Nerds unite. It's "Get Smart" for 5-8 year olds with humor that both parents and kids can enjoy. I loved seeing a preview of Odd Squad earlier in the year at the PBS Annual Meeting, and even though my son is 12, he has still enjoyed the clips and games I have shown him after PBS Kids unveiled the website for the show. The show focuses on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of "Odd Squad," an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. But really - it's all about learning and enjoying math. There is also the tech whiz Oscar and Miss O, the team's boss, who I personally think will steal the show pretty much all of the time. Ms. O is always barking orders and talking about how she’s “getting too young for this.” As you can see in the photo below, the kids are adorable - and the set is kid-sized to make everyone feel at home.
I'm thinking the years from 2002-2012 were a television wasteland for us because it was the first decade of our son's life and we were busy. It was also the years of Netflix DVDs rather than streaming and well before Hulu Plus. Recently, we have completely changed how we absorb entertainment, in that it is less movies and more TV - basically binging on those past episodes of shows that everyone talks about but we just never got to. My most recent gorging event was all three seasons of the cult-classic Veronica Mars. I had heard of the outrageously successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the movie, and I wanted to see what the hype was about before its premiere on March 14th. I got addicted, hard. Now I know why everyone liked it so much. Really, really, really, good writing. Real life (harsh) situations that kids deal with. Stuff that make me super scared as my son enters teendom - but still, yeah, I am not THAT old. I remember that stuff. Which makes it even scarier.
Well, actually I am proud to call these guys old friends. At least relatively, since I am decrepitly aged enough to be a mother to most of them - or at least an aunt, or big sister? (Let's not go there.) But clearly My Body Sings Electric will be making lots of new friends this year as their new album blows up.
Note: This post is not sponsored or linked to sales sites in any way. All year long, I have been adding to my favorite songs of 2013 playlist, and it ended up being triple the size of last year's list - over 160 songs total. I love indie and alternative the most, but pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk - you name it - everything is represented. What a great year for music, with a nice Christmas surprise from Beyoncé. (Seriously - watch the videos. They are masterpieces.) I have had a tremendous time photographing bands, and listening to new tunes. Who says the music industry is dead? It is just getting started.
Note: Riot Fest provided tickets for the event but all words and photos are mine. There was a really fun weekend in September where I was able to take my 11 year old son (who just turned 11 that week) to see some of the most amazing bands of my lifetime. Riot Fest was held way east of Denver in a field at May Farms, and all that open sky actually gave me a feeling of agoraphobia. It also gave us a great view of the three massive stages where bands Blink 182, AWOLNation, Public Enemy, Iggy & The Stooges and The Replacements played their faces off for two days.
Everyone is talking about Duck Dynasty's Phil Roberston and A&E's suspension of him. What is so surprising to me is the wide variety of comments I have seen, and how many people are quoting the bible to me. As far as a general overview of the situation, my friend Kristen Howerton from Rage Against The Minivan covers my feelings quite well. What I am pondering is our modern day fascination with holding on to the bible with both hands, gripping so hard that our knuckles turn white. Why quote it word for word as a road map for our lives when the words themselves are so contradictory? And truthfully many of the passages have no meaning in the here and now. Not to mention they were written down long after they actually happened. Doesn't that leave some margin for error?