Monthly Archives: June 2017

#SummerOfSharing is Back!

 Save U.S. Pets Logo  Oradell Animal Hospital Logo

Your Jungle Gym Jam Digital Download Purchases Will Be Shared 50/50 with Save U.S. Pets!

Last year we launched #SummerOfSharing, giving a portion of our music and merchandise sales proceeds to causes like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and young heart patient Xavier Ross’ hospital expenses.

Oradell Animal Hospital teams up with Jungle Gym Jam to support Save U.S. Pets in Summer of Sharing 2017This year, we’re teaming up with Oradell Animal Hospital to give to SAVE U.S. PETS, an independent, all volunteer 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to ensuring that no pet is denied lifesaving veterinary treatment because of its owner’s inability to pay.

50% of our digital download sales in the month of July will benefit Save U.S. Pets, including sales from:

If you’d rather have the physical product from us, you can pick up a CD at our live shows in July and we’ll donate 20% to Save U.S. Pets! We’ll also share 20% of proceeds from any online store purchase of a physical product. You can order CD’s or T-shirts in our online store.

* for Patreon gift levels involving a live party or preschool performance, we’ll donate $2.50 from your first monthly payment.

Thanks for supporting our #SummerOfSharing drive – remember to use that hashtag to tell others how you’re joining us to make New Jersey a better place for pets!

Pandagarten Lyrics

Pandagarten

© 2017, Lyrics by Jason & Amy Didner, Music by Jason Didner

 Ni Hao! I’m Bao Bao the Panda and I’m 2 years old
Born the size of a stick of butter, so I’m told
At first fuzzy and pink and now I’m black and white
When my eyes began to work, Mom was such a beautiful sight!

Pre-chorus:
Well, the years went by and Mom and I started doing our own thing
And then my human teachers took me under their wings
Under their wings…

Chorus:
We get an awesome start in (awesome start in)
Our Panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
Our teachers put the heart in (put the heart in)
Our Panda Kindergarten (Pandagarten)
We grow capable and smart in (Growing smart in)
Our panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play

Verse 2:
There are sixteen pandas in my class
It’s me and my furry friends
On a playground where we swing and climb
And try again and again

All this exercise and these healthy treats
Help us grow big and strong
For a year or so we’ll learn new skills
And how to get along

Pre-chorus:
When we graduate, some classmates will stay here to have a child
And the most daring and adaptable will be picked to live out in the wild
Picked to live out in the wild…

Chorus

Outro:
(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play
(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play

It’s Here! Pandagarten Single Released 6/23

Adorable synth pop tune teaches how Chinese nature centers are bringing giant pandas back from endangerment

Pandagarten single artwork - Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam 2017

Cover artwork for upcoming “Pandagarten” single

“Awesome Amy” has always loved pandas. One of my little gifts to her around the time we were married was a panda pillow. Two years ago we came face-to-face with a panda for the first time – it was Bao-Bao, the panda cub in the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. That was a special and moving experience for our whole family, just 2 weeks before we underwent a kidney transplant together.

This lively new track benefits from the 80s synth sounds I grew up on, where I found so much inspiration that later came over to the guitar. Then, amping up the cute factor is the vocal appearance of “Hoppin’ Holly” with her cousins Natalie & Maya and her friend Elisa.

Here’s a review of the new track by children’s music/parenting blogger Jeffrey Cohen, a.k.a. MrJeff2000. 

Pandagarten marks a new era in our music-making. We’ve begun self-producing our music at home, using the experience we collected working in commercial studios with producers and engineers. This exciting change will allow us to bring more of our musical ideas to life, year-round, not just when we have the opportunity and resources to book studio time.

The track is available worldwide now for download:

You can also stream it at:

Want “Pandagarten” plus every upcoming single of ours before it’s released? Or want us to perform at your birthday party or preschool? Hop on over to our Patreon page. See how you can become a patron of our music.

Here’s a stripped-down acoustic performance of the song, captured soon after the writing was completed:

For more information about pandas — and the source of our inspiration, check out the book Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder, illustrated with photos by Kathleen Feng, published by Harper Collins. It’s a wonderful book that really gave us the framework for our based-on-a-true-story song.

Want to sing along with it? Here are the lyrics:


Pandagarten

© 2017, Lyrics by Jason & Amy Didner, Music by Jason Didner

 Ni Hao! I’m Bao Bao the Panda and I’m 2 years old
Born the size of a stick of butter, so I’m told
At first fuzzy and pink and now I’m black and white
When my eyes began to work, Mom was such a beautiful sight!

Pre-chorus:
Well, the years went by and Mom and I began doing our own thing
And then my human teachers took me under their wings
Under their wings…

Chorus:
We get an awesome start in (awesome start in)
Our Panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
Our teachers put the heart in (put the heart in)
Our Panda Kindergarten (Pandagarten)
We grow capable and smart in (Growing smart in)
Our panda kindergarten (Pandagarten)
Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play

Verse 2:
There are sixteen pandas in my class
It’s me and my furry friends
On a playground where we swing and climb
And try again and again

All this exercise and these healthy treats
Help us grow big and strong
For a year or so we’ll learn new skills
And how to get along

Pre-chorus:
When we graduate, some classmates will stay here to have a child
And the most daring and adaptable will be picked to live out in the wild

Chorus

Outro:
(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play
(Pandagarten) Pandagarten
That’s where we learn and play

Jungle Gym Jam at Your Birthday Party!

More Birthday Joy! No Sticker Shock!

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam at Monmouth Museum

Here’s a whole new way to get live entertainment at your young one’s birthday party:

Break it up into monthly payments and avoid the sticker shock that comes around at birthday time!

When you subscribe to the Jungle Gym Jam’s Patreon page at the “Happy Birthday!” level, we’ll entertain at a birthday party (or other celebration) of your choice each year (flexibility with date will be needed) — as long as you’re within a 3-hour drive* of our home base in Montclair, NJ.

>> Check out our Patreon page and look for the birthday party subscription levels. 

Patreon is an online community where people who love independently created music, videos, books, etc. get to be “patrons” of their favorite creators with a monthly subscription that keeps the good stuff coming.

For a pledge of $20 per month, your family gets the birthday party performance (acoustic duo) plus all of these perks:

  • Executive Producer – That’s right, you’re now an executive producer of the Jungle Gym Jam’s future albums! Your name will be in the credits, both printed on the CD insert and online.
  •  Monthly online concert – be part of a private group that gets online concerts webcast just for our subscribers. Request your favorite Jungle Gym Jam tunes to be dedicated to your kids.
  • Get all our music on CD and downloads. Your subscription comes with autographed CD copies of both our existing records Lollipop Motel and Everyone’s Invited! Plus every future CD album as it comes out. You’ll also get all the MP3 files for download, to save you the extra steps of importing the CDs.
  • Every new single before it’s released! When you subscribe to the Jungle Gym Jam’s Patreon page, you’ll get our monthly singles before the rest of the world does.

Would you rather have the whole band (4-5 piece) play at your party? Easy! Just go for the “Candle Blowout” level of subscription at $55 per month. Once a year, the full band will perform at your party. The party date will require flexibility as we tend to book many of our shows well in advance.

>> Sign up for the birthday party plan you want on the Jungle Gym Jam’s Patreon page. 

* Do you live more than 3 hours’ drive from our home in Montclair, NJ? We love to travel! You can still subscribe at these levels, but we’ll need to work out a plan with you to cover our travel costs in those cases.

 

Be a Patron of the Arts

Patreon Meets the Jungle Gym Jam!

"Jersey Jason" lays down a vocal for the Jungle Gym Jam's new single "Pandagarten"For over four years, “Awesome Amy” and I have used rock-n-roll energy, interactivity, humor and lots of heart to create something that would make a difference in the lives of kids and families. We’ve created an invitation to put down that gadget, get up and dance. We’ve snuck in some educational content about animals and nature.

Our two albums Everyone’s Invited! and Lollipop Motel were produced in recording studios where we paid hourly for the time of a producer and an engineer, all while we witnessed the recorded music industry changing.

In 2017, you don’t have to buy a CD or download to hear the album of your choice; In 2017 you carry in your pocket a jukebox of virtually all commercially recorded music there is!

So…how does new recorded music get financed in this new era? The same way as the classical composers were funded in the 1700s! Patrons of the arts fund the creation of new music, simply because they want it to be created. An online community known as Patreon does just that…it enables fans of a creator to become patrons…to fund the creation of more of the art that makes their lives better.

>> Visit the Jungle Gym Jam’s new Patreon page and watch a 1-minute video. 

With Patreon, a creator’s patrons subscribe with the monthly dollar amount of their choice and get exclusive rewards from the artist.  Rewards become greater with larger commitments.

And instead of waiting a year or two for a full album to come out, patrons get a new, fully produced song each month as soon as they’re ready — before they’re released to the public. Patreon creators give their fans new material on a steady basis — it’s a two-way commitment.

For example, “Pandagarten” is ready for you right now, with a planned release date of Friday, 6/23. So if you become a patron today, you’ll get the single right away – before the general public.

>> Become a Jungle Gym Jam patron today and get “Pandagarten” right away! 

Awesome Amy from the Jungle Gym Jam recording vocals. We’ve set a goal for total monthly Patreon subscriptions. If we meet or exceed that goal, we can also create four professionally directed music videos each year, giving our best songs a visual element your family will enjoy.

While we’re building up our subscriber base, we will continue to create one single track each month for your listening pleasure. We can do this because we’re now recording at home using our own equipment. I’ve been learning recording techniques that create pleasing results that you and the kids will want to listen to over and over — so we don’t have to go into a studio or spend money on producers – I am the producer now. Your subscription will help me offset the cost of the recording gear I invested in for you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please share with a family that could benefit from our creations.

Musically yours,

Jason