Sunday, March 29, 2009

Monsters VS. Aliens

Went to see Monsters VS. Aliens yesterday and I loved it. I laughed out loud in several places and the kids in the audience seemed to really enjoy it. Ya gotta see it in 3-D....I think it would be worth traveling a little ways to a theatre that offers it that way if your local theatre doesn't have the technology.
It is rated PG and there are lots of loud action/scary scenes which may upset very young children ( I always say, you are the best judge of your child and you know what may upset them, this is just my opinion). But I think it's basically okay for the average five year old and up.
If you know me, you know that I really despise so-called family movies that include inappropriate language and any kind of adult/sexy stuff (oh, they are out there, believe me.) This movie had nothing like that. It was very well done: great animation, funny script and excellent voice characterizations by people like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Laurie (Dr. House!)It gets an A+ from me!
Let me know if you like it!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Family Music Extravaganza April 4

I'm getting very excited about a big concert coming up on April 4 at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center in Sandown, NH. Its a big FAMILY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA and I am peforming along with Steve Blunt, Ben Rudnick and Friends and Jay Mankita. It's going to be a BLAST! Please visit the website here: for more info on this event. All of the proceeds go to fund breast cancer research.
When I was approached to participate the organizers had no idea that this is a cause near and dear to my heart. My mother is a breast cancer survivor (14 years now!!) and so that puts me in a high risk category as well. I have to admit that the possibility does scare me, as I'm sure it does most women. So bring the family (especially those awesome breast-fed kids!!) and help out this worthy cause!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Free Songs for Kids

Hello and Happy Spring (though there is still snow in my yard here in New Hampshire)
I just uploaded two songs to my new profile at This is a wonderful site where many children's artists have contributed tunes that you can download for FREE for your children. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Hello and happy St. Patrick's Day! If you are looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day song, check out "Kiss Me, I'm Irish Today" on my Tune Room CD. You can get it on i-tunes, too :

Anyhow, Louisa's birthday is March 1, and then there's St. Patrick's Day, but other than that, there's really not much to celebrate about March here in NH. There's still plenty of snow on the ground, and most of it is yucky and dirty. The days go from warm (and I mean 50 is warm) one day to freezing the next, and you never know when we just might get ANOTHER snow storm. It doesn't help that it's the longest day of the year.
I've never liked March ever since I was a kid. In fact, I've only had one nice March in my WHOLE life! So I'm looking for suggestions on fun ways to get through March. Anybody got any?
Here's one that might work toward the end of the month...dress really warm and go down to the beach and fly a kite. We've done that before, but sometimes it's toooooo windy and doesn't work out. Still it's fun to head out there. I'm looking for your suggestions now!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Family Music in a Tight Economy

Every year from January to April I spend hours and hours lining up my summer touring schedule. This year, however, I'm noticing a trend...the libraries, festivals, parks & rec departments and others who regularly book me are suffering from slashed budgets and are cutting their program offerings to the bone. Usually I do two or three performances a DAY in the summer, but right now it is shaping up to be far less than that.
That's where you come in, loyal friend and fan! If you would like to see me perform in your town, here's a new idea for you:
Get together with your neighbors and host a block party! These are becoming more and more popular these days. In these tough times we all need some music and laughter and fun to cheer us up. An old fashioned block party may be just the ticket for you. Get together with your neighbors and plan a date, then go to your Town Hall for a permit. Everyone can share in the expenses of providing food and beverages, and if each family chipped in a few bucks, you could hire me to entertain the kids.
The only thing that may get in the way is the weather, so you will need a contingency plan in case the skies open up. We could book a rain date, or I could perform in a home family room or community rec room.
If you are interested in exploring this idea further, don't hesitate to contact me via email at!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Visit With Mrs. Claus

Would you like to see Part One of "A Visit With Mrs. Claus?" It's now up on youtube right here:

I co-produce this show every December on our local cable access station, and we feature Mrs. Claus LIVE from the North Pole via satellite. This year I wrote a new theme song for the show, which is sung by one of the elves at the beginning of the show.

Please let me know if you like it! The show is a real labor of love for me each year.

Now, this may be about Christmas, but please THINK SPRING!!!