a lot to calm down a tired baby. Since the beginning of time parents have struggled to get their children to go to sleep. I’m tired. Really tired, and I was so lucky to have this conversation with Angela James to make my day better. Angela James‘ album “Quiet Night'”,which is a collection of lullabies made for weary parents by weary parents. It is a beautiful and carefully crafted album inspired by James‘ own experiences as a new mother and with battling...more
Lissa Schneckenburger has put out an incredibly personal and important record. It’s called ‘Thunder In My Arms’ and it tells a story of adoption and foster children. She uses her music to communicate her very real experience. I will admit that talking to Lissa was very emotional for me. I greatly admire her strength and dedication to her child and the time and care that went into her song writing process. Please support Lissa and other parents who give so much of themselves to ...more
What’s similar about the amazing combo of peanut butter and raisins on celery, and a science teacher and music therapist making music for kids? Well, both equations end up in something tasty! Ants on a Log!!!!!!!! As you know there was a Climate Change Walkout last week, and I know that my friends Julie and Anya are mega supporters of bringing awareness to that very important issue. In fact, their latest album, ‘Curious: Think Outside The Pipeline’, is a funny climate action mu...more
Skinnamarink! It was an honor to speak with Sharon & Bram on the occasion of, well, everything! There is so much depth and history to their story and I just loved listening to them share their wisdom and experiences. “Before there was Dora, Nickelodeon introduced the trio Sharon, Lois & Bram and their Elephant Show to American TV viewers, and, later on, even more families became fans by watching them on Skinnamarink TV on TLC. Decade after decade of enthusiastic live audiences and ...more
Earworms! Ya know, those songs that get stuck in your head? Well, Sean McCollough knows all about them! Sean is a radio host for the KidStuff Show on WDVX and you know what that means? He’s certified and bonafied! He knows his music and it was a blast to talk to him about all of his experiences in the music world. “Sean McCollough has been entertaining and educating families and school groups with his energetic shows since the mid-90s. He has been compared to Pete Seeger and John McC...more
“These songs come from a place of exhaustion, bewilderment and pure love,” says Nashville-based singer/songwriter Dawn Landes of My Tiny Twilight, a six-song collection out May 10 on Yep Roc Records. “I found myself singing to my daughter constantly to soothe her, entertain her, and pass the time, says Landes. “The first song I wrote was “Hushabye.” I couldn’t get her to stop crying so I sat at the piano and played until she quieted down. She responded to the melody and it became pretty use...more
“Alina Celeste‘s music is creative, joyous, and eclectic, much like her hometown, Miami, Florida. As a child, she thrived in a multi-cultural, multi-generational environment that held no reservations about the phrase “I love you … Te quiero.” Be sure to check out her song ‘Love Is’, which is the title track of the album at the end of the show! As Alina explains, “After living in Los Angeles and touring America for the better part of a decade, when...more
Where is the intersection of small business, interior decorating, competitive and award winning baking, fudge, being a dog adopter, and writer? Well, I’m glad you asked… It’s Sherri Schwartz! And she’s on the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. She shares her story of dog adoption and the book that she wrote about the experience in her book “Are You Love?” and ALMOST convinces me that the Good Stuff Family is ready for a puppy. You can get Sherri’s book wherever y...more
Renee Stahl continues to give parents and kids great music to have as the soundtrack of their lives. “Renee Stahl returns to sing with a stellar ensemble of musical friends for her second Renee & Friends album, Kindred, set for release on April 12, 2019. Kindred is an exquisitely nuanced masterpiece of effervescent reflections, messages of kindness, empowerment, and community, and, above all, impeccable standards of singing and playing music. The album sparkles with contributions fro...more
The Shazzbots are an “Intergalactic rock band and champions of music, art and all things creative, blast off for adventure in their Space Winnebago, to spread their rockin’ tunes to all the children of the cosmos! For over 10 years, The Shazzbots have been entertaining kiddos and parents of all ages with their unique brand of music, adventure and fun!” I got to talk to Ian, The Captain, about the Shazzbots and the music they make as well as their Emmy winning television show! Make s...more
“Andy Gutman is a songwriter, children’s book author and businessman in the metro-Detroit area. His love of books, reading and writing began early on. He’ll tell you he’s not a musician, but he has a passion for songwriting. When he was young he would jot down lyrics in journals and then set the journal aside, not certain what, if anything, he would do with them. As they sat collecting dust, he pursued a career in finance and commercial real estate. Although he puts in lo...more
Diversity, Multi-Culturalism, Acceptance! That’s just a small part of the message from Australia’s own The Cuddly Koalas. They are also helping young hip hop fans talk about their emotions. We got into talking about Hip Hop and how it can reach all audiences. Q-Tip, if you’re listening, we love you!! The Cuddly Koalas are a famiily affair, so be sure to listen in and check out their song ‘Feelings’, which is a partnership with Kids Helpline. You can check out the vi...more
Dana and I had a great chat on the Good Stuff Hotline. She shared her passion and enthusiasm for creating high quality content for kids. You can hear it in her music and see it in the video series that she makes. Check out her youtube channel! Quality galore! She also teaches classes, and records music. Be sure to check out her song ‘Jump and Jive’ at the end of the episode. “CHILD magazine calls her energy and enthusiasm “contagious” and named Dana as one of the “Top Five Kid...more
The multi-talented Craig Pomranz joins me to talk about his book, Made By Raffi, and so much more! Inspired by a true-life incident, Made By Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew — at first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. Recently released in Chinese and Korean the Made by Raffi is now published in 8 languages and 11 countries so far by UK publishers Frances Lincoln. Award-winning artist Margaret Chamberlain is the illust...more
Derek McKinley and I immediately became best friends as we started talking. We covered all kinds of topics like Japan, skiing, teaching, and of course the music that Derek makes. Derek cares for children and children’s rights as well as the environment and his music reflects that! “The main goal of Sing Song Party Time is to provide fun and creative children’s music with an emphasis on healthy living and environmental awareness so that children will feel empowered to live full and ha...more
Ethan T. Berlin has contributed in many different ways to the world of Kids Media. He’s made apps, he’s worked on TV Shows, he’s the voice of L.I.S.A from the Pants on Fire Podcast, hosts a public access show for kids, and he’s also an author. I had the opportunity to meet and work with Ethan, and I knew that he would be a perfect guest for the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. After all, he makes funny stuff for kids, and we all need more funny stuff in our lives. Got something t...more
This one is a blast of fun and joy! Mr. Tommy and I hit it off right away and we had an awesome conversation as he set up for his concert at the Florida State Fair. He even sang me a song! “Mr. Tommy, Tommy Girvin, is a dynamic performer, entertainer, author & educator with 35+ years of experience as a touring rock musician and musical director with the famous rock singer Eddie Money. Mr. Tommy’s mission is to bring children joy, encourage imagination & creativity and build self-e...more
Funky Farms and Martians! It’s all fair game for Beth Jean and her music that is so perfect for families. “Beth Jean’s knack for writing catchy, clever songs is enriched with her memorable style and talent of creating lively sets for various media that makes for a unique niche in today’s children’s market. Her DIY spirit has allowed her to produce an unforgettable world of sparkling images, hooky tunes and family friendly sketches.” Sparkles galore! Unicorns! ...more
“Swamp Romp,” is the brand new Louisiana dance party album from Johnette and Scott. Johnette is a well-known musician and children’s book author, and Scott is a 3-time GRAMMY winning producer and A&R director at Rounder Records.” It’s a tasty gumbo of awesome music that your family will love. Johnette and Scott have created “a tasty mélange of musical styles which is reflected in these 15 child-friendly songs (mostly original; one was adapted traditional C...more
Two Good Stuff Family favorites are back to talk about new records and so much more. I caught Lucky Diaz right before he was about to leave on tour and we talked about the Lucky Band’s ‘Buenos Diaz’, as well as the new band name and look. We also, obviously, talked about Pee Wee’s big adventure and a whole lot more. You can hear the song ‘Buenos Dias’ at the end of the show. “With 11 songs vibrantly arranged by GRAMMY-winning producer Dean Jones, Buenos ...more
When my kids need to chill, and they often need to chill, we put on Little Stories for Tiny People. When they don’t want to sleep we put on Little Stories for Tiny People. On long car rides? Yep, Little Stories for Tiny People. It was so good to talk to Rhea Pechter, fellow podcaster and member of Kids Listen about her show and what inspires her to do the things she does. Rhea has one of the most creative shows out there. She’s 100% original. Her show is “perfect for bleary-eye...more
Uncle Ty-Rone is a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and comedian who found his passion when he was young. He was so interested in being a ventriloquist that it even helped him learn how to read. Uncle Ty-Rone also does not forget where he came from and all of the people that helped him along the way. “A professional since 1994, comedian and ventriloquist Uncle Ty-Rone got his big break at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he learned how to attract and entertain large crowds. Ever sin...more
It’s the first crossover episode between the Good Stuff Kids Podcast and Menschite: Modern Jewish Dadding. Menschite is a collection of many different authors sharing their authentic stories of fatherhood. It’s for a new generation of Jewish dads who are writing new rules and re-writing some old ones… for lots of different reasons. On that note it was great to talk to KB Whirly, himself a Jewish Dad, about his brand new record ‘Now That We’re Home’. The record is a ...more
200 episodes. I’ve talked to so many incredible people who are using their talents to create art – music/books/movies/games/podcasts – for families. It’s been an honor and a genuine joy to create so many relationships with people around the world. Truly. The Good Stuff Kids Podcast has gone global. From All over the United States, to England, to Australia and New Zealand. Episode 200 features Marsha Goodman-Wood from Marsha and the Positrons. We talk science, and so much more. Marsh...more
Want to be a happier parent? Luckily I had a chance to talk to KJ Dell’Antonia about her book, “How To Be A Happier Parent”. I’d really like to be a happier parent, wouldn’t we all? I was so grateful for KJ’s insights and advice. “KJ Dell’Antonia is a writer and a regular contributor to the New York Times, where she wrote and edited the Motherlode blog from 2011 until 2016 and was a contributing editor to the Well Family section from 2016-2017. Prior to ...more
I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Ben Rudnick. We talked about family music, the Grateful Dead, and musicals. Some of my favorite stuff! Ribbit Ribbit Croak! “The award-winning music of Ben Rudnick and Friends, Boston-based pioneers of the kindie music scene, has delighted families nationwide for nearly two decades. Propelled by a sonic boom of critical praise crowned by seven Parents’ Choice® Awards and a John Lennon Songwriting Award.” You can hear Ben’s song ...more
Let’s get to know Ants Ants Ants! “With stylistic nods to 1970’s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, Ants Ants Ants recalls the best elements of a fun and fanciful childhood – the thrill of knocking down a tower of blocks; the fun of imagining what your dog is thinking; a make believe world where nocturnal animals meet in the park at night to play games. With their family friendly lyrics and optimistic instrumentation, this music offers...more
Do you know what Toddlerbilly is? Find out now! Matt Heaton is on the show and he’s got some great music to share with you and your family. Matt believes that “Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents. This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a serious sen...more
I talked to Claudia Gunn while she was on vacation and watching the ocean in orNew Zealand. I was immensly jealous for two reasons: 1. She lives in New Zealand and 2. She was on vacation… IN NEW ZEALAND. Then it got even better. We got into talking about the music she makes for families. Her Little Wild Music project “is a little creative endeavour with a big mission: to celebrate the magic in every extraordinary day of childhood. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear ClaudiaR...more
It’s a double whammy! Welcome back to Mister G as well as Sonshine and Broccoli! Mister G gave me the scoop on his new album ‘Fireflies’ and Sonshine and Broccoli filled me in on ‘It’s Cool To Be Kind’. I also was able to meet Mister and Mrs. G when they came to visit Houston. They’re the best! And so are Sonshine and Broccoli!
This is the coolest. I talked to Jonathan Horton who is an author, speaker, ninja warrior, and medal winning Olympic gymnast. It was amazing to hear Jonathan’s story and talk about his athletic achievements. We talked about his book, ‘If I Had Known: Life Lessons From An Olympic Pro Athlete’, his experiences at the Olympics, his training, risk taking, and his time as a competitor on American Ninja Warrior. Jonathan’s openness and honesty when talking about what it takes t...more
Carly Ciarrocchi is here! We covered all of the ground (s) from coffee to her time on various TV shows and other projects that will delight your whole family. She is full of energy, life, and joy. “Carly is a host, actor, musician, storyteller and a writer/creator. Her mission is to invite audiences of all ages and collaborators of all kinds to PLAY, INVESTIGATE and BOUNCE. In the kids’ media space, her work is grounded in joy, curiosity and resilience.” You’ll definitely...more
This interview with Mr. Jon has been a long time coming! I originally emailed with Mr. Jon in the spring of 2016 – and finally… finally… we were able to connect and make it happen. It was so worth the wait! Mr. Jon and Carrie shared their musical story and what inspires them to create music for kids and families. That awesome song you heard at the beginning of the episode? It’s called ‘Play My Drum’ and it’s on the new record ‘Rock and Rhyme’...more
“One of the brightest stars to come out of the DC metro area kids’ music scene is Parents’ Choice Award-winning Rainbow Rock Band, which performs more than 120 live shows each year. Kids and families around the country await the appearance of the band’s second album”. Kate Moran came on the show and we had a blast talking about all things Rainbow Rock! Be sure to listen all the way until the end of the show to hear the song “Lee Lee the Lizard” from the ...more
Happy April Fool’s Day! This year I pranked myself by skipping episode #189 and going straight from episode #188 to episode #190. Absent mindedness in episode numbering aside it was a pleasure to welcome Sonia De Los Santos to the Good Stuff Kids podcast. “Sonia was born with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom always says) and she can easily find the things in the world that bring her joy. On ¡Alegría!, a bilingual album for families, Sonia thought deeply about the elements of her life tha...more
It’s a lot of work to be a pirate. And I had no idea! Luckily I got to talk to Captain Tom Mason who taught me a lot about what is needed to swab the decks and hoist the sails and keelhaul. I’ve never had an opportunity to get to know a pirate before and Captain Tom was very willing to share because his pirate wisdom is as vast as the seven seas! Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear the song ‘It’s A Lot Of Work To Be A Pirate’ from Captain Tom an...more
“The Secret Mountain, is a Montréal based, multilingual international publisher of high-quality award-winning books for children, has also published The Hummingbird Sings and Dances and We Were Made for Each Other this fall.” I got a chance to talk to Roland Stringer, the Publisher of the Secret Mountain company, about two new book/music projects from the Classic Folk Sing-Along Songs series that include beautiful illustrations and equally great sounding music by artists like Sin and...more
Let’s get into it with Danny Weinkauf! We talked a ton of tunes, especially about his new record ‘Inside I Shine’. We talked about Danny’s ongoing time as a member of They Might Be Giants as well as what it’s like to strike out on his own with Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band to make music for kids and families! You can hear the whole title track from the album, ‘Inside I Shine’, at the end of the episode. ”Grammy Award-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants Danny Wei...more
Yee haw! It’s rodeo time here at the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. Hopalong Andrew, the urban cowpoke, stopped by to talk all things New York City and his new album ‘Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke’. We talked about why Cowboys talk the way they do, where does the language of yee haw come from? Where are the best spots in New York to do your wrangling, and if Hopalong Andrew is any good with a lasso. Yipee aye oh! Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear Hopalong Andrew...more
Mr. Ben Bowen is a prolific (4 records last year!) and very well rounded musician. His records sound unique and appeal to music fans of all ages (even the music snobbiest Dads). He runs his own music school for families too! What doesn’t he do? Play in an instrumental Post-Rock Trio? Nope, he does that too. “Mr. Ben has been working with children for over 25 years, and since 2011 has been sharing music and songs with little ones of preschool age as both an early childhood music educ...more
I had a blast talking to Danny and Sarah from The Not-Its! My family has been listening to their music ever since we desperately needed songs about taking a bath or helicopters. The Not-Its had us covered. We talked about the formation of the band as well as their brand new record ‘Ready or Not’. We also touched on why the Pacific Northwest is such a hot spot for kindie acts. Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear their new song ‘The Battle of Curriculum Night’.
Environmental issues are at the forefront of a lot of parents list of concerns. Martin and the Green Guitar is making music for families that will educate us on what we can do to lessen our environmental impact. Martin and I had a great talk, I learned a lot. Especially about the impact that plastic straws are having on our oceans. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear Martin’s song ‘Where Does Garbage Go’ from his new album ‘We Are All Connected’.
Prepare yourself for some sweet and soulful sounds. Evan and Vanessa join me to talk all about their new album ‘In Our World There Are No Strangers’. This was a great talk and you’ll want to hear a very beautiful and emotional (in a good way) story from Evan about how they believe in and are inspired by the those in their lives. Be sure to listen all the way until the end to hear the song ‘Sun Sun Sun’. It’s a beauty.
This one’s a double whammy! It was a pleasure to welcome grammy nominee and returning guest Tim Kubart and new favorites, and also grammy nominees, Frank & Deane to a very special pre-grammy edition of the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. Be sure to listen to Tim’s full song ‘Oopsie-Do’ and Frank and Deane’s ‘I Blew My Kazoo At The Zoo’ after their respective interviews. Good luck to all of the nominees! Be sure to check out my conversations with other nomin...more
Sukey Molloy is here for episode #180! We talked a lot about child development, particularly brain development, and her brand new record ‘Five Little Oysters.” It was fascinating to hear how Sukey uses different artistic mediums and her knowledge on other subjects to enhance her music. Here’s a teaser: Felt and Sound Effects… “Sukey Molloy puts a big smile on traditional favorites and mixes them with original songs, poetry, and a story for the release of her fifth ...more
I had the best time talking with Rebecca Cunningham about the incredible Girl Tales Podcast. We had a wide ranging conversation which focused on the creation and vision for her show. This is the podcast for girls and families who are looking for something different that reflects how we teach want to teach our daughters. “Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take c...more
The Space Chums are “The Galactastic Rock Band For The Kids Of The Universe”. Galactastic indeed! The Space Chums have the rock n’ roll chops to appeal to both kids and families. They go all out for their live shows with videos, lasers, fog, and robots! Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear their song ‘Calling All Space Cadets’. It’s time to blast off!
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan. That’s the case for EZ the main character in Bob Katz’s “EZ And The Intangibles”. It’s a basketball story, but more so it’s a story of resilience that young athletes will relate to and learn from. Bob and I talked about hoops, refereeing, youth sports, and about his book. Enjoy!
Here she is! Margot Bevington is a teacher and musician who makes joyful and gentle music that you and your family will enjoy. This is her first podcast interview and she knocked it out of the park. We talked music and about her studies which include Avante Garde music. It blew my mind! It was so cool that she took time out of her day job, which is teaching music to high school students (and many other ages), to talk to me. She’s thoughtful and kind and just the best!
Mi Amigo Hamlet is here! He’s got energy and a passion for family music and teaching that will touch your heart immediately. “Mi Amigo Hamlet (Hamlet Meneses) writes and performs music in English and Spanish that he describes as “Bilingual Latin Alternative,” or, as his Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones calls it, “Juicy Bilingual Kids’ Alternative.” The sweetness of Hamlet‘s voice and the gentle purity of his musical delivery speak to the heart i...more
Joel did it! He hiked the entire Wild West Trail. It was great to catch up with Joel Salvino, and I was amazed and in awe as he shared his stories and triumphs from his (long) time on the trail and off the grid. You can actually see some of the amazing wilderness that Joel hiked on his youtube channel. It’s worth a watch. Were there bears? I don’t know! You’ll have to listen to find out. Check out the Wild West Trail Instagram as well. Such beautiful photos! Photo cred: Joel S...more
Episode #175! I want to thank everyone who has listened and supported the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. It is my favorite thing to do, and I hope that when you listen you find new favorites for your family to enjoy. There’s a lot of great episodes coming down the pipeline. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to talk with Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza. Dan is a grammy winning musician and bandleader who has teamed up with Yuriana Sobrino and his wife, Claudia Eliaza, to create a “...more
It’s winter break! That means lots and lots of family togetherness. Which means lots and lots of opportunities to get frustrated with all kinds of behavior. Luckily I talked to an expert on how to handle these times as parents. Carla Naumburg is a clinical Social Worker, Parent Coach, and Author. Her latest, ‘How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids’, will be released soon and it is guaranteed to help. Carla took the time to help me out with some pointers that will be benefi...more
The Nik Naks originally caught my eye on Instagram. I saw that they were working on a book and plush toy to go along with one of their songs. I’m always curious about the direction that music takes people, so I reached out. We exchanged a few emails and set up a time to talk. Sam and JF are incredible musicians who are making it work on the Las Vegas scene. I love Las Vegas and it was interesting to hear from Sam and JF about what their lives as working musicians was like. Of course, I also had ...more
It was a total pleasure to welcome newly-minted Grammy Nominee Lucy Kalantari to the show. Talking to her was so joyful and fun. We talked about her artistic journey from “adult contemporary” (you’ve got to hear her say it) to her upbeat jazz-age inspired music for kids and families. We even got to talk about her experience playing at Lollapalooza! Rock Star!!! Be sure to listen to her new album (the grammy nominated one!) ‘All The Sounds’ and stay tuned all the way...more
Tim Seston is a master storyteller and family musician. His brand new record ‘On A Roll’ is filled with witty wordplay and upbeat fun songwriting. Tim and I talked about a wide breadth of topics from where he lives, to stories he tells, to the music he makes. Be sure to check out his website and facebook page for tons of content your family will love! “Tim’s friendly vocals make some of the tougher concepts he sings about more accessible. “Bright Red Truck” explores several eme...more
It was an honor to have Frances England back on the show to talk about her brand new record, ‘Blue Skies and Sunny Days’. We really got into the music. Frances recently won the top Fids and Kamily award for album of the year. It’s that good! Frances’ music is in high rotation in our house, and I know that many other people love her music. She’s an excellent person as well. Be sure to stay tuned through the end of the show to hear her brand new song ‘Carefree...more
Lee Overtree and the Story Pirates Podcast were critical to the creation of the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. I vividly remember my son and I listening to the Story Pirate’s podcast as we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Marin. We loved it from first listen. I was so happy to have a chance to talk to Lee about all aspects of the Story Pirates. It’s more than a podcast, it’s a program that goes into schools and teaches writing and creative fun. You will not believ...more
What a treat to get to talk to mother and daughter team Ruth and Emilia! Can you imagine making music with your daughter or mom? That would be amazingly fun! Ruth and Emilia love each other’s company and really love working together. Of course, they love each other too! They have a brand new award winning record out called ‘The Spaceship That Fell In My Backyard.” The concept is so fun. You’re going to want to check Ruth and Emilia out with your family! It sounds like a s...more
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for bands like The Green Orbs who are making certified and bonafied awesome music for kids and families. It’s extra special because Eddie and Heather are brother and sister! Their brand new record, ‘Thumb Wrestling Champions’, is awesome in every way and not just because Abraham Lincoln shows up. You can hear the full title track at the end of this episode. The Green Orbs are truly pushing their digits to the limit (maybe the best line in ...more
Danny Lapidus from Hot Peas ‘N Butter joins me for a great talk about music, band names, and the brand new album ‘Back to the Land’. Danny also shared what it was like to collaborate with Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, and Peter Yarrow for the new record. We talked about how the music has aspects of Americana and lot’s of multi-cultural influence. You can hear that on the song ‘Funga Alafia’ which is at the end of the show. “Hot Peas ‘n Butter is an aw...more
Music! Videos! Music Classes! Live Performances! Kids Imagine Nation will not stop entertaining and educating your family. It was a pleasure to talk to the whole gang, and on my birthday nonetheless! You’re going to love meeting Aaron, Rachel, and Beatz. They’re so fun, their vibe is great, and you can tell they love working together. Kid’s Imagine Nation have a brand new album called ‘Two’ that was just released, and you can hear not just the song ‘Jungle Par...more
Dan Crow is a trusted and beloved name in kids and family music. “Dan Crow is a performer of children’s songs. He is best known for performing the theme song of the movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis, but also composed many Disney songs, most significantly for Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo”. I really appreciated the opportunity to get to know him and his background which also includes his work with kidzmusic. Dan is a big part of the Kidz STEM Songz CD and DVD set. “Dan Cr...more
“Ginalina is a modern folk-country singer for families and children of all ages! Winner of the Western Canadian Music Awards and Juno-nominee, her fast, fun, and interactive songs shake up music festivals, international children’s events, community events, and schools everywhere! ” She’s got a brand new album, ‘It Takes a Village’ which is so piping hot and fresh that it just came out yesterday (11/5/18). Be sure to check out the brand new song ‘Welcome ...more
It’s a double whammy to get you ready for the weekend! Wendy Morgan from Wendy and DB comes back to talk about a brand new song called ‘Way Is Peace’, and there is a strong message behind this one: By working in collaboration with not-for-profit groups on their latest single “Way is Peace”. “This special song highlights the true meaning of peace and love, and the good that can come to children as they embrace these universal qualities. The proceeds from the up...more
Mr. Singer is back to talk about his brand new album ‘Happy Haunted Halloween’. It’s perfect for little ears who are going to go out on a trick or treating adventure! Make sure that your little ghosts and goblins feast upon this very sweet ear candy. You can also go back and hear Mr. Singer’s first time on the podcast, episode #136. Happy Halloween! Be sure to listen all the way through the episode to hear the brand new song ‘Ain’t Scared of Nothin”.
Oh yeah! Time to hear about some tasty jams from mömandpöp.I got to talk to Bobby about his band’s incredible music. We talked about musical era’s, and how the concept of the band leads to an ever evolving sound. Bobby takes his music very seriously, and it was so interesting to listen to him talk about all of the music that influences him. The brand new record is called ‘Look Closer’. This record is all Bubble Gum Pop, and you can hear the song ‘Let’s Take A ...more
I had a blast talking with Frank Gallo from Rolie Polie Guacamole about his bands brand new song ‘Ay Batta Batta’. The band’s first new single since 2014! It’s the perfect soundtrack to your World Series viewing. It’ll get the littlest little leaguer and the biggest big leaguer pumped to swing the bat and catch some fly balls! Frank and I had a wide ranging chat about training for the New York Marathon, Primus, and the greatness of Randy ‘Macho Man’ Sava...more
Catherine McCord, the creator of Weelicious, joined me to talk about cooking and nutrition for kids. Catherine is all about taking the stress out of making food for our kids. She’s done the hard work of preparing the recipes and they are tasty! All you need to do is follow along. Weelicious is an magical and thorough resource full of easy recipes that your kids will love and that you will love to make! Check out both of her weelicious cookbooks as well as the meal subscription service, One...more
It’s time to ‘Jump in the Puddles’ with Steve Elci and Friends! Steve joined me to chat about his brand new record, ‘Jump in the Puddles’, as well as sharing his backstory and his belief that there is no gig too big and no gig too small. Listen all the way through to get to know Steve and hear the title track ‘Jump in the Puddles’. “Jump in the Puddles is filled with irresistible tunes that are bursting at the seams with wide-eyed, joyful enthusia...more
Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast and I talked all about her band’s brand new kids album ‘Best Kids’. It was great to hear from Bethany about how Best Coast came to kids music. Why she likes family music, and how it fits in to the bands repetoire. You’ll love their re-interpretation of their song ‘When I’m With You’ which was re-recorded for this album! You can find the record here. It’s exclusively on Amazon Music, so put your prime subscription t...more
It’s an awesome day today! Not just because Suzi Shelton is on the Good Stuff Kids Podcast for the very first time, but also because it’s my honor to premier her brand new video ‘The Grass Is Always Greener’ featuring Tim Kubart! ‘The Grass Is Always Greener’ sums up Suzi and her music – fun, uplifting, clever, colorful, vibrant, inspired, joyful, and creative.
Get ready to jump! Jumpin’ Jamie and I had a great conversation about so many different topics like Dinosaurs, Back to the Future, Rock n’ Roll, and of course his incredible music for kids and families. He just put out his first record called ‘Kookie’. You can also hear his song “I Wanna Be Healthy’ at the end of the show. You’ll also learn about Field Station Dinosaurs where you can catch Jumpin’ Jamie live.
Ok, brace yourself… This one is totally metal. I talked to Ricky Bow-Wow and Black Shuck from Slay Duggee about their brand new record. It shred’s and slay’s. Their new album comes out tomorrow, October 5th, and you will want to be the first one on your block to say that you knew Slay Duggee before they became massive stars. Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear their interpretation of the ‘Octonauts’ theme song. Bang your heads (but not too hard)...more
Happy October! It was a truly awesome to welcome Super Stolie to the Good Stuff Kids Podcast. “Super Stolie (Rebecca Stoelinga) has been performing for children since 2007! She is a musician and artist who loves to use creativity to inspire the uniqueness in all of us. With her colorful outfits and vibrant personality, kids want to be her friend, join the band, and showcase their awesome, unique selves! She offers two types of shows, including one that is bilingual to incorporate her love of the...more
You need to hear BIG BLOCK SINGSONG. You really do. They are making some of the catchiest and funniest songs and music videos around. It was really interesting to see how the minds behind BIG BLOCK SINGSONG, Warren Brown and Adam Goddard, work together to make the music and videos. You may have seen BIG BLOCK SINGSONG on Disney Jr or the Disney Now app. If you haven’t, check them out. Stay tuned all the way through to hear the song my two daughter’s use as their personal anthem, R...more
Fun is the name of the game on this episode. Here’s a great talk with a Ukelele One Man Band named Phredd. He loves to bring joy and humor through his music. We talked pumpkins, ukeleles, pirates, dogs, and all about his new record ‘Ukelele One Man Band’. Phredd is enthusiastic and was a blast to talk to. You can hear the full song ‘Captain Jack O Lantern The Pumpkin Pirate’ at the end of the episode. Check him out!
The 150th episode celebration continues! Here’s a recording of Kenji Lopez-Alt’s ‘Good Morning, Good Morning’ which was not included in our conversation from episode #135. It’s a little bit of bonus content to help celebrate 150 of good stuff! If you love it let us know, hit me and Kenji up on Twitter!
150 Episodes of certified and bonafied Good Stuff for kids and families! For this very special installment Andy Z came to my house to talk about his brand new album Camp Andyland as well as all of the things that make Andyland such a fun and exciting place. I was also lucky that Andy Z played a few songs, just for me, and you can hear them on this episode. He played ‘Went to a Party With Dinosaurs’, and ‘Galaxy Song’ If you live in the Bay Area there is no doubt that you ...more
“Señor Fancypants writes catchy indie-pop songs for children or anyone that has ever been a child.” So so so so true! Brian Smith knows music and he knows comedy. He also uses his experience as a dad to improvise creative music for kids. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode to hear the song ‘The Ice Cream Man’ and pick up Senor Fancypants’ first album Senor Fancypants. If you grew up loving mid/late 90’s rock n’ roll then you’ll ...more
I was so happy to hear that Animal Farm was putting out a brand new record ‘We Are One’. They are great musicians who write great and very fun songs. Full disclosure, I’ve known Dave for many years, and you can hear our first conversation from July, 2016. I’m also proud to say that the band has received a NAPPA (National Parenting Product Award) for their new record. It’s a must listen! Congratulations Animal Farm! You can hear the full song ‘We Are One’...more
The Good Stuff Family are now officially residents of Houston, Texas! We eat bbq, swim a lot, watch football, and do other Texas stuff! To mark the occasion you can hear a great, low key, and fun conversation I had with 2017 Austinite of the Year, SaulPaul. He free styled (I tried to help) and we talked about all of the work that he’s done to make the world a better place. You can hear his song ‘Rise’, which was #1 on Sirius XM’s Kid Place Live, at the end of the show. H...more
Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas are beautiful people. I could tell through the phone. I loved hearing about how Papa Siama got his start playing guitar and coming to America. I really love the song, ‘Ko Yimbi Ko’ that you hear a clip of at the beginning of the show. Listen closely for the thumb piano! You can hear the whole song at the end of the episode. There was a lot of love going both ways during this chat and I think that you’ll feel the authenticity coming from Papa Siama a...more
I was honored to welcome Elizabeth Mitchell to the podcast for a chat about her career in kids music and her brand new collaboration with Suni Paz, ‘Tu Eres Mi Flor’. It was great to hear about her roots playing with Dan Zanes as well as working with Suni. This record is beautiful. Listen with headphones if you can! You can hear the full song ‘Tu Eres Mi Sol’ at the end of the episode.
I had the greatest time hanging out with Gunnar Madsen at his home and hearing all about his career and his brand new record ‘I Am Your Food’. You’ll hear about Gunnar’s beginnings as an acapella musician to writing “off center” songs for families. You’ll also get a further taste (pun intended) of his music if you listen all the way to the end of this episode. You’ll hear Gunnar’s song ‘In My Soup’.
Lee Sings4kids is a chip off the good ol’ fashioned rockin’ for kids block. Lee and I hit it off right away and you’ll see that his enthusiasm for music and kids is contagious. Please support him by checking out his brand new record Sing, Share, Grow. You’ll be happy that you did! You can hear the full song ‘Let’s be Brave’ at the end of this episode.
When I started this podcast in April of 2016, I had a goal of spending a little time talking with Raffi. I didn’t know if it would ever happen, but thanks to the great and incredibly kind Beth Benz-Clucas from Sugar Mountain PR it actually did! Raffi and I spoke on the phone and covered a variety of topics like Beluga Grads, starting off in family music, child honouring, and his awesome new record ‘Dog on the Floor’. The conversation went just as I imagined it would. It was com...more
Stephanie Mayers has just reached the three year anniversary of having her own publicity firm for Kids/Family musicians. She represents several past guests of this very podcast like Bears and Lions, Vered, Gustafer Yellowgold, and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (with more to come). I really liked getting to know Stephanie hearing the reasons behind why she does and loves the work that she does. Please join me in wishing her a happy 3 year anniversary as well as best wishes for many many more!
Talking to Jessie Baylin was just like talking to an old friend. Listening to the music from her new record ‘Strawberry Wind’, has the same kind of welcome familiarity while also being something new and different. I loved hearing the story of how Jessie came to create a kids record. I am especially grateful to her for taking the time to talk to me just a few short weeks after her baby was born! Be sure to listen to the song ‘In the Summer Time’ at the end of this episode....more
When I talked to Bear and Lion from Bears and Lions I learned all about the significance of pancakes and whales and so much more. They escaped from the circus to start a club in the woods, and they want triple stacks. Of cash. And pancakes. It’s all here in this mega-fun talk with Bear and Lion. You can also hear the song ‘Hercules’ from their brand new album ‘Navigate’. Please pardon any car “beepy” sounds as the good stuff mobile studio was not entire...more
Ready for some fun? Janet Schreiner from the Cat’s Pajamas joined me for a lively conversation about her career in the kids/family music industry. She has been making spreading joy through music and musical theater and her enthusiasm is completely infectious. Be sure to listen until the end of the show to hear her version of the classic ‘Jellyman Kelly’ from her new record ‘Kitten Kaboodle’. It’s available wherever you get your music!
Team Handball! It’s an Olympic Sport and it is so fun to play. I talked to Mila Manevska from the DC Diplomats who taught me all about this incredible sport. You’ll really understand how this is a global sport and why so many people really love to play the game!
Tobi (Ashley Tobias) wants you and your family to accept yourselves and stand up to bullying! Her new project Be True To You is all about helping kids through difficult situations. Tobi has had an interesting and varied career and it was great to hear her talk about this new project and how personal it was to her. You’ll definitely want to check out her music, you will find her song ‘Bitty, the Bee’ if you listen all the way through this episdoe. And be sure to check out the vi...more
Imagine having the most incredible workplace in the world and it was just steps from your home! That’s the amazing life that Mr. Singer leads. He’s also got a band, Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies, and they just put out an awesome new record called, ‘Going to a Party’. Don’t miss this really fun talk as well as Mr. Singer’s song ‘Your Sunny Smile’.
It was an incredible honor to be able to sit down for a conversation with Kenji Lopez-Alt. We covered a lot of ground including food, science, and music! Kenji wrote an incredible book ‘The Food Lab’ that will help you think about your food and cooking in a whole new way. I hope you enjoy this one! It’s dedicated to Josh the Lawyer who is Kenji’s biggest fan. Big thanks to Sister Good Stuff for letting us use her office!
I got a chance to speak to Molly Stinson from Kids Obstacle Challenge. It was awesome. We talked about what Kids Obstacle Challenge is and how much fun kids have participating and getting ultra muddy. She also assured me that it wouldn’t be too difficult for a fella like me (out of shape dad-type). Give it a listen and if you’re in the Bay Area you can sign up using discount code GOODSTUFF15 for their upcoming event on September 15 and 16. Use this code for each registration and rece...more
Lou and Frank Gallo have both been making music for kids and families separately for many years. You can even that kids and family music is the family business! They’ve finally come together to make a record and it’s awesome! You may know Lou from Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band, and you may know Frank from Rolie Polie Guacamole You may not know that, just in time for Father’s Day, that Lou and Frank teamed up to form a band called Like Father Like Son, and they just put ou...more
Falu recently released her first family record called ‘Falu’s Bazaar’ and it is a treat! Falu and I dug into the music a bit as well as the significance of the languages she sings in. This record is rooted in tradition and I was so happy that Falu was willing to share so much with me. I think that you will agree that it was a great and educational experience and conversation. Passing tradition on is so important. Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear FaluR...more
Scott Weaver has created a replica of San Francisco that is as large as 5 refrigerators. What makes his creation spectacular is that it is made entirely out of toothpicks and has tracks on which ping pong balls can travel through his city. My family had the pleasure of meeting Scott at the Exploratorium in San Francisco where he told us about his work. We then continued the conversation for the podcast. You’re going to find Scott’s story incredible. From toothpicks to massive Christm...more
Get the scoop behind the podcast with the greatest name and it’s creator, Mick Sullivan! Mick produces the outstanding The Past and The Curious podcast which is all about history and is designed for kids. We talked about music, the podcast, and Louisville among other subjects. Be sure to check out Mick’s podcast and our other friends at kidslisten.org Follow the Hashtag #kidslistensummer to see what all of your favorite family friendly shows are up to! It was great to catch up with ...more
Enter Marky Monday’s world! It’s full of important things like chickens, superheroes, and dairy. Yes dairy! It was great to get to know Marky Monday and hear about the work that he’s done. He’s got a live show that can’t be missed. Be sure to check out his website for tour dates. Your kids will love it! Stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode to hear ‘Chick Chick Chicken’ which my kids totally love as well as ‘Superheroes’. Be sure t...more
If you need inspiration to get outdoors and see the world then you have got to check out Hiker Steve. He’s all about helping people cultivate their passion for being outside. In many cases it’s a family affair for him too. He loves to hike with his son. Be sure to check out his website to stay updated on everything that he’s up to. He shares many beautiful photos and is a very good social media-er.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so be sure to treat the mother’s in your life to the beautiful and fun new record by Cheri Magill. The album is called ‘Tour Guide’, and it is all about Cheri’s journey through motherhood. You can hear the brand new song ‘Tour Guide’ if you stay tuned all the end of this episode. Cheri and I bonded over some shared parenthood experiences. You must be sure to show the Mother’s in your life Cheri’s video for the son...more
Time to rock with Erick and Brendan from Spaghetti Eddie! We had a really fun talk and I think you’ll really like their brand new album which is the fifth volume of family music that they’ve released. Check out all their videos as well! Be sure to stay tuned all the the way to the end to hear their fantastic new song ‘Let’s Go Explore’.
Sara Lovell is back with an incredible new record, ‘Wild is Everywhere’. Stay tuned all the way to the end of show for the brand new song ‘Rhinoceros Under the Bed’. Sara’s new record came out on April 20th, and she’s got lot’s of cool stuff lined up to mark the release of the album. You can see her at the album release concert in Oakland on Saturday, April 28. Get your tickets here! Check out her new video for the song Bounce:
John Demers has had a very unique and cool career in showbiz. Ever thought about being an actor as a younger person? He did it! Ever watch the West Wing? He was on it! Ever dreamed of creating your own educational TV show and filming it in your home town? He did it! It’s called Rusty Bucket Kids, and you’re going to love hearing about it. It’s quickly approaching the 10th anniversary of the show, and I was thrilled to get to talk to John about some of the behind the scenes work...more
Lisa and Mike like to go on vacation. Don’t you? The main difference is that Lisa and Mike like to go on bicycle vacations. They ride their bikes everywhere! They’ve even started bringing their kids along. They document their trips of their Youtube Channel. You’ll learn a lot from hearing how they prepare and be super jealous of some of the places that they’ve been! Here’s a special treat – Mike also has a career as a musician for kids! He’s the guy beh...more
Happy episode 125! Happy 2 year podiversary! To celebrate I got to meet up with Melita and Isaac at Isaac’s house in Oakland not too long ago. I had such a nice time talking with them about their partnership, and kinda putting them on the spot to say nice things about each other. Which they did! I also got to hear them perform several songs just for me! Don’t worry, you’ll hear them on this episode as well. Melita and Isaac work really well together and it was so fun to see the...more
Do you know anything about bitcoin? I know nothing. I had another talk with Joel Salvino from Good Stuff Sports #14 because in addition to being an expert hiker/backpacker, he also knows about bitcoin. Joel did the best that he could to teach me, but I’m pretty sure I just don’t get block chains and mining for bitcoin. Anyhow, it was really fun, and you’ll probably get it quicker than I ever will. I also talked to Nik Lettuce, whose brand new podcast for kids and families R...more
Talking with Lori from Music Monkey Jungle was a blast. She is high energy and fun. Just like the music she makes! We had a great conversation about music and what she studied in grad school! ORFF! You’ll have to listen to find out what exactly that is. If you’re looking for fun music with all kinds of great messages and opportunities for movement then Lori and Music Monkey Jungle have you covered
Don’t worry, it’s not that Stinky… My new buddy Adam from Stinky Ninja told me the story behind the songs and stories. Stinky Ninja have got great quality music and a ton of videos to share. Every week they release a new video and they’re starting live performances. If you’re in Australia you’ve got to check them out! You’ll love their song ‘Tres Amigos Stinky’ at the end of the show.
He’s back! If you listened to episode #11 you know how much the Good Stuff Family love Johnny Bregar’s music. It was such a treat to welcome Johnny back to talk about his new record ‘Imaginary Universe’. Be sure to listen all the way through to hear the full new song ‘I Play Music’.
Have you ever done any long distance backpacking or hiking? I’ve tried a little, with no success. Joel Salvino on the other hand loves it! So much so that he’s trying to create a new connected trail system called the Wild West Trail in the Idaho area that would be the HUGE! I learned a ton during this talk about supplies and gear and what it takes to plan for a long hike.
Mat Reiffe from Razor and Tie Records has a really cool, and different, music career. He was instrumental (pun!) in helping Kidz Bop become the global phenomenon it is today. Now he’s involved in another project called Lullapop Lullabies which is lullaby versions of some of the biggest hits in pop music, and they sound goooooood! Really good. And don’t miss a very very special 4+1
This episode will definitely spark your creative thoughts! Tami and Greg from the Paper Canoe Company have some really amazing projects for kids and families that you have to check out! This quote from their website sums up what they are all about ‘Paper Canoe creates stories that make kids feel like grown ups and make grown ups feel like kids.’ Do you think that Tami looks familiar? Well, she just might if you’ve seen the Never Ending Story where she played the role of the Chi...more
I love The Go! Team. The music that they make is phenomenal and brilliant and incorporates so many different styles that I love. I was thrilled to be able to talk to Ian Parton from the band about the song ‘Chain Link Fence’ from their brand new album ‘Semicircle’. I loved that the lyrices talked about working on a relationship. The ideas are as important for adults as they are for kids. Granted, this episode is a bit of a departure, but I do think there are a lot of rele...more
I got to talk to Pevan & Sarah during the hottest part of the Australian summer. I mostly spoke to Sarah actually, and Manny another big part of Pevan and Sarah. Pevan was keeping cool in the air conditioning and couldn’t make our chat. That’s ok with me. I don’t know how much I’d have to say to a tiger! Luckily Sarah and Manny were really fun to talk to and could answer all of my questions about Pevan without putting me in danger. You’ll love hearing about some...more
Mr. Eric hosts and is a major part of the creative team behind What If World. I am a major major fan and so are my kids. I will even directly point you to episode #65 which Mr. Eric just released this week. He asked me to be a part of the show! I had such a blast. Hope you’ll check that out, and I think you’ll enjoy this conversation with Mr. Eric as much as I did. We got into it! So fun. What if World is a podcast for kids and families that improvises stories out of “what if&...more
Do you love what you do? Alex ‘The Zaniac’ Zerbe does! He’s a family friendly comedian who also juggles and happens to be a world record hackey sack-er. There’s also a “Love” themed 4+1 just in time for valentines day. You should also follow the hashtag #allkindsoflove brought to you by many of your friends at Kids Listen. All kinds of different takes on the theme of Love from some of your favorite kid and family friendly podcasts! Be sure to check out Book Po...more
Prolific! Clever! Fun! All of those words describe Uncle Dox. He’s a hip hop loving kids musician from Minnesota who is putting out all kinds of great music! He is also a partner in a brand new band called banana². We’ll get to that at some point soon, right Unc? Be sure to check out Uncle Dox’s music here and listen for his song Ooey Gooey Dewey at the end of the show!
Scott Graham started an after school program that has developed into a regional success story. He even started a summer camp called Camp Kahuna to continue the great work of his organization. His work with Kids 4 Kids has earned him a Meritorious Service Decoration from the Governor General of Canada! Scott believes that kids can be leaders and puts this idea into practice every day. This is a great chat and Scott’s story is awesome. You should also check out my buddy Kara’s brand n...more
Paul Reisler from Kid Pan Alley was so interesting to talk to. He told me about his time playing hammer dulcimer with the band Trapezoid and everything that led to him being a teacher who travels around the world helping kids write songs. “Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process.” I think you will be moved by the...more
I had so much fun chatting with Mister G. If you want to hear some beautiful and inspired music that your whole famiily will love you have to listen to his latest releast ‘Mundo Verde / Green World’ which is filled with environmental themes. Be sure to stay until the end of this episode to hear Mister G’s brand new song ‘Patas en el Aire’. Did I mention that Mister G won a Latin Grammy?! He did!
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships! What are the Canadian Pond Hockey Championships? You’ll need to listen to the source, John Teljeur, teach us about what makes Pond Hockey different. It sounds like a complete blast. In fact, it sounds like “Pondemonium” (that’s not my joke. I wish I were that clever).
Are you down with the Instant Pot? I’m down with the Instant Pot. I use it for sushi rice, artichokes, and Lentil Soup. You know who is way way way more down with the Instant Pot than I am? This week’s guest, Coco Morante. She’s a genius with the Instant Pot and, in addition to having a bustling facebook page, she just put out a book of Instant Pot recipes. Check her out! Oh wait! There’s more, a brand new 4+1!
Happy 2018! Let’s start the year off right with April and Amy Rankin who were a total joy to talk to. They are country music singin’ kid friendly musicians who totally go for it! Their music for adults isn’t half bad either. You must stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear their song ‘Love Yer Guts’.
Emily Crocker has worked with Hal Leonard for many years! Her latest project are a series of interactive music books in collaboration with Disney. This new series features Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel, and Moana and they all encourage kids to make music. I loved talked to Emily about all of the work that she’s done with Hal Leonard. Odd’s are that if you were in a choir at any point in your childhood you used a book that Emily worked on. It was such an honor to talk to her. I also loved te...more
Cowboy Andy from Cowboy Andy and the Salamandars drops by to talk tunes, and it was a really fun chat! He’s the first person I’ve ever talked to from Montana, and now I want to go. With songs like ‘Matt Damon Magnetized Me’, and ‘Bubbles’ how could this not be incredibly fun?! I want to be just like Cowboy Andy.
Courtney Miller is an award-winning women’s lacrosse player. She taught me a lot about women’s lacrosse throughout the course of this conversation. She has played at the D1 college level, and has been playing for the Israeli National Women’s Team for the last several seasons. Courtney has recovered from a torn ACL to return to the sport that she loves. Her story is guaranteed to inspire you.
Twinkle is back! She’s got a brand new album – which you helped to make! Listen to some behind the scenes stories about the album, and hear the brand new song ‘Just Dance’ from the album of the same name. This is some righteous dance pop music that your family will love. Be sure to watch this “Making of Just Dance” video to get a real understanding of just how hard Twinkle works:
What a fun and interesting conversation with Morgan Taylor – the brains behind Gustafer Yellowgold and Gustafer’s brand new album ‘Brighter Side’. This is such a cool insight into how an artist creates. Morgan is so willing to take Gustafer in any direction with new characters being added all the time. Like Baconstein! You can hear the song Baconstein at the end of this episode.
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through your kid’s eyes? Steve and Jen from The Dilly Dallies have you covered. Their new album ‘Walking Around With Giants’ has great songs written from both a parent’s and kid’s perspective. They also taught me about a new instrument. The Glockenspiel! Good Stuff Certified! Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear their song ‘Walking Around With Giants’.
Ready for some great, beautiful, funny, and thoughtful music? Josh Lovelace from NEEDTOBREATHE has just released his first kids and family record called ‘Young Folk’. It was so great to hear the stories behind some of the songs from Josh. Josh collaborated with some incredible artists on this record like Ben Rector and Sharon and Bram. You must check him out. I also couldn’t resist asking him about life on the road with a touring band while balancing being a caring and involved...more
Rebecca Dehovitz is my friend. She is a talented educator, avid reader, and reformed picky eater! She knows about all kinds of incredible good stuff for kids and families that you may not know about. This was such a fun conversation to learn all about what Rebecca was into at various stages of her life. She asked me a few questions too!
Randy & Dave have had so much success in the music industry, that it just makes sense that the same would apply in the kids music industry. They are writing some of the catchiest and wittiest songs that you’ll ever hear. Make sure to check out their album ‘Life on a Trampoline’, and stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear their song ‘Enjoy It While You Can’.
100 Episodes! Thanks to everyone who’s been with me since the very beginning. On episode 100 we welcome back Good Stuff favorites like Dr. Eric and Uncle D and the long overdue return of 4+1. All of this is topped off with the return of the incredible Laurie Berkner talking about her new remix album. Be sure to check out her remixed version of ‘Monster Boogie’ at the end of the show. Thanks for listening, 100 episodes!!!
Jodi Norgaard and Kara Thom from Go! Go! Sports Girls have created some unique and creative sports themed dolls and accompanying stories for girls (or anyone) who love sports. They encourage young athletes to “be fierce and sparkle” as well as the ingenious hashtag #athleteisthenewprincess. It was great to hear how the idea came to be as well as where the dolls have taken Jodi and Kara (ie. The White House!). These dolls make great holiday gifts… if you know what I’m sayi...more
Do you think Ghost’s like toast? My buddies Andrew & Polly talked with me about my 4 year old’s favorite song. The Andrew & Polly version of the classic Ghostbusters song. It was a blast to hear how the song came together, and I even learned about a new instrument! The theremin! Andrew & Polly’s own podcast Ear Snacks just returned for season 2. Don’t miss it. Be sure to check out more from some of our Kids Listen buddies who participated in a Halloween themed...more
Suzanne Brown does it all! Books, music, videos, classes, teaching, and on and on! Check out her Youtube channel. You don’t want to miss this! She is a true expert and has contributed so much to the world of family entertainment.
Are you ready for this? I spoke to Magic Ian and Dr. Saurus from A Horse, A Spoon, A Bucket one sunny summer day not too long ago. They are committed! We talked about a lot of different things like gophers, vegetables, and puppy’s. This was a lot of fun. Check them out. Stay tuned for their song ‘Vegetables’ at the end of the show.
Tim Kubart is talented in so many different areas. He hosts tv shows for kids, has released two albums of kids music, and you never know when he’ll show up with a tambourine! Tim won a grammy for his album, ‘Home’. He also hosted and produced the Sunny Side Up show on Sprout with his pal Chica. Tim was also the person chosen to write the song that helped to introduce Sesame Street’s first muppet with autism, Julia. It was so interesting to hear where Tim got his passion f...more
At this point you’ve probably seen the devastation caused by the wildfires in Northern California. Our summer home, URJ Camp Newman, sustained catastrophic damage. If camp is a meaningful part of your families life, whether Camp Newman or another camp please visit the link below to help the Camp Newman community rebuild the place that so many people have called their home. This episode features music from Dan Nichols, Noam Katz, Alan Goodis, Billy Jonas, Jacob ‘Spike’ Kraus, Ra...more
Eliana Light comes very highly recommended. She and I connected through an old buddy (who I used to teach! – Shout out to Charlie Kramer!). She is an up and coming family musician who writes songs that are thematically Jewish and very educational. You’ll love hearing how enthusiastic she is about her subject matter and will surely want to check out her songs like ‘Synagogue Detective’, or ‘The Best Me I Can Be’. You can get her full album Eliana Sings (about J...more
If you have kids, then there is a 99.9% chance that you have heard the voice of Mindy Thomas. She is the host of Absolutely Mindy on Kids Place Live on Sirius XM as well as the co-host (with Guy Raz) of mega-podcast ‘Wow in the World’ from NPR. Now you can hear her story! She’s a high energy, improvising, radio host extraordinaire and I’m so happy to have had a chance to talk with her!
I got a chance to not only talk to Tommy and Kaitlyn about their awesome new album ‘Rise, Shine, #Woke’, but I got to see them perform live at an Elementary School in South San Francisco. I got to see, firsthand, the impact that they have on students with their message of change. It was an incredibly moving experience. My time with the Alphabet Rockers coincided with the news about the current administration working to end DACA. It was clear that so many of the students that were at ...more
I hope you enjoyed Wendy Morgan’s episode! Now it’s DB’s turn. This is part 2 of 2 with Wendy & DB. It was great to hear DB’s side of things. Wendy joined us for a little bit as well. It’s obvious that these two love working together! Be sure to check out their new album ‘Home Earth’ and their incredibly catchy song ‘We Bop’ at the end of the show.
Wendy and DB make great music for kids and families to enjoy together. They pride themselves on their live performances and for making songs with a message. From their website: “On their newest album “HomeEarth”, Wendy & DB, a dynamic duo/band from Chicago, address the important messages for children and all people that we need to work together, be happy, feel our feelings, and take care of our wonderful world and ALL the folks that live in it.” Now that makes a whole lot of sens...more
I remember watching Tim Janus in the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating competition on July 4th a few years ago. I thought his Ultimate Warrior facepaint was awesome. I think saw him on an MTV reality special which showcased how he goes about training and what his professional eating competitions are like. Tim graciously responded to a twitter message about coming on the show and talking about how he came to be a professional eater. It’s important to know that there is training that goes in to be...more
It’s back to school time, and The Bazillions have a brand new record ‘Rock and Roll Yearbook’ to take you through the year. It was great to hear from some incredible musicians who are writing smart songs that will teach your kids! You also MUST check out their youtube channel. Their videos are top notch. You can also hear their brand new song, ‘You Could Be The One’ at the end of the show! The Bazillions use their music to educate and have fun. You’re going to...more
Feelings, nothing more than feelings! Up and coming Kindie rocker Mr. Josh has a new record out all about feelings. He takes his music seriously, but also knows how to have fun. He knows what he’s doing, he’s trained, and he is a pre-school teacher as well. He’s the definition of authentic which makes him certified and bonafied good stuff for kids and families.
Sarah Spurrier has created her very own youtube show called ‘Good Morning Sunshine’. It’s sweet and fun and filled with puppets. There are featured craft projects, puppets, recipes, and puppets (PUPPETS)!. I completely appreciate what Sarah does. She is a one woman operation who creates and oversees every aspect of her show. You need to hear her talk about my favorite character, Professor Schnozzola.
Jess Penner has released her first EP of kids/family music called ‘Imagination’, and it is really good. That’s no surprise, Jess is already known to have been making awesome music. This record features some really well chosen covers as well as original tunes of her own. It was interesting to talk to Jess about her career as a musician and what drew her to create music for families. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear her cover of the very classic and charming ̵...more
Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew) is back with a brand new album called ‘Jump for Joy’! It was great to talk to him again. We keyed in on his new album and where some of the songs come from as well as how he creates such a warm sound on his records. It was so great to talk to Caspar again! Stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode to hear the brand new song ‘Pushy the Tug’.
Bike riding! It’s not as easy as it looks is it? I talked to Stephen and Peter about their experiences with riding and Wheel Kids. Following that I was able to talk to Tim, the person behind the idea. I’m not much of a bike rider myself, but it was so interesting to hear about what they do and what they teach to kids who love to ride bikes. Additionally, they gave some great tips on places to ride in Northern California!
It was an immense treat to talk to Lucky Diaz from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band before the release of his new record ‘Made in LA’. We even got sorta deep on a few musical topics! Fun!! We talked a lot about his collaborations with several other musicians including past guests Andrew & Polly, Frances England, and Mista Cookie Jar. We got extra real when the conversation turned to tacos. Stay tuned all the way through to hear the (very very good) song ‘Magic Believers...more
How about a 19 year old Bluegrass phenom? Interested? AJ Lee is a tremendous singer, guitar player, and mandolin player who has just released a brand new record called ‘AJ Lee’. At the end of the episode you can hear her take on Gillian Welch’s ‘Look at Miss Ohio’. It’s beautiful. You don’t want to miss this conversation with the 9 time Northern California Bluegrass Singer of the Year award winner.
Sonshine and Broccoli totally go for it! Their music is positive, energetic and fun. That makes total sense, because talking to them was positive, energetic and fun! You’ve got to stay tuned all the way to the end to hear their song ‘A Good Night’. It legitimately rocks! If you dig this episode of the good stuff kids podcast be sure to check out all the other episodes which are available for free at goodstuffpod.com
I am honored to present the world premier video from Jason and the Jungle Gym Jam ‘Pandagarten’
Some people just have it figured out. Kira Willey is one of them. She’s a very talented musician and songwriter as well as a gifted yoga teacher. Kira put her talents together and put music to yoga for kids. You need to hear her music. It’s Perfect for chilling out kids and getting them active at the same time. You can hear Kira’s song ‘Just Be’ at the end of the episode. I also want to thank Kira for giving me pointers and suggestions for how to deal with some cha...more
Are you ready to rock (in a totally nice and family friendly way)??? Well, Wayne Potash is your guy! He put out a brand new record just a couple of months ago called ‘Rock & Roll Party’, and you can hear his song “At the Baseball Game” at the end of this episode. Wayne joyfully brings his brand of upbeat rock and roll to kids and families all across the Greater Boston area. He’s a true family man, he has a great relationship with his kids and his son even made a...more
#mglit. What’s that? Oh, well, luckily this weeks guest, Corrina Allen, has the info. Corrina is a teacher and an avid reader. She loves to read and encourages those in her classroom to develop a love of reading as well. She loves reading so much that she has her very own podcast devoted to reading and #mglit. Be sure to check out Corrina on the Books Betwen Podcast. It’s also time for a bunch of my Kids Listen crew to have a series of our podcasts on the theme of “Hit the Roa...more
Nora Ballard is (amongst other things) a film director and her movie ‘Waterbabies’ is all about synchronized swimming. I was so excited to talk to Nora about what she learned about those who compete in synchronized swimming. It’s a sport that I don’t know much about at all. As you’ll hear, Nora learned quite a bit about how they practice, and how synchronized swimming is a metaphor for life. You can watch Nora’s movie right here:
I loved talking to Joe Mailander from the Okee Dokee Brothers. He was extremely down to earth and was very open to sharing the history of his band and what inspires him and his bandmate Justin Lansing. Here’s a hint, they love being outside and exploring nature. You should definitely check out their documentaries on Netflix. It helps to further show the personalities of the Okee Dokee Brothers and you’ll definitely want to go an adventure after you watch it!
April Eight is so talented. She writes and produces her own songs and stories podcast, and it is so good. April has an awesome story from being a rock musician to creating her own show. I loved talking with her. She’s hilarious and full of energy. April just reached her one year Podiversary – meaning she’s been publishing and producing her podcast for one year. So, check April out and subscribe to her show. It’s awesome for long car rides or even short car rides! You can ...more
Ready to get sweaty and dance to some sweet tunes? Neil and Bryan from Koo Koo Kanga Roo took some time to talk with me about their music, fanny packs, and what makes their live shows so fun. Want to know the secret? Get ready to get sweaty and dance!! I also checked in with Uncle D and Auntie C who just got a puppy!
Episode #75! That’s a lot of episodes. I got the chance to talk to someone that we call “our guy” around Good Stuff Studios. Randy Kaplan‘s music has been in high rotation for years in our house and car. He’s witty, smart, and unafraid of tackling the big issues like farts, chips, grape juice, and nose squeezing. We love his music and he’s the same person on his records as he is in conversation. Enjoy!! Don’t forget to tag friends and share this episode ...more
If you’ve listened to kids music over the last several years you’ve heard Mista Cookie Jar. He has collaborated with so many of our favorite artists! It’s no wonder why, I knew from the first second of our conversation that he was easy to talk to and had a big heart that goes straight into his music. This interview was in the works for a long time, and I’m so glad to finally share it! Be sure to stay tuned to the end for Cookie’s new song “Serotonin”. Ad...more
I talked to Twinkle a few weeks ago and she was so generous to share the story of how she came to the idea of Twinkle Time and Friends. Her pre-Twinkle career is pretty incredible too. She is a complete “Do it yourself-er” from songwriting to the development of the stage show. Twinkle also makes a real effort to ensure that all of her music and shows are bilingual. It’s clear that her live show would be a magnet for young kids. She is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to fi...more
Hockey is a great sport. It’s fast paced and so fun to watch live. I had never thought about what it would be like to be a parent to a young hockey player. Luckily, I had a resource to fill me in. Neil Wattier, who is the host of The Hockey Parent Podcast, shared his experiences living the life of a hockey family. I learned a ton about the game and about the dedication that it takes to help a young athlete realize their dreams. Be sure to subscribe to Neil’s show, and tell a friend a...more
Episode #72 is a straight up book spectacular! I talked to Ben Clanton about creating the art for Laurie Berkner’s book for the song ‘We Are The Dinosaurs’. That’s not all though, Ben is a really clever and creative artist who has several books of his own. Check them out! I also had a great time talking to Debbie Aronson who wrote the book ‘Where’s My Tushy?” This book is awesome! I never would have known about it if my 5 year old daughter had not brough...more
Joanie Leeds is on this week’s episode! I loved talking to her about her music and to hear about her brand new album ‘Brooklyn Baby’ which comes out this week. Be sure to check out her brand new song ‘Shayna Punim’ to get a sneak peak at the new music that Joanie has written for us. It’s brilliant! We covered a lot of ground on this episode, from summer camp to the band phish. Don’t miss it!
Finally! This one has been almost a year in the making. We love Frances England‘s music in our house. Her songwriting is great and her voice is incredible. Her last (grammy nominated) album ‘Explorer of the World’ describes her city, San Francisco. We’ve had a lot of Frances’ music on our 4+1 countdown, and her song ‘Explorer of the World’ has been on numerous times. It was such a treat to speak with Frances and to hear her story. Listen all the way to t...more
The Good Stuff Family has been searching for something like the Peace Out Podcast for a long time. We’ve got three exceptionally energetic kids at home and sometimes we just need them to chill! We started listening to Chanel Tsang and her Peace Out Podcast a few weeks ago and her show is helping us a ton! My kids will listen and follow Chanel’s instructions. It’s a game changer for parents who just need a moment of peace and quiet. Chanel shared some of her insights on mindfuln...more
Brady has an amazing story. From playing in his jam band “From Good Homes”, as well as playing bass with Laurie Berkner to his own incredible band “The Little Band that Could” Brady Rymer has honed a high energy sound that is perfect for kids and families. He shares his love for the accordion and the joy and care that he puts into his concerts. He wants to get the energy and the music going. Music lovers can relate to that!!! He loves for kids and families to leave inspir...more
Energy! Commitment! Fun! Those were just a few of the adjectives that crossed my mind during a very fun conversation with Michael Napolitano from Michael and the Rockness Monsters. They have a brand new record, ‘Funny Faces’ coming out on April 28, and I had a blast learning about it! There’s something for everyone on this album, silly songs, meaningful songs, and songs with a message. Be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear the brand new song ‘El...more
Steve Burns (you may remember him from Blues Clues) and Steven Drozd (from the Flaming Lips) have a band called STEVENSTEVEN and they have released their first album ‘Foreverywhere’. It was fascinating to hear from Steve about the music that he and Steven have made and the story of how they got to this point. You can get a taste of their music at the end of the show. So stay tuned!!!
Hullabaloo is a Kindie Rock institution. I spoke to Steve Denyes the day after their 3000th show. The band has been performing for 13 years and has put out 13 albums! You’ll enjoy hearing all about the band, the music, and what Steve has learned after spending so much time singing with kids. Be sure to stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear the Hullabaloo song ‘I Wear Pink’.
Toby Pechner joins me on Episode 6 of Good Stuff Sports to talk about his love of the San Francisco Giants as well as his time as a “Ball Dude” with the team. Ever wondered about what ball boys/bat boys do? What’s the game like for them? Toby has answers! He also makes a bet with Zachy about who will win the Superbowl (we recorded a while ago). You need to hear that. Additionally, Assistant Producer Zachy joins me to give his prediction for the upcoming Baseball season. Spring ...more
Do you have heroes? Historical heroes? People that you look up to and inspire you with their story? If you do, then Jonathan Sprout has probably written a song about them. Jonathan is a very accomplished singer/songwriter who has written 10 albums of family music. He has three records devoted to heroes such as: Dr. Seuss, Neil Armstrong, Walt Disney, George Washington Carver, and Rachel Carson to name just a few. Jonathan digs deep into his subject matter and his passion and devotion to these he...more
Chibi Kodama is back!!! Third time guest’s Chibi Kodama talk with me about their new record ‘Between Main Street and Neverland’ as well as the transition of moving and starting new schools. The whole gang joins me to talk about a wide variety of topics like lice, skittles, China, Stranger Things and of course, music! You can check out their brand new song ’11’ at the end of the show.
Colors! Or should I say Colours! Marlowe and the Mix are a super fun, poppy, and energetic group from Toronto, Canada. She also has a strong and positive message. I loved talking to Marlowe about her music and what it means to her to create high energy music for kids to enjoy. She is an award winner in Canada, specifically the Independent music awards. Her music is so great, my 5 year old daughter is sitting by my side, completely entranced with the music, as I write this! Check Marlowe out! We...more
Eric Energy (Eric Krupkin) is all about fun and science. He puts the two together to make a live show where kids of all ages are having as much fun laughing and smiling as they are learning. If you love fog, potions, and laser lights then this episode is for you! I’ve actually known Eric for many many years. I just hadn’t talked to him or seen him in a very long time. I was and still am thrilled to reconnect with him. More of the story in the episode!
A double whammy in honor of episode #60! Rabbit! is releasing an EP on Tuesday called the Golden Carrot. They are fun to talk to, make great music to listen to, and are totally certified Good Stuff approved. Be sure to check out their brand new song ‘Vegetables’ at the end of the show. Caspar Addyman is one of the brilliant minds behind the song that is scientifically created to make babies smile! He is an expert on baby laughter, which sounds like the most joyful job a person can h...more
Josh Funk is an author who has written some extremely witty and fun books for kids. His latest book will be released on May 2 and it’s called ‘The Case of the Stinky Stench’ which is a sequel to his book ‘Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast’. It was really great to hear all about how Josh writes and then publishes his books. He also has the greatest email address in modern history. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it involves funk, and you know how we f...more
Mini Golf! You love it, I love it, everyone loves it! Mr. Tee (Tom) and The Pink Putter (Robin) take their love of Mini Golf to an amazing level. They have a website called a A Couple of Putts where they review various mini golf courses around the country. They’ve also designed several mini golf holes, and they shared some awesome advice on how young mini golf enthusiasts can build their own holes at home!
Billy Kelly brings the comedy that is completely appropriate for kids and families. Billy is certified and bonafied Good Stuff approved! We all need a laugh these days and Billy can totally bring it! To top it all off he’s also a family musician. You should definitely check out Billy’s new album called ‘My First Comedy Album’. This is good and clean fun.
You love podcasts, right? Your kids are getting into podcasts, right? I’ve got a good one for you to listen to together as a family. It’s The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian. I talked to Finn’s creator/writer/producer Jonathan Messinger about the show. It’s a sci-fi podcast for kids and it is great. Sci-Fi! For kids!!
Jason Mesches is on the show this week and we’re talking about his brand of kids music. Jason is upbeat, high energy, and an all around great guy! He and I have circled each other for years and it was great to finally connect and talk with him about his music. Jason is extremely funny and creative. Be sure to look up his music and videos! He also has a photo album on facebook called “Singing, Jumping, Sweating”. How can you not love that?
Joe Licata is a quarterback. A very good quarterback. He was the captain of the State University at Buffalo Bulls at a peak of the programs success. He played in a bowl game! Now he’s training the next generation of quarterbacks in Western New York and he’s off to a great start with a crop of young qb’s who Joe believes has the goods to go to the next level. Joe also shares some of his favorite moments on the field as well as the players that inspire him. Of course, since he...more
Bobby Beetcut has got a message. A message of positivity, peace, and healthy living. It was great to talk to him about his music and what inspires him. You’ve got to hear how he came up with the name Bobby Beetcut as well as the story behind his glasses. You’ll finish this one with a smile on your face. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear a part of his song ‘Beautiful Day’.
Have you ever wondered about how an iconic game came into existence? I spoke to Harry Gottlieb who created the game ‘You Don’t Know Jack‘ and he told me about the steps to make the game along with keeping the game fun as the world goes more and more mobile. We also talked about some of the other fun games that his company is working on!
Colin Gunderson knows a lot about baseball. He completely loves the game and that comes through on his “Love of Baseball Podcast“. Colin spent several years working for the LA Dodgers organization and has since spoken with many great players for his podcast. He has spent time up close and personal and has seen the work that goes in to being a professional baseball player. It was fascinating to hear Colin’s insights and I had a blast talking to him.
Whoa! I loved talking to Jerry Casagrande who wrote and directed the incredible movie ‘On the Wing‘. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to write and film your own movie? Well, Jerry tells me all about what goes in to making a movie. ‘On the Wing’ is available on Amazon On Demand as well as iTunes. It’s a great and very family friendly movie!
Do you have a reader in your house? If you do, or even if you don’t you should check out Kitty Felde’s Podcast ‘Book Club for Kids‘ where “kids talk about books”. Kitty has a wealth of experience in radio and she puts it to good use in putting together a show that often goes beyond simple questions and answers and gets at the heart of what her readers are thinking about and feeling! She also recruits some noteable guest hosts. The show’s website has a to...more
Welcome to the first full episode of Good Stuff Sports. I spoke to Greg Cohen who is a professional Ultimate Frisbee Player based in the Bay Area. I spoke to him about his path to playing frisbee as well as the work that went in to him making the San Jose Spiders and San Francisco Revolver. We also re-lived some of his favorite in game moments.
Splatboombang! Rhythm and drumming are the keys to Cory Hills new album ‘Drum Factory’. Cory uses percussion instruments to tell stories and he even got out some drums when we were talking to demonstrate! He has some incredible videos on his website that demonstrate just how awesome his approach to music and storytelling are!
Here is a small taste of what’s to come on Good Stuff Sports.
Episode #50! Can you believe it? Neither can I. It was a total thrill to talk to Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. They are a songwriting pair who have written some incredible music together that has been enjoyed by theater-goers around the world! They just released the brand new album/soundtrack for ‘Junie B. Jones The Musical’. Everyone knows Junie B.! We talked songwriting and classic musicals. So unbelievably fun. I also caught Josh the Lawyer just as he and his family were about...more
Electro-Kindie! That’s what I’m talking about! Electro-Kindie! I had a great time talking to Liz DeRoche aka The Singing Lizard about her musical journey and especially about the impact that she has on kids during her shows. Her website is full of fun and colorful videos. Be sure to check it! Liz is super talented. She produces all of her music herself. Make sure to stay tuned all the way until the end to hear The Singing Lizard song ‘Club Called Awesome.’
Coming soon – a brand new podcast hosted by ‘Good Stuff Kids’ Mike Mason where young sports fans can hear from athletes, writers, podcasters, coaches, and many others who are involved in the world of sports. We will hear stories that will inspire young athletes as well as some of our guests favorite highlights and memories. Good Stuff Sports – Coming in early 2017.
Tovah Klein, Ph.d., is the Director of the Barnard College Center for Child Development. She also wrote the incredibly influential book ‘How Toddlers Thrive’. She’s legit and certified Good Stuff Approved! I reached out to her to get an expert opinion on something that weighs heavily on the mind of parents… Screen time. How much is too much? What about the new information from the American Academy of Pediatrics? We parents need answers. Luckily, Tovah was happy to talk th...more
Want to get to know someone who is the definition of hustle? I spoke to Cory Cullinan aka Doctor Noize about his music, books, videos, symphony shows, and apps. Really impressive! Our conversation turned into a family affair as I also got the chance to talk to Cory’s daughters and his mom. Super fun! Cory is immensely talented and you’ll be drawn to his magnetic personality.
A special episode featuring live recordings from summer 2016. All of the songs you will hear were recorded at Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, California. You will hear performances by past featured guests such as Noam Katz, Dan Nichols, Billy Jonas, Rachel Mylan, and Alan Goodis. You will also hear from Jacob ‘Spike’ Kraus, Jackson Mercer, Alana Green, Lucy Greenbaum, A Hint of Lime (Eitan Strauss-Cohn and Max Winer), Jake Snyder and Eitan Strauss-Cohn, and Rose Snitz. Below you will find...more
Looking for a voice that captures your feelings on parenting? Someone who can turn the moments of parenting into twitter bursts of hilarity? Then you must check out the Xploding Unicorn. He spins parenting and the trials and tribulations that come with it into a funny stream of social media posts that all parents will relate to. As we head in to the holiday season, you’ll need James and his humor to help you through the tough times!
Alison Faith Levy came by Good Stuff studios and we had a great time chatting live at the kitchen table. Alison has had a great influence on kids music as a member of the Sippy Cups as well as her own solo career! Her music brilliantly captures the world with a perspective that both parents and kids will love.
Billy Jonas! Billy and I spent a bit of time together outside under the stars in Sonoma talking about his music. Billy is a very unique performer who has an incredible ability to engage audiences. Billy also builds or finds all of the instruments that he plays. He plays everything from old water jugs to empty altoid containers. Additionally, ever been to a neotribal hootenanny? Well, if you haven’t you need to see Billy live in concert. Stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear...more
It’s a double whammy! I talked to MisterSeth about his approach to kids music and what he does in the classroom. We also talked about the videos that he makes. He’s made a lot of great song choices and your kids will love his videos. Check out his video for Good Eats! below. MisterSeth turned the tables on me at one point, and I made a statement that I’ll need to back up! I’m also playing part of my conversation with the incredible Chloe from Chloe’s Friendship Circ...more
Dan and Amanda from Stories Podcast join me to talk about their show and the work that goes into making something that is so great! Their stories are great for kids and parents to listen to and feature many original stories and music that is sure to please. We also talk about producing podcasts and music and how tough it can be! Dan, Amanda, and I are part of a great collective called Kids Listen which is a grassroots organization promoting high- quality audio content for children. Check it out!...more
It’s almost Thanksgiving! We love food here at the Good Stuff Kids Podcast! I talked to my very old friend, Carolyn Stromberg Leasure, who is the owner of an incredible cheese shop, Righteous Cheese, at Union Market in Washington, DC. If you like cheese, and I know you do, you should check out what Carolyn has to say and you should go to her shop and eat all that artisan fromage! Man, do I love cheese! I also take some liberties on episode 41 by turning our 4+1 countdown this week into a ...more
I had such a good time talking with Patrick and Pete from Patrick and the Rock-a-Silly Band. It was so fun to hear about their music making and the fun that they have together. I think you’ll get a major kick out of our banter. If you stay tuned all the way to the end of the show you’ll not only get a pizza recommendation in Staten Island, but you’ll also hear the Rock-a-Silly Band song ‘Come Play With Me’.
Stephen Michael Schwartz! It was so cool to hear about his time with the Parachute Express and how he has toured the world making music for kids and families. Stephen just released a new album called ‘Bucket of Wow’ and performed the title song live during our talk. Please excuse my horrendous singing! Dr. Eric helps us solve the mystery behind the “outie”. It’s a complex issue that takes great medical knowledge to explain.
I was thrilled to talk to Aram Rubenstein-Gillis who wrote the song ‘All In’ that became a viral sensation. From the All In Facebook Page: “#ALLIN is an anti-bullying campaign that calls on us to treat each other with respect, to persevere through hardship and to create a brighter future. Ron Albanese is also on the show and we talk rockin’ and rollin’. If you need a little surf-y sunshine, then Ron is your guy.
Do you like to breakdown gender stereotypes and proudly wear it on your T Shirt? Well, Svaha Clothing is for you. I loved talking to Jaya and Eva about their clothing line and hearing how passionate they are about making really really cool clothing and not letting setbacks stand in their way. You’ve got to check it out! There is also a thematic 4+1 (well at least the 4 part), and I talk to Uncle D and Auntie C. It’s a good one!
Ever dreamed of being in a band when you are banging on a pot or stomping your foot? Well, the band that you dreamed about is Funkinships! The band was founded by Derek and Charlie, but their attitude is that anyone who wants in is in! They call their music “post folk absurdist”, and it is that and more. Funkinships are nautical in theme and sometimes even in melody and so much fun to listen to. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear the song ‘A Dragon Tale’ by Funkins...more
Erin Gleeson is back to talk about her brand new book ‘The Forest Feast Gatherings‘! It’s a beautiful book full of tasty and simple recipes designed to make gatherings and parties even more fun with recipes inspired by her home in the woods. Eli Lipmen is also on the show and he and I had a great talk about City Dad’s which is a group for Dad’s who are looking for fun things to do with their kids and want to get to know other likeminded fathers.
Sarah Aroeste has just released her first all-original Ladino language kids album ‘Ora de Despertar’! What’s Ladino? Great question! Listen to Sarah teach me all about this fascinating language. In addition her rockin’ song ‘Las Komidas’ can be heard at the end of the show. You can also see the video for ‘Las Komidas’ below! That’s not it though – a brand new segment – “Good Stuff Sports” debuts as well. Enjoy!
Flor Bromley just released her very first kids album called ‘Chiqui Music Boom’. The album is a beautiful mix of Spanish and English language music. You’ve got to hear how she came up with the name of her record! It was great to talk to Flor and hear about her start as a kids musician and her approach to storytelling. The album is a great bilingual listening experience. We also talked about Peruvian food! Awesome!
Justin Roberts has provided the soundtrack to many family car rides, and he’s back with a brand new album ‘Lemonade’. It was a thrill to talk to Justin on the day the album was released. We talked about the record, some of his hits, his influences, and how the study of Sanskrit led to “Willy Was A Whale”. Stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear Justin’s brand new song “Dodgeball”. Don’t miss this one!
Julie Kerwin is the driving creative force behind I Am Elemental. It was fascinating to talk to Julie and think about the differences between action figures created for boys and what she and her team are doing to even the playing field. Here’s the origin story, because all super hero’s have one! Josh the Lawyer also makes a case for Sky’s Tacos in Los Angeles. Look at that lawyer and his tacos!
Sara Lovell just released her very first kids album ‘You’ve Got Me’, and it’s great! Really great! The album has recently won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, LEGIT!!! Sara talks about what inspired her to write kids music in addition to having a career as an artist for adults. Her album ‘You’ve Got Me’ takes whimsical concepts and real parenting situations and turns them into beautiful and catchy songs. She also has a silly side which will bring a bi...more
I was introduced to The BreakWomb by my wife, Mrs. Goodstuff. She watches their videos and laughs until she cries, every single time. The team of Molly, Laurel, and Megan are incredibly hilarious and capture parenthood in a way that parents can relate to – the good, the annoying, the frustrating, and the amazing. Be sure to check out their youtube channel to see all of their videos. If you need a place to start check out “If Mom’s Treated Their Bosses Like Kids Treat Their Moms...more
Andrew & Polly are the husband and wife duo behind the incredible and creative ‘Ear Snacks’ podcast. They have a new album coming out which features song that they’ve written for the podcast and it is such a fun and excellent record. It was fascinating to hear about the amount of time and effort that goes into their work. They describe their show as a way to explore the world around us from a kids and experts perspective. They’re also founding members of kids listen w...more
Liza Dora is on the show this week! Liza Dora is an author whose books are great for kids and their parents with powerful messages of acceptance and that kids should be empowered to be who they want to be. Her writing celebrates what makes each of us different and unique. She has published three books with another on the way very soon. Check out her work here. I really enjoyed talking to her and hearing her story and about what inspires her to write. I also talked to Becca who had an amazing ei...more
Laurie Berkner is a very popular musician who writes songs that your kids will love. She’s also an incredibly nice and funny person. I stumbled upon her music years ago and it’s been a large part of my families musical repertoire since that fateful moment I heard about Laurie and the pig on her head. Laurie has a brand new album ‘Superhero’ coming out this Friday. I didn’t edit out the tail end of our conversation because I think it gives further proof to the kind o...more
25 episodes! It seems fitting for one of my oldest (and best) friends to be on the show for the 25th episode. Noam Katz is a singer and songwriter who has released three albums with a fourth in process. We’ve played many shows, and eaten tons of chicken wings/bbq/various other snacks together. It was an interesting challenge to take our usual banter and try to transform it in a way that showcased Noam the performer/songwriter. I think we more than succeeded at our task. Noam is launching a...more
Bonus! Two heroes of the Good Stuff Family! Ben and I talk about Hamilton and Harry Potter! My kids love Ben and think that he is a true super hero. Rachel Mylan is one of the all time favorites of the Good Stuff Family. She’s an incredible educator, and she knows a ton about snails! RACHEL’S SNAILS!!!
I had a great time talking to Keeth from The Harmonica Pocket about his music. He’s an incredible songwriter great for adults and kids. You may recognize his music as it has been on our 4+1 countdown several times so far. The Harmonica Pocket are a family favorite and are certified Good Stuff! Be sure to check out the brand new *World Premiere* song and video for “Mustache Song” only at www.goodstuffpod.com
A few years ago I was at a conference and I was completely and totally blown away by Ellen Allard. Ellen had a room of 40 adults singing, clapping, and doing all the hand motions to her incredible music. She is a very very talented woman with many talents and interests from Vegan cooking to yoga for kids. Make sure you check her out! Oh, and Dr. Eric makes his triumphant return after summer vacation to explain the medical condition known as… Ear Hair!
Bonus! B-b-b-b-b-bonus! Andy Furgeson aka Red Yarn is on a very special bonus episode! We talk about his love of folk music, how he got the name Red Yarn, and how he came to use puppets as part of his show. We also talk about how his background in education influences his music and singing with kids. This episode is a whole spoolful of Good Stuff! Stay tuned all the way to the end of the show to hear “Bile Them Cabbage” in it’s entirety!
A Double Whammy! A double scoop of Good Stuff! I talked to Scott from Roshambo Baby about legit sunglasses for kids and Eugene R. who wrote a great book for kids. I loved talking to both of them. Their stories are great and their “stuff” is incredible! Hey! If you like this episode – share it with a friend!
Lily, the creator of Curiosity Pack, joins me to talk education, creativity and kids! She’s got all the goods in terms of being able to put together fun and engaging learning experiences for your child. Lily is all about the joy of learning and helping kids (and their parents) to find it! We also talk Bay Area pizza, but at this point it should be no surprise that the conversation ended up there…
It was a real thrill to talk to Chris aka Caspar Babypants for this weeks show. I think that his music is so great and certainly qualifies as double certified mega Good Stuff. Caspar has a new album coming out in just a few days and it will definitely be a worthy addition to your collection. This is a goooooooood one!
Let’s set the scene – One afternoon I was watching ‘Go Diego Go’ with my daughter and saw that the head writer’s name was Ligiah Villalobos. So, what’s a fledgling podcaster to do? I looked Ligiah up on twitter and messaged her asking if she wanted to come on the show. She said yes! My kids love ‘Go Diego Go’ and it certainly qualifies as Good Stuff in my household. I think you’ll enjoy hearing all of the behind the scenes information that Li...more
Bill Childs from Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child is on the show this week. Spare the Rock is a radio show based out of Austin, TX and it is also a well known podcast. Bill has been promoting “kindie” music for many years and has helped out many artists. It was interesting to hear Bill’s perspective on kids music and the work that he does. I also “horsed around” with Will this week. Will loves math competitions and it was so so so fun to talk to him about that.
Dan Nichols joined me this week for a really fun talk about music, basketball, and cheesy nuggets. I’ve known Dan for years and it was really cool to hear him talk about his music and what inspired him. He has a new album, ‘i believe’ coming out in the next couple of weeks, and ahead of that you can hear his new song “No One” at the end of the show. It rocks. A lot. A lot a lot.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is on the show this week and we talk hip hop and his brand new album “Infinity plus one”. Skidoo was a complete blast to talk to and his new album is (inter)stellar! In a brand new segment called “Explain”, I’m joined by Corey and Jordan who attempt to explain Pokemon Go. I do not understand the Pokemon Go phenomenon at all. I know that there are lots of other people who feel the same way. Corey and Jordan do their best to change that. I foun...more
Welcome to the first ever Camp Newman podcast episode. Camp Newman is a Reform Jewish overnight camp in Santa Rosa, California. In this special episode of the Good Stuff Kids Podcast, we let some campers take over as they bring you an “audio documentary” right from camp. You’ll hear interviews with campers and staff around URJ Camp Newman about their own camp experiences and daily life at camp during the summer. (Everything you hear was recorded on site at camp, so please excu...more
Ready to be inspired? I had a great talk with Megan and Kristen from Girls Can! Crate about their product which is certified good stuff for the little girls who are destined for big things in your life. Dr. Eric returns and clears the room, I mean the air, and answers the age old question: “Why do our booty’s fart?” There is also a brand new 4+1 with an oldies theme! Thanks for supporting the GSKP!
Animal Farm is a great new band from the Chicago area that are guaranteed to entertain. Farmer Dave and the Sheriff told me all about the band as well as their brand new album, Run Free. It is clear from talking to them that they truly do provide music and laughter for the whole family! Stay tuned to the very end of the show to hear their incredible song “Hippopotamus”.
Summer is here! That means it’s Summer Camp season. I talked to Keith aka KB Whirly about his brand new album Camp Songs Vol. 1. KB is a one man band that you have to hear and see to believe. Josh the Lawyer wears suits and eats sandwiches. The gang from Chibi Kodama also stops by with some very cool news! For $1 you can check out an acoustic concert, live from the Chibi Kodama couch. Get your $1 tickets and more info here. Josh the Lawyer also rings in the indepence day holiday in true...more
Another Doubly Whammy! Welcome to Episode 14. Nate and Kara from pak’d are changing the game when it comes to one of the most dreaded chores for parents. That’s right, making lunches. The future is now thanks to pak’d. I love lunch – it’s one of my top three favorite meals of the day. Anything that makes lunch better is ok with me! Heather Klein is also on the show and we talk about Yiddish and she even sings a yiddish song about potatoes! We also welcome back Tal...more
Jack Forman, the bass player and all around GREAT guy from Recess Monkey, is on the show this week! We talk the brand new Recess Monkey album “Novelties” and other favorite songs. Jack also hosts a show on Sirius XM’s “Kid’s Place Live” called Live from the Monkey House. Be sure to check that out! Uncle D and Auntie C are also on the show and try to explain “Tinder” and “Bumble” to me, and of course there is our weekly 4+1 countdown.
A Double Whammy! Dana Nachman and Jake Broder are on the show this week. Dana is the director of the documentary film BatKid Begins. You may remember San Francisco being transformed by the Make a Wish foundation into Gotham City for a young boy named Miles who fought leukemia. Dana documented the proceedings of an event that captivated the hearts and minds of over one billion people (myself included). Jake Broder is an actor/musician who is putting together an album of kids tunes that are tot...more
Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam is on the show for a bonus episode! His new album Lollipop Motel is a summer fun beach blast straight from the Jersey Shore! Jason also shares the very worthwhile causes that he supports through sales of his music. I had a great time talking to Jason about music, sea lions, the beach, and of course… funnel cake! Be sure to check out Jason’s music and help him raise money for a very important cause. Here’s a photo of Jason and his wife from...more
Looking for songs for your family that immediately sound warm, familiar, and are appealing to kids and adults? You’ve found them! Johnny Bregar is on the show and talks about his incredible music and what it means to be “kindie”. Make sure you hear Johnny’s story about one of his coolest musical moments as it is pretty close to the ultimate rock and roll dream! The best part of talking to him was that he was as authentic and great as his music is. Make sure you check out ...more
Princess Awesome are on the show this week! Rebecca and Eva tell us all about what makes their clothes so unique and fun. How about dresses with robots, dinosaurs, ninjas or pirates? Princess Awesome has you covered. My dad (Grandpa Goodstuff) says I say “awesome” too much, but in this case?! There’s no other word to use. It was great to talk to Rebecca and Eva about their clothing line and hear how they started their business and what they’re up to now. A big shoutout t...more
Whoa! Two bonus episodes this week! We are literally overflowing with good stuff. Joe Lawson the man behind the marketing at Rovio (the game company that created Angry Birds) is on the show. We talk all about the Angry Birds movie as well as the games and all other types of Angry Birds good stuff! Big thanks to Joe for hanging out with me! Additionally, Zachy returns and gives his review of the movie.
Who puts out two brand new albums of hot and fresh kid friendly rock and roll? Chibi Kodama! That’s who! I had a blast talking to all seven members of the band! That’s right seven! And they’re all in the same family. I loved talking with them and I hope that you enjoy this bonus episode. **Update** Episode has been re-edited and reposted! Visit your favorite podcast source to get the updated Chibi Kodama episode.
Vered joins the show this week! We page Dr. Eric, Horse Around with Ava, 4+1, and a debut segment called The Way it Was With Uncle D. A jam packed show! Vered is a very talented singer/songwriter who writes about all aspects of parenting from watching your baby strive for independence to what reality is like for parents. We had a pretty great talk about what’s behind her songwriting. Dr. Eric checks in and finally explains “what the heck is a hiccup?” Ava horses around and Un...more
Sam from the Drip Drop Cone is on the show! I was blown away by Sam and his business partner Oliver when I saw them on Shark Tank a few weeks ago. I thought their business idea was amazing! Finally! A way to make eating ice cream a less sticky scenario with young kids. Sam was kind enough to talk to me after a tennis tournament. He’s a well spoken and classy guy who now has a Shark Tank deal with Barbara Corcoran! You can check out and support the drip drop cone by visiting their website....more
Bonus! Octopretzel joins me to talk music and fun! Thanks to the band for taking time to hang out with me! Stay tuned until the end of the show to hear “Fun To Be Funny” and “Earth Turning” from their new album ‘Inspiraled’. If you are a member of the Bay Area Good Stuff Posse you can see the band THIS SATURDAY, 5/14/16 at Freight and Salvage in Berkely. Check out www.octopretzel.com for everything Octopretzel.
Alan Goodis joins me this week! Alan is a touring musician based out of Chicago. He is the walking, talking, breathing definition of a good dude! He’s also the definitive decision maker on the topic of pizza, hotdogs, or popcorn. To find more information about Alan you can check out www.alangoodis.com Big thanks to Charles (Charlie Bubbles, Bubbles, Charlap), Amanda, and Eleanor for Horsin’ around this week. Additional thanks to Dr. Eric for clearing up a very impo...more
It’s Star Wars Day! If you’re anything like me and my 6 year old then today is a day to celebrate some formative, important, and potentially life changing Good Stuff! Ross Barr joins the show to talk about being a Star Wars collector. I’ve known Ross since High School and it was so cool to hear what he’s been up to! Akiva and his mom Cassie (with the assist!) join us for a little bit of Star Wars themed horsin’ around. Here are some photo’s from Ro...more
The Good Stuff Kids Podcast is joined by award-winning songwriter and storyteller Tom Chapin. Tom talks about his song writing process, what playing music with his family means to him, jamming with Oscar the Grouch, and much much more! It was truly amazing and moderately nerve wracking to talk to Tom! I think that we are very like minded in wanting to help parents and their kids have meaningful experiences together. Whether that be a Tom Chapin record or concert or the Good Stuff Kids Podcast, ...more
Who’s seen the movie? Ooooo woooo wooo I want to be like you ooo ooo! The Good Stuff Family hasn’t seen it yet, but I was lucky to talk to Dustin Tiep who actually worked on the movie from start to finish! I then talked to Talia , who is in third grade, and she saw the movie on opening weekend!
Onions! 4+1! Flambe! Sorbet! Episode #4 is here with a very special guest! Erin Gleeson – the forest feast herself joins me to talk food, photography, and Porzingis.
Debut Segment! First Interview! Turkey! Milk!