Tag Archives: anti-bullying

Adults Only: Elvis or Elvis?? Parents Who Rock Benefit for Garden State Equality

Elvis or Elvis Benefit with Parents Who RockAs an anti-bullying stalwart, it was an easy decision to get behind this important cause to defend the rights of those in the LGBT community, including its most vulnerable members – its adolescents. Note: This is an adults-only event. Please arrange for a babysitter.

Every year, Parents Who Rock does a tribute event where each of the many talented performers covers one song – the audience is always spirited and lively. You have to experience it for yourself; it will be about the most fun you can have while supporting a worthy cause!

 

Everyone’s Invited – An Interview on Goober Kids Radio!

Goober Kids RadioThe current episode of Goober Kids Radio with Trevor is entirely dedicated to an interview with me about the Jungle Gym Jam, our new album, and how we got started and what inspires us. I give some acoustic performances and Trevor spins some of our tracks.

At age 13, Trevor is a highly skilled radio host, multimedia wiz (He designed the opening title animation and closing credits for the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show!) and kindie rocker in his own right with The Zing Zangs. He actively engages the kindie community doing Skype chats to collaborate on songwriting and ideas to advance public awareness and excitement about music for kids and families.

Win mechandise from the Jungle Gym Jam store!Trevor’s also doing a giveaway of our CD along with other merchandise from our store! Check out the Goober Kids Radio Contests page for a chance to win the album, a tie-dye T-shirt, beach ball and tambourine in a gift basket.

You can also subscribe to the Goober Kids Radio podcast on Apple iTunes.

Kindie Band Launches Kid-friendly Album

JUNGLE GYM JAM LAUNCHES DEBUT ALBUM “EVERYONE’S INVITED!”

Songs Share Positive Messages of Friendship, Kindness, Anti-bullying, Imagination and Active Play

Release date January 28, 2014

Everyone's Invited Album CoverMontclair, N.J. –Jungle Gym Jam announces the release of its first album “Everyone’s Invited,” which exhibits positive themes relevant to kids of all ages.

Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show (http://coolrockindaddy.tv), and founder of the kindie band, Jungle Gym Jam (www.junglegymjam.com), is releasing the band’s first official album of tunes and wholesome lyrics created by Didner and his wife, Amy. The album takes parents, grandparents and kids from infants to teens on a wonderful journey that shares messages of kindness and friendship while encouraging imagination, active play, and a love of learning — and most importantly— not to leave out anyone because all are welcome.

“I’m really pleased with how the album captures the live experience we’ve shared with audiences,” Didner said. “Moments, such as when a toddler shakes a maraca with a huge smile on his face; a young mother rocks her baby in time with the music; or a pair of elementary school-aged girls invent a new dance to go with a song they heard for the first time.”

The Didner’s approach their songwriting with humor, much of which is inspired by everyday discoveries with their two-year-old daughter, Holly, whom they call “the heart and soul” of the band. Their parenting experiences are reflected in tunes, such as “My Glasses,” where they learn their one-year-old needs to wear glasses and through song, positively reframe the way children who have experienced this may feel about themselves.

Time to put down that gadget and get up from that chair“Peek-a-Boo Moon,” captures the excitement of a young child’s discovery as she looks up at the sky and a cloud drifting away reveals the moon. The fun of learning is celebrated in “Five Sea Lions,” a tune that makes learning to count fun. “The People Exhibit at the Zoo,” chronicles the precious time a father and child spend together as they discover that animals in the zoo are just as fascinated with us as we are with them. The band’s signature song “Jungle Gym Jamming,” communicates messages of anti-bullying and encourages kids to “put down that video game and get outside and play.”

“Everyone’s Invited!” is now available for pre-order on iTunes at http://junglegymjam.com/everyonesinvited. Customers who place a pre-order receive the tune “Jungle Gym Jamming” immediately and the remaining tracks on January 28 for $9.99. Starting January 28, the CD can be purchased at Watchung Booksellers (www.watchungbooksellers.com) in Montclair be ordered from CD Baby for $12.99 starting January 28 at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JasonDidnerandtheJungleGymJam.

A companion e-book to “Everyone’s Invited,” is available free-of-charge online (http://junglegymjam.com/wp content/uploads/2014/01/Everyones-Invited-Companion-Book-to-the-Album.pdf) with stories and words behind the songs and fun activities, such as coloring pages and puzzles.

Launch Party and Family Festival: A CD launch party and Family Festival will take place on Sunday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Just Jake’s Bar and Restaurant in Montclair, N.J. (www.justjakes.com). Jungle Gym Jam will perform the entire album, and refreshments will be available. Special guest, Marc Bazerman of Baze and His Silly Friends (www.mysillyfriends.com) will also perform and other fun family activities, such as face painting with Fancy Faces and Places (http://www.facebook.com/FancyFacesandPlaces) and juggling with The New Captain Kangaroo (http://www.facebook.com/newcaptainkangaroo), will take place. Kids will be encouraged to dance and play with beach balls to the music. Tickets are available for purchase online at junglegymjam.ticketleap.com/everyonesinvited.

Families are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair to help the area’s hungry families. Those who make contributions will get a raffle ticket for drawings to win CDs and other band merchandise. The Human Needs Food Pantry asks that donors check the expiration date on the items they wish to donate.

For further information contact Jason Didner at 201-838-1205 or Jason@JungleGymJam.com.

About Jungle Gym Jam: Kids around the world are experiencing the sounds of Jungle Gym Jam (www.junglegymjam.com), a kindie band founded by Jason and Amy Didner, in their families’ kitchens and cars, over the radio airwaves, Internet radio and podcasts as numerous DJs spin the band’s tunes carrying messages of anti-bullying. Jungle Gym Jam is featured on an episode of the “No Cover” TV show for TV-34 Montclair, a municipal access station, which can be viewed on the band’s press page at http://www.JungleGymJam.com/press.

New Official Video – Jungle Gym Jamming

Our official video is up on YouTube and ready for you to watch from anywhere!

Directed by Ron Albanese (Polka Dot), this video encourages an amazing 15 kinds of movement! The song lyrics are about anti-bullying, active play, fair play and love of learning.

We filmed the video at the Edgemont School playground on a day that was forecast to be partly sunny. A surprise downpour held up our production for a little more than a half hour and then moved out, so we got back to filming. Moving actively around the playground helped keep us warm on that chilly November day. Enjoy the video!

You’re Really Not Alone

An anti-bullying poem by Jason Didner

You're Really Not Alone

You’re really not alone
No matter what you’ve been put through
You will find kind-hearted souls around
Who’ll share themselves with you

Although you may be reeling
From a rumor going around
And you feel a sinking feeling
Like a true friend can’t be found

How do you start all over
When you feel beat-up and ill?
You can seek new friends by kindness
Before looks or sporting skills

Some kids are understanding
Because they’ve been bullied too
And other kids just love to help
It’s what they naturally do

You may find them in peer counseling
To help you through your pain
To tell you how they made it
Through their loneliness and shame

You’ll find out whose behavior
Shows they know their right from wrong
With these kids you’re safest
You can feel like you belong

You’ll stop seeking approval
From those who treat you mean
When you’re busy being a good friend
In your new, happier scene

Until then you have someone
Rooting for you every day
If not around the corner
Then at least from far away

I may have never met you
But you can trust I care
Whether you get through it
Or you give in to despair

You’re really not alone
Just give yourself a chance to see
Until kind souls are by your side
Please at least reach out to me!

© 2013 by Jason Didner, All Rights Reserved