Monthly Archives: April 2014

Giveaway-Win a Free Copy of “Everyone’s Invited!” album

Win a Free Copy of “Everyone’s Invited!” the Parents’ Choice® Approved CD!

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!I’m pleased to offer you a chance to win “Everyone’s Invited” on CD, the playful, kid-friendly album that celebrates kindness. active play, learning and imagination. I want this to be the soundtrack to your everyday family life and I’m going to put this CD in the hands of the lucky winner – it could be you! Get started now, the contest ends on Wednesday 4/30 and you get new opportunities every day to increase your chance of winning!

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Check out the Jungle Gym Jam Store for more great merchandise, like tie-dye t-shirts, posters, light wands, tambourines and more.

The Making of our Official Band Picture

The most important thing for a band pic is that it should “look like the music sounds!” This picture by Heather Reagan-Holihan of Isis Design & Photo Studios really captures the energy of  the Jungle Gym Jam both in performance and on record.

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

“Cross-country Casey” McCleary-harmony vocals, guitar; “Dynamic David” Rosenblum-bass guitar, harmony vocals; “Jersey Jason” Didner, “The Cool Rockin’ Daddy”-lead vocals, lead guitar; “Rockin’ Ross” Kantor-drums, harmony vocals

This photo shoot at Imagine That!!! A New Jersey Children’s Museum came together at the last minute after a gig was cancelled (the first scheduled gig with David on bass). I figured we needed a photo of the new lineup so I chose a great place with lots of potential backdrops for awesome shots of a kindie band.

Heather was easygoing, patient and professional as kids went flying by us every which way when we were taking indoor location shots. She brought a lot of creativity to the process and was very warm and kind with my 3-year-old daughter who was getting “Daddy time” throughout the process.

After capturing some indoor shots (there’s a decommissioned Piper Cub airplane suitable for young aviators to explore), we moved outdoors to take a few shots of the group, mostly with us standing up straight, smiling – typical group shot stuff. But then Heather encouraged us to get a little silly-and that shot became our “keeper!”

An NJ Dad’s Musical Labor of Love Debuts, Earning Parents’ Choice Approved Seal

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Singer/songwriter Jason Didner could not ignore the calling that arose from his experiences parenting his then almost-2-year-old daughter. “Seeing the world in new ways through her eyes was too much for me to leave alone without songs to celebrate all the little milestones,” he said.

With the help of his wife Amy, an experienced teacher, on the lyrics, Jason proceeded to set to music his daughter’s wonder at seeing the moon re-appear from behind clouds, her affection for a ladybug on her ceiling, a quenching of his own curiosity to know how sea lions are different from seals, and many more everyday family adventures.

The resulting collection of songs deserved a rock-n-roll band to perform and professionally record this music, according to Jason and Amy. So they set out to do just that, and the talent was assembled to form Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam (www.junglegymjam.com). That band entered the studio and proceeded to create its debut album “Everyone’s Invited!” which was released early in 2014.

Most recently, that album earned the Parents’ Choice® Approved seal, a distinction that is awarded to only 20% of all applicants, each of whom has to pay an application fee that would make any artist think twice about seeking an approval they’re unlikely to get unless their product possesses an exceptional ability to delight and enrich kids and families.

Music historian and dad Lahri Bond offered this review on behalf of the Parents’ Choice® Foundation.

In the review, Lahri singled out “Peek-a-boo Moon” (below) as a highlight of the album.

If you agree with Parents’ Choice® and want this album in your family’s collection, you can listen/buy at your favorite online music retailer below.

The album is available as a physical CD or download at CDBaby.com, where it has entered the Top 40 in Kids/Family music (out of thousands of albums), or as a download from Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon MP3.

Download on iTunes amazonmp3 Get it on Google Play

Jason and the band offer a free PDF eBook containing stories behind all the songs, lyric and chord charts, coloring pages and some anti-bullying poetry. This spring, summer and fall, the band is touring New Jersey and surrounding areas, performing at outdoor festivals, public libraries, house concerts, and rock concert venues.

For more information, contact Jason Didner at 201-838-1205 or by email: Jason(at)junglegymjam(dot)com.

A Puppet Show – Making it Look like it Sounds!

Sea lion puppet by FolkmanisA mark of a good stage show is that it makes the performance “look like it sounds.” This is especially important when entertaining the youngest audience members, where everybody wins when you provide many different ways to appeal to the senses.

 

Penguin puppetIn that spirit, I’ve received several new puppets who will make their debut this Saturday at Glenfield Park in Montclair! These fuzzy friends will play characters right out of our songs “Five Sea Lions,” “Peek-a-boo Moon,” “Glass Bottom Boat” and “The People Exhibit at the Zoo!” Who knows…”Mimi the Ladybug” might make her big debut this weekend too!

Many thanks to the good folks at the PuppetU Store for their great selection, easy-to-use web site and quick shipping! I highly recommend them for your puppetry needs!