Well, I wasn't sure how else to title a post about how I won something without sounding all big-headed (though my hat-size is, in fact, very large), but hopefully "Yay for me!" works okay.
Anyway, I won a toaster! Well no, not really... but the song "Blackbeard, Bluebeard and Redbeard" from my Monkey Business album did just win the "Best Children's Song" for this year's Just Plain Folks awards. It was totally unexpected, as I had only mentioned the nomination for that briefly on my newsletter and certainly hadn't been campaigning for votes or anything. Turns out a lot of different people must have just liked it a lot and voted for it. (I suppose it may have helped that voting for the awards was going on right around International Talk Like a Pirate Day.) Here's a link for all of the winning songs, and you can currently hear "Blackbeard, Bluebeard and Redbeard" in full at this page and hear a sample below.
I've gotta give mucho credit to the great Kenn Nesbitt, who wrote the poem that the song was based on and worked closely with me on the lyric version (and performed the part of Bluebeard), and to my wife Roseann who helped with the writing and co-produced the song with me (and performed the part of Yellowbeard, the parrot). I guess I'm supposed to receive some kind of trophy for that. Sweet. Roseann and I can share our part, but the problem is how to cut up a trophy to get Kenn his part??
Actually, that is a cool looking toaster. I kind of wish I did have one like that...