An article in the Asbury Park Press by the paper’s chief music critic Chris Jordan gave me a great idea. He listed New Jersey’s Top 10 Christmas Songs of All Time. Most of those tracks were unfamiliar to me, but I totally agreed with his #1 pick: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band!
So I set out to create a Spotify playlist that contained as many of those listed songs as I could find in the catalog. Then I added my own entry, “Summertime Santa,” those of my fellow NJ children’s musicians, and some by the Garden State’s notable rockers – both household names and local heroes – and jazz artists.
Please leave a comment if there’s more NJ holiday music I should know about (in the Spotify library)!
Jungle Gym Jam Time Music and Movement class – for “My Grown-up and Me” – this developmentally appropriate class for ages 6 months to 3 years will delight and enrich child and grown-up together in a positive and friendly setting.
Enter here by Monday night, December 12 for your chance to win free enrollment to this session:
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I’ll donate a CD to Toys for Tots every time you order a CD!
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam donates a #LollipopMotel CD to Toys for Tots because a fan bought a CD at last Sunday's show! #TunesForTots
Posted by Jason Didner on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Let’s face it. Your inbox is being flooded with emails telling you to buy their product to give as a gift for your loved ones. Probably at a discount. I’m offering something different. When you order one of my CDs, Lollipop Motel or Everyone’s Invited! I will donate a copy to Toys for Tots (established and operated by the U.S. Marines) so that kids who are less fortunate can get the gift of music this Christmas or Hanukkah. Tunes for Tots runs through December 31, 2016. And I’ve cut our prices to $10.98 per disc just for the holiday season!
Other participating artists in Tunes for Tots:
- Hullabaloo (founder of Tunes for Tots)
- Sarah Nova
Today, we celebrate our very own “Awesome Amy” Didner’s birthday! Ever since our daughter’s development inspired us to write kid-friendly songs full of heart, humor and rock-n-roll spirit, the Jungle Gym Jam has been our passion project together. But did you know that Amy and I have written and recorded songs for kids for years before that, tracing back to her time as a teacher’s aide and a student teacher?
We had written some original songs, come up with educational “parody” lyrics to popular songs, sometimes in French (Amy taught a French class to preschoolers at one point), and even done songwriting workshops where we collaborated with the kids in class to write a song that fits a theme in their curriculum. We had thought it would be a good idea to maybe one day take our efforts to support Amy’s classroom in a professional direction in their own right and put that thought on the back burner.
It was in our new life as parents of a rapidly developing and curious child that we really discovered what we could do if we poured all our musical and educational passion into a project that’s intended for whole families and whole school communities to enjoy together.
Amy is many things to the Jungle Gym Jam – our co-lyricist, our Educational Director, the MC of our most interactive moments with the kids in the audience, the keeper of the beat for our acoustic performances, and the puppeteer.
Personally she means far more than that to me – my co-pilot on the roller-coaster of our shared life, my inspiration to be a better person, my most trusted confidant, and my best friend.
Please comment below to wish our beloved Amy the happiest birthday yet (followed only by happier ones!) We’d also be honored if you gave our two albums a listen; you can get to them from our Music page.
It’s a family-friendly afternoon concert at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ this Sunday, November 20!
At the Stone Pony this Sunday, you and your family will:
- Scat-sing along with Lucy Kalantari, a master at feel-good Roaring 20s jazz for kids & families.
- Get very silly with Baze, an artist known to get big laughs out of little kids.
- Rap, rock and read with Miss Nina who will bring the famous children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” to life.
- Dance up a storm while you meet Summertime Santa and “Bruce” the Jersey Dinosaur, two of the many Jersey rock-n-roll characters portrayed in songs by Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam.
- Celebrate “Awesome Amy’s” birthday!
- Witness a loving tribute paid to “Mr. Lou” DeMartino, bassist from Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan who also played in the Jungle Gym Jam.
- Share with your children one of the world’s most famous music venues located right on our very own Jersey Shore in a totally age-appropriate and awesome way.
Get your tickets here: