Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Hello and Merry Christmas! As I write this it is Christmas night. The Pancoasts had a wonderful day beginning with some very nice presents under the tree. (I got Dean Martin's CD "Forever Cool" which my children think makes me terribly uncool!)
I hope you had a wonderful day as well, surrounded by love.
Well, I have just found yet another "House on Christmas Street" video on YouTube! That makes a total of seven videos on YouTube of houses across the country playing my song, and who knows how many more playing it that don't have videos? This has made my Christmas season so wonderful!
This house is in Smyrna, Georgia at 3294 Dunn Street. Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVkak4SsYtQ. They'll be presenting their light show until January 6, and they are collecting toys for Atlanta Toys for Tots, which is really great.
To my surprise I also found a video on YouTube which uses my song "The Magic of a Christmas Tree". Here's the link for that one:

THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!! Have a great week and I hope to see you at one of my concerts in 2008!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hear Judy On National Public Radio's "Day to Day"

I was delighted to be interviewed by Alex Chadwick, host of NPR's "Day to Day" program, regarding the rising popularity of "The House on Christmas Street." If you're traveling on Christmas, you can hear the show on your local NPR station (usually broadcast at noon) right on Christmas Day. You can also hear the podcast at their website here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17

Thank you, "Day to Day!"

Monday, December 17, 2007

Another House on Christmas Street in WASHINGTON

WOW...I can't believe it! Here's another website for a house that's "playing my song" in Washington State. http://www.woodinvillewonderland.com/
The house is located at 23620 NE 183rd St - Woodinville, WA. I couldn't find a way to email them on their site, so if you stop by, please thank them for me!

More Press for The House on Christmas Street...in LOUISIANA

Here's an article I just found online from a e-paper in Southwest Louisiana, about a house that's playing my song in Jennings:


WOW! I just heard from Kevin Thomas all the way across the country in Kent, Washington that his house is playing my song this Christmas season! Thank you, Kevin, and thank you for the link to my site on your website. If you'd like to visit the "Christmas in Kent" website, click here: www.christmasinkent.com
If you're in the area and you'd like to see the beautiful decorations on this fabulous house, the address is:
18531 SE 224th Street, Kent, Washington.

I wish you all could know how happy it makes me that my little song is bringing smiles in so many different places this year. It somehow makes me warm on this cold New Hampshire day (16 degrees when I was out shopping a little while ago). Thank you SO MUCH!

Monday, December 10, 2007


I just found out about another house "playing my song" at 186 Buckingham Way in Folsom California. You can see the video on YouTube here:

Thank you to the Breton Family!!

Judy featured in THE BOSTON GLOBE

Judy Pancoast's song about crazy Christmas displays sparked videos and some even crazier attention
By Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe Staff
Article Launched: December 8, 2007
There's one in every town. Sometimes there are several. Perhaps since Thanksgiving you’ve already driven by one. Or, maybe, it’s even your house. You know the one. It’s got a blinding array of colored lights, Santa urging his reindeer toward maximum altitude on the roof, Frosty kicking back with his corncob pipe out front, and the first family of Christianity nestled in their shelter on the lawn. That house now has its very own theme song in Judy Pancoast's delightful seasonal ditty, "The House on Christmas Street."
In it, Pancoast, an award-winning children’s music singer-songwriter, details all of the above and more over a zippy, holiday-appropriate blend of bright horns and icicle-cool piano. From the "47,000" lights to the Nativity scene to "a couple of carolers singing by the lamppost," Pancoast - whose warm croon recalls Karen Carpenter - covers it all with a tune that you could envision as the soundtrack for the interior of a snow globe.The Maine native drew inspiration from a particular house during her childhood in Waterville. "They had singing angels and moving Santas. It was not your average Christmas display," she says from New Hampshire, where she now makes her home, which boasts a more restrained spectacle than the one in her song. "We actually used to make it a night to go up there and look at this display. And then through the years I've noticed there seems to be a house like that in every community, the house that goes crazy."
And while Santa may be doing things the old-fashioned way at his North Pole workshop, Pancoast owes the recent, snowballing success of ‘‘House’’ to a decidedly newfangled invention.
"This wouldn't have happened without the Internet," she says. "This guy set his houselights to play to my song and somebody put the video online. I didn't find it until October 2006 when my husband happened to Google the name of the song just for the heck of it."
Pancoast was flabbergasted to see a complete stranger's home and, after searching, dozens more twinkling to the beat of her tune. Mainly, she says, "because I wrote and recorded the song in 1998."
The song, available on a self-produced CD of the same name, had gotten some airplay over the years on scattered radio stations and the satellite outpost XM through Pancoast's own marketing efforts. (She would send the disc out in a box of ribbon candy. Oldies 103.3 program director Pete Falconi, for one, liked the song - or the candy - so much that he hired Pancoast as a fill-in DJ.) But once it hit the Web, it went viral and became the toast of those already bitten by the hall-decking bug.
"I didn't know this but these people who decorate the houses, they all network, they're crazy! But in a good way," Pancoast says with a laugh. Some of "these people" congregate at PlanetChristmas!.com, a site for display enthusiasts founded by Chuck Smith.
"It seemed like it was written for us," says Smith, who invited the singer to perform at PLUS - the Planet Christmas Lights Up Symposium - this past August in Gatlinburg, Tenn. "Judy was our main performer, and she just rocked the house."And "House" is the gift that keeps on giving. Through PLUS, attended by 400 yuletide cheerleaders, Pancoast hooked up with Light-o-Rama, which licensed "The House on Christmas Street" for use in its synchronized lighting systems.
After her appearance, Smith says the Planet Christmas message boards lit up with chatter from people "discussing the song and how they were going to make their display fit the song." He points out, however, "in our world a lot of the really fanatical ones would say 47,000 lights is not near enough."
Indeed, Mark Mousseau won’t divulge what his January electric bill is "unless you're willing to pay it" but it's a good bet that the number of bulbs on his house is in the six figures. (You can count for yourself at hudsonchristmas.com.) Mousseau and his stepfather, Paul Roy, are synching the annual extravaganza at their Hudson, N.H., home to Pancoast's song for the second year in a row.
"I just thought it was a catchy tune," says Mousseau, who was familiar with Pancoast and was pleased to see her success at PLUS, which he also attended.
Pancoast enjoys her full-time gig as a children's performer - "to be part of somebody's childhood, that’s great" - and has been pleased to watch the Christmas types migrate to her critically distinguished nonholiday releases. But she has high hopes for her nearly decade-old "House."
"My dream would be to have it come back every year,’’ she says, with visions of performing it in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "So many of the songs that artists are coming out with at Christmastime now are so depressing and sad. They’re nice songs, but at Christmastime I want to be happy."
Which is exactly what the decorators aim for every year, too, Smith says. "I like to tell folks that we’re in the memory-making business, because it’s our homes that people remember for the rest of their lives."
Pancoast can attest to that. Another piece of the foundation for "House" came from a bleak 1984 holiday season. Divorced, depressed, and drifting, Pancoast was on her way home from work late at night. "It's pitch black, nobody’s around, and I come around the corner and there’s this house that’s all just blasting with lights," she recalls. "I pulled over to the side of the road and I just sat there and looked at it for maybe a half hour, and it really cheered me up. And I went home and the next day I decorated my apartment. It just lifted my spirits."

On the Air in Providence, RI and Huntsville, AL

YAHOO! Two more all-Christmas stations have added "The House on Christmas Street" to their playlists. It can now be heard on Lite Rock 105 in Providence, Rhode Island (you can send an email request for it here: http://www.lite105.com/contactus.asp) and on Lite 96.9 in Hunstville, Alabama! (call them to request it at 888-503-4969).

I'm told it's doing well at both stations. Thanks be to God.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Another House on Christmas Street in Florida

You can see and hear another house "playing my song" in Florida! (wish I could visit!). It's the home of the DeBrocke Family, and you can visit their website at http://www.debrockelights.com

Thank you, Ben and family!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

In the News

I want to thank Carole Huxel of the new online newspaper, The Goffstown Edge, for her recent article on me. You can read it at http://www.goffstownedge.com/news.php?includefile=include_new_judy.php
Thank you, Carole!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

"The House on Christmas Street" on the air in PORTLAND, ME!

Hey...this is great news for all of my fans in Southern Maine...I just heard from Randi at Big Hits Y-100.9 in Portland and they are adding "The House on Christmas Street!" Their request line is 207-879-1009 and it would be great if you FLOODED them with requests for the song!
Thanks SO MUCH for your support!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

St. Anthony's School

At the end of October I received a message from a dear friend asking me to help out in a crisis. Seemed the music teacher at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Manchester was about to have surgery, and the person who had been hired to fill in for her bailed out at the last minute. Of course I love doing anything musical with kids and I had some free time this month, so I jumped right in! I've been having a lovely time three days a week this month, helping them get ready for their concerts. I want to say a big "hello" to all the boys and girls who are visiting my website to find out about their mysterious new teacher! And remember, open your mouth "real big!" when you sing!
"Mrs. Pancoast"

Charmingfare Farm House on Christmas Street

I'm very happy to announce that this year there will be a "House on Christmas Street" as part of the Lighted Winter Wonderland at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire. Charmingfare begins their delightful and cozy horse-drawn sleigh rides this Saturday, December 1st. For more information, visit www.charmingfare.com. And tell them Judy sent you!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

On the air in the Pennsylvania Capitol Region!

Warm 103.3 in York-Lancaster-Harrisburg will be playing "The House on Christmas Street" this Christmas season! My Pennsylvania fans can call in a request for it at 1-800-755-0103.


The House on Christmas Street in Texas

Just found out about a house in Texas that is playing my song! It's at 806 N Main St, Elgin, TX and the homeowner is a very nice guy named Forest who titles his show "Main Christmas in Elgin." "The House on Christmas Street" is part of a half-hour production that will begin on Thanksgiving and run every half hour from 6:00pm to 9:30pm until Christmas.

Thank you Forest!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do you know the way to SAN JOSE?!!!!

Wow...things are really happening! I am excited to announce that 94.5 KBAY in San Jose is adding "The House on Christmas Street" to their streaming broadcast as soon as they start playing Christmas music. You can hear it at http://kbay.com/skin/blurb.php?sectionId=0&contentId=109105#.
Please give them a call or email to let them know you like the song!

94.5 KBAY Request Line800-948-5229
Here's where to go to fill in their online request/feedback form: http://kbay.com/skin/form.php?formId=5781

On the air in Bangor!

I just got a very nice note from Nelson at 92.9 WEZQ Bangor, Maine, saying that they will be playing "The House on Christmas Street" in their holiday music lineup this season! YAY! So all of my fans up there should keep this Request Line number handy- 207.991.9785. As soon as you hear Christmas music on the station, please give them a call and ask them to play "The House on Christmas Street!"
Thank you!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I'm delighted to announce that "The House on Christmas Street" will be on the air this year at Lite 100.5 WRCH in Hartford. As soon as you hear them start to play Christmas music, please call them and request it! Here are the request line numbers I got from their website:
Lite Lines" - (860) 678-100.5 #1005 with Verizon Wireless or 1-800-530-100.5

I'll let you know as I hear from more stations!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Houses on Christmas Street...for real!

I am totally delighted to announce that the following two homes will be featuring my song, "The House on Christmas Street", in their fantastic holiday displays this year.

There will be a "House on Christmas Street" at 75 Pelham Road in Hudson, NH which will go "live" on Thanksgiving evening and another at 793 Sutton Street in Northbridge, MA which will go "live" on November 30th.

Enjoy! And I'll keep you posted on others as I hear about them....
Happy Thanksgiving!
PS...Oldies 1o3.3 went "all Christmas" today! You can listen online at www.oldies1033.com

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The House on Christmas Street 2007

Well....here we are again, and another Christmas season is about to begin. This year I am working incredibly hard to make "The House on Christmas Street" a hit, and I have lots of news for you about that. I hope you will help me to reach my goal!
First of all, it will be played again this year on Oldies 103.3 in Boston (request line: 1-800-336-1033) and on WZID (request line: 800/666-0957) in Manchester, NH. You can listen to Oldies 103.3 streaming live online at www.oldies1033.com. Please call in your requests for the song once you start hearing Christmas music playing on the air.
Second, it has been added to the online playlist of KSSK radio in Hawaii! You can hear it by clicking here:
http://www.ksskradio.com/cc-common/artist_submission/all.html?gen=2&srt=name click on "sort by artist" and scroll down to my name, which is under "J' for Judy, not "P" for Pancoast. Please do this as the number of plays is tallied and I want to have a good showing.

The CD is currently in the hands of Music and Program Directors at stations all over the US, and I am hoping they will add it to their playlists. If you would like, email me the call letters and town of your favorite station, and I will send them a copy too.
I'll keep you posted on the progress!
Thanks SO MUCH for your support!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

E-Mail Ellen

A couple of weeks ago I took a chance and emailed Ellen Degeneres on her website. I told her about the Planet Christmas phenomenon and what's been happening with my song "The House on Christmas Street" (if you don't know, just go back a few posts!)
I so so so want to be on her show, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
But yesterday, a friend told me I should do more than cross my fingers....she suggested that I ask my friends to write Ellen in support of me and ask her to invite me on her show. So, here goes....
Please write to Ellen and ask her to have Judy Pancoast on the show!
You could say something like:
"Dear Ellen, This Christmas hundreds of houses across the US and the world will be decorating their houses to the tune of Judy Pancoast's "The House on Christmas Street." Judy is an independent children's musician and we love her music! My family and I would really love to see Judy Pancoast on your show singing her song "The House on Christmas Street" at holiday time! Please invite her on the show!
(your name here)"
Ellen's email address on her website is: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/dearellen/

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! You're the best!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ringtones Now Available!

Hi again,
I'm really excited to announce that my music is now available as ringtones! Currently "The House on Christmas Street" is the only one available, but I will make others available if there is a demand. You can download "The House on Christmas Street" by visiting www.myxertones.com and searching "Judy Pancoast" or "The House on Christmas Street." Be sure to use the quotes to narrow your search.
Thanks so much for your continued support of my music. See you at the fair this weekend!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

One more date on Oldies 103.3

Almost forgot...I've got one more date to add to the schedule of dates that you can hear me on Oldies 103.3....
Saturday, September 1 from 2-7pm.

I really appreciate the emails from those of you who enjoy listening to me on the air. I really enjoy playing the oldies, the music I grew up with!


This morning I am still dancing after seeing Taylor Hicks, the 2006 American Idol, in concert last night. He was terrific!!
What I love about him is his total commitment to the music...he has music in every cell in his body, and when he performs it all just comes blasting out of him in his singing and dancing and playing. While his voice might not compare to that of, say, Tom Jones (boy, I'm really dating myself now) I would compare his energy and appeal to that of Mr. Jones. And I guarantee that every woman in that audience felt like she was 17 again! They were up dancing and singing along and they weren't thinking about their jobs, their bills or their housework. And no matter what shape or size they were, they weren't worried about what anyone else thought of them. Thank you, Taylor Hicks!
Taylor Hicks inspires me because that's the kind of effect I want to have with the children in my audience. When they are at a Judy Pancoast concert I don't want them to be thinking about any of their troubles (and yes, little kids do have troubles...). I especially don't want the older kids in the audience to be concerned that if they dance or sing or otherwise participate that they won't be cool. I want children of all shapes, sizes and ages to feel free to get up and dance and sing and throw their troubles and their cares and their worries about whether or not they are "cool" away. Just be koo-koo!
Taylor Hicks, welcome to the koo-koo club!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Planet Christmas part two

Thanks Shaun! I'll definitely do that!
PS>..thanks for your email a week or so ago...sorry I didn't answer right away as I have had a very busy summer! Hope you saw the schedule update...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Planet Christmas

Wow....Summer has just zoomed by, and it probably feels that way because I've been traveling so much. In the last three weeks I have done concerts in Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. It's been a lot of fun and I've met so many terrific new friends along the way. Thank you to everyone who has come out to see me and to all the great kids who have clapped, sung, danced like Elvis and gone swimming in Jello with me!

This past weekend I attended the most amazing event...the Planet Christmas Lights Up Seminar in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This was a wonderful gathering of holiday decorating enthusiasts from all over the world, and I was invited to perform songs from my Christmas CD, "The House on Christmas Street" at the closing banquet celebration. I cannot describe to you how thrilling it was to sing that title song for hundreds of people who go to amazing lengths to make their own homes "The House on Christmas Street" in their towns each year. The support and encouragement these folks gave me has inspired me to once again distribute the CD to radio stations all over the country who play Christmas music 24/7 during the holiday season, and hope that they will add the song to their playlists. If you know of any stations like this in your area, please let me know so that I can send them a copy of the CD.

By the way, if you are really into decorating your home for the holidays, you should check out www.planetchristmas.com to network with some delightful people, become informed about the latest technology and get hot tips for making your display the best ever.

Well, I've got to hit the sack and gear up as the wild summer concert schedule continues tomorrow, but before I go, here are the latest dates/times for my upcoming shows on Oldies 103.3 in Boston:
Saturday, August 18 2-7pm
Monday, September 3 6-9pm
Thursday, September 13 9am-2pm
Sunday, September 16 3-7pm

Monday, June 25, 2007

More radio dates

Whoops! Almost forgot to let you know when you can hear me on Oldies 103.3 over the next few weeks....
Sunday, July 1, 3-7pm
Saturday, July 7 2-7pm
Sunday, July 29 3-7pm


Summer is here, the kids are out of school, Emma has graduated, and my busy concert season is in full swing!
I want to say "hi" to the new friends I've made in the last week or so at the Somersworth Children's Festival, the Prescott Park Arts Festival, the Rockn' Rib Fest and more. I hope to see you again soon.
Today I fly to New Mexico for two days of concerts (yay! I love New Mexico, the people are so friendly and the climate is GREAT!), then on Thursday I'm back with FOUR NH library concerts in one day to kick off the Reading Road Trip USA theme. I hope you'll try to make it to one of my library concerts (see my calendar for dates and times) this summer because I've got lots of new songs to share with you.
After a year or so hiatus, the Judy Crew dance team is back this summer and will be performing at selected summer concerts, so look for them to come into the audience and dance and have fun with you.
I'll try to write whenever I can but I hope I get to talk to you in person at one of the concerts too!
Have a fun and safe summer....

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

To the Class of 2007

Hello Dear Ones,
I just read the note from Heather on my guestbook and it made me so happy. Heather is a graduating senior in Portland, Maine who participated in one of my songwriting workshops at her elementary school when she was just little. She wrote to tell me what happy memories my music brought her, and that made me feel all mushy and sentimental.
I first began "officially" writing songs with children in 1995, with the first graders in Mrs. Forest's class at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, NH. I was a classroom aide then, working on my Masters Degree in Education.
Now those kids in the original "Forest Chorus" are graduating, and so is my own daughter, Emma, who was a first-grader at Bartlett Elementary school across town that year and who had inspired my very first song writing for children when she was just a baby in my arms. And so are all the first graders who attended my concerts and workshops all over New England that year.
So, to Emma, Heather, the Forest Chorus, and all the other children I sang for that year, I have a message:
Don't Ever Let Go of Your Dreams!!!
But....don't just dream...find every way you can to make them come true. I wanted to be a singer since I was a little girl, and even though I haven't wound up to be a famous pop singer, which was my original dream, I have never given up on music. I have pursued every avenue I could to keep on singing and have my music heard, and those avenues took me through rock music, piano lounges, country bands, and finally, to making music with children. I never dreamed back then that I would have the career I have now, but look how blessed I have been, to have been in the lives of all of these children. There is at least one moment during EVERY concert that I close my eyes and say a silent "thank you" to God for allowing me to do this for a living, and for helping me live in a musical world.
Now, here's the part that might make you laugh. In 1967, when I was eight years old, I saw the ORIGINAL Batman movie (the one based on the old TV show). It was a pretty stupid movie, but in it, Batman said something that struck me, even at that young age. I wrote it on my binder cover every year through elementary, jr. high and high school, and it was my senior message in my yearbook. I leave you, class of 2007, with the words of Batman, because I believe that no one has ever expressed this thought so eloquently. Please take it to heart, and make your dreams come true:
"After all, Robin....of what use is a dream, if not a blueprint for courageous action?"
Be courageous, class of 2007!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More radio dates...

Just got the latest schedule from Oldies 103.3....
You can hear me live on the air (or streaming from your computer)
This Friday night, May 18, from 9pm-1am
Saturday, May 19 from 2-7pm
Saturday, June 2 from 9am-1pm
Sunday, June 10 from 3-7pm.

That's all the dates I have scheduled for now.....

Mother's Day

I hope all the Moms who visit my site had a wonderful Mother's Day! And thank you for making my music a part of your childrens' lives. I'm honored and delighted that my songs and my voice accompany you on your car rides, inspire you to dance around the house with your children, and help them get to sleep at night.

I had a lovely Mother's Day and received a very thoughtful present from my family...the Taylor Hicks CD!! This was especially nice since they don't particularly care for his music and they knew if they gave it to me I would blast it nonstop through our home (which I am doing right now!) I loved Taylor's energy and joy during his performances on American Idol and looked forward to seeing him every week when he was on the show. Since I rarely purchase music for myself anymore, I hadn't bought the CD and was hoping to receive it as a gift. I love it! I think he has a great voice and I really like the song choices he made and the arrangements.
Now....if someone would just take me to see him when he's in New Hampshire in August.........

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Catching up

Hi...Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've been very busy planning my summer concerts and there never seems to be a spare minute. Looks like it's going to be a very busy summer! Hope I get to see you!

I want to say "hi" to all the librarians, children and families we met in Pensacola during the last week of April. The concerts were all well attended and we had a terrific time, plus it was great to relax at your beautiful beaches!

I also want to give a big shout out to my New York City fans who came out to see me at my concerts at the Tribeca Family Festival this past weekend. I always have fun there and it was just great to see you dancing in the streets. I was also THRILLED to see Shaun White, "The Flying Tomato" Olympic Snowboarding champion at the festival. He's soooooo cool. And you should see that red hair in the sunshine!

A lot of people have been emailing me asking about my schedule on Oldies 103.3. Because I am only a part-time DJ there, I don't have a regular schedule, but here are the next couple of times I'll be on the air:
Sunday May 13 3-7 PM EST.
Saturday May 19 2-7PM EST
Remember, you can listen online at www.oldies1033.com


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Christmas in April

Well, we had a big snowstorm here in NH last night, and this morning it looked like December outside. How fitting that on this day I should discover yet ANOTHER video of a house that is decorated with lights that blink in time to my song "The House on Christmas Street." This phenomonon has really taken off, and I couldn't be more honored. If you want to check out this video, follow the link to YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l3wEeU377o

I also want to announce that I've been invited by the folks at PlanetChristmas.com to perform the song and others from my Christmas CD at the annual PLUS seminar (Planet Christmas Lights Up Seminar) in Gatlinburg during the first weekend in August. It's very exciting!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

Jennie Nadeau moved across the street from me when I was four years old, and quickly became my best friend. Like most little girls in the early sixties, we played Barbies for hours on end, rode bikes together in the spring and played in the snow in the winter. Jennie went to Kindergarten before I did, and I remember waiting every day for her to come home around noon so we could play together.
My family moved away when I was eight and Jennie and I lost touch because I went to Catholic School and she went to public, but we met up again in Jr. High and became close friends all over again.
My high school years are measured in long telephone conversations with Jennie every evening during which we would discuss boys, school, what to wear, and how to avoid eating potato chips. She had boyfriends, I did not, so I learned about teenage love vicariously through Jennie while she joked around about my crushes on Al Pacino and John Travolta.
After graduation we went to different colleges, but we kept in touch sporadically through the years. We settled far apart from each other but we did meet each other's husbands and children and tried to visit whenever we could, but I haven't seen Jennie in about five years. Time and life just got in the way.
Today I found out that Jennie passed away suddenly on Friday night. She was 48 years old and had not been ill.
I can't believe that she is gone, and I will never hear her voice again. I would give anything to go back in time, even a week, and pick up the phone and call her. I would do it in a heartbeat.
I don't know how much of the person I am today is because Jennie Nadeau Mayott was in my life, but I suspect quite a bit. Thank you, Jennie, for all the laughter and tears and shared angst and love. You were my best girlfriend ever, and I will miss you forever. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a Jennie in their lives.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

New York Performances

WOW! My daughter, Emma, and I had a fabulous time in NYC performing at the Children's Museum of Manhattan yesterday. I did two sold out shows and the audiences were greeeeeaaaat! We look forward to returning for more shows at the end of the summer....so, if you live in the NY area, keep watching the calendar for the exact date of the show. We'd love to see you there!
On another note, we stayed in the city to attend a nightclub performance of a great young band called MOOK. Emma is a big fan of theirs and I really enjoyed their music also. It's fresh and innovative, but still evokes the sounds of bands I listened to in my youth in the 70's such as Steely Dan and Yes. You can check them out at mookmusic.com. Tell them Judy and Emma sent you!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Children's Books

The thought occurred to me the other day that, now that my girls are 17 and 13, I don't really get exposed to the new children's books much any more. Time was I was right on the hot button of children's literature when perusing the latest arrivals at the bookstore or library, or just talking with my kids. But now they've moved on to teen and young adult novels (but we still enjoy Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter, of course!) and I'm not as "hep" on what's hot out there for kids.
Sooooo, I invite you to respond to this blog and tell me!
If you are a librarian or teacher, tell me what's new and hot for kids!
If you are a kid, tell me what you are reading!
As you know, I love to read and I love to write songs about children's books, so I need to keep up.
I'm looking forward to your replies, and thanks!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hello, Allentown!

Well, I'm back home in New Hampshire now, and feeling good about the wonderful four days I spent with the kids of Allentown, PA. Central Elementry was a great start, then it was on to Sheridan, Roosevelt and Union Terrace Elementary Schools. Every school I went to was unique and special, but the students were all terrific. I will never forget your comments and especially your hugs.
I hope you will remember all that we talked about during the conflict resolution and anti-bullying assemblies, and the most important point: Treat Other People the Way You Want to Be Treated!
I look forward to seeing all of you again sometime. Keep Smiling!
Your pal,

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hello From Allentown, PA

Here's a big "Hello!" to the terrific kids and staff at Central Elementary School in Allentown, PA., where I spent this morning presenting two musical conflict resolution assemblies. The 20 boys and girls who role-played "Jack and Jill" were just terrific, and the students were attentive and respectful during the assemblies. I loved how you listened and remembered what was said. And I really loved all the compliments and hugs I received as you were filing out. You guys are great, and I will always remember you!
Thanks for a wonderful morning!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

More On-Air Times

I'm having so much fun on the air at Oldies 103.3! Remember, if you aren't in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Conecticut or Southern NH, you can still hear us streaming live on your computer at oldies1033.com. My schedule for the next few weeks is this: Saturday, Jan. 27 from 4-7pm; Saturday, February 10 from 4-7pm; Sunday, February 18 from 3-7pm; Saturday, February 24 from 4-7pm and Sunday, March 3 from 3-7pm. I sure hope you can listen!

Friday, January 19, 2007

On the Air!

Just wanted to let everyone know that you can now hear me on the radio and your computer as a deejay for WODS, Oldies 103.3 in Boston. I worked in radio for many years before striking out as a children's musician, and I thought it might be fun to do a shift once in a while again. WODS is #1 in the Boston market and is heard in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and no matter where you live you can hear us streaming live online at Oldies1033.com. I'll be on the air on Saturday, January 20 from 4-7 pm. Hope you can give a listen!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody! 2007 is shaping up to be very exciting with lots of travel plans for performances in Pensacola, FL., Charleston, S.C. and Newport News, VA., and new performances being arranged every day. Please check in with my calendar to find out if I'm coming to your town this year! And if you're interested in having me come to your town, please shoot me an email.
I want to give a big shout out to the kids and staff at Helen Thompson Elementary School in West Gardiner, Maine, where I spent a fun-filled and creativity packed three days last week writing songs with the students. You are a wonderful bunch and I had a great time with you! Keep up the good work!
And another big shout to the students at the Allentown, PA. elementary schools, where I'll be visiting during the last week of January. I'm really looking forward to working with you, too.
See you soon!