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Ep 30 Charlie and Lucy on the Road, A Sing-Along Episode, An Original Fairytale Story with Folk Songs for Children and Family

Welcome to Episode 27 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Charlie and Lucy on the Road, a Sing-Along Episode,“ a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.   

Now it is a Sing-Along Episode, so I hope you have your singing voice ready. Charlie and Lucy told me to tell you not to worry. They said that the more out of tune and goofy you are, the more fun everyone will have. So sing with all your heart and don’t worry too much about the rest.

I’m so glad you are here, and I can’t wait to tell you today’s story.

“Listen now to CHARLIE AND LUCY ON THE ROAD”. 

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Today’s story references a few other great podcasts for kids as part of our Kids Listen “Hit the Road” Sweeps – you can find them all at app.kidslisten.org

The podcasts I share are
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
Buttons & Figs
Good Stuff Kids Podcast

and my story The Butterfly Adventurer – for the Wander Song…. 

Here is an excerpt from today’s episode:

Charlie and Lucy climbed into the rental car. Ugh. They were going to have to sit there in the back seat for HOURS! HOURS! They’d already been on a plane, which was pretty cool actually, soaring above the birds, above the clouds. They’d seen the tops of mountains covered in snow even in the summer-time and the patterns of rectangles that mom said were farm fields lying like a patchwork quilt across the Earth. Charlie watched as the fluff of white and gray clouds moved at their leisure, casting shadows across the countryside below. Lucy was fascinated by wanderings of the rivers as they wound themselves first one way and then another, never in a straight line, as they cut across the world below them. Lakes shimmered in the sun and looked like puddles from so far above. And then they’d seen the city, all gridded out, with buildings and busy cars, trains and trucks, all moving like tiny ants. And the airport with all of its flashing lights and runways and then they’d landed. Oh, it took forever for them to get their luggage and keys to the rental car and CHARLIE AND LUCY WERE SO HUNGRY!

Aunt Cookie and mom were taking them on a big adventure all along the coast of Maine. Charlie and Lucy were pretty excited. They’d been pouring over the map of Maine for weeks. And now here they were.

Hey, Wait a minute, Aunt Cookie? Charlie and Lucy have an Aunt Cookie? Well, yes they do. Her real name is Karen,  but they’ve always called her Cookie.

“The Rock Island Line” is a Leadbelly tune.

“The Happy Wanderer” was written by Antonia Ridge and Friedrich Moller in 1954

“Aikendrum” is a traditional Scottish folk song.

“Do Your Ears Hang Low” is a traditional English folk song.

Thank you for listening. If you’ve been enjoying these fairytales that I write for your children and for you, and for everyone who has an innocent heart. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment below, on Facebook or send me an email. Or, leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let everyone know. Spreading the word is a lovely thing to do.

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Summer’s Last Hurrah…

Summer is almost over. Sigh… We’ve really had a gorgeous one here in the Midwest. I can’t believe we’ll soon see the leaves drop and snow fly. But for now, one last dip in the pool.

We made this little video while we were writing our “Summer Time Song” at one of my April Eight Songs for Peace Camps. We had so much fun and, wow, listen to that kid harmony singing!

I’ll be doing Camps all over the region next summer – watch for me – and if you have a great place for my Camp, contact me right here.

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During the school year I’m doing Monthly After School Songwriting Workshops at area schools. I’ll also be doing several Artist-in-Residencies as well as a few Week-long Workshops. I’m excited to announce those as soon as they are pinned down.

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I’m also delighted to be doing a workshop with Clifton-Performance Theatre. Our great cast of kids will collaborate with Carol the Playwright and April the Songwriter to choose and write the characters’ destinies and the songs that tell the tale. It is an 8-week camp starting October 2nd. Registration begins soon. Let me know if you want us to reserve your child’s spot. Ages 8-15.

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Enjoy these last warm sweet days of summer. September is almost here….