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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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Apr 28, 2017

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, inspired by life here Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of our state sound.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a music memory from Cameron Meshell and the storytime feature Little Laveau, a magical bedtime story by Erin Rovin.

The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

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Confetti Park is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Apr 21, 2017

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, inspired by life here Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of our state sound.

Songs featured in this episode, in order:

Also featured in this episode, a music memory from Foots Quinn of Bogalusa and the storytime feature Tale of a Spitball by Ms. Chocolate.


The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!

 

The radio program version launched on April 4, 2015 in New Orleans on WHIV FM and is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Music Rising at Tulane University.

Current broadcast schedule:

Community radio stations, interested in carrying Confetti Park? Contact Katy Ray.

Apr 16, 2017

Andreas Sahar, of New Orleans, is a musician, songwriter, and the artistic director of Totally Square Records.  In this interview with Confetti Park, Andreas talks about his record label, about his earliest childhood musical memories, and about nurturing a love for music within his own young children.

Wimmerpot

From Andreas’ childhood recollections is the enchanting nickname his grandmother gave him: “wimmerpot.” He discusses this nickname in the interview... and from his website:

“My grandmother made up the word," explains Andreas. "Roughly translated from German, her moniker for me was something along the lines of “stewing teapot,” a reference to the constant humming I did while playing with my Legos or train sets. At four years old, music was already brewing inside my head, escaping in bouts of sonorous steam while I fiddled with my toys.” More from his website


Totally Square Records

Andreas discusses with Confetti Park the unique concept behind Totally Square Records, which features pop and pop rock music. The featured artists have more than captivating hooks, intriguing melodies, and tight harmonies in common—they also share a commitment to serve as positive role models to their fans.

“What we do is we sign recording artists who agree to stay out of trouble, to stay away from all the tabloid catchers, and focus on making great music,” Andreas explains.  He then goes on to introduce some of the artists featured on the label. (Enjoy clips of the following artists from the roster of Totally Square Records in the interview.)

  • "Anamaria Angel has a great pop rock feel...She is a fantastic artist."
     
  • "I’m also really excited to work with Justin and Alina, a brother and sister team. It’s amazing watching and hearing them work together."
  • "We also have an artist by the name of Nicole Raviv, a fantastic vocalist. She was raised in Canada and Israel. She goes back all the time to Israel to put on some really big shows."


Outside of the label, Andreas creates his own music—which runs the gamut of styles from pop singles to long-form symphonic pieces and musicals.  Much of Andreas' musical creativity is inspired by his spirituality. (Listen to some samples.)

Passing on the love of music

Andreas also enjoys collaborating with his children, twin boys and a daughter, on music.  Here is a song called "Rock 'n Roll Star" that features a hook that his five-year-old daughter Ramona came up with.

“She just started singing it and I immediately screeched to a halt whatever I was doing and listened and started banging it away on the piano,” says Andreas. “It’s such a catchy little hook!”

Andreas’ advice to parents who want their kids to find a creative outlet is, first and foremost, let them breathe and have room to find their own passion.  And once you see their passion, nurture it!

“Kids will have their own spark and their own interest, and you can pick up on that," he says. "If you do see a spark, and a genuine interest, I say feed it!”

Apr 9, 2017

“Follow me to the garden! Let’s check out the magic of nature!”

Rosemary the Garden Fairy shares gardening tips and natural lore with children.

How does your garden grow?

All seeds need water to sprout. Sometimes rain waters the garden. You can also collect rain, in a rain barrel, to make sure you have it at exactly the right time you need it.

Irrigation systems are another way to get the water to the plants in a garden or farm.

After the seeds sprout, the vegetable plants or seedlings needs the right amount of sunlight. Most need six to eight hours a day.

Other important things that will help your garden grow… keep an eye out for pests, like caterpillars and other bugs who like to eat the plants.

Compost and fertilize when needed, and pick the vegetables when they are ripe and ready!

Apr 5, 2017

Mike Strecker is a stand-up comedian who has been performing in the New Orleans area since 1995. And now, he is a published book author. Mike recently released two volumes of jokes, Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes Vol. 1 and 2, which are nationally distributed by Sterling Children's Books.

“The way it came about… my wife’s a school teacher, and I have a habit of coming up with these corny little jokes. And she would say, ‘You have to write these down; kids love these kids of books.’

So I wound up writing them down, and sure enough, I sent them away and a publisher wanted  to publish them.”

“First I wrote 150 jokes—I figured that would make one volume. Little did I know!,” laughs Mike. “I sent it away, and they said, ‘Yes, we like this. But we want to make two volumes of 600 jokes each.’”

Whew! That’s a lot of jokes!

Mike rose to challenge, and spent the next few months torturing his wife and kids with experimental puns and word play.

“I have to say, the experience was pure joy,” says Mike. “Somedays I’d come up with ten, other days, I’d come home and say, ‘Honey, what a day! I did 45 jokes!’ Finally, she was like, ‘Can you turn this off?’”

“There is a pun every where you look…. Once you start looking for them!” says Mike.

Mike’s books came out in January 2017. Included with over 600 jokes each are tips of how to deliver jokes, which Mike developed from his 20+ year career in standup comedy. For example, a joke should always be delivered conversationally. “Act natural,” says Mike. “Don’t read your jokes from this book or any book.”

Mike is already working on a followup, which is tentatively titled “Jokes for Crescent City Kids.”

You can catch Mike performing his family-friendly brand of stand up comedy around New Orleans. Check out his schedule at http://openmikestrecker.com/index.html

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