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Moo Baa Sa Sa Sa Sandra Boynton!

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Last week I had the most fun, fantastic privilege to meet the one, the only, Sandra “Hippos Go Berserk” Boynton. If you have a kid, you have a Sandra Boynton library. I do! And my 2 ½-year-old Will, husband Bill, and I love every book—have most of ‘em memorized. They’re whimsical, lyrical, joyful, funny (shall I go on?). The reason I got to meet Sandra was the upcoming release of Blue Moo:17 Jukebox hits From Way Back Never, her fourth album (yep, in addition to the gazillion board books she writes and illustrates, she—and her partner—do magical stuff with music). This new CD is original Fifties-inspired groovin’ sounds that Will and I totally dig. And what’s really cool is that she called up the actual legendary artists of that era and asked them to record the original tunes: Steve Lawrence, Neil Sedaka, Brian Wilson, Sha Na Na, BBKing, Davy Jones of The Monkees….(There’s a cool behind-the-scenes making-of-the-book youtube video.) 
Anyway, I had five minutes and asked her a couple of questions:
You started drawing at 3…
SB: Everyone starts drawing as soon as they can; it’s just that kids tend to stop at a certain point because art teachers tend to tell kids who’s got talent and who doesn’t. I just never stopped.
So it’s been your passion since your were a little kid…
SB: Well, music is the first thing I’ve done that I’m a natural at. Drawing is hard for me; it’s gotten a lot easier, but it doesn’t come naturally. I loved drawing as a kid, but I also loved looking at what other people had drawn—Eloise and Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear, in particular. I would study those pictures. I was always drawn to very outline drawings—and animals. I can’t draw people.
Yes, cows and hippos and sheep and pigs…
SB: My animals are very people-like; I don’t think of them as zoological animals but as characters. In fact, the animals in my books are real people in my life. All of the small bears are my younger son—he very much has that gentle quality.
Is there an animal you don’t draw?
SB: I don’t think I’ve done a mosquito yet. And I find penguins very difficult to draw.
So that was my cool five minutes with Sandra Boynton (she has her own website where you can learn more about her—if you’ve become obsessed with her as I have.)

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Bet On It (Bet On It) …

Monday, August 27th, 2007

347007638_af59af6b67_m Bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it, bet on it … Must … break … High School the Musical 2 … repeating … loop in ….. my ….. head. {Insert sound effect here of a body being sucked from one vortex into another.}

Phew. That was close. Just got back from a double birthday party celebration (my mom’s and my own) this weekend, and my 6-year-old niece is addicted to the Disney Channel’s ginormous hit movie sequel. And I mean waaay addicted. Like, little Amy Winehouse addicted.

Don’t ask me how I successfully managed to escape the first installment of this original TV movie and hit soundtrack, but I did. But the Corbin karma has whopped me on the head this go around. Upon arriving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house, I was aggressively hugged and then strapped to a chair in the dark, forced to listen to the entire soundtrack to the sequel twice. At an unearthly loud volume. I think I confessed to some things I did in the 80s, but instead of being released, I was then forced to dance. To one song called “Bet On It” in particular. About 8 times. And then to some Hawaiian themed bonus track called “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.” Then my niece “brought it down” with what she so eloquently labelled as “a really sad song”: “Gotta Go My Own Way.” Dinner. Cake. A rousing game of Cranium’s Hullabaloo. Yadda yadda yadda. Before you knew it, we were all back to watching her favorite scenes from the movie with her own running commentary thoughout, including the blooper reel.

Suffice it to say that when my alarm clock went off this morning, it was playing “You Are the Music In Me” …. until I bolted up in my bed. Phew! Only a nightmare. But, dagnabbit, I soon found myself humming the song in the shower. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it was the Sharpay version I was humming. I don’t know what upsets me more: that it was her version, or that I simply know who Sharpay is and am familiar enough with her alternate version to be able to hum it.

Am I alone here? Have any of you moms or dads been infected with the HSTM cooties? Can’t stop singing their songs? Doing their dances? (Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen my brother’s mad dancing skillz on “All for One.” That’s right: skillz with a “z.”) And be sure to let us know your most embarrassing High School the Musical moment. Anyone been caught singing a tune during a parent-teacher conference or something? Don’t be shy. It’s all for one on Goody Blog. Your secret’s safe with us! ; )

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Banana-Fanna-Fo-Fanna …

Monday, August 6th, 2007

243834320_87c0358aeb_m Well, I see that Eddie Murphy has finally admitted paternity to the daughter of ex-turned-current Spice Girl Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown. I’m not so much interested in this celebrity drama and feuding as I am in the interesting coincidental cultural reference of the baby’s name: Angel Iris Murphy Brown.

Now, I’m sure Ms. Scary didn’t intend to name her daughter after the infamous Candice Bergen TV character, Murphy Brown, who stirred up quite a bit of controversy herself by having a baby out of wedlock in a high-profile way. (Dan Quayle, anyone?)

But, again, I’m not looking to comment on the moral or political implications of this naming coincidence. I’m a simple guy. (And it is Monday morning and I haven’t even had the coffee yet.) I’m more intrigued by the actual name … and others that tickle me in that crazy name game kind of way. So I was wondering if anybody knew of any other examples of this.

What are some of the wackiest, oddest, most unfortunate, or interesting name combinations that you know of? Any maiden name/married name combos for the kids that made you chuckle or take note? Ease us into the week with a smile and post your funnies here.

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The Preschool of Rock

Monday, July 16th, 2007

DrumsOkay so there’s the lazy parent’s approach to having a cool kid—buy her a few hipster t’s and call it a day. And then there’s the real way to end up with a kid that really rocks: Start her making music early and let her do it loudly—even if it’s a great personal cost to your own sanity and well-being. These drums are so cool and even if you’re going to end up with a big headache, they are really great looking so there’s that. Also, I love this percussion set for when a bunch of kids come over. Link thanks to cribcandy.


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