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Hi everyone! I've teamed up with Barnes & Noble to bring you a brand new, interactive eBook for the NOOK Color and Tablet, just in time for the holidays. It's our very first eBook, and we feel so excited to show it off to you!
Party Day is about 4 insect friends who go to the beach and have a party-filled day playing in the sand, watching the waves, telling stories, and making music. Every page has something fun - from interactive characters to special games and activities. At the end of the book, the full song plus lyrics is included.
Party Day is available via Barnes & Noble's NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color and www.NOOKKids.com (NOOK Book price $9.99).
(AND unrelated to the NOOK, but by request on Facebook from fan Kristine, here's the song "1, 2, 3") Click to play:
As usual, we've been working like busy bees over here at the Two Tomatoes office, and we're just about ready for a little Winter vacation (after our show this weekend in Clearwater, FL, that is!)
But before we sink into some much-needed cookies, we wanted to share with you some of the things we've been working so hard to bring to you!
First, check out some of the fun digital gifts we have been working on:
1) The Candy Cane Jane video -
This is the first video we have ever produced by our own small office (there are only 3 of us!), and we were so excited to be able to get this out in time for the holidays! You can either watch it on Vevo for free, or download it to your favorite on-the-go device for $1.99!
2) Party Day! DVD-
Our newest DVD was released this past summer, and it's been getting a lot of great buzzzz. The DVD is a fun adventure, following the band to a costume party, a birthday party, and a pajama party! It's a musical adventure from beginning to bedtime. Buy now for a perfect holiday gift, or you can download the AUDIO CD for all the new songs on-the-go for just $9.99.
We teamed up with Barnes & Noble to create a brand new interactive eBook based on Laurie's hit song, "Party Day". Follow 4 insect friends who go to the beach, build sandcastles, watch the waves, and play lots of music! Party Day is a best-seller this week on the B&N kid's ebook charts!
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4) "The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band" CD
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The making of our new Candy Cane Jane video
Producing a music video is a big job. It takes lots of people, lots of time, and lots of money to make just one video (let alone an entire DVD!) Laurie's label, Two Tomatoes Records, is a small company working out of a one-bedroom apt on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We have always needed the help of partners like our distribution record label (Razor and Tie) and other companies we’ve worked with in the past (Nick Jr., Seventh Generation) in order to produce and make these videos available to you.
Recently though, after countless requests for more from so many of you (that makes us very happy to hear!) we decided to take matters into our own hands and produce our own music video IN HOUSE.
Laurie wanted to put out something fun for the holidays, and since she already had the holiday song “Candy Cane Jane” on the Rocketship Run CD she had an idea…why not make this our first animated holiday video?!
So over the past month, our three-person office here at Two Tomatoes Records jumped into the pool of production school (the internet) and learned all about producing an animated music video. We felt just like the little engine that could... or the little Tomatoes that could.
Here’s what we learned it takes to make an animated music video:
1. Help from our friends: David Stott over at Match Productions volunteered his time to help Shannon in the office in finding the right illustrator and animator (see below for more information on these great people). He also oversaw the video production from start to finish.
2. Patience: Candy Cane Jane and Gum Drop Joe went through many stages before we got them just right.
3. Finding talent close to home: We recorded Shannon doing some dance moves that became Candy Cane Jane’s dance moves in the video.
4. Teamwork: We all worked together to watch the various versions of the video as it came to life and made sure that Candy Cane Lane was a fun place!
5. Help from our marketing and online office Tomatoes: to make sure our fans knew about the video (grassroots style, of course).
6. Help from our fans: Now that the video is out we’ve been working to let all of our fans know about it. Through Facebook, email blasts, our website and more we’ve been finding new ways to reach out and get the video to all of you for the holiday season! You can see it on YouTube and download it on iTunes.
Our animator, David Gregg, was amazing! And illustrator, Nancy Lee, (who also did some of the illustrations on the Party Day DVD) stepped up to create the looks for Candy Cane Jane and Gum Drop Joe. Here at the office, we had a great time seeing the different stages of our loveable characters and watching it all come together. Who says you need a big production company to make things happen?
Here’s hoping we can do it again very soon and keep bringing you fun videos to enjoy with the entire family.
From all of us to all of you, happy holidays!
For Immediate Release November 29, 2011
LAURIE BERKNER AND BARNES & NOBLE
Announcing Party Day By Bestselling Children’s Recording Artist Laurie Berkner, Barnes & Noble’s First Original NOOK Kids™
Read and Play™ NOOK Kids™ Book
Available Exclusively on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color™ and
NOOK Tablet™ Starting December 15th, 2011
“The queen of kids’ music.” – People Magazine
When one little ladybug calls up a banana slug, a cucumber beetle and an ant, you know it’s going to be a Party Day!
Superstar children's recording artist Laurie Berkner’s joyous song comes to life in Party Day, an interactive musical adventure eBook available exclusively on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet, due out December 15th (you can pre-order today and the book will be delivered automatically to your NOOK on the 15th). The NOOK Book™ is based on the title track from The Laurie Berkner Band’s new DVD, Party Day! (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie) which entered the Billboard Top Music Videos chart at #1 when it debuted this summer. Party Day is both NOOK Kids’ and Laurie’s first-ever original NOOK Kids Read and Play™ book, featuring animation and interactive games.
In Party Day, a merry bunch of insects get together for an all-day beach jamboree. They play instruments, dance, build sand castles, tell stories and watch the waves until the sun goes down. Laurie's simple lyrics and infectious melody, together with vividly-hued illustrations by Julia Woolf capture the childhood feeling of never wanting a perfect day to end.
On NOOK Color’s and NOOK Tablet’s touchscreens, even very young children can use their fingers to play music and animations, as well as participate in six fun “drag and drop” and “find and touch” activities. The full song with lyrics is included. Party Day is available via Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color and www.NOOKKids.com (NOOK Book price $9.99).
“We’re thrilled that we got a chance to work with Laurie to adapt her infectious and fun song ‘Party Day’ into an interactive NOOK Kids book. Kids and adults everywhere will be singing along as they read and play!” said Wendy P. Bronfin, Senior Director of Digital Product Management, for Barnes & Noble.
The Laurie Berkner Band has received tremendous critical acclaim. Time Magazine lauded Laurie as “a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow…Berkner inhabits a kid’s curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated – very repeated – listenings.” The Wall Street Journal called Laurie “one of the most popular children’s performers in America … Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.” Stefan Shepherd, NPR contributor and editor of the leading kids’ music news website Zooglobble.com, describes Laurie as being “without a doubt the brightest female star in kids music (and quite possibly the biggest star, period).”
A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music over ten years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr., Nickelodeon’s 24-hour educational, commercial-free preschool network, and is featured in nearly all episodes of the channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show.
For more information on The Laurie Berkner Band, including upcoming tour dates,
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Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share this song with you so you can start getting into the holiday spirit! (Click to play)
You can also purchase this song for download for $.99: Click here
And for another fun holiday activity while you're getting ready for winter, check out the great Candy Cane Jane coloring pages on our website - just download them, print them off, and color away! Click the image below.
We love the fact that music goes hand-in-hand with exercise, and we especially love how dancing is so much for fun ALL ages, big and small.
For the smallest person, groovin' to the music helps teach about our bodies, how to move them, how to best use them, and how to start out life in a healthy way. But EVERYONE enjoys letting loose and shakin' it down!
Our new DVD, Party Day!, features lots of songs to dance to - just check out this video for "Shake Your Body Down":
So, here is a list of our favorite LBB songs to move to:
1) I’m Gonna Catch You (tons of different kinds of movement)
2) Walk Along the River (different steps and dance moves)
3) Drive My Car (driving motions)
4) My Energy (lots of different dance and step movement)
5) I Know a Chicken (shaking, circles, etc)
6) We Are the Dinosaurs (stomping)
7) I Really Love to Dance (free-for-all dancing, other hand motions)
8) Moon Moon Moon (hand motions)
9) Open Your Heard (hand motions)
10) Pig on Her Head (following directions of movement – toe touches, etc)
11) Shake Your Body Down (will be on our new DVD coming out July 26th)
You can find mp3’s of all of these songs on iTunes: http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?entity=song&media=all&page=1&restrict=true&startIndex=0&term=laurie+berkner or Amazon.com
Hello friends! We return to blog land with excellent news: Our new DVD, Party Day!, will hit the shelves (both virtual and real) tomorrow. To celebrate, we wanted you to check out some of the new videos in the DVD! To see the teaser, click here.
The DVD takes the band to 3 parties - a costume party, a birthday party, and a pajama party!
First, check out "Party Day" - the title video on the new DVD - and meet our new friends: a lady bug, a banana slug, a cucumber beetle, and an ant who REALLY know how to get the party started:
Next, do you want to play a game? Get up and move your body as you follow Laurie's directions in a fun follow-the-leader song!
Want to get the DVD for $2 off plus free shipping - hurry! Our Facebook promotion ends tonight - just head over to Facebook by clicking the photo below and share - when 5 friends click on your link from either Facebook or Twitter, you'll be emailed the coupon!
Hi bloggy friends!
We're back :)
We've been away for a few weeks, but with good reason! Our entire team has been working REALLY hard on something new and special - and we're almost ready to announce it.
We're working with our friends at Seventh Generation on something everyone can enjoy. For a sneak peak of what is to come, check out this video:
What do you think it will be? Announcement on Tuesday, June 28th - see you then :)