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"Will you enjoy yourself? It's a shore thing," says Mr. Jeff 2000, children's music critic, about this beachy new family rock album. mrjeff2000.blogspot.com/2016/04/jungle-gym-jam-checks-in-with-lollipop.html

Jason and Amy Didner have enjoyed their summer ritual of driving to the Jersey Shore with the music of Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and more sun-drenched summer rock-n-roll playing on the car stereo for almost as long as they’ve been together. Now with the help of their band, the Jungle Gym Jam, they’ve assembled the sounds and memories they love the most into a new album, Lollipop Motel — a rollicking soundtrack for your summer beach vacation with the family.

***50% of digital download proceeds and 10% of physical CD sales proceeds will go to 5-year-old heart patient Xavier Ross through June 30, 2016 ***

The sound is often quite faithful to the E Street band, right down to the bells, saxophones, piano and organ combining to conjure up scenes of the amusement pier on the boardwalk, as on tunes like “Little Yellow Plane,” “Summertime Santa” and “Jersey Dinosaurs.” Jason is equally happy calling on a horn-infused sunny ska vibe to invite the listener to a “Day at the Beach” or dialing up a big 70s hard rock tone for his duet of “The Ultimate Frisbee” with kindie glam-rocker Ron “Polka Dot” Albanese.

The legends of 70s and 80s rock and pop are not the only musical influences that inspired Jason and Amy on this album. Having immersed themselves in the world of “kindie” music (independent music for kids and families) for the past three years, Jason and Amy were encouraged to go big on lyrical wit and respect kids’ abilities to engage with their sense of humor by the stunning powerpop songwriting triumphs of Justin Roberts, Joanie Leeds and The Not Its. You’ll hear this kind of humor come through on tracks like “Jam Packed,” an ode to the harrowing experience of packing for the family trip.

The record ends with an exclamation point with Jason’s spirited duet with golden-voiced kindie songstress Suzi Shelton on their version of “Free to Be…You and Me.” Dearborn, Michigan DJ Phil Maq (WHFR-FM) had this to say about the closing track: “A super sized arrangement! It includes many musical elements–too many to count here, but you might want to make sure that your kitchen sink is still attached! It all works, so check out the boisterously happy ‘Free to Be…You and Me!’”

The subject matter that fueled the inspiration for the album was the family tradition of staying at the Lollipop Motel in North Wildwood, NJ, an historic motel that was part of Wildwood’s “Doo-wop” motel scene since it was first opened in 1961. “Before our first-ever stay at the hotel, we were looking at pictures of hotels on the iPad and our then-three-year-old daughter giggled at the image of the neon sign depicting kids’ faces as lollipops and all the colorful doors to the rooms surrounding the pool,” Jason said. “When we actually arrived at the real place, Holly’s stunned reaction was what I would have expected upon first arrival to Disney World. It was a stunning moment that led to writing the title track, a theme I felt could carry the album.”

Jason and Amy teamed up with producer Marc "Baze" Bazerman, a kindie musician in his own right, who gave the album a great deal of presence and clarity. "Marc and I took on a 'No regrets' policy with this album. Since we know it's a permanent record of our work, we wanted to make sure that it's 100% satisfying to listen to from beginning to end, whether you're 2 years old or 42 years old," said Jason. "When I listen to this album all the way through, I feel we've achieved that."

Lollipop Motel is the Jungle Gym Jam’s second album, a follow-up to their Parents’ Choice-approved Everyone’s Invited! which peaked at #2 on the CD Baby children’s music chart and was named Editor’s Pick by the online music distributor.

Jason, Amy and band are set to travel through the mid-Atlantic states from New York to Virginia through the spring and summer in support of Lollipop Motel.

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released May 13, 2016

Produced and Mixed by Marc Bazerman
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound
Engineered by Matt Ryan at Homefront Studios

All songs Lyrics & Music by Jason Didner, Lyrics by Amy Didner (c) 2016
except Free to Be...You and Me by Bruce Hart & Steven J. Lawrence

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Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam Montclair, New Jersey

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam is an award-winning "kindie" band that brings a true rock-n-roll spirit to songs that emphasize kindness, active play, imagination and love of learning. The band's debut album "Everyone's Invited!" was honored with the Parents' Choice® Approved seal. The sound is often compared to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and The Ramones -- for kids and families. ... more

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Track Name: Your Happy Place
Your Happy Place
Lyrics and Music by Jason Didner, Lyrics by Amy Didner

Verse 1:
It's so great to see you
I'm glad you made it here
I've got fun and creativity
To fill your heart with cheer
From the hills of California
To the castles of Madrid
Wherever you hear the sound of my voice
You're free to be a kid

From the ocean side to outer space
I'm here to help you hop into
Your happy place

Verse 2:
So, Tell me a little something
About your favorite place to be
Anywhere you can imagine
In your world or fantasies
Is it at the park or at the zoo
Or a spot beneath the sea
Or a train ride to the wonders
Of the country or the city
You're free to let that smile
Stay a while on your face
I'm here to help you skip into
Your happy place

Bridge:
We can get there with our kindness
And by learning as we go
By imagining and playing
Our happiness will grow

From the ocean side to outer space
I'm here to help you hop into
I'm here to help you skip into
I'm here to help you jump into
Your happy place

Your happy place is just a hop, a skip, a jump away
Your happy place is just a hop, a skip, a jump away
Your happy place is just a hop, a skip, a jump away
Your happy place is just a hop, a skip, a jump away
Track Name: Day at the Beach
Day at the Beach
© 2014, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner; Music by Jason Didner

Verse 1:
We pretended all last winter
That this carpet was the beach
And soaring high above us
We could hear the seagulls screech

Now the days are getting warmer
And it's not so far away
When we'll celebrate the summer
With cool breeze and hot sun rays

Pre-chorus:
Daydreams of summer fill my mind
When I think about it
When I think about it, I think of

Chorus:
Cotton candy on the boardwalk
Umbrella colors on the sand
The rolling power of the ocean
Where the water meets the land
The ferris wheel all dressed in neon
The salty water in the air
Three tries to knock down all the milk cans
To win you a big ol' teddy bear
So come along and we'll have a perfect day
Day at the beach

Verse 2:
Bruce Springsteen tunes on the Parkway
Exit numbers rolling down
I feel like it's a great day
We're heading for a Jersey Shore town

We'll plant our chairs and blankets
In this spot down by the see
And we'll let this real-life postcard
Place its stamp on our family

Pre-chorus
Chorus

Come along and we'll have a perfect day
I say, come along and we'll have a perfect day
Day at the beach
Track Name: Restless Heart
Restless Heart
© 2015, Lyrics by Amy & Jason Didner, Music by Jason Didner

Chorus:
I got a restless heart, a restless soul
A restless mind, all out of control
I'm out of the high chair, I'm under the table
I'll hang upside down, I'm willing and able
Oooh, Oooh, I got a restless heart
Oooh, Oooh, I got a restless heart

Verse 1:
Every day I work so hard trying to learn my ABC's
To finger paint inside the lines, but baby that ain't me
My grown-ups say my amped-up ways are getting out of hand
But I've got dreams to get up and go that they don't understand

Chorus

Verse 2:
You and I got dreams to bust on out of this time-out chair
Trade these tricycles for training wheels and go cruising anywhere
This driveway for a highway and go rolling down that road
You See, every nerve in me is really itching to explode

Chorus
Track Name: Jam Packed
Jam Packed
(c) 2016, Lyrics and Music by Jason Didner, Lyrics by Amy Didner

On the night before our family trip
Dad saw all our stuff, he almost flipped
After last year we swore we’d pack lighter
From the looks of things we’ll be crammed even tighter
Dad thinks Mom and I are in cahoots
She went back in the house for our coats and boots
As a matter of fact we're gonna be

Chorus:
Jam packed, Jam packed
Jam packed, Jam packed
So much in the back I can't keep track
And we're jam packed - yeah!

Verse 2:
Choosing what to leave got really intense
Every argument had a tough defense
Do you really need your whole rock collection?
And why every doll? Can’t you make a selection?

We might have brought too much I guess
Dad's knees are squashed against his chest
As a matter of fact, we're totally

Chorus:
Jam packed, Jam packed
Jam packed, Jam packed
Room for ourselves is all we lack
And we're jamp packed, yeah

Solo

Chorus:
As a matter of fact, we're totally
Jam packed, Jam packed
Jam packed, Jam packed
Room for ourselves is all we lack
And we're jamp packed, yeah
Our stuff is invading, we're under attack
And we're jam packed, yeah
Track Name: Lollipop Motel
Lollipop Motel
(c) 2015, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner, Music by Jason Didner


Verse 1:
That look on your face was priceless
When we pulled into the lot
It made every mile worth it
From our home all the way to that spot

'Cause you fell in love with the picture
Of that place with the colorful doors
Every child deserves a happy place
I believe this is one of yours

Chorus:
In a childhood full of moments
This is one you'll remember well
That moment when we first arrived
At the Lollipop Motel

Verse 2:
There was doo-wop playing by the pool
It was like walking on the set
Of a movie from a simpler time
When there were no cell phones yet

When we weren’t so distracted
From the living here and now
We just threw ourselves at a world of play
Now I’m just relearning how

Chorus:
In a lifetime full of moments
This is one I'll remember well
Years later just like yesterday
At the Lollipop Motel

Bridge:
We always loved the seashore
The boardwalk and the rides
To see your smile come round our way
Just fills us up inside

Chorus:
In a lifetime full of moments
These are ones we'll remember well
Years later just like yesterday
At the Lollipop Motel
Years later just like yesterday
At the Lollipop Motel
Track Name: Little Yellow Plane
Little Yellow Plane
(c) 2014, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner, Music by Jason Didner

I was on the beach on a summer day
With my Mom & Dad and friends
White sand as far as my eyes could see
And blue waves that never end

With my pail an shovel and boogie board
I was really in the zone
I knew I’d found my happy place
And I made myself at home

Pre-chorus:
Then I heard a motor humming
And I saw something special coming


Chorus:
There's a little yellow plane
Carrying a banner
Over the big blue sea
There's a little yellow plane
Carrying a banner
With a note for you and me

Verse 2:
Laughing together, chasing waves
Building castles to the sky
Oh man, what a feeling on days like this
If only I could fly

Pre-chorus:
Then I heard a motor humming
And I saw something special coming

Chorus

Bridge:
What do you see
When you look at that flying sign?
What would you write if you were asked
To make your own design?
Your own campaign
On a little yellow plane

Chorus (3x)
Track Name: My Superpower
My Superpower
(C) 2015, Lyrics by Amy & Jason Didner, music by Jason Didner

Verse 1:
I can be patient as a Jedi
With the galaxy he serves
And ready to go like Spider-Man
With his quick and nimble nerves

And I'm tough like Wonder Woman
Who will only take the truth
And fair like Thurgood Marshall
Who judged on evidence and proof

Chorus:
When you need a hero
It'll be my finest hour
'cause kindness is my superpower
Kindness is my superpower

Verse 2:
I can be prepared like Batman
Who always thinks ahead
Or loving like Mother Theresa
Making sure that all were fed

I can be gentle as mighty Superman
Helping cats down from the trees
And persistent just like Anna
Til she ended that deep freeze

Chorus:
When you need a hero
It'll be my finest hour
'cause kindness is my superpower
Kindness is my superpower

Bridge:
My hero's Martin Luther King
With the noblest of dreams
Let righteousness roll down
Like a mighty stream

Chorus:
When you need a hero
It'll be my finest hour
'cause kindness is my superpower

When you need someone to stand for you
I will stand just like a tower
'cause kindness is my superpower
Kindness is my superpower
Track Name: Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam (feat. POLKA DOT!) - The Ultimate Frisbee
The Ultimate Frisbee
© 2014, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner, Music by Jason Didner

Verse 1:
I love to play catch with this flying disc
Since my daddy showed me how It's all in the wrist
I practiced and practiced as hard as I could
It took a thousand throws and now I'm pretty good

I wanted to play with my friend down the block
I sent an invitation that saved me a walk
I taped a note on the top of the disc
And I gave a good throw at a pace that was brisk

Pre-chorus:
Look at that Frisbee go all the way to its mark
Jeremy got the note and met me at the park

Chorus:
Say, I got the ultimate Fris-bee
It does phenomenal things
It can fly anywhere when it glides through the air
It doesn't even need wings

Verse 2:
My dog's a pro at catching it in the air
He gets a running jump and pulls it down with flair
He brings it to me but keeps it in his mouth
Teasing me as I wonder, will he drop it out?

On a hot summer day I cooled off in the shade
And I placed on the disc a glass of pink lemonade
I tilted my wrist and flicked it kind of hard
And I sent a cool drink to my mom in the yard

Pre-chorus:
Wow, look at that Frisbee go all the way 'round the bend
With a lemony treat for my mom I'm so happy to send

Chorus

Bridge:
I've got Frisbee dreams and schemes wired into my brain
I'd like to ride on top of a Frisbee as big as a plane

Chorus (2x)
Track Name: Jersey Dinosaurs
Jersey Dinosaurs
(C) 2015 - lyrics by Amy & Jason Didner

More than eighty million years ago
Before the Turnpike came to be
Down off Exit 4 on that famous road
In the swamps of old south Jersey

Dinosaurs as big as buses
That didn't have to pay tolls
They could turn left wherever they wanted
That's how these huge lizards rolled

Chorus:
Back when we had hadrosaurs
The Jersey dinosaurs (Whoah!)
We had hadrosaurs
Our very own Jersey dinosaurs
(Whoah oh oh oh oh!)


Verse 2:
Oh, these hadrosaurs were grazers
Livin’ on grass and low lying leaves
See, they had no Dino diners
To get Taylor ham, egg and cheese
(It's a Jersey thing!)

They loved sunshine and water
From Cape May to Seaside Heights
Long before there was a boardwalk
Tilt-a-Whirls or water slides

Chorus

Bridge:
They raised their noisy high pitched roars
While defending land and food
These late, great Garden State hadrosaurs
Had Jersey attitude!

Chorus

Outro (repeat chorus pattern 4x)
Track Name: Summertime Santa
What does Santa do in the summertime
When there are waves to surf in the warm sunshine?
Does he kick off his tall black winter boots
And put on a red and white bathing suit?
Does he play skee ball in the boardwalk arcade
And go with Mrs. Claus for a walk in the shade?

Chorus:
Summertime Santa down the shore
Serving up treats in the ice cream store
Riding around on his bicycle
Away from the arctic icicles
Summertime Santa, Summertime Santa
I'm glad you're on vacation with me

What does Santa do on a summer day?
Does he fly with a banner behind his sleigh
To remind the kids to share their beach toys
Does he play volleyball with nice girls and boys?
Does he hang up his big red winter coat
And take time to unwind on his fishing boat

Chorus

The crashing waves sound wonderful
When mixed with Santa’s bells
And the merry sounds of laughter ‘round the carousel

Chorus
Track Name: Too Big to Jump on the Bed
Too Big to Jump on the Bed
© 2014, Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner; Music by Jason Didner
All Rights Reserved

Verse 1:
"Daddy jump on the bed with me!" you say
'Cause you need to burn some energy today
But if I tried the bed wouldn't hold my weight
I would make a thud that reverberates
And mama would be seriously dismayed

Pre-chorus:
Then Mama would call the doctor
The doctor would call the nurse
The nurse would call insurance
To see if they reimburse

Chorus:
Say, I'm to big to jump on the bed
You'll have to jump on it for us
'Cause I would fall and bump my head
Like the five little monkeys before us

Verse 2:
So I'll hold your hands while you jump up and down
I'll do all I can to protect that precious crown
You can jump and play now with delight
With your Daddy here you'll be all right
And Mama much prefers those happy sounds

Pre-chorus:
So Mama won't call the doctor
The doctor won't call the nurse
The nurse won't call insurance
To see if they reimburse

Chorus

Solo

Bridge:
I couldn't have imagined that
I'd witness such a scene
You're a super bouncing acrobat
With a bed for a trampoline

Chorus (2x)
Track Name: Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam (feat. Suzi Shelton) - Free to Be...You and Me
Free to Be...You and Me

Lyrics by Bruce Hart
Music by Stephen J. Lawrence, (C) 1972

There's a land that I see where the children are free
And I say it ain't far to this land from where we are
Take my hand, come with me, where the children are free
Come with me, take my hand, and we'll live

In a land where the river runs free
In a land through the green country
In a land to a shining sea
And you and me are free to be you and me

I see a land bright and clear, and the time's comin' near
When we'll live in this land, you and me, hand in hand
Take my hand, come along, lend your voice to my song
Come along, take my hand, sing a song

For a land where the river runs free
For a land through the green country
For a land to a shining sea
For a land where the horses run free
And you and me are free to be you and me

Every boy in this land grows to be his own man
In this land, every girl grows to be her own woman
Take my hand, come with me where the children are free
Come with me, take my hand, and we'll run

To a land where the river runs free
To a land through the green country
To a land to a shining sea
To a land where the horses run free
To a land where the children are free
And you and me are free to be
And you and me are free to be
And you and me are free to be you and me