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Summer Vacation Sale: Save on “Everyone’s Invited!” Album

Jungle Gym Jam album Everyone's Invited! Parents Choice Approved on sale through July 31

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!For the month of July I’m pricing my current award-winning kids-and-family rock album “Everyone’s Invited!” to go on your vacation with you!

On the CD Baby page you can hear samples of the tracks before you decide to buy!

Sale ends July 31.

Sale pricing cannot apply to iTunes, Amazon or Google Play; they set their own prices, but you’ve gotta love the convenience if you buy regularly from one of those outlets.

About “Everyone’s Invited!”

  • Parents’ Choice Approved, April 2014
  • CD Baby Editor’s Pick
  • Top-20 CD Baby Kids/Family Album for over 2 months, peaking at #2 (you can give it another run at #1!)
  • Submitted for 57th Annual Grammy Award for Children’s Album
  • Sounds like Elvis Costello or the Smithereens rocking out while sneaking in valuable lessons and messages for kids.

FREE: Download a free eBook before you buy!

  • Companion eBook to the album contains lyrics & chords, stories behind each song, coloring pages, beautiful artwork and an anti-bullying poem! Download for free here; no purchase necessary.

What Reviewers are Saying:

The songs on this album are catchy and fun – perfect family-road-trip fare. I’m pretty sure that after one listen you’ll be singing along. Nine-year-old Teddy and I chose our favorites and they include the counting song “Five Sea Lions” and a tale of undersea exploration titled “Glass Bottom Boat”. There’s also the perennial classic “Down by the Bay” with the requisite goofy verbal interludes. Read more…

– Mara Gorman, Mother of All Trips

Didner honed his kindie credentials playing at New Jersey public libraries, the Turtle Back Zoo (oh I haven’t been there in more than 40 years), school functions, and numerous outdoor festivals. He’s got a three year old, I’ve got a three year old. So I know where he’s coming from – get those kids involved, get them dancing, get them singing. Show them how to enjoy music and then work in a little education in the process. Read more…

– Jeffrey Cohen, Mr. Jeff 2000

To Brooke, this was a ‘crunchy beat’ album, which is her way of saying she loves it. She loves fast songs she can dance too! Her favs on the album? The songs “Down By the Bay” and “Mimi the Ladybug” since she is really into nature. Read more…

– Momma’s Bacon – mother-and-preschooler-daughter review team

Sale ends July 31.

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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Win a Free Copy of “Everyone’s Invited!” the Parents’ Choice® Approved CD!

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!I’m pleased to offer you a chance to win “Everyone’s Invited” on CD, the playful, kid-friendly album that celebrates kindness. active play, learning and imagination. I want this to be the soundtrack to your everyday family life and I’m going to put this CD in the hands of the lucky winner – it could be you! Get started now, the contest ends on Wednesday 4/30 and you get new opportunities every day to increase your chance of winning!

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An NJ Dad’s Musical Labor of Love Debuts, Earning Parents’ Choice Approved Seal

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Singer/songwriter Jason Didner could not ignore the calling that arose from his experiences parenting his then almost-2-year-old daughter. “Seeing the world in new ways through her eyes was too much for me to leave alone without songs to celebrate all the little milestones,” he said.

With the help of his wife Amy, an experienced teacher, on the lyrics, Jason proceeded to set to music his daughter’s wonder at seeing the moon re-appear from behind clouds, her affection for a ladybug on her ceiling, a quenching of his own curiosity to know how sea lions are different from seals, and many more everyday family adventures.

The resulting collection of songs deserved a rock-n-roll band to perform and professionally record this music, according to Jason and Amy. So they set out to do just that, and the talent was assembled to form Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam (www.junglegymjam.com). That band entered the studio and proceeded to create its debut album “Everyone’s Invited!” which was released early in 2014.

Most recently, that album earned the Parents’ Choice® Approved seal, a distinction that is awarded to only 20% of all applicants, each of whom has to pay an application fee that would make any artist think twice about seeking an approval they’re unlikely to get unless their product possesses an exceptional ability to delight and enrich kids and families.

Music historian and dad Lahri Bond offered this review on behalf of the Parents’ Choice® Foundation.

In the review, Lahri singled out “Peek-a-boo Moon” (below) as a highlight of the album.

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.

The album is available as a physical CD or download at CDBaby.com, where it has entered the Top 40 in Kids/Family music (out of thousands of albums), or as a download from Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon MP3.

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Jason and the band offer a free PDF eBook containing stories behind all the songs, lyric and chord charts, coloring pages and some anti-bullying poetry. This spring, summer and fall, the band is touring New Jersey and surrounding areas, performing at outdoor festivals, public libraries, house concerts, and rock concert venues.

For more information, contact Jason Didner at 201-838-1205 or by email: Jason(at)junglegymjam(dot)com.

“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!