Congratulations 57th Grammy Nominees for Children’s Album

Great big congratulations to my friends, the 57th Grammy Nominees for Best Children’s Album. A great crop this year, folks. Look for a new episode featuring videos from these nominees! There appears to be an 80% chance that I’ll get to congratulate the winner in person in Philly at KindieComm.

57th Grammy Nominees - Best Children's Album - The Okee Dokee Brothers, Brady Rymer, The Pop Ups, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Neela Vaswani

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Episode 8 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show – featuring Children’s Music Network

Children's Music NetworkThis episode puts the spotlight on Children’s Music Network and its members. Every video we show is by a CMN member (including me!)

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Episode 7 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show

In this episode, we introduce the World Premiere of “Superhero” by Baze and His Silly Friends! It will air every night at 7:30 PM – nice family time before the little ones go off to bed!


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Appreciating the Influence of Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger - Photo by Anthony PepitoneToday, a life the likes of which we might all aspire to live has ended. Still vital to the end, still singing to the end, at the age of 94, Pete Seeger has passed the torch to all those who would put songs in the hearts of kids and grown-ups, who would seize every opportunity to bend the arc of history toward social justice, undeterred even by very advanced age or the difficulty of the task at hand. His love story with his wife Toshi, who passed away only last summer, might well remind us to always want what we have.

Pete’s influence trickled into my life through the generations between himself and me, starting with my parents and teachers and most recently through my Jersey rock hero Bruce Springsteen (inspiration for the name Cool Rockin’ Daddy) and my esteemed colleagues at Children’s Music Network, as well as the larger kindie and folk communities. When I was assigned to interview Steve Pullara about his “Absolutely Positively Getting Along” album, which contained strong, unmistakable anti-bullying messages and benefits the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, I was delighted to hear a new track featuring Pete and to get Steve’s take on having worked with artists of his stature.

Fellow kindie artists from Alastair Moock to Brady Rymer have elegantly stated their recollections of Pete and given us quite a reminder that his monumental task of planting songs in the hearts of children and championing social justice falls to those of us who feel some form of his passion. Stefan Shepherd, a just-as-passionate writer about children’s music for his own blog, describes the enormity of this loss and shares in the desire to keep Pete’s beat going for new generations whether you call it kindie, kids’ music, folk or any other name.

I, for one, wish to thank Pete Seeger for the many precious gifts he left to America and the World: his songs, his relentless pursuit of causes he cared for, and the very example of his life and vitality. I join among the ranks who aspire to these gifts. 

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TV-34 New Year’s Day Marathon!

Montclair TV-34 is having a New Year’s Day Marathon. The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show will air every 90 minutes today!

Viewers are asked to vote for their favorite episodes in our Facebook group, email to or call 973-509-4996!

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Episode 6 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show

This episode features more Grammy nominated children’s artists and includes the broadcast premiere of my band’s video “Jungle Gym Jamming!”

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Episode 5 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show

An Interview with 2-time Grammy Nominee Justin Roberts!

Amy Didner, the Cool Rockin’ Mommy, interviews Justin Roberts, whose new album “Recess” was just nominated for a Grammy in Children’s Music. Justin was previously nominated for his 2010 album “Junlge Gym.” See all nominees.

This episode can be viewed on this page right now or on TV-34 Montclair, NJ every day from 12/18 to 12/31 at 12:30 PM.

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This interview was conducted at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Sensory Friendly Theatre after a masterful performance for kids of all ages with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Justin was every bit as gracious as we could have hoped for an artist to be, and his interview is fascinating for kids and their grown-ups. Kids who like writing poetry have a special reason to pay close attention!

The Cool Rockin' Mommy and Daddy with their daughter (the inspiration for the show!) and Grammy Nominee Justin Roberts

The Cool Rockin’ Mommy and Daddy with their daughter (the inspiration for the show!) and Grammy Nominee Justin Roberts

Also featured is “The Moon,” a video from Beth Nielsen Chapman’s Grammy-nominated album “The Mighty Sky.”


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Congrats to This Year’s Grammy Nominees in Children’s Music!

Grammy nominations 2014The impressive field of authentic, satisfying music made to delight kids and their grown-ups continues to get big recognition in the music industry. This year, some truly stellar kids’ records have been nominated for the Grammy for Best Children’s Album. All of these excellent artists have contributed music videos to our show!

Justin Roberts (see “Recess” video and interview on Episode 5) gets his second Grammy nod, this time for the album “Recess” after having been nominated for Jungle Gym, released in 2010. Amy, the Cool Rockin’ Mommy, interviewed Justin after an inspiring performance at the Sensory Friendly Theater at Union County Performing Arts Center.

Alastair Moock (see “When I Get Bald” video on Episode 4) has helped his own family heal through song, and he’s made the bet that this stellar collection of songs will help your family cope with whatever adversity you must face (big or small) too. The album is titled “Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids“.

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (see “Baby Born Today” video by Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends on Episode 6) is a mainstay in kindie folk and has formed a powerful alliance with Smisthsonian Folkways to help preserve a way of making music that is a vital link to America’s traditions and history. The band’s latest album “Blue Clouds” can whisper a blissful calm into your family’s home.

Beth Nielsen Chapman (see “The Moon” video on Episode 5) has earned her nomination with “The Mighty Sky,” an elegant musical vehicle for teaching science to kids and kids at heart. This Nashville-based singer/songwriter, who has written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Bette Midler, to name a just a small sampling, had teamed up with the director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to create these flowing, fact-filled songs. Stay tuned to our show for her video “The Moon” – one of my daughter’s current favorites!

Jennifer Gasoi (see “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” video on Episode 6″) is no stranger to major recording industry award nominations. Her current album “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” had been nominated for Canada’s prestigious Juno Awards and is now nominated for a Grammy as well.

Congratulations to all the nominees and, once again, the real winners are the kids and families who get to soak up all this rich and vibrant music together!

Plus, we have a Latin Grammy winner already! Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (See their video “Thingamajig” on Episode 1) took home the hardware for their all-Spanish language album “¡Fantastico!” as they won for Best Children’s Album that evening. “Thingamajig” is on an English-language album, “Lishy Lou and Lucky Too,” a nod to the radio plays of yesteryear, filled with skits, puns and upbeat tunes.


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Episode 4 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show

This episode airs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 5 to 21 at 12:30 PM on TV-34 Montclair.

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Episode 3 – The Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show

This episode airs starting Wednesday 12/4/13 at 12:30 PM on TV-34 and can be viewed right here.

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It will air on TV-34 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 until 12/22.


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