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Giveaway: Win my Award-winning “Everyone’s Invited!” Album on iTunes

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!Enter this giveaway to enjoy a finely crafted rock album for kids and families with the added convenience of an iTunes download to all your Apple devices. I’m giving away my Parents’ Choice Approved album “Everyone’s Invited!” to the lucky winner via iTunes. Good luck! Enter every day to improve your chances of winning. Contest ends Tuesday night 6/24 at midnight.


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“Everyone’s Invited!” Album is Parents’ Choice® Approved!

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!I’m delighted to announce that “Everyone’s Invited!” my debut album with the Jungle Gym Jam is Parents’ Choice® Approved!  Parents’ Choice® commendations of any kind are only awarded to about 20% of all applicants, each who has to really believe in their product to submit an application of this kind.

Check out the upbeat review by music historian and dad Lahri Bond for the Parents’ Choice® Foundation.

Here’s Lahri’s favorite track, “Peek-a-boo Moon!”

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.

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Many thanks to the contributors to this album who made this moment a reality:

Amy Didner, lyricist; Ross Kantor, drummer; Casey McCleary, harmony vocalist; Judy Helbig, bassist; Meg Beattie, harmony vocalist; Bob Cannon, mandolinist; John Ginty, organist, Dave Cushing, producer; Scott Anthony, mastering engineer; Melissa Bailey, illustrator.

Thanks to the Parents’ Choice® Foundation for their important work of identifying those products intended for children that have what it takes to delight and enrich children and their families.

Thanks to Children’s Music Network and Katherine Dines, Leslie Zak, Dave Kinnoin and Monty Harper for their very helpful critiques of the songwriting.

Deep gratitude to my parents, daughter, brother, in-laws, nephews and nieces for encouraging the development of these songs and the band by being among the first to groove to them!

Thank you, the families who make the extra effort to seek enriching, age-appropriate entertainment to engage your children. You make the decision to share our passion project with the world an easy one!

Watchung Booksellers In-store Performance

Watchung BooksellersI’m proud to announce that Watchung Booksellers in Montclair will carry our “Everyone’s Invited!” album. To celebrate this partnership, I will give a special in-store performance on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 AM. I’ll perform the songs the way they were written, as solo acoustic numbers before working with the band to arrange them. I’ll autograph the CD’s and pose with families for pictures after the performance.

Stay in the Pool

Is It Summer Yet? Giveaway/Picture Contest

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam present
Is It Summer Yet?” Picture Contest

This winter has been a real drag with its arctic temperatures and way too many snowstorms to dig out. So we thought we’d brighten things up by letting you get a little creative about our longing for summer!

Share your “Is It Summer Yet?” picture on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JungleGymJam for a chance to win an autographed copy of our kid-friendly album “Everyone’s Invited!

The picture does not have to be a photo, it can be a drawing or computer-generated image, but must be your original work, not something you found and shared. We will share all appropriate entries on our fan page. It’s your choice whether the picture you enter contains the likeness of your kids, but we will share what you enter. We’re looking for good, clean family-friendly humor in the winning entry.

While you’re creating your masterpiece, get some inspiration from our song “Stay in the Pool,” which has the lyric “I wanna soak up this summer day with you!”

Entries are due by Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Relatives of the band are not eligible. #IsItSummerYet

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Jungle Gym Jam Launches Debut Album “Everyone’s Invited!”

Kindie Band Shares Positive Messages of Friendship, Kindness,

Anti-bullying, Imagination and Active Play

CD Now Available! 

Montclair, 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, 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 almost-three-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,” inspired by the time they learned their then-one-year-old would need to wear glasses. Through song, the couple positively reframes the way children who need glasses may feel about themselves.

“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 with loads of humor 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 on CD for $12.99 at http://junglegymjam.com/everyonesinvited or from CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jasondidnerandthejungleg5. This collection of songs can be downloaded at lower prices from iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Google Play.

A companion e-book to “Everyone’s Invited!” is available free-of-charge online at (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. Visitors to the website can also get a peek at the band’s new video titled “A Bowling Party,” http://junglegymjam.com/new-music-video-a-bowling-party/.

 

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

About the Jungle Gym Jam:  Kids around the world are experiencing the sounds of the 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.

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