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Connecting Mary J. Blige With Shine

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too I’ve been thinking a lot lately about artists connect with fans. Of course, it all comes down to how much passion and honesty artists put into their music and their performances and how skillfully they convey that to their audience. Simply put, music… Read More »

Things, Things, Things

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Cynthina Kinnunen pinch hits for Beth Blenz-Clucas this week I’ve found myself buried under so many things lately and I’m sure many of you understand how I feel. I sometimes wonder what I did with my time before I had children! When life gets busy, it can be difficult to set aside the must-dos and… Read More »

Thanksgiving Tofurky Or Fowl

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too Like many families, we’re trying to cut down on the amount of meat in our diet. Too much carnivorism is not good for the planet or us. But Thanksgiving is a time when tradition is strong . The holiday wouldn’t seem right without… Read More »

It’s A Dog’s Life

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too There’s a general theory of parenting positing that kids must have a dog in order to learn responsibility. I’m convinced that the real allure of dog ownership is to have a tail-wagging being in the house who provides constant companionship and never says… Read More »

Ellis Paul, Woody Guthrie and the Occupy Movement: Emergence and Chameleons Marching

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too However tired you may be of hearing about the Occupy movement, you have to be impressed with its scale and scope. What started as a camp-out in a small park near Wall Street has spread to cities around the world. It may seem… Read More »

Spookifying Songs for Halloween

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too All of my parental compunctions go out the window at Halloween. I know a lot of better parents who are offering apples and popcorn to the little trick or treaters tonight, but I’m helping to fund the Hershey and Mars corporate fortunes (all… Read More »

Has Recess Monkey Been Out to Lunch With Vampire Weekend?

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too One of the casualties of public education budget cuts is the time-honored tradition of field trips. That’s a real shame, because a fair amount learning occurs when kids get out of the classroom for hands-on experience. Museums, for example, offer a treasure trove… Read More »

Billy Jonas and Jim Gill: Making Music From Glass Bottles and Whatever Else They Can Get Their Hands On

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too Children make music out of just about anything they can find – pots and pans, buckets, wooden spoons, your best china – you name it, they’ll want to bang on it. When it’s not destructive, this kind of early music play is extremely… Read More »

Of Trains and Tunes

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was ride the train into the city. It was always so much better than getting there by car. Everything about it – the crush at the ticket counter, the diesel infused… Read More »

Alastair Moock and Rani Arbo are Musical Friends

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too There’s something magical that occurs when a bunch of people make music. Singing and playing together creates an instant community, and even the youngest music-makers can shout and tap along. This fun and friendly feeling is what I get when I watch Alastair… Read More »

On the Road with Woody Guthrie and Wilco

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Michael Rachap from Readeez treats us to a guest post Music and cars: They go together like love and marriage, or marriage and kids, or kids and sleep deprivation, or…well, they go together. I got my first car shortly after I turned 16. It was a third-hand 1970 Chevy Nova, and it frequently lived up… Read More »

Bedheads: The Jimmies and Trout Fishing in America

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Beth Blenz-Clucas blogs about music for kids that grownups will love too It’s Monday morning. Last night, you got the kids through the bedtime routine – bath, story, hugs, tuck-in – in record time, and now you’ll have to race to get them to the school bus on time. Trouble is, last evening’s damp hair… Read More »

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