Monthly Archives: May 2016

Give to St. Jude, Get a Beach Album Your Family Will Love!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

We were so inspired by the work of a 6-year-old podcaster that we’ve decided to join forces with her. Chloe (Chloe’s Friendship Circle) has been podcasting for almost a year and has started a campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So every time you download our new album Lollipop Motel, we’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to Chloe’s fundraising drive for St. Jude’s.

St. Jude’s is unique because it’s not just a hospital for kids; it’s a hospital that through its foundation is able to assist families struggling to pay to maintain their kids’ health so they’re not worrying about a hospital bill on top of worrying about their children’s well being.

Lollipop Motel album cover - Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym JamLollipop Motel is a collection of fun, energetic rock-n-roll songs celebrating family vacation time at the beach, namely the Jersey Shore, inspired by the Jersey Shore’s most famous rock-n-roller, Bruce Springsteen and the folks who made the scene along with him, like Southside Johnny. You’ll get funny moments in songs like “Restless Heart” and “Jam Packed” to genuinely heartwarming moments like the fondly nostalgic “Lollipop Motel” title track. The sun-drenched “Day at the Beach” will whet your appetite for an actual day at the beach.

If you have an Apple device and prefer the simplicity of downloading music in iTunes, get your music here.

If you’re comfortable downloading ZIP files and copying them into your favorite music player, get your music right from my own web site.

Other download options include bandcamp (pay-what-you-want) or CD Baby (especially convenient if you already have an account with them), Amazon Music and Google Play Store.

Another very cool connection to St. Jude’s is that Lollipop Motel includes a cover of “Free to Be…You and Me,” the title track of the groundbreaking project by Marlo Thomas, who is the daughter of St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. So when you buy this album that concludes with “Free to Be…You and Me,” you’re helping one of Marlo’s favorite organizations too!

What are your favorite charities; what does it mean to you to give back to your community? Discuss in the comments below.

Today (Saturday) – Turtle Back Zoo

Jason, Holly and Amy take a bow at Turtle Back Zoo Fall 2015

Photo by Nicole Gray

We have a musical weekend coming up, full of acoustic family rock performances by Amy and me. on Saturday, we return to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to mark their first weekend with the new giraffe exhibit. You may hear a new giraffe song from us to celebrate, joining our sea lion, ladybug and other zoo tunes. Puppets and audience interactivity are all part of the musical fun. We’re putting on 3 shows: 12:30, 1:15 and 2:00 PM. This is a little earlier than originally scheduled to make sure we get the whole show in before any rain.

The show is included your in zoo admission or membership price. Our brand new CD Lollipop Motel will be available for purchase at our souvenir stand. Each CD comes with a colorful beach ball that has the Jungle Gym Jam logo on it. Plus, we’re donating 10% of our proceeds from the souvenir stand to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of Chloe’s Friendship Circle drive.

The show at Java Haus in Brick, NJ originally scheduled for this Sunday has been rescheduled to a new date: Saturday, Jun 4 at 3:30 PM.

Lollipop Motel Album Lyrics

Lollipop Motel album cover - Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym JamSing along with your favorite summer beach vacation songs from Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam’s new album Lollipop Motel!

  1. Your Happy Place
  2. Day at the Beach
  3. Restless Heart
  4. Jam Packed
  5. Lollipop Motel
  6. Little Yellow Plane
  7. My Superpower
  8. The Ultimate Frisbee
  9. Jersey Dinosaurs
  10. Summertime Santa
  11. Too Big to Jump on the Bed
  12. Free to Be…You and Me

We’re donating 50% of download proceeds from this album to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more here.

Get lyrics to both our albums here.

Too Big to Jump on the Bed Lyrics – Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Too Big to Jump on the Bed
© 2014, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner; Music by Jason Didner
All Rights Reserved

Verse 1:
“Daddy jump on the bed with me!” you say
‘Cause you need to burn some energy today
But if I tried the bed wouldn’t hold my weight
I would make a thud that reverberates
And mama would be seriously dismayed

Pre-chorus:
Then Mama would call the doctor
The doctor would call the nurse
The nurse would call insurance
To see if they reimburse

Chorus:
Say, I’m to big to jump on the bed
You’ll have to jump on it for us
‘Cause I would fall and bump my head
Like the five little monkeys before us

Verse 2:
So I’ll hold your hands while you jump up and down
I’ll do all I can to protect that precious crown
You can jump and play now with delight
With your Daddy here you’ll be all right
And Mama much prefers those happy sounds

Pre-chorus:
So Mama won’t call the doctor
The doctor won’t call the nurse
The nurse won’t call insurance
To see if they reimburse

Chorus

Solo

Bridge:
I couldn’t have imagined that
I’d witness such a scene
You’re a super bouncing acrobat
With a bed for a trampoline

Chorus (2x)


This song is in included in the album Lollipop Motel.

Jersey Dinosaurs Lyrics – Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Jersey Dinosaurs
(C) 2015 – lyrics by Amy & Jason Didner

More than eighty million years ago
Before the Turnpike came to be
Down off Exit 4 on that famous road
In the swamps of old south Jersey

Dinosaurs as big as buses
That didn’t have to pay tolls
They could turn left wherever they wanted
That’s how these huge lizards rolled

Chorus:
Back when we had hadrosaurs
The Jersey dinosaurs (Whoah!)
We had hadrosaurs
Our very own Jersey dinosaurs
(Whoah oh oh oh oh!)
Verse 2:
Oh, these hadrosaurs were grazers
Livin’ on grass and low lying leaves
See, they had no Dino diners
To get Taylor ham, egg and cheese
(It’s a Jersey thing!)

They loved sunshine and water
From Cape May to Seaside Heights
Long before there was a boardwalk
Tilt-a-Whirls or water slides

Chorus

Bridge:
They raised their noisy high pitched roars
While defending land and food
These late, great Garden State hadrosaurs
Had Jersey attitude!

Chorus

Outro (repeat chorus pattern 4x)


This song is in included in the album Lollipop Motel.