I Heart Shakey – Opening Credits original music by Tony Shimkin

Opening credits music for “I Heart Shakey”, by Tony Shimkin. This is video from the recent 3D Family Film “I Heart Shakey”. The song title is “Hand In Hand” and was composed for the film. The soundtrack also includes original music from John Popper and Blues Traveler and Plain White T’s. Zak Soulam (TSO) played additional guitar tracks.

Nostalgia Sounds Good: The Return Of Golden Records

Over the past couple of years I spent countless hours and 10 trips to LA to create some wonderful new versions of the classic children’s songs and stories made famous by my late father’s Little Golden Records. In the process I had the honor of working with some incredibly talented artists, including Ed Asner, Susan Sarandon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ziggy Marley, Alicia Silverstone Cheryl Hines, Wayne Brady, David Alan Grier, Constance Marie, Doris Roberts, Didi Conn, Andrea McArdle and Wallace Shawn.  Our labor of love was rewarded by the recognition and awards bestowed upon us by Parents Choice.org



Here is a link to the original article, complete with video from our recording sessions.


Nostalgia Sounds Good: The Return of Golden Records


Golden Records

Golden Records:The Magic ContinuesIf you didn’t grow up with Golden Records, then surely your parents did. Founded by award-winning music producer Arthur Shimkin in 1948, Golden Records was one of the first children’s record labels in America. The label’s Little Golden Records captured warm and lively renditions of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, holiday songs, and educational tunes.

Now, the recordings have been re-released. In 2012, Verse Music Group began cataloging and restoring the over 25,000 Golden Records original analog sound recordings, many of which were orchestrated by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mitch Miller. No longer in a yellow vinyl format, the eminently lovable library of songs is slowly reemerging on CDs filled with new recordings of star-studded interpretations backed by beautiful music arrangements.  These Parents’ Choice Award winning collections have appeal beyond nostalgia.

Golden Records: The Magic Lives OnThe Magic Continues restores the original recordings of the 50′s & 60′s, and updates them with the voices of such contemporary actors as Ed Asner, Susan Sarandon, Alicia Silverstone, Busy Philipps, Cheryl Hines, Didi Conn, and Constance Marie. Classics such as “Rapunzel,” “Puss in Boots,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and (my personal favorite) “The Little Engine That Could,” are given fresh coats of digital paint. Making the package truly complete is the involvement of award-winning producer Tony Shimkin, son of the late Arthur Shimkin, carrying on his Father’s legacy.

Highlights from The Magic Lives Onthe second celebrity disc, include Neil Patrick Harris’ rendition of “Three Little Pigs” along with Ziggy and Judah Marley’s unique readings of “Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Ugly Duckling.” Wallace Shawn, of The Princess Bride and My Dinner with Andre fame, offers a singular rendition of “Rip Van Winkle” that is worth the price of the CD alone.

Beyond the rush of nostalgia and the familiarity of celebrity voices, the new Golden Records recordings like The Magic Continues and The Magic Lives On provide us with a cozy antidote to twenty-first century cynicism and tech-overload. They appeal to young ones with music that captures the magic and innocence of early childhood. And, as our reviewer Lahri Bond put it, “For listeners of any age, hearing actors the caliber of Susan Sarandon bring life to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and Ed Asner put his mark on ‘The Little Engine That Could’ is a delight not-to-be missed.”

Golden Records Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Vol. 1 video

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Golden Records Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Vol. 1 video

PRE-ORDER HERE! smarturl.it Free Golden Records Download Here: www.facebook.com The first and ultimately most successful children’s record label, Golden Records, is in full swing with the highly anticipated release, Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Volume 1. Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Vol 1 is sure to shake up the children’s music genre, packed with 20 classic songs and stories that combine the beautifully orchestrated original recordings, digitally restored with the talent of todays biggest and brightest stars. Ed Asner, Susan Sarandon, Alicia Silverstone, Busy Philipps, Cheryl Hines , Didi Conn, Constance Marie and many more bring to life classics such as Rapunzel, Puss in Boots and Cinderella. Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Volume 1 marks the beginning of an entire series recapturing the values, quality and timeless innocence of Golden Records. Welcome to the magic of Golden Records, reimagined for the child in all of us!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  You asked & we answered! Your Little Golden Classics are remastered & ready for the holidays. Preview Here! goo.gl/NFniz



Created by my father Arthur Shimkin,,now comes full circle as i am restoring and remastering these classics for release through Litllegoldenrecords.com and Verse Music Group


You’re Grounded!!

  This is a departure from my music related posts, however I am compelled to write about this now.

You are GROUNDED!, Go to bed without supper!, No TV for a week…. Remember those punishments, those admonitions from your parents and how harsh they seemed?  Obviously those days are long gone.  Realizing that in this generation of children, and this is if you have made the MONUMENTAL mistake as I have of, allowing them access to TV, Internet (Facebook primarily), Playstations, Wii, PSP, DS, 3DS, Cell Phones, Video chats, Texting…has brought about the only punishment that matters to children. NO ELECTRONICS PERIOD!




So get ready to disconnect the coax cable from the TV, take away internet, laptop, desktop, handheld games and yes the cellphone/spartphone which is all of the above. Disconnect the PSP, Wii, Xbox (many kids have all 3) then get ready for World War 3. Better yet add to the punishment, you must read, and dare I say it…GO OUTSIDE and play, Go to a Museum, a bookstore (As long as they still exist), Introduce them to music other than what they hear in the itunes top 10 singles.



Now the most difficult part.  You must either explain why these rules do not apply to you. Even more difficult, can you refrain, at least in part, as well? Explain how you too had distractions and obsessions with TV or your (And they will laugh) Atari 2600.  Can we as parents lead by example by not watching TV, using our computer only for work, getting outside, excercising, have a sit down family dinner, eating healthy?  Some of us are as guilty of falling into the trappings of today’s technology in exactly the same way as our children, DAMN we have not only opened the door but taught and fostered their interest. THERE ARE PARENTS THAT HAVE DONE THE OPPOSITE and never put a TV in their childs room, never allowed video games or internet use, require that they participate in regular outdoor activity, educational activity and contributing to household chores.  There are those that assure their kids eat healthy, value the importance of hard work, dedication and education.

I am certainly not the one to preach, yet realizing your mistakes, admitting to them and working to correct them is the goal.  All is not lost, in my opinion there is a happy medium.  Kids need to understand the today’s technology as well as tomorrows.  They will need it to be successful in their future careers. We can explain the value of social media as it applies to the work force, we can explain the benefits of the internet (Beyond Facebook), we can foster a useful and educational use of these “Trappings”.

There is a happy balance that can be found, the challenge is in transitioning your technology addicted child and moreso yourself.

For the record, I was inspired to write this by someone I love very much.  


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce (1882 – 1941)

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.

Al Franken,


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Franklin P. Jones

When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.

Hugh White (1773 – 1840)

Why U2 Is SO Popular – According to Daniel Rosenthal


Big Market


Imagine you’re a middle-aged, upper-middle class male.You live in a large metropolitan area. You have a good job. Your wife does Pilates. Your oldest just started Kindergarten. Yes, you’re an adult but you’re still cool! Your jeans cost $125. Sometimes you wear sneakers with a blazer!


You like the idea of being a guy who’s into live music but the last few concerts you’ve been to were a) too loud b) too crowded c) too foreign (you’re lucky if you recognize one song). You’ll snap a few photos with your smartphone and tell your bros about it to get some street cred but let’s face it – you didn’t enjoy yourself. There are millions of you. And you’re willing to drop cash to have a concert make you feel cool again.


Product Market Fit


Then you learn that U2 is coming to town – U2! Earnest, melodic, Oprah-endorsed U2! $200 a ticket? No problem. You get a sitter. Your wife is excited – this is going to be great! You invite some friends from college to join you.


On the way, you listen to the “early stuff”. Joshua Tree pumps through the speakers of your Lexus SUV (no judgement – you have two kids!). The harmonies soothe. The lyrics are straightforward. You recall a simpler time before car seats and prostate exams. The nostalgia is so thick you have to wipe it from your face. You haven’t looked at your phone in nearly 11 minutes.


You arrive at the show and see yourself everywhere. Tasteful North Face and Patagonia jackets abound. The stands are awash in earth tones. No one is shoving. No one has a nose ring. These are your people.




The band begins with A SONG YOU RECOGNIZE! You’re on your feet. You’re drinking “craft” beer. Everyone is singing terribly.


And the best part – YOU CAN DANCE HERE! 80,000 people surround you and there’s not a coordinated movement in sight. Even the band sets a low bar. Bono doesn’t so much dance as lunge and bounce. The other guys seem content to nod and rock. All around you, middle-aged people are rocking and lunging and bouncing and singing badly. Is that guy wearing Tod’s loafers and a Barbour jacket? Yes he is. And he’s in the zone.


The set is basically a greatest hits playlist. The band graciously performs two new songs that no one recognizes to give you a few minutes to use the john and grab another IPA. They might as well flash an intermission sign.


Even the political statements go down smooth: “Democracy!” “Fight AIDS!” How could you possibly disagree? You’re not only dancing and reminiscing – you’re spreading freedom and reasonably-priced medicines to distant lands!


And the kicker: not one but TWO encores, the ones you know best – the ones you first heard that summer you painted houses or kissed Katie at the beach party. You’re closing your eyes now. This is sad and sweet. You put your arm around your wife. You’re wondering if Katie ever got married. A third of the crowd departs after the first encore. It’s no big deal – some of us have work in the morning! Anyway, the traffic will be better if everyone doesn’t leave at once.