Monday, January 25, 2016

Spring Shows 2016!

Whole lotta LA shows this coming season!

2 new shows added with Andrew & Polly & Jim Cosgrove to celebrate the compliation releases of "Heart Beats" and "Smiles Ahead" on Mighty Mo Productions in conjunction with Hallmark! Jan 30 at Amy's Hallmark Shop in Manhattan Beach and Jan 31 and the legendary McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Also, a new venue for me. Children’s Book World! Always wanted to perform at this beautiful children's bookstore...and it's just down the road from where we live! Here's the newest flyer ('toon of Mista Cookie Jar created by my friend, Todd McHatton of Todd and Cookie): 


Click links for address, pricing, etc. 

Jan 28 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Jan 30 - Sat - Amy’s Hallmark Shop
           w/Andrew & PollyJim Cosgrove - 11am (Manhattan Beach)
Jan 31 - Sun - McCabe’s w/Andrew & Polly & Jim Cosgrove - 11am (Santa Monica)
Feb 6 - Sat - Books and Cookies - 10:00am - Santa Monica, CA (Main St.)
Feb 11 - Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Feb 25 - Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
March 4 - Fri - Zimmer Children’s Museum (w/Luis!) - 11am - LA, CA - (Mid-Whilshire)
March 10 - Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
March 31- Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
April 14 - Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
April 23 - Children’s Book World - 10:30am - West LA, CA (Rancho Park)
April 28 - Thurs -  Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

#MistaCookieJar 2015-16 LA Winter Shows!!


Cows End shows are all based on donations. Holiday Show at Cow's End (feat. Cow's End artists, Andrew & Polly, David Tobocman, and Danny Meyer) is  $10 suggested donation. Books and Cookies is $10 as well. Below are the addresses. See you guys there!


*Update* Details on Jan 30 & 31 shows coming soon!

The Cow's End Cafe
34 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA
90292

Books and Cookies
2309 Main Street
Santa Monica, California 
90405

Zimmer Children's Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 
Los Angeles, CA 90048 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Andrew & Polly & Mista Cookie Jar "L.A. Christmas" Music Video World Premiere on Zooglobble!

Happy to share with yall a brand new music video & holiday jam I co-wrote with my ├╝ber-talented LA children music homies, Andrew & Polly. Shout out to Zooglobble for the sweet write up and big up to team A&P, team Cookie, and all the families involved. ( ‪#‎cowsend‬ fams what's good?!) Let's sneak a peak under the Xmas tree, shall we? Just this once?? 
With ������,
Cookie



Los Angeles children's musicians, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar, team up on this LA-tastic holiday jam!

"It's just an LA Christmas.
It's just an LA Christmas.
Ain't got no pine trees.
But it's the season to sway together.
We all palm trees, alright."

"L.A. Christmas" 

Written and performed by Andrew & Polly & Mista Cookie Jar

Starring

Andrew & Polly
& Mista Cookie Jar

Christmas Elves

Akira, Devin, Hildegard, Kai, Lily, Nyla, Quentin & Westley

Cinematographer 

John Dilbeck

Art Department

Jenna aka Missis Cookie Jar
Caroline Ward

Directed and Edited by
Mista & Missis Cookie Jar

Big big thank you to the "LA Christmas" parents and children for their time, talent, and la la love!

Filmed by the Venice Pier, 11-16-2015.

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and pretty much everywhere.

Follow Andrew & Polly at
AndrewAndPolly.com

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumn 2015 Mista Cookie Jar Shows!

Here's the Autumn schedule for Mista Cookie Jar shows in the LA area. Click on each show below to find out location and pricing details. Check back for updates on flyer and new shows added -- I get a lot of last minute stuff! [UPDATE: New Cow's End Show Nov 5th and Books & Cookie show originally in Dec has been moved to Jan 23.]

For show requests, b-day parties & all other inquiries: MistaCookieJar@gmail.com



Click hyperlinks for details:

Sept 10 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Sept 14 - Mon - Cow’s End  - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Sept 26 - Sat - Marzo’s Variety Show - Zephyr Theatre - 11am - Hollywood, CA
Oct 8 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Oct 22 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Nov 5 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
***Nov 8 - Sun - Zimmer Children’s Museum - 3pm - LA, CA (Mid-Whilshire)
Nov 19 - Thurs - Cow’s End - 10:30am - Venice, CA (Near Venice Pier)
Jan 23 - Sat - Books and Cookies - 10:00am - Santa Monica, CA (Main St.)

***Show features Ava Flava

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"It's Only In Your Head" World Premiere on Kids Can Groove

Here it is folks, the 13th and final single-a-month drop, "It's Only In Your Head," as premiered this morning on Kids Can Groove. Today, October 13, is the anniversary of the whole single-a-month shebang! This single is a special one. Not only is it the finale of a whole year of dropping singles (13 in a row!), it's also a song 4 years in the making. Check out the Kids Can Groove write up for the story behind creating the song and the blogger's personal look at the tune in relation with dealing with her kid's nightmares.

 

In the realm of dreams, nightmares, and flights of the imagination, love (particularly, the non-mushy kind) can turn fear into wonder, confusion into whimsy, and terror into glee. 4 years in the making, the 13th and final Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips single-a-month release, "It's Only in Your Head," is a heart-on-sleeve opus for fearful and doubting young minds. With lyrical vignettes, clever wordplay, and a mirage of classic storybook and fable references, Mista Cookie Jar spins that common phrase of condescension, "it's only in your head," into a freewill affirming, "mad-hatter mantra" in that warm, whimsical way only Mista Cookie Jar can do. 

"Sprinkled with echoing soundbites and twinkling glockenspiel, 'It's Only in Your Head' reminds kids that no matter how real things seem when they close their eyes, they are safe and surrounded by the love that awaits them when they wake up. "


“It’s Only in Your Head”
Written and Performed by
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Kids Can Groove Online Premiere: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Credits: 
Instruments:  Strings, harp, glockenspiel, bass, guitar, drums, sampler
Instrumentation: Mista Cookie Jar
Vocals: Mista Cookie Jar, Missis Cookie Jar
Written and Performed by: Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Producer: Mista Cookie Jar

Lyrics:

Did you wake up 
and everything was still dark? 
Oh no!
It's just a silly nightmare. 
There’s a pounding pounding 
inside your heart. 
Oh no!
It's just a silly nightmare. 
Nightmare. What a nightmare!
I know you're feeling 
so scared here. 
But believe me
Nothing to fear here. 
You're a smashing 
brilliant sensation. 
Fill ya heart up. 
That is your floatation. 
Row row your boat
up to the starlight. 
Let the love you found
shine a far light. 
Dream a tightrope. 
Look straight ahead. 
You’re not falling down. 
It's just in your head!

It's only in your head.

She wakes up screaming
in the middle of a dream, 
crying no no no! 
(Mr. Sandman, bring me a treat.)
Somehow she lost the magic.
Off to tragic.
Down the rabbit hole she goes.

But, its only in her head.

They drop him gently
in the middle of a cloud.
He cries, ‘Don't don't don’t!’
(If you believe it you can fly!)
He's got the wings to fly.
He thinks he's too high,
Says he can't go on.
He's so wrong.

Because...it's only his head.

Life is but a dream. 
So full of darkness 
and brilliant beams. 
Some things may or may not 
be what they seem. 
Gotta let it all go 
when you float upstream. 
Turn a new leaf. 
Fresh new looseleaf. 
Stay true. Keep it way loose. 
One thing to save you… 
A superhero in tights?
Nah,
it's the love all around you. 
Lucky we found you!
It's only in your head.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Music is Everywhere" World Premiere on Kids Can Groove

Today, the 12th and penultimate Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips single-a-month release, “Music is Everywhere,” premieres on Kids Can Groove!

“[Mista Cookie Jar’s] arrangement is a perfect complement to the song's message which celebrates the power of music and the innate connection we have to it; The notion that music exists within us and all around us, whether it's in a poetic verse, your child's laughter, an ocean breeze, or that one perfect note.”
 —Kids Can Groove

Click here for the full review. The 13th and final single premiere will drop on Kids Can Groove Oct. 13. Stay tuned! For now, here's "Music is Everywhere," enjoy!


“Music is Everywhere”
Written and Performed by
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips


Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips owe it all to music in their 12th-in-row and second-to-last "single-a-month" release, "Music is Everywhere." Dedicating a full year to the craft of the "single," the Chocolate Chip penultimate drop is an homage to the magic of song and dance. In a Sound of Music inspired, rasta-flavored wave of piano, glockenspiel, drums, bass, guitar and the backing vocals of Ava Flava, Mista Cookie Jar weaves poetry, wit, soul and his signature flow to deliver a message to the kids that music is always at their fingertips. 

Credits: 
Instruments:  Piano, glockenspiel, bass, guitar, drums
Instrumentation: Mista Cookie Jar
Vocals: Ava Flava, Mista Cookie Jar
Written and Performed by: Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Producer: Mista Cookie Jar

Lyrics: 

Everywhere, music is everywhere!

Music puts the magic in this life.
You can build a castle in the sky. 
Close your eyes and you shall see. 
It's so simple as a melody. 
Music puts the magic in this life.

In this life 
music surrounds you
You just got to open up your ears
like the hounds do. 
Listen around you. 
Music! It's everywhere 
and for everyone. 
Magic, when it happens,
Starts out with a little fun. 
It's in that "haha!" moment. 
When u stumble upon a note 
and its an "aha!" moment. 
Aha!!
Don't need no law degree 
or musicology degree
to understand the beauty 
in the rules of harmony. 
Ya follow me?

Music puts the magic in this life.
You can build a castle in the sky. 
Close your eyes and you shall see. 
It's so simple as a melody. 
Music puts the magic in this life.

Music touches lives.
Ya better believe me when I say dat
It keep it sweet like chocolate chips 
and butterscotch haystacks.
So when ur down and out,
music flips your frown around. 
You can YouTube your favorite tune 
and you'll be bouncin’ around. 
See, something huge it 
grabs a hold of you. 
The music is in motion. 
I'm not trying to sound dramatic
But it's kinda like an ocean
flowing in you. Call it magic.
Yeah, I'm talking Harry Potter. 
It's that ever lasting feeling 
from ya very first concert!

Music's the glow
In your best friend’s eyes. 
Poetry flowin' across the universe 
throughout space & time. U kno!
The spirit of many 
from many-a-thousand years. 
So many-a-story 
passed in melody. 
Sad and joyful tears. 
So open up and live in the moment. 
Take a chance when u dance
and just own it. 
Just got to focus on one perfect note. 

Music, music.
Music, music.
Music, music.
Music, music.

Everywhere. 
Music in the earth and sky.
It’s anywhere.
Music to the milky stars.
It’s everywhere.
Music is the one thing that can take you there.
Music is everywhere.

Music puts the magic in this life.
You can build a castle in the sky. 
Close your eyes and you shall see. 
It's so simple as a melody. 
Music puts the magic in this life.

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