HFVS Fids & Kamily Episode 2007 (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
Northampton, MA
April 24th, 2007 @ 7pm

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What is the Fids & Kamily Award?

In Fids & Kamily Awards, Bill Childs writes, “What is the Fids & Kamily Award? Late last year, two family music bloggers (Stefan Shepard of Zooglobble.com and Amy Davis of TheLovelyMrsDavis.com ) and myself organized the “Fids and Kamily Awards.” Inspired by the Village Voice’s annual “Pazz and Jop” awards, F&K is a compilation of year-end kids and family music “best of” lists from critics, writers, radio programmers, and others involved in the music industry.”

This week we played a couple Fids and Kamily Award winners, including Frances England and Justin Roberts.

Fascinating Creatures

We started off the show with two songs by Frances England from her album Fascinating Creatures; “The Books I Like to Read” in honor of National Library Week, and “Charlie Parker.” This album was initially created as a fund-raiser for her son’s cooperative preschool in California. Since then her songs have sailed out of her inner circle into the living rooms and cars of families all over the place.

“The Books I Like To Read” shares several classic children’s titles, like Blueberries for Sal, The Pokey Little Pup, Where the Wild Things Are, Mr. Brown Can Moo, among many other classics. This inspired my daughter to share with us her favorite books, including Prickly and Poisonous and Winnie the Pooh.

In the song “Charlie Parker,” Frances introduces kids to legendary musicians and singers, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane. Another artist we could add is the legendary trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie.


What kids are saying about Justin Roberts:

  • “He makes me shake my groove thang. Whatever that is.”
  • “He’s so cute, I peed in my pants.”
  • “When I want Justin to perform an encore at the end of the shows, I hold up my lollipop.”

This song has added the word “meltdown” to my kids vocabulary. In the car recently she threatened to have a “meltdown” if I didn’t turn the car around to get her stuffed leopard. I reminded her that mommys can have meltdowns too, and that they are contagious, so she better rethink her threat or I might have one too. She preceded to negotiate how she could have a meltdown without it being “cottonjez.” She spent the next five minutes honing her negotiation skills and forgot about the stuffed leopard that sat quietly on the kitchen counter back home.

Voted #1 by the Fids & Kamily Award judges, I’d have to agree that Justin’s album, Meltdown, is definitely worth a listen. Your kids will love it.

Riding My Pony

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

When I heard Ginger Hendrix’s song “Riding My Pony” from her album Macaroni Boy Eats at Chez Shooby Doo, I couldn’t resist playing it for my 5yo daughter. We recently went to a friend’s birthday party where they assembled hobby-horses as party favors. This new wooden pony has revitalized my daughters fondness for her hobby-horses (and hobby-giraffe). The other day she was galloping around the yard with a gladiator’s helmet tied to her head declaring she was a Girl Knight Superhero.

Ginger’s song shares the adventures of one small child’s day, including playing blocks, eating lunch, taking a bath, sharing her toys, putting books away, a long cart ride through the grocery store … and now, riding her pony with her hat and boots on shouting cowboy exclamations. Very cute!


(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

We played two songs with the same title, “Tricycle” by Lunch Money and Frances England. My daughter  has recently retired her Radio Flyer tricycle she got from her Gram for a pink sparkly bicycle she got from her cat cousin, Delilah. Getting her to wear her helmet is always a struggle. Her daddy always comments on how he never wore a helmet when he was a kid, which never helps the process. But I always win the struggle and she rides around in circles in the driveway on her two wheeler (actually a four wheeler if you count the training wheels).

Massachusetts Bike Week is coming up: May 12-Saturday, May 19. There will be an Introduction to Bicycling Safety on Saturday, April 28th. I’ll post the event on the HF Suggest Events post for that week.

If your child is part of the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Insurance plan, you can get free bike helmets for your kids by calling the BMC HealthNet Plan Member Services Call Center at 1-888-566-0010.


We recently checked out an African study kit from our library and have been reading and discovering the cultures of different African regions. We chose a couple of Swahili counting songs by Ella Jenkins and Sweet Honey in the Rock , along with the song “Kilimanjaro” by John Nzenze. The songs have been a great addition to our African curriculum, along with Teaching Kids to Count in Swahili, a web site that explores counting with kids.

Another nice website for kids with text, videos and audio is Africa for Kids. It includes sections on Swahili folktales, thumb piano tunes and maskmaking. Kids can listen to thumb piano tunes and even record their own

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