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Confetti Park

Confetti Park is a playground of magical music and stories spun in Louisiana. Showcasing songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful musical medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show! Created by Katy Hobgood Ray of New Orleans.
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May 30, 2015

Jeremy Lyons

In this episode of Confetti Park, Katy Ray interviews Jeremy Lyons about how he started playing for kids and what kinds of songs he plays. Jeremy also discusses how much he enjoys the curiosity and interest of little human beings in music.

Jeremy Lyons began his musical career playing in a washboard band on the streets of the French Quarter in the early 1990s. He played in several bands, most notably Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys, a group that blended the sounds of rockabilly and New Orleans R&B with Piedmont-style fingerpicking and surf guitar.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Jeremy and his family (who had evacuated to Baton Rouge to be with his grandparents) lost most of their possessions when their house flooded. He has since permanently relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

That's where Jeremy started playing kids music, using his style he dubs 'DeltaSilly.' He now has two CDs for children, Music for Kids and Silly Goose Music

As a music buff, Jeremy likes to draw from folk songs and the early popular music of America, and he shares fun music history with his little listeners. Jeremy offers a special in-studio performance for Confetti Park—he plays the Woody Guthrie song "Mail Myself to You."

May 30, 2015

Charlie is hungry. He simply can’t wait. What will his dear mother put on his plate? Charlie picks up his fork and stops in midair. Oh, no! On his plate! What is THAT sitting there?"

Lousy Liver is an award-winning, deliciously whimsical tale that follows the imagination of a young boy as he devises one wild plan after another to help him avoid the “lousy liver” being served for dinner. Soon, Charlie discovers that something different isn’t always something bad. Buy on Amazon.com

This cute story is narrated by the author Melinda Taliancich Falgoust, of New Orleans. In addition to being a published author of several books for kids and adults, Melinda is a mom, a Navy veteran, a teacher of drama to young children, and an actor who performs on stage and screen. Learn more about her work at on her website.

May 30, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

  • Manchac Chicken Shack – Louisiana Pollywogs
  • The Cockroach Song – Ben Schenk and the Panorama Jazz Band
  • Cockroach – Johnette Downing
  • Watermelon Man – Papillon
  • Watermelon Time – Confetti Park Players
  • I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track – Confetti Park Players
  • Blue Tailed Fly (Jimmie, Crack Corn) – Leadbelly
  • Aiy-eee – Louisiana Pollywogs
May 24, 2015

Award-winning Louisiana children’s musician and author Johnette Downing shares with Confetti Park another marvelous trickster tale—this time about a possum! (Also listen to Why the Oyster Has the Pearl.)

When hungry Deer asks Possum how he stays so plump during the long dry season, the sly marsupial gets an idea. It wouldn't take much for Possum to help Deer; he could just climb that ol' persimmon tree and knock down the fruit. But Possum is just plain lazy and he'd rather trick Deer into doing the work for both of them. Once Possum decides to take advantage of his starving neighbor they both become marked forever.

This narration of Why the Possum has a Large Grin is available on Johnette Downing’s Reading Rocks CD, and in book form by Pelican Publishing. It is also available for purchase on Amazon.

Audio used by permission.

May 23, 2015

Welcome to Confetti Park,  a magical playground of music and stories for kids everywhere. What’s unique about these songs, and these stories, is that they all come from Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

  • If I Only Had a Brain - Paul Sanchez
  • Buckwheat Zydeco - Skip to My Lou
  • Sue - Michael Doucet
  • A Long Time to Come, performed by PH Fred and Friends
  • Floating in a Donut Hole - Philip Melancon
  • Buttermilk Drop - Confetti Park Players
  • Baby You Wait on Your Mama - Alan Dyson
  • Renaissance Cadienne - J'ai du bon Tabac

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May 23, 2015

This is a special edition of Confetti Park. 

Katy Ray interviews Rosana Gonzalez, Executive Director of CASA Jefferson, who is looking for volunteers to advocate for foster children in Jefferson Parish. In 2014, CASA Jefferson served 295 kids in Jefferson parish with only 150 volunteers.

In other words, about 15% of foster care children in Jefferson parish courts are in need of an advocate. There is a definite shortage of volunteers—but on the bright side, it’s definitely an attainable goal!

Katy Ray asks Rosana questions to try to really understand the role of a CASA volunteer. She asks Rosana to describe a hypothetical situation so that potential volunteers might be able to anticipate what they will be undertaking.

CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.” From the national organization’s website: “Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.”

Says Rosana, “The advocate is there for that one individual child. They are considered the judge’s witness. They are making sure that child’s time in foster care is limited and is best as it can be.”

A few quick informational items:

  • An advocate does not need legal expertise or experience.
  • The average foster child spends 22 months in custody. So the CASA volunteer has a required two year commitment.
  • A good advocate is an objective person who can come into a situation and look out for the best interests of a child, who can communicate well and is culturally competent and aware, and most of all, who has genuine concern for the well-being of children.
  • The amount of time spent on a case per month typically ranges between 8-10 hours.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, or just want more information before you decide, call 504-533-8757 or visit the website www.CASAjefferson.org.

May 22, 2015

Jason Rhein is the bassist in New Orleans' acclaimed rock band Rotary Downs, as well as singer-songwriter in the brother-sister children's group Jason & Layla. Jason is also the owner of Elephant Quilt production studio and a partner at Marigny Recording Studio. Through these entities, Jason has had a major impact on the contemporary sound of New Orleans. Jason shares with us a special music memory from his childhood.

May 21, 2015

In this episode of Confetti Park, New Orleans-based children's author Alex McConduit narrates his adorable story Snoballs for All. 

The best part of a hot, humid New Orleans summer is slurping up a big, round, icy-cold, brightly-colored snoball. That’s exactly what Paul wants to do, but he can’t find the snoball festival! He searches all through the city for just one snoball (although two would be better, and three would be best). Where will Paul find snoballs for all?

Snoballs for All is a perfect gift for any Southern kid. We all understand the need for an icy snoball on a hot summer day! Kids from the Confetti Park Players provide the chorus in this narration.

Snoballs for All was illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau. It is available through Pelican Publishing and for sale on Amazon.

Alex is the owner of Big Boot Books and founder of W.R.I.T.E., a youth publishing program that transforms students in New Orleans into published authors.

May 21, 2015

A music memory from Rockin Dopsie, Jr., zydeco musician, washboard player, singer and lead personality of The Zydeco Twisters. Dopsie, Jr. and his family are carrying on the legacy of their father, famed accordionist Rockin' Dopsie, Sr., the prince of zydeco. In this music memory, Dopsie, Jr. discusses his earliest influences.

May 17, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

  • Jack & Jill - Wardell Quezergue
  • Cool Man - Los Po-boy-citos
  • Jenny Had a Rocket - PH Fred
  • Dancing on the Moon - Confetti  Park Players
  • Radio Controlled Airplanes - Jimmy Cousins
  • Airplane - Confetti  Park Players
  • Red Bird - Leadbelly
  • Five Little Butterflies - Johnette Downing
May 15, 2015

This week's featured story is The Pea in Peanut Butter by Allyn Stotz of Baton Rouge.

The Pea in Peanut Butter is the story of little Kailee, who absolutely loves peanut butter and resists other healthful foods. But a bedtime snack turns into a dance party with all of the foods in the kitchen pantry when they come to life. This story teaches young children about the various healthy foods hiding in the pantry.

The book was illustrated by Valerie Bouthyette and was published by FutureWord Publishing. The Pea in Peanut Butter is for sale on Amazon.

Allyn maintains a blog at http://www.allynstotz.blogspot.com/

The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana.

May 15, 2015

John McCusker is a journalist, a historian and a banjo player from New Orleans. He is the author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz.  John shares  a music memory from when he was a kid with Confetti Park.

 

May 12, 2015

Tommie Townsley is a Cajun children’s author from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She published her first book, Adolpheaux the Adventurous Dolphin, in 2005, and from that sweet beginning has launched a children’s book empire headquartered in Southwest Louisiana.

In this interview, Tommie talks about her driving mission to get more kids in Louisiana interested in books: “Children are our future. We need to get them reading, especially in our state. We are losing our readers by the fourth grade. So I’m traveling all over the state, and I’m getting new authors on board, to promote reading. We can do that by making it fun to read.”

Tommie is now the author of seven children’s books, all of them charming Cajun animal tales about Louisiana and its unique culture. In addition, Tommie has launched a children’s publishing company called Ally-Gator BookBites, in which she assists authors with publishing services including editorial, layout, illustrations, printing, marketing, distribution, and professional consulting.

Tommie is a vital part of the arts and culture scene in Louisiana. She has been an inspiration to children throughout the state with her charming Cajun animal tales. She is also the chairwoman of the Southwest Louisiana Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Guild and a board member for the Children’s Museum of Lake Charles.

Visit Tommie’s website, kidscajuntales.com to learn about Dixie the Old Dog, Amos the Artistic Alligator, Clyde the Cajun Calf, and a number of other animal friends sharing their unique culture.

May 9, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, created right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode:

  •     Sally Brown - Valparaiso Men’s Chorus
  •     Louis Lafitte - Confetti Park Players
  •     Drunken Sailor - Jeremy Lyons IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE
  •     Rooster and the Chicken - Kandice Chester
  •     Circling Alligators - AJ Loria
  •     Alligator Snap - Johnnete Downing
  •     Emus - Lightning Bugs
  •     L'arc en Ciel - Michael Doucet and Family

 

For more info about these artists and kids music in Louisiana visit http://confettipark.com

May 8, 2015

Layla Isis Ellison is half of the brother-sister duo Jason & Layla, who write and perform original children's music. While Layla lives in New York City, where she is a professional dancer, she regularly returns to her home state of Louisiana to perform onstage at children's festivals. Here, she shares with us a music memory from her own Baton Rouge childhood.

May 7, 2015

In this episode of Confetti Park, children's author Tommie Townsley of Lake Charles, Louisiana narrates the story of Amos the Artistic Alligator. 

Set in the Atchafalaya swamp, this is the tale of how Amos the alligator tries to outsmart old Mr. Homer, a Cajun trapper, who is looking for the perfect alligator to be placed in the zoo. But Amos and his friends create something that most alligators would never think of, and the surprise adds a cute twist to the story. 

Tommie Townsley was born in Sulphur, Louisiana and now lives in Lake Charles. She is Cajun and has written numerous children's books about Cajun life, many of them about animals. 

This narration is used by permission from Tommie Townsley. The book, illustrated by Anne Dentler, is available for purchase on Amazon and at http://kidscajuntales.com/

Tommie is the chairperson of The Southwest Louisiana Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Guild and Publisher of Ally-Gator BookBites Publishing House in Lake Charles, La. Learn about Tommie Townsley and check out her books at http://kidscajuntales.com/

May 2, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order: 

  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands - Cynthia Girtley
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Kermit Ruffins
  • Roman Candy Man - Confetti Park Players
  • Rubber Duckie - Jeremy Lyons
  • Birdy Birdy Tweet Tweet - Mr. Chris Alexander
  • Walk - Rob Hudak
  • Marches des Maries - Renaissance Cadienne

For more information about these artists, and kids music in Louisiana, visit http://confettipark.com

May 1, 2015

We ask Louisiana musicians to share a music memory from their childhood.

 

May 1, 2015

 

Award-winning Louisiana children's musician and author Johnette Downing shares with Confetti Park this marvelous trickster tale about generosity. 

A long time ago, the Oyster was not only generous and kind; he was also the keeper of all the gems in the world. Whenever any type of creature would come to him in need, the Oyster would share his jewels without hesitation. One day, a very greedy snake hatches a plan to shift the balance of wealth in the sea. But he's in for a surprise when he tests the limits of the Oyster's generosity.

This narration is available on her Reading Rocks CD, and in book form by Pelican Publishing. 

Audio used by permission.

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