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Monday, February 26, 2007

bob schneider, i salute you

so mrs nice guy recently took a quick business trip to austin. she returned with a gift for our daughter (and none for me ... even though i had dropped plenty of hints that i had my eye on this). she bought the kid a CD, a compilation of children's music by local sensitive singer songwriters. great, i thought. just what we need: a bunch of aspiring dan zanes types who have somehow convinced themselves that living in texas is a good idea. i eyed the title and cringed: "songs to howl at the moon by." ugh. reluctantly, i popped it in.

any misgiving i had vanished before the first bar was over. it's good stuff. i had the early morning shift the other day, so i played it for the kid. she approved. specifically, she and i both approved of the fifth track: "Jump, Shake Your Booty" by Bob Schneider. the song is--well, how does one describe music to those who haven't heard it?--awesome. we put the song on repeat and jumped and shook our booties at 7 in the morning about 300 times. here's the absolute best part, and this is why the CD wins a very official Mr Nice Guy Recommendation: when my wife made her bleary-eyed way to the kitchen, the kid looked up at her, jumped and shouted: "SHAKE BOODY." mrs nice guy was so proud i think i saw a single tear trickle down her cheek.

do you have any idea how transcendently awesome it is to have a toddler, not yet two even, who complies instantly with the command: "honey, shake your booty now!"? do you? she pumps her fist, squinches her face into the classic Rock-Out Grimace and shouts SHAKE BOODY! the best part? when she actually requests to hear the song. she waddles over to the boom box, points at it and whimpers "shake boody? shake boody, yes?"

check it out for yourself, then go buy the CD: Jump, Shake Your Booty (MP3).

(oh, and the correct answer to friday's Mr. Nice Guy Homeless Challenge was D. for now. he was gone when i came home and hasn't come back. we'll probably revisit this strategy if he continues to revisit my property.)


Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Yes, booty shaking is one of the best things a toddler can do. The only problem comes when your almost 4-year old likes to do it with her pants pulled down to her ankles. Makes you worry about the future.

Thanks for the music tip. We're always looking for new reasons to shake it.

2/26/2007 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Mater Nice Guy said...

I visited our neighbor across the street (the one with the toddler). She opened the door clutching one baby to her chest and the other running around totally naked, except for baby "ugh" boots. I asked the little girl where her panties were, and she said she was hot. Talk about a peek into the future.

2/26/2007 5:52 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...


2/26/2007 10:47 PM  
Anonymous mel said...

thanks for the musical suggestion--we'll check it out. one back atcha: the baby loves jazz series ( is awesome and our almost-2-year-old loves it. books come with a cd; my fave is a tie between charlie "bird" (parker-esque) and miles "crocodile" (davis-esque, of course). duck ellington is growing on me, but a tad weird--and we haven't checked out the ella scats like that recording yet. even the accompanying board books are great--very colorful, lots of cute-but-not-cutesy animals teaching basic concepts without cramming... very cool stuff.

2/27/2007 8:39 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

oh my goodness, mel. i am buying that tomorrow.

2/27/2007 9:04 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I will also vouch for that- the baby loves jazz. and if you are into jazz with a kid twist- my all time favorite is Nicky's Jazz for Kids. "A Children's Celebration of Soul" is good too.

I really like this Jump, Shake your Booty!

2/28/2007 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Nothing makes me laugh as hard as saying, "Dance, monkey, dance!" and seeing both my kids (3 y.o. twins)jump up and dance around the room...

Right now, for whatever reason, we have a version of Redemption song, sung by Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer, as the #1 requested song. Not the most uplifting song in the world, but it pleases my punk rock daughter and dead head son.


3/01/2007 8:27 PM  

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