The Deedle Deedle Dees Present Strange Dees Indeed CD

"The Deedle Deedle Dees have been making family music that is simultaneously among the most fun and the smartest for a number of years now.  "Strange Dees Indeed" takes it to a new level, with Dean Jones's fantastic production and a set of songs that ranges from raucous to quiet and touching.  There's not an ounce of condescension in the band or its songs; this is simply great songwriting and
music that happens to be for kids."
Bill Childs, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

 Strange Dees Indeed
Brooklyn's educational rock band returns with new original songs about history, legend and science 

(New York, Fall 2011) The Deedle Deedle Dees, a Brooklyn based educational rock band which Paste magazine hailed as one of the top “Music Picks for Families” this year, will release Strange Dees, Indeed at family concerts in Massachusetts and New York on October 29th and November 5th. 

The Dees’ new album of 19 new songs pays tribute to heroes like Marie Curie, Abigail Adams, Sacagawea and Cool Papa Bell, plus a host of unusual places and people.

The Deedle Deedle Dees are four teachers and musicians who were raised on Schoolhouse Rock, the Pixies, the Muppets and Tom Waits. With an approach unique to children’s music, The Dees are not content to offer fluffy-happy tunes. Each catchy piece is based upon something from history, science and folklore, and the Dees offer a fresh perspective even on the most familiar people and places.

Strange Dees, Indeed opens with a practical exploration of the Hindu philosophy of Ahimsa(“no harm” in Sanskrit), with the acknowledgment that even grownups have a hard time staying Gandhi-cool in the face of aggression. Another song follows the famous scientist Marie Curie as she smuggles radium in her suitcase. Every song tells a story or paints a picture, whether it be Sojourner Truth singing to a hostile crowd on a moonlit mountaintop, or Sacagawea seeing the ocean for the first time with her baby on her back, or an eerie view of the detritus at Dead Horse Bay. In “a song for Abigail Adams,” John Adams sends an indie-rock love letter to his wife. And one of the Dees’ grandmothers remembers what it was like to bump into NYC Mayor LaGuardia’s big belly back in the day.

The Deedle Deedle Dees’ music consistently wins raves from teachers, parents, and radio DJs alike. Miller provides lead vocals, bass and rhythm guitar. The other Dees sing and play along: Ari Dolegowski (Moby Dee) on mandolin and guitar; Chris Johnson (Booker Dee) on piano, keyboards, melodica, stylophone, electric bass, banjo, accordion and ukulele; and Ely Levin (Otto von Dee) on drums and percussion. Dean Jones, a fixture in the “kindie rock” movement, produced this wide-ranging album, with musical styles that will appeal to music fans of all ages.

The Deedle Deedle Dees’ two previous family music CDs, Freedom in a Box (2007) and American History+ Rock and Roll = The Deedle Deedle Dees (2009), won national acclaim. The Dees perform interactive, educational shows throughout the year at schools, libraries, theaters, parks and other family venues. They also develop original songs and shows based on curriculum via in-class workshops, long-term residencies, and other cooperative programs with schools.

The Deedle Deedle Dees plan CD release concerts on October 29th at the Eric Carle Museum, and on November 5th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. To get the full story behind each song, go to the band blog: http://teachddd.blogspot.com/

Get more information and fall tour scheduling at www.thedeedledeedledees.com

My Thoughts

As mentioned above, Strange Dees, Indeed focuses on people, places and nature from our history. Kids will enjoy the upbeat rhythm and fun lyrics. Encourage your child to listen for the wide range of musical instruments as they sing-along. I think Strange Dees, Indeed is very unique and entertaining.

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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of Deedle Deedle Dees CD through Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR. Thank you.

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