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Family Festival Spotlight – Casey McCleary on Harmonies and Guitar!

Casey McCleary on harmonies and guitarWhen inspiration suddenly struck our family in the form of “Stay in the Pool” early in the summer, we knew we had to arrange, record and release that song quickly to get it out to radio while it could still be enjoyed in summer. A few nights after the first draft of the lyrics and tune were written, I asked the band to drop our agenda of rehearsing existing songs to concentrate on this new number. Casey came up with a classic doo-wop-soul harmony that really gives the song a special summertime feel. She put her stamp on the song, just like that!

Casey was brought into the band with a difficult task, to carry out the parts that were arranged with a previous harmony vocalist and be able to own those harmony parts, and she proved in the audition process she could do it. She battled through the nerves anyone would have in their first gig with a new, original band. But now, “Stay in the Pool” was a turning point because her creative abilities were on full display, to imagine harmonies that hadn’t occurred to me. Casey continues to thrive in the band as she comes up with new harmonies to our new songs and truly owns the parts that were created before her. Watching her stage presence develop along with her familiarity with our music has been a pleasure.

We gave “Cross-country Casey” her nickname because of the extraordinary amount of travel she does for her job. It’s pretty typical that she’ll make a day trip to Michigan or Ohio for work and then come to rehearsal. I’m just glad her busy schedule includes time to make music with the Jungle Gym Jam. She is also actively involved with the Verona Drum Circle and occasionally performs solo acoustic at the Children’s Institute in Verona.

Casey will take the stage with me at the release celebration of our album “Everyone’s Invited!” this Sunday, Jan. 26 at Just Jake’s at 11:30 AM.

The Jungle Gym Jam Teams Up with Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke at Little V.I.P. Concert at Crossroads

Montclair, N.J. – Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show (www.coolrockindaddy.tv) and his band, the Jungle Gym Jam (www.junglegymjam.com), along with Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, (http://keywildeandmrclarke.com), winners of the Parents Choice, Gold Awards, will provide a morning of live “Rock ‘N Roll for Kids and Their Families,” as part of the Little V.I.P. Concert series, on Saturday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Crossroads, 78 North Avenue, Garwood, N.J.

Key Wilde & Mr Clarke

Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke

Parents and kids will rock to favorite tunes from the Jungle Gym Jam such as “Jungle Gym Jamming,” the classic “This Little Light of Mine,” and a new piece — “The People Exhibit at the Zoo” — a humorous take on what zoo animals think as the people pass by. Parents, grandparents, and kids will enjoy the fast-paced music event that encourages dancing, interaction, and making new friends, while sharing messages of anti-bullying, kindness, and friendship.

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Drawing on many traditional folk music styles Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke will headline the concert, performing original humorous upbeat songs with an emphasis on guitar and tight vocal harmonies. The audience can expect to hear the songs “Animal Alphabet”, “Railroad Medley”, “King of the Town” and “Raised By Trolls” from their recent release Pleased To Meet You in addition to classic Sirius XM Favorites like “The Rattling Can”, “Mary the Fairy”, “Favorite Names” and “Pepito.”

Tickets are priced at $7.00 per adult, $5.00 for children age 2 and up, and children under 2 are free. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unopened toy to donate to families still affected by Hurricane Sandy.

For further information, contact Crossroads at 908.232.5666 or visit www.xxroads.com.

About Jason Didner and the 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 DJ’s spin the band’s tunes carrying messages of anti-bullying, active play and fair play. Their debut album, “Everyone’s Invited,” will launch in January 2014. The Jungle Gym Jam has appeared on the “No Cover” TV show for TV-34 Montclair, a municipal access station where they were interviewed by host Gail Prusslin and then gave a live performace. This episode can be viewed in its entirety at http://vp.telvue.com/player?id=T01411&video=170029

About Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke: Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke (www.keywildeandmrclark.com) are known for their wildly imaginative songwriting and distinctive harmonic sound. Their 2009 release Rise and Shine won a Parents’ Choice GOLD Award, and their EPs Hey, Pepito! and Happy Holidays attracted national acclaim and radio play. Their kid-friendly and sophistically funny songs get regular rotation on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN FM’s Kids Corner radio, among many other shows nationwide. At theaters including Symphony Space to World Café Live and at more informal venues including Kindiefest and the NYC summer parks series, the dynamic duo delivers their whimsical story-songs with involving, visually dynamic performances.