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Adventures in Hooglafair!

Season 3 of The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast is four episodes in, and we can't thank you enough for your support! We are having artist Kenneth James Benson create an original piece of art for each episode of Season 3, and you can win one for free by entering your email at sugarcrashkids.com/giveaway. Below are the first four.

We have some really cool plans for these pieces at the conclusion of the season, so stay tuned!

Love,
SCK

I. Captain Crazy Two Shoes rescues Wallace the Whale from a sticky situation.
II. A welcome home party creates tension between T-Rex brothers Tye and Rex.
III. Katy Elizabeth dangerously enters The Ice Caves in search of a midnight snack.
IV. Nerlin the Space Alien, Sammy, and Katy Elizabeth celebrate their new bicycle parking.

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What's New for Season 3?

We are super excited that Season 3 of The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast has officially launched! Here are some things you should know:

1) Same show. New look. 

2) Season 3 will have 10 episodes, and will be released bi-weekly beginning 06.06.2016.

3) Look out for a brand new Sugarcrash Kids song at the end of each episode. After the season concludes, all of the songs will be available through the SCK Radio iPhone/iPad app.

4) A rad artist named Kenneth James Benson will be doing original pieces of art to correspond with each individual episode of Season 3. These pieces will eventually be for sale at our online store, but you can win a framed copy for free here: GIVEAWAY

Questions? Drop us a line at hello@sugarcrashkids.com

- SCK

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The Sugarcrash Kids Musical

Hey Friends!

You may have been wondering where we've been lately... in fact, we've been getting lots of messages asking if and when we are going to do another season of the podcast. To that, we emphatically say 'Yes!!!'. The new season of The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast begins in May, and it's going to be mega fun! 

This year so far, we've been super busy working on a very special project: a Sugarcrash Kids Musical! We recently and serendipitously found ourselves in a relationship with a rad theatre company here in Orlando, and collaboratively we wrote Sugarcrash Kids & The Forgotten Island. 

The story takes place on the Isle of Hooglafair and features many of the well-loved characters from The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast. It debuts at The Orlando Fringe Festival on Thursday, May 19th.

Although many of the shows at The Fringe Festival are aimed at an adult audience (some with explicit content), the Sugarcrash Kids show is (obviously) geared towards kids and families. If you live in Central Florida, we'd LOVE for you and your family to come out! Tickets will be available at OrlandoFringe.org beginning April 18th. (More info here)

- Mr. Josh

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Season 2 | Episode 10: Caspar Babypants

 
 

What is your favorite winter treat?

My favorite winter treat is home made Indian food. My wife Kate makes amazing home made Indian dishes and nothing warms the soul like those spices and flavors.

Do you have any special holiday traditions?

I like to take the kids downtown for an afternoon of shopping and then dinner. But they are so big now that I don't know if I will be able to convince them to spend that much time with their old pappy!

We just showcased your song ‘Drift Off In Time’ on our most recent podcast episode. What are some things you do every night before you go to sleep?

I do deep breathing and movement exercises called Qigong (pronounced Chi-gong) that are designed to clear my mind and get my body ready to rest deeply for the night. Slow breathing and stretching is amazing before sleep.

If you could have any superhero on your pajamas, who would you choose?

I would definitely have SUPER SLEEPY MAN on my pajamas! But if it has to be a real superhero then Spiderman and I would sleep in a web shaped hammock!

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Season 2 | Episode 9: Meet Recess Monkey

What is one thing besides music that you all like to spend time doing together?

We're pretty much always making music in one way or another while we're together: we play roughly 125 shows a year and are always in some part of the process of writing, recording or making music videos for new songs. We

What is your favorite children's book?

Drew: As a kid I always loved The Velveteen Rabbit. In my first and second grade class we're reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and it's one of my new favorites!

Jack: Oh man, that's like picking your favorite child! A couple that come to mind right away are: Ferdinand, the gentle bull who preferred to sniff the wild flowers than bullfight and Locomotive by Brian Floca, this really awesome depiction of what a trans-continental train trip was like in the mid 1800s.

Korum: My kids and I really have fun reading "Iggy Peck, Architect" by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts. The illustrations are fantastic and the story is sweet and silly.

Where is the coolest place you have ever visited?

Drew: I really love canyon lands for their amazing rock formations and super starry nights. 

Jack: I was a camp counselor at a beautiful summer camp in Malibu California called Camp Hess Kramer. Literally ON the ocean with eucalyptus trees blowing in the breeze and a lot of nice people really relieved to have escaped the city. It's where I decided to become a teacher.

Korum: The San Blas Islands in Panama (called Kuna Yala by the indigenous group that lives there) were amazing. We sailed there on our sailboat and got to know the locals quite well. There are over 300 islands in the archipelago, some just a spot of sand with a single palm tree, just like a comic strip or something.

We just showcased your song ‘Lighter Than Air’ on our most recent podcast episode. If you could be any flying thing, what would you be?

Korum: No question about it, I'd want to be a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. That plane was first used in 1966 and it's still the coolest looking thing on the planet. I've dreamt of flying in one since I was 8.

Jack: Definitely a fruit fly. Those things are more reckless than Luke Skywalker behind the wheel of an X-wing.

Drew: As for flying things, I'd probably want to be a UFO-I'd love to see the wonders of space up close!

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

We have tons of music videos, streaming music and more at our website: http://www.recessmonkey.com. We do frequent music giveaways on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown. And SiriusXM subscribers can hear our bassist MC Jack Forman's live call-in show "Live From the Monkey House" Monday through Thursday afternoons on Kids Place Live: http://www.kidsplacelive.com

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Season 2 | Episode 8: Meet Renee & Friends

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your families. Find out more about Renee & Friends and check out the video for 'Gather Round' below!

- Robyn the Bird

What is your favorite color?

GREEN, OLIVE GREEN

Do you have a favorite holiday memory?

YES, when I was little I used to sneak under the tree and peak at all of my presents ( I hope my mom doesn’t read this )

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

I am a fan of the green beans with fried onions and mushrooms

We just showcased your song ‘Gather Round’ on our most recent podcast episode. What does this song mean to you?

This song is about celebration and gathering with friends/family- people coming together and bringing who they are to the “table” and knowing THAT is enough .

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

reneeandfriends.com - reneeandjeremy.com

 

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Season 2 | Episode 7: Meet Slugs and Bugs

Get to know more about Slugs and Bugs below! Have fun and find a special way to help this week, friends!

- Robyn the Bird

 
 

Do you have any pets?

We have a Schnoodle named Nilla! She is part schnauzer part poodle.

 

What is your favorite snack?

Apples with peanut butter!

 

We just showcased your song 'I Wanna Help' on our most recent podcast episode. What does this song mean to you?

My kids are very helpful. This song celebrates the challenge parents have to have fun while doing chores with their kids.

 

What is one memorable way someone has helped you?

Last spring my 14 year old daughter helped me with all of my concerts! She traveled with me and sang harmony and played violin!

 

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

I'd love it if they stopped by slugsandbugs.com and said hello!

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Season 2 | Episode 6: Meet The Pop Ups

Hey guys! Find out more about our friends The Pop Ups and watch their video below. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

- Robyn the Bird

  Who is your favorite superhero and why? Batman.  Just a man.  But very motivated, with a lot of time on his hands.  I identify with that.   Why is music so important to you? Without it there would be no "me"!  From a young age music has been an identity, a pacifier, a culture, a gateway to my family and friends.     Other than playing music, what is another really fun thing you like to do together? Jacob and I love to hang out.  We even sometimes go on vacations together.  And I think when you count up all the hours, he's far and away the person I spend the most time with.  So  we do enjoy each others company.  We've enjoy a good hike!  Exercise is a good way to hang out for us.   Our listeners heard your song ‘Costume Party’ on our most recent podcast episode. What is your favorite costume you've ever worn? That's tough.  We wear a lot of costumes...   I once did a 500 mile bike ride with my wife to raise money for AIDS research.  Every day she dressed up as Wonder Woman, and I dressed up as "Man Man", a sort of Prefontaine-esqe 70's olympiad.  "Man Man" had no special powers.  Again, just a man.  But with wings on my helmet, and a nifty gold medal!  That was fun!  How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do? Why it's all there at http://www.thepopups.com. Groovy educational, musical, puppet-tastical, animatronic, videos!  As well as gig listings, albums, and more!  Come check us out!

 

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Batman.  Just a man.  But very motivated, with a lot of time on his hands.  I identify with that.

 

Why is music so important to you?

Without it there would be no "me"!  From a young age music has been an identity, a pacifier, a culture, a gateway to my family and friends.  

 

Other than playing music, what is another really fun thing you like to do together?

Jacob and I love to hang out.  We even sometimes go on vacations together.  And I think when you count up all the hours, he's far and away the person I spend the most time with.  So  we do enjoy each others company.  We've enjoy a good hike!  Exercise is a good way to hang out for us.

 

Our listeners heard your song ‘Costume Party’ on our most recent podcast episode. What is your favorite costume you've ever worn?

That's tough.  We wear a lot of costumes...   I once did a 500 mile bike ride with my wife to raise money for AIDS research.  Every day she dressed up as Wonder Woman, and I dressed up as "Man Man", a sort of Prefontaine-esqe 70's olympiad.  "Man Man" had no special powers.  Again, just a man.  But with wings on my helmet, and a nifty gold medal!  That was fun! 


How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

Why it's all there at http://www.thepopups.com. Groovy educational, musical, puppet-tastical, animatronic, videos!  As well as gig listings, albums, and more!  Come check us out!

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Season 2 | Episode 5: Meet Big Block SingSong

Meet our new friends Big Block SingSong and check out all their fun videos on YouTube!

- Mr. Josh

What is your favorite childhood toy?

Warren: As a kid I loved my Star Wars figures. I would stage huge scenes from the movies making sets out of cardboard boxes. Darth Vader and Boba Fett are my all time favourites. In fact, I still have all of my figures tucked away in my basement.

Adam: When I was about 4, my grandfather gave me a harmonica. It was my first musical instrument and I loved it. I took it everywhere. My grandfather played too and I loved hanging out and learning the songs he grew up with.

We’ve seen so many cool Big Block SingSong episodes on Disney Jr.! What does the process of creating episodes look like?

Warren: The process usually starts with Adam and I coming up with ideas for characters, themes, musical styles and lyrics. Once we have a good list we head into the studio. Adam works on the music and I come up with some artwork. When we have a solid direction for an episode, Adam runs with the idea and comes up with a full tune. I then take the song and animate the characters singing and the rest of the episode.

Adam: It’s quite rare for a composer and an animator to work this closely from beginning to end on a show. It makes for a completely collaborative process. We really like working this way.

Do you have a favorite Big Block SingSong episode? 

Warren: It's hard to choose just one episode. They're all so different and fun in their own way. If I had to choose it would be "Monkey" because it was our first episode and the "Two Banana Day" chorus is still stuck in my head years after animating it.

Adam: I have a soft spot for a lot of episodes but if I were to choose one, I’d have to say “Here We Go” is my favourite. It has the message that anything is possible and we never need to limit our dreams.

We played your song ‘Eat’ on our recent podcast episode. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Warren: Simple. Pepperoni pizza. My son and I share the same culinary tastes.

Adam: Blueberry pie. Made by my mom. Hands down, it’s my favourite food. It wouldn’t be a healthy lifestyle if I lived off of pie but hey, I’m being honest. 

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

Warren: Sugarcrash Kids' listeners can visit the Big Block Singsong website for more info and ways to connect - www.bigblocksingsong.com

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Season 2 | Episode 4: Meet Lloyd H. Miller

Hey guys! Check out this fun interview with our friend Lloyd H. Miller. You heard his song on the show this week, and he has even more great music available. Don't forget to light up the world with some kindness this week! 

- Robyn the Bird

What is your favorite cereal?

I eat oatmeal every morning. It's not only my favorite cereal but my favorite food. I'm allergic to blueberries, apples, and other fruits with an edible skin but if I can eat them cooked -- so I put all these things in my oatmeal in large quantities.

When did you learn to play the guitar?

I started playing electric bass in high school and a little bit of acoustic guitar. I didn't really learn how to play the guitar until I was in my 20s. Before that I was mostly the frontman / singer in bands but when I moved to NYC after college I didn't have an instrument-playing songwriting partner anymore so I had to learn how to do it myself. Since then I've also learned the upright bass (my main instrument when I play jazz and bluegrass at "adult" gigs), the banjo, and the ukulele.

Do you have any advice for kids who want to learn how to play music?

Listen to a wide range of stuff, not just current pop. Check out 60s R&B, 70s salsa, mariachi music, jazz from the teens and 20s, and stuff from as many cultures as you can find. And when you start an instrument, make sure it's a real part of your life, not just a thing in a box you have to practice. If you play guitar, keep it handy so you can grab it and strum randomly.

 

We just showcased your song ‘I’m Gonna Light Up the World’ on our most recent podcast episode. What does that song mean to you personally?

I wrote the original draft of that song while I was in Haiti. I went there with my friend's nonprofit. It's an organization dedicated to bringing solar light to Haiti, one of many places in the world with a large part of its population living in energy poverty. A huge number of people in Haiti have to use unhealthy kerosene to light their homes. The nonprofit makes this cool little solar lights that can light up a small room so families can cook, read, and do other activities together. They look like a coaster initially and then inflate to the size of a coffee can. They charge in sunlight. You can see one in the video for the song: I'm Gonna Light Up the World - Lloyd H. Miller

I wanted to create a song that was easy for people to sing. A song non-English speakers and new English speakers can sing (although I do have a version in Haitian Kreyol that I sing with audiences where people speak the language). I wanted a theme song for our solar light mission but also a song with another layer, a song that encourages people to use their "light," their special gifts and talents, to make their communities better. It's a very important song to me. I work regularly with adults with mental illness, adults with cerebral palsy, kids with cancer, and other folks who need light in their world, who love to sing and dance, but who have lots of challenges and limitations, lots of things that make it hard to simple everyday tasks. Often the most important thing we can do for people is spend time with them, talking and listening. I try to share this message with all my audiences and make my musical events a space where people feel welcome and accepted and loved. 

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

lloydhmiller.com is my umbrella site for my solo work for families, my full band work with the Deedle Deedle Dees, and my "adult" projects (I'm working on a jazz musical about housing foreclosures with Roy Nathanson, leader of the Jazz Passengers, plus I play old-timey jazz, bluegrass, klezmer, and other music). My brand-new podcast is here: Sing-a-long History with Lloyd H. Miller

You can also find me here on Facebook, Twitter, hello, and Instagram. Here are my handles:

Facebook: Lloyd H. Miller | Twitter: @lloydhmiller | ello: lloydhmiller | Instagram: lloydeelloyd

 

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Season 2 | Episode 3: Meet The Not-Its

       

 

 

 

 

Where are you from?

We all live in Seattle now (Ballard and Wallingford neighborhoods). We are originally from DC (Sarah), Richmond VA (Tom), South Dakota (Michael), Yakima WA (Jennie), Kirkland WA (Danny)

What is your favorite game to play together?

Boggle

Your website says that you want to give kids their first ‘Rock Show’ experience. Why is that important to you?

We all remember our first rock shows. It’s what inspired us to become musicians. We want to inspire kids to be creative and follow their dreams. Plus rocking out is fun. It’s a joy to lose yourself in music and be in the moment.

We played your song ‘When I Fell’ on our recent podcast episode. I’m sure a lot of our listeners have gotten cuts or bruises this week - Do you have any advice for them?

Take some deep breaths. Get a hug from Mom or Dad. Get an ice pack and or band aid, then KEEP ON PLAYING!!!

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

www.wearethenot-its.com

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Season 2 | Episode 2: Meet Elska

Hey friends! You guys got to hear a song from our friend Elska on this week's episode of the show! Here's a closer look at Elska and her music. Thanks for stopping by!

- Mr. Josh

 

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

A: I love my colorful arctic cape.  It's made from pieces of string and wool, and sewn together by all of the lost socks on the island.  It's very brightly colored, so that whenever I am wandering through the black lava rocks or hiking through the snow - my friends can find me easily.

We often travel to the Isle of Hooglafair. I see that you’re from the Island of Elska. Can you tell us a bit more about the island?

A: The Island of Elska is a newly formed volcanic island on the edge of the Arctic Circle.  It bubbled up from lava that escaped through a crack on the ocean floor.  The island is covered in black lava rock and has black sand beaches.  Icebergs that float off-shore sometimes break apart and tiny pieces wash up on the black sand.  They look shiny like diamonds on the shore.

The island has one volcano in the center of the island named Mt. Flash.  It never erupts, although sometimes a small trickle of red lava spills over the side and glows under the stars at night.

We love your song called “I Just Had an Idea”! Why are ideas so important?

A:  Everyone has ideas and often times people have very different ideas from one another.  Ideas are important because they help us to make new things, find new medicines, write new songs, or find ways to connect with friends and people from around the world. When I have an idea, I sometimes can't wait to write it down in my journal or tell it to my friends.  They then listen to my idea and sometimes add to it!  Before you know it, we might be onto making a new project or singing a new song.

What is the coolest idea you’ve ever had?

A:  Moving onto an island where I could be totally at one with nature is definitely the coolest idea I have ever had.  But I can't take all the credit for that idea, as so many people throughout history have made the decision to return to a simpler way of life.  Sometimes we forget that we humans are animals and that we also have a natural environment that fits us perfectly. For me, that's a beautiful and pristine Arctic island. 

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

A:  You can find my music, concert information, music videos and more at www.islandofelska.com.  My music is also available online through major digital platforms, and often playing on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live channel.

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Interview with a Beautiful Family

So, the truth is, we're creating SCK Radio (our new iPhone/iPad app) for busy families who want the very best for their kids. It's for families who go out of their way to invite imaginative play and exploration; for those who value intuitive learning through music and storytelling. 

We recently had a chance to hang out with one of these families. When we pulled up to the McGrath home, it was very alive. Music was playing, snacks were set out; one kid was in the pool while another was practicing his skateboarding on the halfpipe... in all of the wonderful commotion, David and Amy took a few moments to sit down and let us ask them a few questions.

SCK: What does a typical day look like around here?

Amy: Oh man, schedules all over the place - and this is just the beginning because they're so young. We're taking one kid to school, one to the nanny, I work full time, David works full time, so... it's sort of chaos. It's a wonderful chaos though!

David: It's just amazing; there's no quiet time.

Amy: We love being in the backyard together. David and I debriefing on our day, the kids organized and a mess all at the same time. One is on the zipline, one is in the pool, another is dropping in at the skate ramp - it's just my favorite. I love the noise; I love the laughter.

David: When the kids are finally in bed, we kind of just look at each other like we made it. We did it. And that happens every single day.

SCK: What role does the imagination play in your family?

David: I think we realize as we get older that the creativity and imagination of all kids is so much greater than ours. It's kind of frustrating at times; it's like as we get older, we almost get less creative and less imaginative. We don't make up imaginary people or games anymore. We kind of become too old or mature for it.

Amy: One thing we love, because we're both in the field of education, is cultivating curiosity. And I love that our kids are curious about almost everything. We'll be driving in the car, and they want to know where people are going, what's under the hood, how they can make it...

SCK: So you mentioned 'cultivating curiosity'. How do you do that?

Amy: Nowadays, a lot of time for kids is spent on screen, so I think we have to be really intentional about making sure our kids are outside getting dirty - barefoot, running around and eating dirt, being outdoors - it's just fun! They're digital natives, and they're a part of a generation that is immersed in technology, but I also want to make sure that they're a part of this maker movement, getting their hands involved, and making something come to life. I want them to get their hands dirty instead of only watching things happen on a screen.

David: Curiosity is basically a natural inclination to want to ask a question. I think we've both decided that we don't simply want to answer our kids' questions, but we want to refer the question back to them and invite them to explore the answers.

Amy: Also, I think cultivating curiosity includes letting them tell stories, ask questions - letting them dream and tell you about their dreams... you have to affirm their stories and validate them in their dreams.

SCK: So, you've mentioned that your family loves the Sugarcrash Kids Podcast. What about the show do you enjoy?

Amy: We love the show! We listen to it primarily in the car - it's become our favorite way to get from Point A to Point B. Mr. Josh and Robyn the Bird are famous in our car, and especially to me, because it's a always a crazy morning and everyone is screaming until I put the show on... it's been a really fun piece to the school year!

David: It's true. Sugarcrash Kids is literally chanted for - not only by our kids, but also by the kids we're taking to school.

Amy: I love that it's so organic. After the kids listen, I have other moms calling me to ask what Sugarcrash Kids is, and the followup later is always 'This was awesome! Thanks so much for sharing...' They always want to know how to get more.

SCK: It's rad that you guys love the show so much! How do the kids respond to the different stories, songs, characters, etc...?

Amy: I find that the kids put themselves in the shoes of the characters, what they would have seen and done... it's imaginations gone wild. The show is so rich in detail, and it creates awesome visuals for the kids. It's fun as a parent to watch them share what they thought about during the shows and what they would've done differently... In terms of learning moments, as a teacher, I'm always like 'score!' - it's great.

David: I think the key is that they hear other kids. When they can hear kids speaking and singing the songs, they can put themselves into a lot more of it than they could if it was just adults... 

Amy: There's not a lot out there right now that leaves room for the imagination. Kids are traditionally not that great at listening to podcasts because they're used to seeing exactly what characters look like, how they act - it's somebody else's imagination played out. My favorite part of the Sugarcrash Kids Podcast is that there is so much room for them to take it personally and create their own characters in their heads. It's a lot of fun to watch.

SCK: Are you guys excited about the SCK Radio app that's coming out? 

Amy: We are very excited. Can't wait.

SCK: Thanks for taking the time with us! And thanks for supporting Sugarcrash Kids!

If you'd still like to contribute towards our Kickstarter Campaign to build the SCK Radio App (and more!), you still have a few hours left! Connect here: http://kck.st/1JxEqGO

Thanks for reading and being rad.

- Mr. Josh

 

 

  

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Season 2 | Episode 1: Meet Justin Roberts

Hey guys! In our first episode of Season 2, you heard an awesome song called 'Recess' by our friend Justin Roberts. We found out some fun things about Justin and his music. Get to know him and find out how you can hear more from him below! 

- Robyn the Bird

What is your favorite food?

I like all kinds of foods. My parents were pickier eaters than I am. I’ll try just about anything. I think the first moment I diverged from my parents food preferences was when I tasted a mushroom and liked it.

But, my favorite food, hmm. Probably anything cooked from scratch. See my song “From Scratch” from Pop Fly to learn about my Grandma who helped inspire my cooking.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Well, my favorite animal is a dog and specifically a french breed of sheep dog called the Briard. Look it up online, it will make you laugh. I think the life of a dog wouldn’t be too bad. Taking care of your owner, sleeping all day, playing in the park, and doing tricks for treats.

What is your best memory from school?

My 5th Grade teacher, Ms. Roberson, encouraged us to do creative writing and took us to meet many real life authors. It was definitely the beginning of my fascination with words and making up stories. We even self-published a book that year with all the best stories. It was inspiring.

What was your favorite thing to do at recess when you were a kid?

I loved the Jungle Gym, which looked a lot like the one pictured on my 2010 Grammy nominated album minus the crazy vines. It was simply a geometric metal structure that was probably entirely dangerous but a whole lot of fun. I remember one kid broke his arm on that structure. Those memories helped me write the song “sign my cast.”

How can our listeners find more of your music and more of what you do?

They can visit my website www.justinrobertsmusic.com. There are links to my videos, Facebook fan page, and a link to my store. My CDs can be found on Amazon and are downloadable from iTunes as well. They can also watch videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/CarpetSqRec

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Robyn the Bird - Taking Flight

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I've always loved stories - delicate pages filled with captivating characters, songs that transport me to far off places, and if we're being totally honest here, even the occasional sappy commercial. There's just something so powerful about the art of storytelling. As an adult, there can be so many hindrances to really engaging in a story. But kids have a way of connecting and diving in without reservation. I've always admired that about children, and it may in fact be a portion of the reason why I've ended up as a recurring character on the Real Nannies of Orlando over the past few years. (Okay, not really. But if that were a real thing it would totally be true.) Kids are smart, and creative, and aren't afraid to look silly, and I love that.

When I heard Josh was working on a children's album, I kind of freaked out. He's a super talented songwriter. And if I'm being real, quality music seems to be an afterthought in a lot of kids' entertainment these days. I listened to some of the stuff he was producing and was immediately hooked! I'm pretty sure I didn't leave a conversation with him in those next few months without him knowing that I was officially obsessed with Sugarcrash Kids. So when he told me what he had been working on with Jeremiah, and approached me about being a part of the podcast, I didn't have to think twice! I was so pumped for the opportunity, but was honestly a little intimidated. I have a background in theatre and have dabbled in music, but hadn't done much with either in a while and was pretty lacking in the self-confidence department. Overall, these guys were really taking a gamble on me, and I knew that.

When the three of us sat down to write our first episode, there was an instant chemistry. We all worked really well together and seemed to have a natural rhythm which was very encouraging! We could tell something truly special had been born. Little by little, I've felt the creative energy I had been stifling for so long being pulled out of me through our stories and songs. Josh and Jeremiah welcome my input and ideas, and honestly, our writing and recording sessions are just fun!

Over the course of the last eight months, we've spent many hours and late nights dreaming up characters and writing stories that kids can relate to and engage with. We want to use storytelling of all kinds to inspire kids' creativity, invite them into conversation about the world around them, and to have the best time ever along the way. It's amazing watching these things come to life. The three of us have a little joke that if I'm on the brink of tears when we're working on an episode, we know we're on the right track. There have been lots of near weepy moments this past year, but I can't help it! It's because in those moments, I get a tiny glimpse of how special it is for children to realize that they can dream, be a good friend, make great decisions, and are capable of incredible things.

Now, not only do I get to tell stories, but I also get to be part of a really special one! I've learned and grown so much as a part of this in the last eight months. Sugarcrash Kids has helped me become more myself than I've ever been before, and my hope is that through it, kids everywhere can grow and learn and become more themselves as well. The story of Sugarcrash Kids is just unfolding and  I'm honored to play a part in it. Will you?

Watch the video below and visit our Kickstarter page and help us create our brand new app SCK Radio, which will host all of our music, podcast episodes, and more! We only have 7 days left to bring this app to life so we need you!

 

Thanks so much!

-Robyn the Bird

 

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Mr. Josh - The SCK Story

A little more than a year ago, I had a dream. It was a dream that I could, perhaps, write some fun songs for children that parents would also enjoy. Sounds like a simple dream, right? It was. But I think most great dreams probably are simple deep down at their core.

I really wanted to write something inspiring. I wanted to create something that would encourage kids to sing and dance and laugh and play - something that could, perhaps, even allow grownups to feel like kids again (don't we all dream of that from time to time?).

Also, as a parent myself, I was tired of hearing kids music that sounded like an afterthought - like low budget, poorly written, dumbed down clamor. It bummed me out. The truth is, kids are creatively capable of much more than we often think...

So... I began writing a batch of songs.

Enter Jeremiah John Dunlap (or, DJJD). He is a fairly well-known producer in Central Florida, and he's one of the most creatively talented guys I've ever met. Last summer I approached him over coffee with the idea of making an album together. Looking back, I realize how absurd the pitch must've seemed:

Me: 'It's for children, but grownups will like it too. Picture the smarts of Feist with the loud guitars of Weezer, but we're singing about the potty...'.

JD: (Puzzled look)

Me: 'Do you know how to program dubstep?'.

JD: What's your budget again?

After much conversation and planning, Jeremiah and I came together last summer to create the first Sugarcrash Kids album, Play All Day and Sleep All Night. It released on November 25th of last year, and the response has been stellar! 

After the release, DJJD and I started dreaming big things together, and then we decided to become official partners in Sugarcrash Kids.

 

Fast forward to December (yes, one month after the album released...) of last year. Another dream started brewing:

What if we could create a podcast that was as smart and well-produced as some of the shows we loved (RadioLab, This American Life, Serial, etc.), but it was for kids? 

What if we could develop a cast of interesting characters and tell stories that invite kids to get lost in between reality and dreamland - right in that sweet spot where learning actually happens...? 

What if we could write a brand new song for each episode and ask kids to come on the show and talk about topics in their own words?

The idea was huge. It had potential. It was really fun to think about. Whoa - it could be huge!

There was one hangup though. Neither of us had ever done anything with a podcast before.

So... we did the logical thing and invited one of our friends who had also never done a podcast to join the team and help.

Enter Robyn the Bird. When I first approached Robyn about doing the podcast, she kind of had a perplexed look on her face - and rightfully so. She had never done a podcast before, and actually, we had never worked on anything together before... But, somehow Jeremiah and I were convinced that she'd be a great co-host and part of the team. We did know she was great with children and well-liked by everyone in our community, and we had a sneaking suspicion that there was a lot of untapped talent there.

Luckily, we were right.

In late December of last year, the three of us basically locked ourselves in a room together for ten hours and wrote the very first episode of The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast.

The podcast released in January of this year, and we have been blown away with how people have responded. In just seven months, our listenership has grown from 0 to between 3,000 and 5,000 per episode. Which is CRAZY. What the heck? I mean, I'm happy about it...

To me, the numbers aren't even the coolest part, though. It's the stories from the families who listen to the episodes. It's hearing how kids like to pretend they are the different characters on the show. It's parents telling us that their morning commute to preschool is so much better now because the show is on repeat in the car. It's people sending us clips of their kids singing our songs as loud as they can. It's hearing from you! 

This is why we made a podcast... 

But, there's more now...

The next part of the dream is creating one place where parents can go to always get great content for their kids. Instead of sifting through YouTube, Pandora, or some podcast app in the car to find a song or a show that kids will like, we wondered what it would look like to create a hub of curated, quality content.   

So, in the same fashion that we created a podcast way before we knew how, we are creating an iPhone/iPad app. 

But, don't worry. It's going to be amazing!

It's called SCK Radio, and it is intended to be a hub for quality family content. When it launches in late August or early September, it will come preloaded with both of our existing albums (PADSAN and Rad Songs) and all of our podcast episodes. Whenever a new album or podcast episode is released, it will automatically become available within the app. Meaning, for Sugarcrash Kids content, you will never have to look anywhere else.

Oh, and it's free to download.

This is so exciting, but it's also phase one. Eventually, the app is intended to have other artists' songs and other podcasters' material curated in, making it a one stop shop for great kids and family entertainment!

So, here's the thing: We are currently raising $7000 on Kickstarter to pay for the creation and release of the SCK Radio app. Our desire is to be able to keep making great content for your family for FREE, but that means we'll need your help on certain things to keep the ball moving forward.

Please take a moment and watch the video below. If you are a fan of what we do or wish to support the creation of the SCK Radio app, click HERE. There are lots of great prizes for contributors too (t-shirts, concerts, a spot on the podcast, etc.).


Thanks SO much for the support! We're glad we can be a part of your family...

- Mr. Josh





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Stalag-what?

If you've been following along with us during our Camp Hooglafair summer podcast series, you heard Robyn the Bird and I talk about some of our memories from camp on the most recent episode! I talked about my favorite camp activity-spelunking, which means exploring caves. I told you guys I would show you some pictures of stalagmites and stalactites so you could get a better idea of what they are, so here you go!

 

 
In most caves, water mixes with minerals and drips down from the ceiling. Over time this creates structures called stalagmites and stalactites!

In most caves, water mixes with minerals and drips down from the ceiling. Over time this creates structures called stalagmites and stalactites!

Stalactites hang down from the ceiling and stalagmites form on the ground! Don't they look so cool?

Stalactites hang down from the ceiling and stalagmites form on the ground! Don't they look so cool?

 

Thanks so much for hanging out with us each week this summer. We're having a blast learning and having fun together. Stay rad and we'll see you next week!

- Mr. Josh

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Otters Holding Hands

Hey guys! I just can't get over how adorable these little otters holding hands are. I hope you get the chance to learn something new this week. And the best part is, there's always more to learn! Get out there and discover new things!

- Robyn the Bird

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