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Confetti Park

Mar 7, 2018

This is 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.

Today you’re going to hear songs from all corners of the state, and across a century of time. This is music that has touched generations of children…. I’m talking about songs that were popular when your grandparents were kids, that are sung by children today. Like "Skip to My Lou," a song that has stood the test of time and is sung for you by Johnette Downing. And "Bye Bye Blackbird," by the great New Orleans’ banjoist Danny Barker.

And there is new stuff, too… "King of the Sea" is a rap written and performed by New Orleans school kids through the Young Audiences of Louisiana arts and education network. Thanks to their teacher, Michael Patrick Welch, for recording it!

Featured in this episode:

  • Take My Turn (King Of The Sea) - Mr. Michael's Class
  • Bye Bye Blackbird  - Danny Barker
  • Joke of the Day - Ice Cream Let me In
  • Ice Cream - George Lewis’ Ragtime Band
  • Skip to My Lou - Johnette Downing   
  • L’arc en Ciel - Michael "Beausoliel" Doucet With Family & Friends

Also featured in this episodes a childhood music memory by guitarist and music producer CC Adcock, and the Louisiana folktale, The Girl Who Danced with the Devil, narrated by Catherine Golden.

The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. We are in states from Alaska to Maine. Look for the full broadcast schedule here.

Support for Confetti Park comes from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Music Rising at Tulane University.