Another day, another senses-shattering round in the 2011 KidVid Tournament! Today’s matchups are being hosted by kindie kingmaker Bill Childs over at Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child — let’s take a look at our contenders in the Pete Seeger Regional division.
#1 Seed: Keller Williams, “Hula Hoop to Da Loop”
I like Keller Williams, and I enjoyed his kids’ album (aptly titled Kids), but on the surface, “Hula Hoop to Da Loop” seems like kind of an odd choice for a video. I mean, the song doesn’t do much, does it? Happily, Williams gets around this with one of the more enjoyable clips I’ve seen in awhile. First of all, I love watching artists play with loops; second, the way that shot is framed is just lovely — there’s something almost inspirational about watching all those hula hoopers running over the horizon. Plus, this is either a live recording or it was brilliantly edited to look that way.
I hope you rested your voting finger yesterday, because after taking Sunday off, the 2011 KidVid Tournament resumes today with the epic battle of the Leadbelly Regional division, hosted by our friends at Gooney Bird Kids. If you thought making your picks was hard before, just wait until you get a load of today’s tournament hopefuls!
#1 Seed: Caspar Babypants, “$9.99” The more I listen to Caspar Babypants, the more I love his music — whether he’s offering bouncily quirky takes on folk standards or deceptively simple originals, he’s one of the more original (and addictive) voices on the kindie scene. One of his biggest strengths is story songs, as evidenced by this tale of a ragged old teddy bear. Do you have some thread?
I hope you did your duty and participated in the first round of voting yesterday — Out with the Kids embedded those videos all nice and pretty for you, and if we don’t exercise our voting rights, that just invites unscrupulous people to come and take advantage of the process. How do you think Raffi won all those Grammys? (Note: I don’t know if Raffi has actually won any Grammys. But he seems shifty.)
Anyway, today we’ve moved on to the Ella Jenkins Regional, and four more videos fighting to make it to the next round. Let’s watch, and then head over to Ages 3 and Up to vote!
#1 Seed: John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg, “A Counting Error”
I don’t know how I’ve missed hearing this song until now, but it’s great — and my kids, who both giggled for about 45 seconds straight when it started playing, agree. The clip is charmingly lo-fi in a pleasantly retro way — in fact, the numbers/letters segments remind me of something I might have seen on Sesame Streetduring my long-ago youth. If I didn’t live in the middle of the woods where there’s no cellphone reception, I’d make “A Counting Error” my ringtone. Bravo.