Saturday, August 22, 2015

"BFF Goodbye" World Premiere on OWTK

It's the end of summer. Change is in motion. School is starting. And with new beginnings come goodbyes. Based on actual events, "BFF Goodbye" is a heart-on-sleeve kindie ballad for best friends bidding adieu. Set to acoustic guitars and the harmonies of real life best friends, Ava Flava (age 14) and Miss Mikyla (age 12), Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips explore the bittersweet emotions of a BFF leaving town. The song is the 11th in a row single-a-month release in anticipation for the Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips 3rd album (date yet to be determined). 

“BFF Goodbye is the new song from Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips. If you've ever had a best friend move away, BFF Goodbye is going to make you cry. Grab a tissue, BFF.“
-- Jeff Bogle, Out With The Kids (Click here to read the full write up)


Lyrics:
My best friend is leaving today.
And hangin’ ‘round this town
won’t ever be the same.
We say that we’ll be friends forever
so why’s it sad to say
next time we meet it’ll be like
nothing ever changed?
‘Cuz life it changes.

Letting go is just too much to take.
(My heart says let go.)
I’m led here by my heart
but all I feel’s heartache.
We say that we’ll be friends forever
so why’s it sad to say
next time we meet it’ll be like
nothing ever changed?
‘Cuz life it changes.

Soon you’ll be gone.
Don’t say goodbye.
Just say so long…see ya later.

My best friend is leaving today.
And hangin’ ‘round this town
won’t ever be the same.
We say that we’ll be friends forever
so why’s it sad to say
next time we meet it’ll be like
nothing ever changed?
‘Cuz life it changes.

Credits: 
Instruments:  Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Tambourine
Instrumentation: Mista Cookie Jar
Vocals: Ava Flava, Miss Mikyla, Mista Cookie Jar
Written and Performed by: Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Producer: Mista Cookie Jar

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 - Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips rock the Kidzapalooza Stage! #lolla

Lollapalooza 2015 was one the best weekends ever EVER. My parents, sisters, nieces and nephew came up to support! We had 2 great shows and my voice (which was shot from being sick the couple weeks previous to the show) came back just in time for Friday. Saw some amazing bands and met some really cool peeps!

Chocolate Chip nieces nephews and fans wearing a Lollapalooza exclusive Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips tshirt were featured on Getty Images and the Rolling Stone!
photo by Andy Keeling
"Atmosphere in the Kidsapalooza area during 2015 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 31, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois."

The Chips and I got a NICE shoutout in an antiMusic.com recap/review of Lollapalooza Day 2! 
"...Kidzapalooza should never be underestimated even if you don't have kids. Mista Cookie Jar (aka Cesar J. Pizarro) wasn't onstage for the performance but in the middle of the kids section conducting a singalong. For several kids who are experiencing their first festival concert, the in-person interaction is what makes it memorable..."

Click here to read the whole recap.  


 




Monday, July 20, 2015

"Sunshine Family (Feat. Aaron Nigel Smith)" - New July Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips Single - Zooglobble Online Premiere

World Premiere time! Here it is folks, our July single-a-month summer jam. It dropped on Zooglobble this morning -- "Sunshine Family" featuring the kindie homie, Aaron Nigel Smith.

"...you can think of it as a big (BIG) I-5 duet from the the West Coast artists.  (And no offense to the East Coast, but the West Coast OWNS summer.)"
            -Zooglobble

Click here for the full Zooglobble write up.



Song Description: 

Bust out the boombox and blast this Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips summer jam -- "Sunshine Family" featuring world renowned children music artist and organizer, Aaron Nigel Smith. Crafted from the traditions of roots reggae, dub, hip hop, and kindie, “Sunshine Family” sends a charmingly simple and erudite message of one-world-harmony. Co-written by Smith and Cookie, and produced by Mista Cookie Jar, the song is the 10th in a row single-month release in anticipation for the Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips 3rd album (date yet to be determined).

Credits: 
Instruments:  Electric Guitar, Bass Synth, Korg Synth, Sampler, 808 Drums
Instrumentation: Mista Cookie Jar
Vocals: Aaron Nigel Smith, Mista Cookie Jar
Writers: Aaron Nigel Smith, Cesar Jason Carandang Pizarro
Producer: Mista Cookie Jar

Lyrics:
Sunshine family!
Every single one is a part of we.
Together we can help the world to see
that we should be living in harmony.

I can't stand it. 
It's too much to take.
Life is like a cute puppy 
and my heart might break.
I got a family that loves me. 
Sunshine is above me.
I be singin’ and lovin’ and livin’ it. 
Zippity-do-da-day!
The positivity is in me. 
Positively infinitely. 
Intricately and so simply. 
It's so bountiful, it's silly. 
Hit me once with that lovelight, please.  
Around the world, coming together.
It's a...

Sunshine family! 
(Mi familia, famalia sol.)
Every single one is a part of we. 
(Oiu, oiu mademoiselle et monsieur.)
Together we can help the world to see 
(Buksan ang iyong manga mata.)
that we should be living in harmony. 
(Harmony! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.)

Step up, step up
‘cause love comes first.
From the word of the verse
I will never sent curse.
Just lift up Jah love.
Lift up a song. 
Lift one another as we all walk along!

I'm talking daffodils and dimples. 
Kitten YouTube videos.
Cotton-candy clouds.
Symphonies be all around. 
Backstrokin’ up stream
in a belly laughing dream. 
Hold it in. It's impossible. 
Milk straight out your nostrils! 
So comfy comfy sittin’ alone in ya room. 
But won’t ya come outside and join us. 
Harmonize to our tune. 
And if you got your own melody bring it. 
We wanna hear ya sing it. 
We'll listen happily...

Sunshine family! 
(Sunshine for your mind, one time!)
Every single one is a part of we. 
(Every single person here is a part of…us?)
Together we can help the world to see 
(Ya gotta open ya eyes and free ya mind, kid!)
that we should be living in harmony. 

(Harmony! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mista Cookie Jar 2015 Summer Shows!

Mista Cookie Jar 2015 Summer Shows! 

If you are in the LA area or Chicago this summer, come out and see a Mista Cookie Jar show!!

If you want to book a show, hit me up…FYI, I do birthday parties too ;)



Click hyperlinks for details:

June 16 - Tues - Tuesday Night Cafe - 7:30 pm - Little Tokyo (Downtown LA) 
June 18 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
July 2 - Thurs - The Grove - Twinkle Time Show (feat. MCJ) - 11am & 12pm LA, CA 
July 6 - Mon - Commerce Central Library * - 6pm - Commerce, CA
July 7 - Tues - Atlantic Branch Library * - 6pm - Commerce, CA
July 8 - Wed - Greenwood Branch Library * - 6pm - Commerce, CA
July 9 - Thurs - Bristow Park Branch Library - 6pm - Commerce, CA
July 11 - Sat - LA LIVE - Family Day Takeover - Noon - Downtown LA, CA
July 13 - Mon - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier) 
July 16 - Thurs - Camp Yodie - 10am - KiDDyYTyME (Montebello, CA)
July 20 - Mon - Cow’s End - 10:30am -  Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
July 24 - Fri - Zimmer Children’s Museum - Sing-A-Long w/Luis - 11am LA, CA
July 26 - Sun - Marzo’s Variety Show - Zephyr Theatre - 11am - West Hollywood, CA (Melrose)
July 31 - Fri - Lollapalooza * - Kidzapalooza Stage - 1:30 - Chicago, IL (Grant Park) 
Aug 1 - Sat - Lollapalooza * - Kidzapalooza Stage - 12:30 - Chicago, IL (Grant Park) 
Aug 7 - Fri - Zimmer Children’s Museum - Sing-A-Long w/Luis - 11am LA, CA
Aug 13 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Aug 15 - Sat - Books and Cookies - 10:00am - Santa Monica, CA (Main St.) 
Aug 24 - Mon - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)


*Chocolate Chip show! (featuring Ava Flava)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Spatula vs Sun" WORLD PREMIERE - Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl X Mista Cookie Jar

Download the Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl Podcast here to hear the WORLD PREMIERE of "Spatula vs. Sun" (which includes an always awesomely curated kindie music lineup and a unique custom-made-for-Saturday-Morning-Cereal-Bowl-intro to the song!)

And below is the official single for download which is available on CD BABY, iTunes and Amazon, Spotify, etc.


Song Description (to be read in “movie voice”): 
"Spatula vs. Sun" is the tale of a colossal afternoon backyard battle, an inanimate showdown of epic proportions, the stuff of which legend and lore are made. Spatula, a plastic loner, wanders out the kitchen and into the chaos of the wild wild lawn. Amidst the depths of the unfamiliar, Spatula meets Sun and his army henchmen, Ninja Ants and Hose. Summoning the muses of surf and spaghetti westerns, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips have forged with strings, pulse, drum, and electricity an audio testament of survival that shall be remembered forever in the records of myth so long as the human race exists...or at least until dinner time.

“Spatula vs. Sun” is the 9th in a row single-a-month release in anticipation for the Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips 3rd album (date yet to be determined).


Credits: 
Instruments:  Castanets, Cajon, Marching Drums, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth
Vocals: Mista Cookie Jar
Back Up Vocals: Lucas!
Writers: Cesar Jason Carandang Pizarro & Tembra Campbell
Producer: Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips

Lyrics:

Spatula vs. Sun!
Spatula vs. Sun!

From outer space the sun blazed down.
Sun's ninja ants they swarmed the ground.

Sun wanted reign of the backyard
but there was one plastic punk!

Spatula scowled, then food was flung
distracting the ants with cookie crumbs.
The war was on!

Sun's henchman the garden hose snake
spat waves blasting crumbs out the way.
Then the ants launched their thousand-leg attack
but guess who surfed the waves swatting back?!

SPATULA!?!?!

Thwap!
Swat!
Bang!
Boom!
Pow!

Spatula vs. Sun!

The ants and the hose succumbed and napped.
From whence he came, sun slithered back...
Spatula won.

"Time for dinner….have you seen my spatula!?"

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I am proud to announce the Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips 9th in a row single-a-month June release, “Spatula vs. Sun,” will drop this Saturday, June 20, on the weekly kindie podcast, The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl. Stay tuned Chocolate Chips — it's gonna be an epic Saturday backyard showdown!

Friday, May 8, 2015

"Mama": May single drop and world premiere on Kids Can Groove!

Dedicated to Mamas the world around and to my own Mama, here is the world premiere of the May Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips 8th-in-a-row-single-a-month release, "Mama," courtesy of Kids Can Groove.

" Appropriately titled, "Mama," this is his most personal track (#8) in his song-a-month series so far. An homage to his mother and his Filipino heritage, MCJ opens up about his parents’ journey to the states and where he grew up. A sentimental song with a ton of heart. Now go give your mama a call!"

-Kids Can Groove

To read the full article click here.
To purchase on iTunes click here.