“My assignment was to get the children of the school to eat the healthy snacks that were being provided,” Clements says. “I wrote these songs and went in weekly to play shows for each grade. Right away, I could tell I was on to something.”
Upon its release this winter, the album earned a 2012 Parents’ Choice Award for children. The Parents’ Choice Foundation has been reviewing and recommending quality children’s media for more than 33 years. Lahri Bond, from the Parents’ Choice Review, calls Vegetables on My Plate “a wonderful resource for parents, educators, and even nutritionists who wish to present children with a better awareness of their bodies and the food they choose to eat.”
Clements sang and played most of the instruments on the album. A sample verse from the snappy title track goes, “Broccoli looks good for me/It’s full of vitamins A and C/It’s big and green and looks like a tree/Oh, broccoli gives me energy.” Other verses touch on the beneficial characteristics of peppers, squash, cauliflower, zucchini, black eyed peas, and okra.
Bad news from local pop-rock/Americana quartet Ryan Bailey and Cumberland Belle: lead guitarist Carl Wine discovered that thieves had broken into his Summerville home this week and stole five top-quality guitars from his music room.
“As tragic as it is, I’m incredibly thankful that my wife and son weren’t home during all that — and my dog, who was at the house, wasn’t hurt,” Wine says. “I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t more than a little upset about this whole ordeal. The uncertainty of not knowing who it was, where the guitars and other items are, or whether I’ll be able to replace them if they aren’t recovered is starting to take its toll.”
The missing gear includes a 2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard with desert burst finish and no pick guard, a white 2008 Gibson Firebird with a white pick guard and banjo tuners, a maple-neck Fender Road-Worn Player Stratocaster with a tobacco-burst finish and black pickups on a black pick guard, a burgundy Fender Mexican Standard Telecaster with a missing volume knob and a blue flower paint job, and an Epiphone EJ-200 with a natural finish and a faded dandelion design.
“Of the guitars that were taken, the Telecaster is missed the most,” Wine says. “I got it 15 years ago before Telecasters were the guitars to have , and it was always the one I swore I’d never get rid of.”
Anyone who spots these axes can contact Wine by e-mail at email@example.com.
A native of Ecuador, Castillo moved to Charleston a few years ago after working as the head percussion teacher for five years at Universidad San Fransisco de Quito, which is part of the Berklee College of Music Network. In town, he’s taught privately and performed with a variety of local acts, including Duende, Kelly Eldridge, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. He recently released a solo album titled Ya Llegué.
Castillo will have a battery of hand percussion pieces on hand at Encore this week. “I will play different Latin American and Cuban rhythms and instruments with background music,” he says of this week’s clinic. “I will show the correct technique to play these instruments and how I develop my own percussion-drum set.”
Those hoping to make the list must record a video audition (no longer than two minutes), upload the video to YouTube, log on to any of the Cumulus radio station websites — 95sx.com, 969thewolf.com, wtma.com, z93jamz.com, or magic1073fm.com — and use the keyword “SING” to access the submission form.
Ten finalists will be notified on March 19 and each will move into a final round to be determined by online voting. Winners will be announced on the air on March 26. Each performer will also receive a VIP credential to the Family Circle Cup on the day they’re scheduled to sing, as well as five terrace-level tickets for family and friends.
Visit familycirclecup.com for more.