Artist on Artist: Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band

Album Review of “Aliens, Astronauts and Asteroids!”

by Jason Didner, Jungle Gym Jam Music

Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band - Aliens, Astronauts and Asteroids! Album cover

This space-themed album by Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band clearly has the right stuff! The song lyrics present a conversation, not a lecture. Synthesizers embellish Steve’s signature rustic roots-rock sound, adding to the not-of-this-Earth setting central to the album’s theme. Musical styles range from old-school Johnny Cash country to reggae, ska and new wave.

There’s something for multiple age ranges of youth on these tracks. Largely, the lyrics ask questions and spark curiosity. School-age children will get a laugh from the gross-out factor of “Blow Your Nose in Outer Space.” Pre-schoolers will spin themselves dizzy to “Spin like a Satellite” if given a little encouragement. For me the highlight was “Mission Control” with its important message that it takes teamwork to make great things happen, including behind-the-scenes teammates who don’t make the headlines.

“Splashdown,” with its callbacks to references in other songs, really speaks to the importance of a work having a theme and the reason we’d lose something if we all switched from making albums to only making singles. The presence of synthesizers throughout the album also ties the theme together.

This album is available for streaming and download on all major music platforms. I recommend this album for kids of all ages and their grown-ups.

Jungle Gym Jam Tunes Included in New Jason Didner Album

“It’s a Jersey Thing” to Contain Two Jungle Gym Jam Tracks

This Friday, 7/15, I’m releasing an album that’s the culmination of 25 years of writing and recording rock songs of Jersey humor and Jersey soul. Appropriately titled “It’s a Jersey Thing,” this album catches me in the act of writing about what I know – my home state! So, I’ve chosen “Jersey Dinosaurs” and “Summertime Santa” from our Lollipop Motel album to join tunes like “You Can’t Get There in Jersey” and “Jackals on the Prowl” in capturing the spirit and attitude of New Jerseyans and the place where we’re from.

And you can expect those songs to appear in my live set whether I’m playing in Jersey at a Jungle Gym Jam show for kids or a Jason Didner show for all ages. I’m performing an album launch concert Saturday, July 23 at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken at 5PM and will play the entire album, including those 2 songs.

Thanks so much for following along with my kids-oriented and all-ages versions of my act. It’s nice to see both sides come together here!

You can pre-order “It’s a Jersey Thing” now and get 2 tracks right away. The rest of the album (including the Jungle Gym Jam tracks) will arrive on Friday.

New video: “Super Clean Escape Machine”

A rock song and video about the many benefits of cycling

This song comes from my “other” musical personality (rock songs more for grown-ups), but easily crosses over into the Jungle Gym Jam’s specialty of rock songs for kids and families.

My father Bob, a fellow cyclist, told me he wrote a poem about cycling and would like me to set it to music, and that he had a concept for a video.

The anthemic rock track features multiple layers of harmony vocals, guitars, and keyboards. There’s a slide guitar solo that give s a nod to George Harrison’s immediately recognizable style.

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