I can remember the first time I gave my mom a lame excuse for missing school. I believe I woke up sweaty, feverish, a tad nauseous, and completely unable to attend 3rd Grade.
Two hours later, I was driving my Barbie around the living room in her Corvette without any hint of a temperature, and ate my grilled turkey sandwich without a hitch.
To say I got busted would be an understatement.
Once my parents sniffed out I was perfectly fine, I got an earful, along with my Barbie privileges taken away.
Calling in sick to school or work when you’re really not is something that probably everyone has attempted at some point. So, naturally, that topic is perfect fodder for a children’s music song, and Danny Weinkauf has stepped up the plate to deliver an album that’s perfect for both sick and healthy days.
He has an impressive list of song-writing credits for television, commercials, and film. And now he can add solo children’s music album to his list of credits. No School Today will be released on April 29th.
Weinkauf’s album feels like a relative of his work with They Might Be Giants but taken many steps further. His sound makes me think of my college days, spent listening to Robyn Hitchcock (and NOT skipping class, I should say, in case my mother is reading this) with it’s rock-pop tunes and driving, “stick with you” melodies. Reason enough to make this album a hit with both parents and children, alike.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Marsupial”, with its groovy baseline and syncopated chorus. Another favorite is “Ballad of Ben”, a tribute to the artistic genius of Ben Folds with Folds-like “soft punk” and sophisticated piano-work.
Weinkauf wrote “Archaeology” as a follow up to the popular “I Am a Paleontologist” because fans often confused the two fields when approaching him. The song has a very Elvis Costello feel, and explains what an archaeologist does, much like his take on paleontology.
Beloved children’s musician Laurie Berkner lends her distinctive voice to “Our Love Fits.” This tune shows off Weinkauf’s sharp wit and humor, and Berkner and Weinkauf’s vocals go together, so the song says, like “the Mia to the Farrow.”
“No School Today” is an alternative rock list of ailments to skip school, with a great beat and lyrics that force you to bob your head in both rhythm and familiarity.
Danny Weinkauf premiered the video for this song last week, and I’m hooked! My first thought was remembering those cult classic sock puppets Sifl and Olly. Anyone?
But I digress. Check out this awesome video!
No School Today also includes interjects short and sweet tunes in to the mix, with the quirky “Whipped Cream” (a list of favorite treats with a funky backbeat), “Hey!” (the leadoff song to the album), “Oh No Oh Yeah” and “Lullaby for Quinn.”
Danny Weinkauf’s son Kai sings lead vocals on many songs on the album, including “Champion of the Spelling Bee”, “Ambivalent”(a song for flip-floppers, short and to the point) and “Cast My Vote.” He also sings lead on the most mellow tune of the album, “Together We Can Fly” and while Kai’s voice is unique and fitting, I would have liked to hear Danny’s take on this one.
Whether you’re home with that “nasty cough” you’ve called in sick with, or alive and well and looking for music to dance with your kids in the kitchen to, Danny Weinkauf’s No School Today is sure to cure what ails you.
For a limited time only, you can access a FREE song download of the song “No School Today” by going HERE.
Danny Weinkauf’s No School Today will be available on iTunes and Amazon on April 29th, but because I adore this album so much, I’m giving one away to a lucky reader who can give me the best No School Today excuse! C’mon, let’s here them! What is the silliest/funniest/most creative tactic you’ve either used or heard for skipping school?
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter widget below, leaving a comment and doing a couple of social media things, by 11:59pm on Friday, April 18th. Open to anyone 18 and over in the contiguous United States.
Good luck, and I can’t wait to hear what excuses you have!