Kirkus Review says, "“If the fate of the planet is in the hands of children, giving them books like this might be a wise idea.”
Betsy Franco-Feeney and I are joined by dozens of musicians from around the world, and eight scientists across the US who weighed in this project, which is an updating of the song, "Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea" to reflect what happened to the Gulf Of Mexico in 2010. The first printing sold out so now Puddle Jump Press has aligned with Amazon to do "Print On Demand," both a hardcover and a paperback version of the book. There's five pages of real science in the book, so it's fun and kids learn from it, too! It's all in the 99 second promo video below.
There is no CD in the cover, instead some kind of digital square you scan (I don't know what that's even called!) where you can retrieve the full song that includes Don White in Lynn, Massachusetts, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan in San Francisco, Buskin & Batteau in NYC, and Sandy Cash in Israel who all trade off the lead vocals while being joined by a middle school choir in New Jersey led by Ashley Madison Bauers, and by great folk, bluegrass, Broadway, and opera singers who gathered in NYC.
“Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea” 99 sec promo on YouTube and Facebook
Betsy Franco-Feeney, Christine Lavin & friends
And here's how to get the book from Amazon, both hardcover and paperback:
HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA weaves a hopeful tale of how clean energy can power our world with little harm to wildlife or the environment. November 1, 2022 is it's happy new re-publication date. If you have any young ones in your family who are interested in science, they will dig this!
The hardcover is $22.90, the paperback is $15.95 -- though there is one of the original books on sale at eBay for $110!! What are they thinking???!!!
Another big thank you to our producer Brian Bauers, and mastering engineer Phil Klum who not only remastered the song, but gave us a 60% discount to boot. He is the same man who mastered the entire Alan Lomax Collection for the Smithsonian AND Dave Van Ronk's final concert (nominated for a Grammy). I didn't ask for a discount, he volunteered it because he knows how important a topic this is for kids to understand. Thanks, Phil!
- At the end of "French Toast Bread Pudding," Dame Edna pretends she's my upstairs neighbor whose "inner megastar is hungry, possum! Quick sticks!"
- I was invited to Yankee Stadium by one of the team owners, so I brought along as my +1 the most ardent Yankee fan I know: DAVID IPPOLITO
- Buskin & Batteau & Friends (Christine Lavin, John Forster, Shanna In A Dress, Marshal Rosenberg & a special surprise guest!)
- Two videos for "Buskin & Batteau & Friends" in NYC on Saturday at 2 PM, and in New England 4/21 and 4/26
- Imagine - driving to and from a live music show in NYC in DAYLIGHT
- In case you don't know this story . . .on February 2nd, someone cut a hole in the wire mesh that held Flaco captive at the Central Park Zoo. He now lives nearby in Central Park, free as a . . . well, bird!
- The silver lining of the pandemic has been families gathering via zoom -- this lovely song captures the feeling so beautifully -- I knew I had to make a video
- Tom Paxton Tribute - LIVE on FB and YT 7-10 PM Tonight Stookey/Collins/Yarrow/McCutcheon/Lavin/Eberhardt/Near/and many more
- ONE TIME OFFER: IF YOU LET ME KNOW BY MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, I WILL SEND YOU A DIGITAL PDF COPY OF "COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA??" FOR FREE
- Kirkus Review says, "“If the fate of the planet is in the hands of children, giving them books like this might be a wise idea.”
- Highlight reel includes Robin Batteau, Kyle Hancharick, Kate Taylor & The Ukeladies, Jane Godfrey, John Forster, Tom Toce, Ron Olesko, and a reading from Julie Gold's memoir-in-progress