Archives for June 19, 2014

New Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights Album! – “Good Egg” Due Out June 24

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Joanie’s back, with a stunning new album!  Beloved singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds continues to build her award-winning body of work with the June 24 release of her sixth children’s album,Good Egg.

This time around, Joanie Leeds and her band, The Nightlights, are joined by Jacob Stein (of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups) and children’s musician extraordinaire Mista Cookie Jar.

Good Egg dances with delight through a roll call of musical genres. Joanie Leeds says, “I’ve never been one to stay stuck in any one particular musical style because I know kids love ’em all — rock, pop, funk, soul, ska, go-go, gospel, country — and frankly, so do I!”

An exceptionally versatile artists, Joanie Leeds is gifted with a soulful, “rock solid” voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy.  Says SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live Program Director Mindy Thomas, “Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house.  You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her.  That’s Joanie.  Only she’s also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!”

The second Joanie Leeds album to be produced by GRAMMY® winner Dean Jones, Good Egg kicks off with the driving beat of “Food Fight” and segues into some gentle, folksy harmony on “Kids Place.” It’s DC go-go all the way on “Drummer Dan,” with Mista Cookie Jar infusing the number with some funky FLAVA!  Jacob Stein of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups partners with Joanie Leeds to make a lot of sweet harmony with a language tug of war between the literal and the creatively idiomatic on “The World is Your Oyster.”  “My Dad,” a ukulele-powered traditional jazz number in the mode of Django Reinhardt, is a terrific vehicle for the light and breezy side of Joanie’s vocal style.  Sublime meets Less Than Jake to dig into traditional ska on “Shadow,” while The Clash meets The Ramones on a bit of classic punk to review classic illness prevention on “Germs.” Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and leprechauns all have their moments in the sun on “Always on the Run.”

We received this CD to review and we think that children will love it! It’s just fun indie rock for kids. SoCal City Kids gives it a thumbs up!

Joanie Leeds captured first place for her original music in the USA Songwriting Competition and has won an Independent Music Awardand a Parents Choice® Gold Award, as well as a NAPPA Gold Award.  She has been honored as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.  While often found serenading families in her hometown of NYC, Joanie also performs in dozens of cities across the country, and her music has been highly praised in People MagazineParents MagazineThe New York Times, and The Washington Post.  Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!

Good Egg will be available online at,, iTunes, and other related digital outlets.

Highlights – Summer 2014

June 21             Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

June 24             Madison Sq. Park, NYC – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!

July 8                 Summer Jam Concert Series, Newtown, CT

July 31               Summer in the Square, Union Square, NYC

Aug. 21              Morris Arboretum, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 1               Peninsula JCC Labor Day Concert, Foster City, CA 

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature.

Turtlemeter by Ozeri Safe & Fun Bath Toy With Built-In Thermometer


Looking for a fun and safe way to check the temperature of your little ones bath water? Turtlemeter by Ozeri is a safe & fun Bath Toy with a Built-in-Thermometer.  It is the first Baby Bath Thermometer with a thermometer built into a fun a safe Turtle Bath Toy.

I really like that the Turtlemeter activates as soon as it is in the water. There are no buttons or switches that you have to press and the 3 AAA batteries are included. It’s also easy to read and shows the 3 different color screens-Blue means too cold, Red is too hot and Green is Just Right. Doesn’t get much easier than that! It has worked for more than a couple of weeks now and seems to be very accurate. My nephew really likes having this toy turtle in his bath and his Dad is happy that it works so well. Seems to be very safe but would recommend adult supervision. It retails for $12.95 + $4.75 for shipping on Amazon.

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free to facilitate a review but any opinions expressed are truthful.