15 September 2007 @ 9pm


Kids’ Radio, and the Ideal Lineup

I’m actually in Montana right now. Missoula. It’s a pleasant town, although I haven’t gotten out much (I’m on baby duty, for the most part).

As we flew out here (the trip was a lot smoother than I feared it would be), I listened to United’s on-board recording of XM Radio’s kids’ programming. I realized something disconcerting: I really like kids radio. It wasn’t Radio Disney, which I imagine would be a little too treacly for my tastes. But the DJ (Robbie Schaeffer of the great folk group Eddie From Ohio) was really good, and the music was fun and upbeat. Plus, he inserted a couple of fun songs from non-kid-oriented groups, like The Be Good Tanyas and The Nields. Here’s the BGT song that was on the show … one that Sarah and I have enjoyed for a little bit … The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs.

Anyway, the point of all of this isn’t The Be Good Tanyas, although they’re great. The point of all of this is that I’ve decided that the best instrumental lineup for a kids music band would be as follows:

  • baritone saxophone
  • violin
  • congas

The playlist would be heavy on They Might Be Giants.

That’s all for now.

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