Disclaimer: I received a copy of the album for review purposes. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was given.
Wonder Boy has always been the opposite of shy.
His first day of preschool the program director partnered hi up with a little boy who was having a hard time of it after his mother had left him.
They’re still great friends two years later, as well as virtually every kid at his little preschool.
He gets constant reminders about other people’s personal space and very early on I had to train him to introduce himself to a strange kid before patting them on the back and calling them friend.
The Hullaballoo duo Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer have been friends since kindergarten, and their newest album, “SHy Kid Blues” album is a mostly autobiographical telling of the story of how the two friends became close.
The album is a mix of songs and spoken dialogue, perfect for listening in the car on a road trip or while quietly playing Legos with a best friend.
Explains Steve Denyes, “In an era when kids seem to have an overabundance of ‘screen time,’ we really wanted this to be a project where the audio would inspire them to create a picture in their minds rather than have one pop up on a screen. In recording the monologues, we were inspired by classic radio shows like Prairie Home Companion and more modern versions like This American Life and Radio Lab, where stories are told in conjunction with sound effects that spark the imagination.”
While I don’t AT ALL have a shy kid when it coms to making friends, the familiar theme of first days at school and making new best friends and getting to act silly with buddies drew in his attention.
The song “Best Friends Forever” is perfect for end-of-the-year slide shows and going over school memories.
And “That’s Just Us (Playing Rock and Roll)” is perfect for rebellious tots who love to jam with Elvis and music at car shows.
And “Sometimes Even I feel Shy” is a song that resonates with even my tenacious charmer when he feels a little overwhelmed in situation.
Want to see them LIVE?
Hullabaloo will be performing at SoCal venues over the next couple of months! Here is a list I compiled of the season’s highlights, please check out the full list online.
May 29 – San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas, CA – 6:00 p.m.
May 31 – North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, CA Album Release Concert! – 10:30 a.m.
June 1 – Fiesta Del Sol, Solana Beach, CA – 9:30 a.m.
June 1 – Shir Energy Festival, Cardiff, CA – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Dos Lagos Promenade Amphitheater Corona CA 92883 – 11:00 a.m.
July 4 – LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA – 6:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
“Shy Kid Blues” will be available at their website, cdbaby.com, iTunes, and other online music services and retailers.
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