CD Collecting : Recited, Sung & Shouted by Shel Silverstein

I am thrilled to have these two CDs in my hands. I found them on amazon but they came used from the goodwill. Both are in great condition. Great is that space between good and excellent.

As a kid I had both Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic in book form. I read the poems over and over to myself, friends, and family. These books helped me understand humor in a way that no other children’s book could.

I find them to be priceless and I recommend them to any child ages 6 to 12. When I was that age, it seemed like every kid wanted a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Adults will enjoy reading the poems to their kids too. Here is a favorite of mine called “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out”. Let’s listen to the man himself.

I challenge everyone on the internet to record themselves reciting a poem from one of these two books. Upload it to YouTube. Let’s start an online challenge that does not cause bodily harm but instead feeds the soul.

“Bananaphone” by Raffi

Yes, you can buy a telephone that is in the shape of a banana. A quick google search reveals dozens of devices, covers and props.

Today is National Banana Day. We all love them here at FunHouse Radio. As a small child, I could be spotted with one frequently because my grandmother constantly fed them to me. My friends would tease me about it. They would call me names like “Banana Boy”.

The song called “Banana Phone” has been recorded at least a dozen times. Here is the most well-known of all the versions. It’s by Raffi and was recorded in 1994. There does not appear to be an official music video, but here is a fan-made lyric-video! We play this track on the live audio stream all the time!

Happy National Banana Day!