Music Review: Peanuts Greatest Hits


Peanuts Greatest Hits

Now that summer is coming to an end, many people are changing their focus from lounging poolside and lazy days at the beach to back to school time and dare I say it – the holiday season.

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve already seen holiday wrapping paper, ribbons and wreath holders at a local warehouse club. Halloween and Thanksgiving items have been at our local grocery store for the past several weeks.

Sigh… I hate it when people rush the holidays. It takes all the fun out of the anticipation.

When I think of the holiday season I think about holiday movies, televisions shows and music.

From the day after Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas there is one local radio station that plays only Christmas music 24/7. It’s the only radio station my family will listen to during that time period.

I LOVE listening to holiday music and watching holiday specials. No holiday season would be complete without watching the holiday specials from one of my favorite comic strips – Peanuts. I love all of the Peanuts holiday specials.

If you are a fan of their specials too there is no doubt that you love the music just as much as the animation. When I think of Peanuts music I think of the “Christmas Time is Here” song and the music that was playing when they were skating. I also think about the “Little Birdie” song from their Thanksgiving special.

Available now where most music is sold is the album Peanuts Greatest Hits. For Peanuts fans this album is a must have.

The album features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Peanuts Greatest Hits also includes new liner notes by Peanuts historian and Guaraldi biographer Derrick Bang.

While the Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi’s music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy Peanuts television and film soundtrack recordings. Charles M. Schulz created the world of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy from his outpost in the Midwestern city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Meanwhile, westward in California, pianist Vince Guaraldi was helping put San Francisco on the jazz map through a series of early recordings with the likes of Cal Tjader, Woody Herman and Conte Candoli.

In early 1964, when Lee Mendelson began work on a television documentary about the world of Peanuts, he heard Guaraldi’s GRAMMY® Award-winning instrumental hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” on the radio, while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Mendelson knew he’d found precisely the right musical foil for Peanuts. Over the next decade, Guaraldi composed and performed scores for numerous Peanuts TV specials — including the evergreen A Charlie Brown Christmas — along with a feature film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

The compilation features “Linus and Lucy,” the song that most frequently comes to mind when one thinks of Peanuts soundtracks, as well as “Oh, Good Grief” and several seasonal pieces (“Great Pumpkin Waltz,” “Thanksgiving Theme,” “Christmas Is Coming” and more).

Most selections feature Guaraldi backed by one of his longtime trios: Monty Budwig, bass; and Colin Bailey, drums; or, in later years, Fred Marshall, bass; and Jerry Granelli, drums. You’ll also hear some notable additions to the core trio format: “Little Birdie” features Guaraldi’s own vocals, with the addition of horns as well. Two versions of “Christmas Time Is Here” appear: one by the trio, the other adding the young members of the St. Paul’s Church Choir from nearby San Rafael, California.

Here are the tracks found on the album.

1.   Linus and Lucy

2.   Charlie Brown Theme

3.   Baseball Theme

4.   Oh, Good Grief

5.   Happiness Theme

6.   Little Birdie

7.   Great Pumpkin Waltz

8.   Thanksgiving Theme

9.   Christmas Is Coming

10.  Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)

11.  Skating

12.  Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

I received a copy of this album to review. I love listening to it. I actually know ALL of the songs found on the album, I just didn’t know the name of the song.

My husband is also a huge Peanuts fan. We had fun playing a little game of “Name the TV special” where we tried to guess what Peanuts special the song was featured in. Of course the Christmas ones were the easiest.

Not only does the album bring back fond memories of Peanuts specials, it’s also an easy listening album that is great to put on in the background when you are working or doing something around your home.

This album would make a great gift for a Peanuts fan. It’s also a fun way to introduce young family members to this timeless, classic music from one of the world’s most beloved comic strip.

The album is available on Amazon.com as an MP3, Audio CD and even in vinyl. Yes, that’s right – VINYL! Vinyl is making a comeback. I love it!

You can also check out Vince Guaraldi Music on Facebook.

Are you a fan of Peanuts? Do you have a favorite Peanuts song?

Charlie Brown Christmas Screen Shot


*I received a free album in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Enjoy on the go music with a new “friend” – KitSound Mini Buddies


Mini Buddies

Do you enjoy listening to music? I do. I enjoy listening to tunes when driving and while cleaning around my home. There are times I wish we could listen to music at work, but that is not feasible.

I listen to music either online, on my car’s radio, my Amazon Echo or my cellphone. I do have a wireless Bluetooth speaker in my car in case I want to listen to music on my phone instead of on the radio. The only downside to my wireless speaker is that it’s big and bulky. I could not carry it around with my in my pocketbook unless I remove a few items. What I need is something a bit smaller and more portable.

I was recently introduced to KitSound Mini Buddies. They are small, portable speakers. They may be small but they offer great sound.

KitSound Mini Buddies come in a variety of designs including animals and other fun objects. I happen to adore cute things so KitSound Mini Buddies are exactly the type of product I would purchase.


KitSound Mini Buddies come with an attached 3.5mm headphone jack plug that you plug into your device (phone, tablet, PC, music player…).

The Mini Buddies are very small in size (about the size of a golf ball, give or take) which means they are very portable. You can easily slip them in your purse, backpack, pocket or car’s glove compartment so you can enjoy your music where ever you are and whenever the mood strikes. They even have a key chain ring if you want to attach them to something.

The Mini Buddies speakers are rechargeable with their supplied USB cable and built in Li-ion batteries.

Another fun feature about KitSound Mini Buddies is that you can connect multiple buddies together with their headphone jack plugs. The more buddies you connect the more sound you get.

Mini Buddies

KitSound Mini Buddies might look like a “kiddie” product, but they are not. Adults and teens can enjoy them just as much as kids. I’m an adult (most of the time – ha ha) and I love these. I think they are super adorable. I have the Bumble Bee and the Owl.

Whether you are heading off to the beach, lounging pool side or entertaining family and friends at your backyard barbecue – KitSound Mini Buddies can help you pump up the music.

You can purchase KitSound Mini Buddies on Amazon.

These would make great gifts for music lovers, students heading off to college and people who enjoy the freedom of listening to their music anywhere.

To learn more about other KitSound products visit KitSound.co.UK. You can also check out the brand on social media. The links are on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about KitSound Mini Buddies? Would you enjoy owning one? Which Mini Buddy is your favorite?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces



Attention Looney Tunes fans. Releasing TODAY (May 26, 2015) is an awesome collection that die hard fans will enjoy. It’s called Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces and it’s released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

This fun collection features 18 memorable episodes from the beloved cartoon series for a total of two hours of musical fun.

Prepare for a musical experience as only Looney Tunes can deliver! From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, comes 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in classics including Corny Concerto, What’s Opera, Doc? and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa and Rhapsody in Rivets. Let’s go to the symphony with this must-own collection of Musical Masterpieces!

“Music is such an important component of animation. Not only does it set the mood but it also tells the story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Looney Tunes cartoons we chose for this compilation represent some of the very best musically-driven shorts we have in our library. We’ve added some popular favorites and some rarer shorts that are not seen very often. Now Looney Tunes fans can have all their musical favorites together on one disc. If you love music and Looney Tunes, this is a collection you don’t want to miss.”

The collection includes the following episodes;

  • Corny Concerto
  • Page Miss Glory
  • Rabbit of Seville
  • Katnip Kollege
  • One Froggy Evening
  • High Note
  • Rhapsody Rabbit
  • Pigs in a Polka
  • What’s Opera, Doc?
  • Three Little Bops
  • Hillbilly Hare
  • Rhapsody in Rivets
  • Pizzicato Pussycat
  • Back Alley Oproar
  • Nelly’s Folly
  • Holiday Shoestrings
  • I Love to Singa
  • Lights Fantastic

I LOVE the episode I Love to Singa. I actually sing that song often. It’s a song by Cab Callaway.

I love to sing-a
About a moon-a and a June-a and a spring-a,
I love to sing-a,
About a sky of blue-a, and a tea for two-a,
Anything-a with a swing-a, or a “I love you-a,”
I love, I love to sing!

I wanna singa

I have seen a majority of these episodes. There are several, such as Holiday Shoestrings (I believe the actual title is Holiday in Shoestrings), that I have never seen before. So for me, this is a fabulous mix of old favorites and new “finds.”

The Rabbit of Seville is a classic. When we were watching the DVD my husband exclaimed “I love this one!” when the episode played.

What’s Opera, Doc? is also a classic musical episode. Fans of Looney Tunes will remember that one with the song “Kill the Wabbit” in it.

Most of the episodes look to be the old ones – the ones I grew up with (I’m 40-something years old).

We have several Looney Tunes DVDs, but most of them feature more recent Looney Tunes episodes. For us (my hubby and I), nothing beats the true classics.

It’s funny that I was able to sing along (in my mind – I wouldn’t dare to sing out loud) many of the songs featured in these shorts. It’s funny how you can remember words to a song even if you haven’t heard it in years.

Even if you are not necessarily a fan of the musical numbers and singing, this is still a great collection for a true Looney Tunes fan.

Look for Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces where ever movies are sold.

Are you a fan of Looney Tunes? Do you enjoy any specific episode featured on this DVD? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Rabbit of Seville


*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Listen to all your favorite music with Google Play Music (giveaway ends 5/6/15)


Google Play Music

I love listening to music. I am a firm believer in that music can really alter your mood. For example, when I am going to work on a wet, dreary Monday morning I like to listen to happy, upbeat music to lift my mood. After all, who wants to go to work on a rainy Monday?

When I am cleaning I’ll play high energy tunes to get my blood pumping and energize me so that I can tackle the tasks at hand.

I only have a radio and tape cassette player in my car. That’s right – a tap cassette player. Not only that I have dozen of tapes I can listen too (all from the 80’s). I just can’t be bothered.

I used to listen to music I purchased on my phone. I would stream it via Bluetooth technology to a portable speaker I keep in my car. The problem with that is that I am stuck listening to the same music over and over again. Not only that music takes up a lot of space on my phone (and I don’t have a lot of space to begin with).

Music Notes

I have tried those music services, but I don’t like listening to the advertising and I dislike being limited to the number of “skips” I can have. I don’t want to be stuck listening to a tune that I don’t like.

Have you ever heard of Google Play Music? I have heard of Google Play, but I didn’t think they had music. I thought it was all just fun and games.  Google Play, the destination for apps, books, games and more.

Google Play has music app that allows you to enjoy unlimited music in an ad-free environment with more than 30 million songs, along with music videos and curated music stations customized for your moment, mood or activity.

This is a paid subscription service at $9.99 per month. With access to so much music, for me, it’s well worth every penny. I have been able to create play lists with every different type of music genre  you can think of and songs that are not always easy to find elsewhere with other music apps.

You can access Google Play Music from your computer, tablet or mobile device any time, 24/7. I have the app on my cellphone which allows me to stream my playlists to my portable speaker (via Bluetooth) any time I want to listen to MY music in the car and not the radio (I’m not a big fan of morning talk radio programming).


In addition to all this music, Google Play Music allows users to store up to 50,000 songs for free and stream or download them them to your (iOS, Android) phone, tablet, computer, and Chromecast. This means you can protect the music you already own/purchased (including your iTunes collection) by transferring it to Google Play’s free music storage service.

Transferring your purchased/download music is easy to do with Google Play Music in just four easy steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Play Music with your Google account – Go to your computer and visit google.com/music. Sign up if needed.
  2. Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try the Google Play music subscription service too, click “Get Started”. Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage.
  3. Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding the Chrome app*, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders. You can upload 50,000 songs for free.
  4. Access your music at any time on multiple devices – You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone, or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer. And when you upgrade to a new computer or the latest mobile device, your music comes along too. You’ll never be without your favorite artists again!

*Not using Chrome? The setup process at step 3 will instead guide you through installing Music Manager where you can still add 50,000 songs.

For more information, please visit https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1143668?hl=en.


I never thought I would use this service as much as I do. I use it on a daily basis.

I LOVE that I am able to find my favorite songs from my favorite artists, both past and present. Even songs I didn’t think I would find are available on this service.

I have several playlists set up. Every morning on my way to work I pick out which playlist I want to listen to. Each one has dozens of songs on it. There is no limit to how many songs and playlists you can have.

Google Play Music even has pre-made playlists that you can choose from depending on your mood or the occasion. Are you enjoying the morning? Why not listen to Feel Good Classic Rock? Are you working out? Check out the High Intensity Pop playlist. You can even check out today’s hits.


I like that you can vide music videos for almost all the songs available on Google Play Music too. Some are “oldies but goodies” that are fun to watch. Others I never knew a music video was available for the song so they are fun to watch too.

You can search the music by the song title, artist, album and even find music/artists that are similar which is a great way to explore and discover new music.

I even found “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen on Google Play Music. That is great to have when you are around little ones (most children know that song by heart – LOL).

If you would like to learn more about Google Play Music visit www.Google.com/Music.

A subscription to this service would make a great gift. It’s $120 for the entire year, but when you think about how much you spend on gifts for a teen or college student, it’s not a bad price.


Google Play Music has generously offered to give a lucky She Scribes reader a one year subscription to their service ($120 value). Thank you Google Play Music!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win a one year subscription to Google Play Music – OR – tell me what kind of music (artist/songs or genre) you would create a playlist for?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a subscription to this service in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Coming to DVD TODAY is the Stephen Sondheim Collection


Stephen Sondheim Collection

I thought I would share the news with readers, especially if you are a fan of Stephen Sondheim, about a new collection available on DVD today (April 14, 2015) called the Stephen Sondheim Collection.

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD release of the popular musicals that make up the, Stephen Sondheim Collection. The compilation includes, Into the Woods, Company, “Sunday in the Park With George,” Follies In Concert, Sweeney Todd, and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.  Directed by James Lapine, Lonny Price, Michael Houldey, and Terry Hughes, the various musicals star Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde Pierce, Jon Cryer, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, Adolph Green, Anika Noni Rose, Audra McDonald, Barbara Bryne, Barbara Cook, Charles Kimbrough, Chip Zien, Christina Hendricks, Craig Bierko, Dana Ivey, Davis Gaines, Elaine Stritch, George Hearn, Joanna Gleason, John Aler, Liliane Montevecchi, Lisa Vroman, Liz Callaway, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, Mary D’Arcy, Robert Westenberg, Stanford Olsen, Stephen Sondheim, Timothy Nolen, Tom Aldredge and Victoria Clark. Stephen Sondheim Collection will be available on DVD for an SRP of $129.98 on Apr. 14, 2015.

Into the Woods (1990, NR, 153 Mins) – A baker and his wife journey into the woods in search of a cow, a red cape, a pair of golden slippers and some magic beans to lift a curse that has kept them childless. Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and the rest of the original Broadway cast weave their magic spell over you in Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, directed by James Lapine, a seamless fusion of fairy tale characters and what happens after “happily ever after.” With oft-recorded songs such as Children Will Listen and No One Is Alone, INTO THE WOODS is a music lover’s delight from start to finish—and will forever cement Stephen Sondheim’s unparalleled position as the giant of the American musical theater.

Company (2011, NR, 145 Mins) – Set firmly in, and often about, New York,  follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby’s eyes, so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, it is obvious to the audience that the committed are happy. Eventually, Bobby learns that while relationships aren’t perfect, they are a necessary part of “Being Alive.”

Sunday in the Park with George (1986, NR, 147 Mins) – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of the great paintings of the world, book writer James Lapine and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim bring a story based on the work brilliantly to life. While the painting depicts people gathered on an island in the Seine, the musical goes beyond simply describing their lives. It is an exploration of art, of love, of commitment. Seurat connected dots to create images; Lapine and Sondheim use connection as the heart of all our relationships.

Follies in Concert (1985, NR, 90 Mins) – The incomparable Stephen Sondheim brought his sensational Follies to the stage in 1971 where it was hailed as “monumental theater” by The New York Times. Fourteen years later, the magic was recreated by an unparalleled gathering of stage and screen luminaries performing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for a wildly enthusiastic audience. This one-night-only performance became a legendary event in Broadway history! The evolution of this unique, historic event is exclusively captured in this film, from the first rehearsal—just four days before the show—to the last second butterflies just before the curtain rose. This is a rare treasure for all fans of musical theater. Includes the memorable songs Losing My Mind and I’m Still Here and an all-star cast!

Sweeney Todd (2001, NR, 132 Mins) – This delicious production, is a musical thriller of revenge and romance set in Victorian England, features Broadway diva Patti LuPone as Mrs. Lovett and veteran stage actor George Hearn in the title role. Premiering in 1979, the legendarySweeney Todd—winner of nine New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and eight Tony Award—is recorded with the San Francisco Symphony as conducted by Rob Fisher.

Sondheim: The Birthday (2010, NR, 116 Mins) – Join us for a rousing celebration of the life and work of one of Broadway’s greatest legends – the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist’s 80th birthday, many of musical theater’s brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim’s illustrious career. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Stephen Sondheim’o;s longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic.

This would make a great gift for a Stephen Sondheim fan, or a fan of musicals and/or theater.

Look for the collection where most DVDs are sold.

Stephen Sondheim - Photo Credit Michael le Poer Trench

Stephen Sondheim – Photo Credit Michael le Poer Trench


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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LuguLake Speaker Review & Giveaway (ends 4/22/15)



It’s hard to believe that summer time is just around the corner. That means lazy days lounging pool side, trips to the beach and plenty of barbecues and picnics. What goes perfect with these situations is music.

Gone are the days of huge “boom boxes” and having to move your entire stereo system outside just to listen to some tunes. These days most people enjoy their music from the smartphone or tablet. While these options are certainly more portable, the sound quality is not the best. Even on maximum volume, music streamed from your phone or tablet is not going to be loud enough to be heard over loud guests. What you need is an external speaker.

There are many external speakers on the market. Some are amazing where as others are not worth the cost to purchase them.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive an external speaker from a company called LuguLake . They have a portable speaker that comes with a built in dock to rest your phone or tablet on.

The LuguLake  speaker comes with a charging cable and a cable to connect to your device in the event the device you are using is not Bluetooth compatible.


Before you use the device you will need to charge it. It’s portable so you can take it with you where ever you go – including the beach where you’ll have no power source. You just have to make sure you charge up the speaker first.

Pairing the speaker with my smartphone was super easy to do. I can be “technologically challenged” at times and I had no problem connecting the speaker to my iPhone.

That’s it. There is nothing else to it. It’s that easy.

I like the dock feature on the speaker. I like that I can rest my phone some place safe while still being able to access my music.

I haven’t tried the speaker with my iPad yet. I would be a little concerned about the iPad toppling over the speaker, but I think it would be OK.

The sounds quality for the LuguLake  speaker is really good. The music is crystal clear and the volume can get pretty loud – ideal for noisy backyard gatherings or tailgating parties.


I’m surprised that the speakers come fro the side only. But they work really good. I guess it gives you more of a “surround sound” experience because the music is coming from the site and not from the front.

The battery life is really good. I’ve used the speaker many times at my desk and I’ve only had to recharge it once so far. I would have to guess that it gets about 10+ hours of use before it needs to be recharged.

The speaker is not that big making it very portable. You can easily slip it into your bag, tote bag, picnic basket or backpack.

For more information about the LuguLake  speaker visit LuguLake.US (notice it’s US and not .com). LuguLake  carries a lot of interesting consumer products.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

LuguLake speaker

Lugulake would like to give a lucky reader their own LuguLake portable speaker. Thank you LuguLake !

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win the LuguLake portable speaker?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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