Hooked on a Ceiling

Thanks to my brothers, I grew up listening to a LOT of Weird Al Yankovic. I used to write my own (incredible) parodies like “Don’t Eat These Foods–Potato Salad and Green Beans”, a parody of Ace of Bass’s “Don’t Turn Around”, and “Killing Me Softly with Lysol” (yikes). Have I improved? Hmm. Here is some light humor:

Hardee's Big Cookie and Sensitive Parenting

I used to cry at my piano lessons. As a kid, playing the piano came naturally. I loved it, and I was praised by others for playing well. I had an excellent teacher, but when he pushed grade school me to get better, it quickly became overwhelming and foreign.

Piano lesson days made me anxious. Mom would pick me up after school at 2:30pm and drive five minutes across the bridge to my teacher’s house. Some days I could handle the lessons, but other days it was too stressful.

Mom suggested we move my lessons back a little bit. Instead of going straight over to his house, we would stop at Hardee’s, get a “Big Cookie”–it was a big, awesome, soft chocolate cookie, and eat it in the car. We’d talk about the day and relax for a minute before jumping in to the lessons. I remember that helping a lot.

When I’m faced with my kids really getting worked up about something they are dreading–just last night it was removing what we thought was a tick from our five year old, I catch myself saying, “Hey, I know you don’t like this, but let’s just get it over with!” It seems logical, right?

Then I remember those piano lessons and how much it helped when Mom suggested we take a break before jumping into something hard. It was a smart move and helps me be more sensitive to my kids and offer more options.

I also really like cookies. That stuck with me, too. Do they still make Big Cookies? I would like one now.

S2 Ep. 2: Stroller Tire Explosion! Book Power for Kids!

S2 Ep. 2: Stroller Tire Explosion! Book Power for Kids!

The second episode of Season 2 is ACTION PACKED. It features special guest stars, the Book Power for Kids Podcast! We also premiere the hit song from last episode’s challenge, “All the Things Shakespeare Hasn’t Done”, go ALL the way across town to fix our popped stroller tire, and get our next challenge, “Write a song about Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”. That’s why we need help from the Power Family!

S2 Ep. 1: ComposerDad vs. Shakespeare

S2 Ep. 1: ComposerDad vs. Shakespeare

To kick off Season 2 of the ComposerDad Podcast, we find ComposerDad and the family in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England where ProfessorMom is studying Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Institute. After a whole year of “intense compositional challenges” from BIBLE, will ComposerDad be able to tackle one from….Animatronic Shakespeare?!?

Season 2 Sneak Peek

Season 2 Sneak Peek

It’s almost time for Season 2 of the ComposerDad Podcast! Expect music and adventures for the whole family, “intense compositional challenges”, special guest stars, and more. The kids, ProfessorMom, BIBLE, Mt. Beacon, and all your favorite characters will be back to join new characters like Animatronic Shakespeare, a talking black hole, and the Amalgamated Parents Network!

How to Fix a Melissa & Doug Toy Piano

How to Fix a Melissa & Doug Toy Piano

Our two year-old and I sat down to play some piano only to find that the top of our Melissa & Doug "Learn-to-Play" Toy Piano wasn't working. Instead of the usual happy "ting-a-ling," it was more of a "clang- clank." This set us off on a three-hour instrument repair adventure! See inside the Melissa & Doug Toy Piano and learn how to fix this piano if the same thing happens to you.

ComposerDad vs. Bible: Road Trip Edition

ComposerDad vs. Bible: Road Trip Edition

Hi ComposerDad Adventurers! The family and I just got from ComposerDad’s Great American Road Trip (Now with Canada!). It was a blast. One of our favorite things to do on the open road is to listen to a family podcast and just let it roll, no interruptions. So, for you, fellow parents, we recut the entire season one of ComposerDad vs. Bible into one GIANT EPISODE. Welcome to ComposerDad vs. Bible: Road Trip Edition. It’s over 100 minutes of adventure for your next road trip! Enjoy!

Ep. 8: Season Finale. Abandoned Coal Mine

Ep. 8: Season Finale. Abandoned Coal Mine

The season one finale of the ComposerDad Podcast picks up right where episode seven left off. The entire gang is up at the top of Mt. Beacon. The ground opens up revealing an abandoned coal mine. They enter to see a lake of lava and a cast of wild characters! What a finale! This episode also features an interview with Mt. Beacon itself!