Halloween Comes Early to Nugget Island!

Musical Tricks

Last Halloween, we got into the spirit early with the Nugget Island Family Halloween Hootenanny playlist for Spotify. Filled with classic family-safe scare-tracks and classic kindie treats, this playlist is a must for Halloween lovers. Add it to your Spotify playlists now to hear classic Halloween-loving musicians like John Zacherle, The Moon-Rays, Shiny Toy Guns, Spike Jones and Voltaire. Of course, no family Halloween  is complete without some kindie superstars, so we’ve invited artists like Doctor Noize, The Hipwaders, Justin Roberts, Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck, Recess Monkey, Roger Day, Trout Fishing in America and more to this All Hallow’s Eve shindig.

A Free Treat

Meanwhile, for those who want to celebrate the season of Fall – with or without Halloween – I wanted to call out a free download.  Kindie music superstar Joanie Leeds has written a new song called “Falling” – in celebration of the season – and she is giving it away as a free download here.


Two things we love in our house: Halloween and Spotify. And the two now merge as I introduce my “Family Halloween Hootenanny” mix for all to enjoy. Christmas has its own carols, so let’s not forget the musical sounds of October super-celebration All Hallow’s Eve. While adults may have the likes of G.W.A.R., Rob Zombie, and psychobilly to enjoy, we need a few G/PG-tunes for the little ones. So, click the link below, fire up Spotify, and light the pumpkin for 100 tunes to terrorize (and more to come).

Kindie artists include

Ann Ruckert
Asylum Street Spankers
Baze and His Silly Friends
Creepy Public Domain Halloween Art. Doctor Noize
Erin Lee & Marci
Janet Sirett
Marcia Louis
Marla Lewis
Mary Kaye
MC Chris
Monty Harper
Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck
Roger Day
The Hipwaders
The Sunny-Side Up Band
Trout Fishing in America

And our new favorite:

Skelly and the Punkins

Sadly missing from Spotify:
Sue Schnitzer’s Boo, Cackle, Trick or Treat

And some spooky tunes from:

Bessie Smith
Cab Calloway
David Bowie
Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Eban Schletter
John Zacherle
Nightmare Before Christmas
Shiny Toy Guns
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Spike Jones
The Blanks
The Coffinshakers
The Kingston Trio
The Moon-Rays

COVER ART Rockin' Rollin' and Ridin' low res
Frezza doing some rockin’, rollin’ and ridin’

Despite my obvious love for quality kids’ music,  I often worry I may be stumbling into Raffi or Wiggles territory with some artists. As in, kid-tested, daddy-not-approved. While I seem to have blind faith in any music coming out of Yo Gabba Gabba, or any indie artists going kindie, I have a very “guilty-until-proven-innocent” approach to most musicians making music for children.

When I had the chance to check out Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck’s new album, Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin‘, I was, as usual, worried what I was in for.  However, upon popping it into the CD player and hitting shuffle, I was instantly surprised by the power-pop rock song “Superman,” which immediately made it to daddy-approved status.  Nope, Mr. Raffi Cavoukian or that wacky quartet from Sydney never got their  power-pop on like this. And before I knew it, I was dancing along to electronic-disco song “Robot Dancer,” an instant favorite for my little beat-loving preschool-diva. And the fun continued with “Rocketship,” a countdown-to-takeoff chant. Speaking of chanting, Frezza & Co even got Roscoe Orman, that’s Gordon from Sesame Street to your little ones, to join in for the call-and-response song “Key-O.” This album also features the band’s theme song, “Big Truck,” in a bluesy rock makeover that is made for some high-energy toddler dancing.

Apparently,  leader singer Frezza has a pedigreed background in kids’ music. After leaving regional theatre to start a family, she started creating curricula for the Music Together program. Eventually, she went on to release her first CD of kids’ music and created the Big Truck band. Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin’ is the fifth album from this seasoned seven-person troupe, who have already been touring for years. And like any successful kids’ artists, Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck have got the Noggin seal of approval, with featured appearance on Jack’s Big Music Show and Move to the Music.

Rockin’, Rollin’ and Ridin’ is hitting shelves on November 10 and will also be available on their official website.

Check out the video for the band’s theme song, “Big Truck.”