Entries from August 31st, 2006

Jack Johson’s Kiddie Album

August 31st, 2006 · 3 Comments

jackjohnsoncuriousgeorge.jpgHas anyone heard it? Its official name is “Jack Johnson & Friends Sing-a-Long Songs and Lullabyes for the Film Curious George.” I’ve been a fan of Jack Johnson’s easy-breesy pop for a while and was skeptical when I heard he had an album out for kids, but you know what? It’s great. On the OFFICIAL Jack Johnson site it says –

Faced with the task of giving a voice to a central character that does not speak, Universal Pictures turned to Jack Johnson to craft songs that could provide a voice for Curious George. As a new father, it gave him the opportunity to make an album for both parents and children. Presented with early animations and the story line, Jack crafted new songs that capture the emotions of Curious George as he leaves the jungle to follow the Man with the Yellow Hat. He also turned to friends Ben Harper, G. Love, and Matt Costa to contribute songs that might bridge the gap between parent and child. Joined on the record by his band (Adam Topol, Merlo Podlewski, and Zack Gill), Jack duets with three of the other songwriters (Ben Harper, G. Love, and Matt Costa), and does a cover of the White Stripes’ “We’re Going to Be Friends.” Parents who watched Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday mornings when they were children will recognize Jack’s take on the classic “Three Is a Magic Number,” reinterpreted with the 3 R’s as a call to protect the environment and Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies feels like so much more than your standard soundtrack due to its unified creative vision. While the songs have a universal appeal, their themes speak to a child’s experience (or in this case, a curious monkey’s experience) of the world.

His interpretation of the White Stripes song “We’re Going to Be Friends” is great, but the one I can’t get out of my head is 3 R’s –

Three it’s a magic number
Yes it is, it’s a magic number
Because two times three is six
And three times six is eighteen
And the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R
We’ve got three R’s we’re going to talk about today
We’ve got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you’re going to the market to buy some juice
You’ve got to bring your own bags and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother or your sister’s got some cool clothes
You could try them on before you buy some more of those
Reuse, we’ve got to learn to reuse
And if the first two R’s don’t work out
And if you’ve got to make some trash
Don’t throw it out
Recycle, we’ve got to learn to recycle,
We’ve got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Because three it’s a magic number
Yes it is, it’s a magic number
3, 3, 3
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, and
3, it’s a magic number

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When Do You Want Your Email, Stalker!?

August 31st, 2006 · 2 Comments

At FeedBurner we just completed a project where Matt, Chris, Arun and I did enhancements to our email service. One of the new features is the ability to schedule the delivery times on emails. So, to all of my 10 email subscribers, what time do you like to read your emails? In the morning? Around lunch? At night? Vote in the comments.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, FeedBurner has this cool service where you can have people sign up to recieve your site/feed content daily via email. If you’d like to have rachelleb.com updates delivered to your inbox, sign up near the bottom of the right-hand column.

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Franco Harris at Sunflower Market

August 29th, 2006 · 10 Comments

James, Franco, Rachelle :: Sunflower Market, Lincoln Park, Chicago

James, Franco :: Sunflower Market, Lincoln Park, Chicago

So, I bumped into James in the Dairy Section and he said “Hey, Franco Harris is in Supplements!” Sounds like the start of a joke or something, right? Except it’s true!

Sunflower Market is a new organic store that is opening in Chicago tomorrow. Chicagoist got to go tonight to check it out. There were lots of free food samples and wine and beer. We were browsing around everything when James said “Hey, do you like football?” I said “yeh!” I thought he was going to talk about the upcoming season, but he said “Franco Harris is here. Do you know who he is?” I definitely recognized his name so I said, ” Yeh, did he play for the Packers?” because most of the time if I know who someone is it’s because they played for Green Bay. I remember James crinkled his face like “Are you high?” So James showed me where he was – in the supplements section.

I immediately recognized him and said “Oh! that’s that guy whose famous play is always in the top 10 plays of all time!” So we made our way over and introduced ourselves. I told Franco I liked his famous play, the Immaculate Reception. James told Franco that he was born in Pittsburgh the year that Franco played for the Steelers and went to the SuperBowl. He also told him that even though his family moved around while he was growing up, that he always remained a Steelers fan. So, of course, Franco was loving that. Me, I said, “I grew up in Wisconsin, ’nuff said” and Franco made some comment about Packer Backer or Cheesehead or something. I can’t remember now.

We took the top fanboy/girl photo and then James was shaking his hand to say “Nice to meet you” and telling Franco how excited his dad will be that they met, when the nice lady who took the first photo was like “Let me take a photo of you guys shaking hands!” But then she couldn’t figure out how to turn my camera back on and everything, so James and Franco just stood there holding hands for like 2 mintues. Of course, James is never washing that hand again!

Finally, we had to find out why Franco Harris was at the opening of an organic supermarket in Chicago, right? Apparently, now he’s into organic breads and some of the breads his company, Super Bakery, makes are sold at Sunflower Market.

See also:
» Chicagoist post on Sunflower Market
» Chicagoist’s photos of Sunflower Market

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