Songs With A Mardi Gras Theme

mardi-gras-maskIt’s carnival time here once again in the states and with the party atmosphere taking a stronghold down in New Orleans this week I thought I would put together a small list of essential Mardi Gras themed music, with a few surprises thrown in at the bottom of this post. Unlike most of the other song lists or play lists I’ve created over the years in this section, the title does not just have to include the word ‘Mardi Gras’. The songs and videos below just need to have a feel for the annual New Orleans celebration. Some are even instrumentals with the sounds of Cajun, Creole, Blues, Jazz and Zydeco or a fusion mix. This is a relatively small list compared to other themed song lists I’ve done previously but should still give a good sampling of music for this special annual event known as Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

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SONGS WITH A MARDI GRAS THEME

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Big Chief – Earl King

Carnival Time – Al Johnson

Fire On The Bayou – The Meters

Go To The Mardi Gras – Professor Longhair

Goin’ Back To New Orleans – Dr. John

Hey Pocky A-Way – The Meters

I Went To The Mardi Gras – Snooks Eaglin

La Danse De Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Song) – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Mardi Gras Day – Dr. John

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Fats Domino

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair

Mardi Gras Mambo – The Hawketts

Meet De Boys On The Battlefront – Wild Tchoupitoulas

Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Paul Simon

The Day After Mardi Gras – The Lakefront Loungers

The Second Line – Stop, Inc

When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

Who Dat At Da Mardi Gras – Jake Da Snake

 

************ BONUS ************

Enjoy a couple more off-the-wall sounds of Mardi Gras…. with a humorous twist…..

Ain’t No Place To Pee On Mardi Gras Day – Benny Grunch

Mardi Gras Funk!  (Parody of “Uptown Funk”) – Melissa Stevenson

 

*** A FEW MORE SOUNDS OF LOUISIANA ***

Diggy Liggy Lo – Dou Kershaw (“The Rajun Cajun”)

Down At The Twist & Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jambalaya On The Bayou – John Fogerty (Blue Ridge Rangers)

When The Saints Go Marching In – Pelican 212

(an amazing family brass band that have appeared recently on national TV)

 

************ ENCORE ************

and here’s one more that sums up the unmistaken sounds of the season…………

New Orleans Creole / Cajun / Zydeco / Blues / Jazz Music of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday / NOLA Saints

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Valentines Day Fun & Games For Kids

valentines-day-tigger-logoWith Valentines Day just around the corner and winter weather still packing a powerful punch in many areas around North America, here are a few fun indoor activities for the little ones to do. This should also provide kids (whether they want it or not, a break from the TV and video games for awhile to help improve imagination as well as thinking in a good old-fashion fun way. .

Feel free to print any of these out for your kids to use and enjoy…..

Here are a few Printable Valentines Day Activities

Mazes – Word Search – Puzzles – Coloring Pages –

Connect The Dots – Matching – Word Scramble

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1 – Winnie The Pooh Coloring Page

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2 – Word Search

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3. Maze

 

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4. Connect-the-dots to make Curious George

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5. Find the hidden pictures – then color

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6. Ninja Coloring page

 

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7. Maze

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8.Word Search

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9. Read & Match

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10. Matching hearts

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Songs To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy-Canada-Day-2012July 1st marks the highly anticipated and festive annual celebration of Canada Day for our northern neighbors. I’ve tried to put together a nice compilation of songs to help celebrate this special day of Canadian Pride. Even though I have never lived in Canada, I greatly enjoyed a number of summers back in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s up in beautiful lower British Columbia, Vancouver Island, The Canadian Rockies & Alberta. Even though there have been a number of great muscial Talent (artists , groups and bands) that originated or had their roots in Canada, my focus is mainly on songs that bring out either awareness, national pride or newsworthy events over the years in Canada. I’ve included various genres of music for your enjoyment covering the last few decades.

  1. Alberta Bound — Gordon Lightfoot 
  2. Alberta Bound — Paul Brandt  
  3. Ballad of Wendel Clark — Rheostatics
  4. Believe In Your Country — Tom Connors
  5. Canada — Bobby Gimby 
  6. Canada Day Up Canada Way — Stompin’ Tom Connors
  7. Canada Is — Roger Whittaker 
  8. Canada My Home  — Grayson Matthews 
  9. Canadian, Please – Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie 
  10. Canadian Railroad Trilogy — Gordon Lightfoot 
  11. City of Lakes — Matt Mays & El Torpedo 
  12. Fireworks — The Tragically Hip 
  13. Four Strong Winds — Ian & Sylvia
  14. God Bless You Canada — Lee Greenwood 
  15. Hockey Night in Canada Theme  
  16. I Am Canadian Anthem 
  17. Lakeside Park — Rush 
  18. Montreal – Blue Rodeo 
  19. Moody Manitoba Morning — The Bells
  20. My Stompin’ Grounds — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  21. Northwest Passage — Stan Rogers 
  22. O Canada (With Glowing Hearts) 1979 Canadian National Anthem fiml presentation 
  23. Oh… Canada — Classified 
  24. Proud To Be Canadian — The Arrogant Worms 
  25. Rant & Roar — Great Big Sea
  26. Running Back to Saskatoon — The Guess Who
  27. Something To Sing About (Canada Day Song) — New Car Smell 
  28. The Canada Song — Five Iron Frenzy 
  29. The Canadian Dream — Sam Roberts Band 
  30. The Day We Hit The Coast — Thrush Hermit 
  31. The Hockey Song — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  32. The Maple Leaf Forever 
  33. The Rest of My Life — Sloan 
  34. Trans Canada — The Constantines 
  35. Trans Canada Highway — Gene Pitney 
  36. Western Skies — Blue Rodeo 
  37. Wheat Kings — The Tragically Hip 

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I’d also like make readers aware of some of the greatest musical talent in the world that originated in Canada. I’m a big fan of many of these artists over the years. Here’s a list, not in any particular order other than alphabetical of some of the more mainstream acts that came from Canadian heritage…………………………

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Aldo Nova
  • Anne Murray
  • Anvil
  • April Wine
  • Arcade Fire
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Bahamas
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ben Heppner
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bryan Adams
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Burton Cummings
  • Celine Dion
  • Chilliwack
  • David Clayton-Thomas (from Blood Sweat & Tears fame)
  • David Foster
  • Denny Doherty (from The Mamas & Papas fame)
  • Edward Bear
  • Feist
  • Frank Mills
  • Gil Evans
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Hank Snow
  • Helix
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Ian & Sylvia
  • Idle Eyes
  • Jeff Healey
  • Joni Mitchell
  • k. d. lang
  • Klaatu
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lighthouse
  • Loverboy
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michael Buble
  • Moe Koffman
  • Moxy
  • Neil Young
  • Nickelback
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Paul Anka
  • Platinum Blonde
  • Prism
  • Rob McConnell
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • RUSH
  • Saga
  • Sara McLachlan
  • Shania Twain
  • Sheriff
  • Spirit of the West
  • Stan Rogers
  • Stars
  • Steppenwolf
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors
  • Terri Clark
  • The Arrogant Worms
  • The Band
  • The Bells
  • The Crew-Cuts
  • The Diamonds
  • The Four Lads
  • The Guess Who
  • The Poppy Family
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Triumph
  • Trooper
  • Wilf Carter
  • Zal Yanovosky

………………………. Remember the above is only a partial (but still comprehensive) list of those that I’ve enjoyed from various genres of music over the years — Now I’m well aware that there are a number of others that I have unintentionally left out and more than likely several others I am not familiar with at all. Even some that I didn’t know originated in Canada

One more thing ….. there is one that I DID leave out on purpose ….. I will try to to somehow forgive our neighbors for exposing our ears to the likes of Justin Bieber  >8P ……………… Also I do NOT include rap artists (with rare exception) unless it’s ‘old-skool’ from the 80’s and 90’s

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL!!!

Please feel free to comment below.

Who would you have included in the list?

What other songs would you have added that mention or descibe something or some place Canadian or make mention of Canada in the lyrics.

PS- I also intentionally omitted “Blame Canada” from the ‘South Park Movie’ because it doesn’t really invoke pride, just sarcastic humor. I’m a fan of South Park but didn’t feel right putting the song up there (even though it was meant to be sarcastic)

Christmas Themed Mazes, Coloring Pages & Word Search Fun

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Need something to keep the kids busy during the Christmas Holiday Season?

Christmas Santa & FrostyLook no further! — Here are a few fun activity pages which are printable. Make a few copies and ’em hand out to the kids to help alleviate boredom and give them something constructive to do while you’re busy tending to holiday food preperations, table setting, gift wrapping, decorating, cleaning up or whatever you need to get accomplished before the company and/or rest of the out-of-town family arrives. Also a great idea for a few rainy day indoor activities. There’s enough variety here to handle children from kindergarten through maybe 6th grade. Heck, even parents and older siblings might enjoy doing these with the younger ones as a family activity.

Enjoy the Following Activity Pages for Rainy Day Indoor Fun During The Holiday Season…

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  • Christmas Mazes

  • Coloring Pages

  • Connect The Dots

  • Word Search Puzzles

Christmas Maze - Elf to Present

Christmas Color - Tree decorated with presents

Christmas Maze - Santa to North Pole

Christmas Color - Gingerbread House

Christmas Maze - Rudolph to Barn

Christmas Color - Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Christmas Goose

Christmas Color - Christmas House

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Tree

Christmas Word Search2

Christmas Color - Christmas Stockings

Christmas Maze - Candy Cane Santa Hat

Christmas Color - Christmas Tedy Bear

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Frosty

Christmas Maze - Elf to Santas Workshop

Christmas Color - Santa with toy sack

Christmas Maze - Frosty to Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Pick The Path to Light Xmas Tree

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Christmas Color - Frosty Snowman

Christmas Maze - Santa To Village

Christmas Dot-To-Dot House

Christmas Color - Santa & Reindeer

Christmas Maze - Jingle Bells

Christmas Color - Santa in Sleigh

Christmas Maze - Christmas Angel Maze

Christmas Maze - Santas Helper

Christmas Color - Santa

Christmas Maze - Santa Down Chimney to Tree

Christmas Color - Sponge Bob Santa

Christmas Maze - Gingerbread House

Christmas Color - Sleigh & Elves

Christmas Word Search3

Christmas Maze - Christmas Tree

Christmas Maze - 3-Story House

Christmas Word Search4

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Songs For Leap Day

Well… it’s that time again… that strange extra day we’re given on the calendar every four years. LEAP DAY happens like clockwork every four years. The month of February gains an extra day at the end of the month, February 29th to be specific, though still remains the shortest month of the year. Those lucky ones (or unlucky ones depending on your outlook) who were born on this date, also known as “leaplings”, theoretically have found the “Fountain of Youth” , so to speak, by aging just a ‘notch’ with a birthday (as far as the calendar shows) once every four years. Some choose to celebrate it on February 28th or March 1st during those ‘in-between’ years.

Another interesting tradition about Leap Year and/or Leap Day, is that women are obliged , according to old Irish or Scottish folklore, to propose to their fiance on February 29th giving a spike in engagements as well as weddings on this date every four years. This particular day is also known and celebrated as “Sadie Hawkins’ Day”, when women may propose to men. Many high schools stage Sadie Hawkins Day School Rallies and Evening Dances on this date where the girl asks the guy to go to the dance.

As far as music goes, there are countless songs themed towards many other holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, but nothing really comes to mind on Leap Day or during Leap Year. So after some time doing a lot of searching for songs with a LEAP DAY theme, I decided to put together a slightly unusual list of songs with the word ‘leap’ or ‘jump’ in the title as well as a couple of other miscellaneous songs that mention ’29’ or ‘strange day’ in the title. I hope you enjoy the weird compilation mix here and I’ve included audio/videos of some so you can sample them. As in all of my other theme lists, you’ll find a wide genre mix here to hopefully satisfy your taste in music.

Songs For Leap Day

  1. “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor 
  2. “Jump” by Van Halen 
  3. “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy
  4. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. “Look Before You Leap” by Suicide Machines 
  6. “Jump” by Madonna  
  7. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio 
  8. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones 
  9. “A Strange Day” by The Cure 
  10. “Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters 
  11. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” by Billy Bragg 
  12. “Get Up & Jump Around” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  13. “29” by Ryan Adams
  14. “Jump For Joy” by Duke Ellington 
  15. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K 
  16. “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen 
  17. “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson 
  18. “One Leap” by Joshua Radin 
  19. “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie & His Orchestra 
  20. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney 
  21. “Leap of Faith” by Lionel Cartwright 
  22. “Jump Around” by House of Pain 
  23. “Leap Day” by Mark Humphreys
  24. “29” by Gin Blossoms 
  25. “Leap” by The Cave Singers 
  26. “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot 
  27. “Here Today” by The Beach Boys 
  28. “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats 
  29. “Jump” by Girls Aloud  
  30. “Another Day” by Pomplamoose