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Like I’ve said before, Play-Doh was the sh*t when I was growing up.

I generally made pleasant, generic things when I was a tot: flowers, snowmen, and tractors. But a recent conversation had me wondering what I would make today, on National Play-Doh Day, if I had Play-Doh at my disposal. Obviously my taste has changed a bit from when I was 3, right? (Well, I still love fruit snacks and Sunny Delight.)

But really, what would I mold now?

I asked a few members of the RB staff to join me in a little Play-Doh exercise. It turns out a recent study showed that playing with Play-Doh can be highly therapeutic and stress reducing. So, a few of the Rockabye Baby staff took a little work break!

Here’s what we made (turns our our tastes haven’t changed that much!):

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A walrus, a penguin and a fish, just chattin’

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Surfs up!

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“Holy on, I have to just catch my breath!” 

Pretty impressive, huh?

What would you mold out of your Play-Doh?

 

To make your own “play dough,” check out these recipes.

Don’t let anyone tell you differently: Hats are a way of life.

Rock stars and musicians from every different genre would agree with that. Hats offer a fantastic way to show your style, personality, or just to hide a bad hair day. We certainly don’t need a holiday to write about hats, but it is Make a Hat Day today, so not only will we be talking about some of the most famous headgear in music, we’re also giving you a hat . . . to make. Because we’re cool like that.

But first, look who made our top hat list:

 

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Pharrell:

Little Skateboard P made headline after headline when he wore this Dudley Do-Right–looking hat at the Grammys last year. This tall drink of water is actually a vintage hat by Vivienne Westwood, an English fashion designer who is credited with many influential things in the fashion world, like bringing punk style to the masses. Pharrell has owned the hat for many years, and has even worn it to other events, but it seemed to make the biggest splash at the Grammys. The hat eventually went up on eBay to raise money for charity From One Hand to Another, and was bought by a lucky hat lover (I secretly wish it was me!) for the reasonable price of $44,100.

Listen to our lullaby rendition of Pharrell’s song “Happy” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

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DEVO:

New Wave favorite Devo famously wore these red hats during their Freedom of Choice album years, and even more famously in their music video for “Whip It.” It is called an “energy dome” and was designed by band members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casalez, having been influenced by the German Bauhaus movement as well as Aztec temples. The band wore these hats in many different colors throughout their years together.

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Slash:

Slash, aka Saul Hudson, the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses has worn his infamous top hat since the ’80s. We all know it, we all love it, but did you know he shoplifted it? That’s right, Slash was on the lookout for a “signature” item before a show in 1985, but since he was low on cash, he decided to swipe it without paying. He also decided when he got home that it looked a little plain, so he tied a belt around it (also shoplifted!).

Check out Lullaby Renditions of Guns N’ Roses.

 

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Frank Sinatra:

Ol’ Blue Eyes had a voice that could simply not be matched — but his style was equally as enviable. Sinatra lived in an era when it was commonplace to see men in suits and fedoras (or other dressy hats) just walking around town. Oh, what a time to be alive! There was just something about the way Frank wore his fedora, though: a slight tilt, not only to the side, but also to the back as well. Effortlessly cool and wholly unique.

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Brian Johnson of AC/DC:

Before joining AC/DC, Brian was the singer in a well-known British band called Geordie. When the group broke up, he had to take a job as a window fitter and he ended up wearing his trademark driver’s cap to hide his identity. And since he would often go to a gig at a pub straight from work, he would keep the hat on. AC/DC really liked the hat and told Brian he should keep wearing it when he joined the band.

Check out Lullaby Renditions of AC/DC.

 

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And now it’s your turn (or your kid’s!) to don a stylish hat, and we have just the one for you!

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Make sure to check out out our lullaby renditions of some of the most famous hat wearers in the business!

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How many septuagenarians can rock like 72-year-old Sir Paul McCartney? (Mick Jagger, perhaps.)

I saw the ever mighty Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium last month; jeesh it seems so surreal even as I type it. “I did what?!”

My best friend and I prepared to buy our tickets in April. She and I spastically texted each other nonsensical exclamations (“WTF?” “WAIT WHAT?!” “Holy SH*T!”) with what felt like preshow jitters as we waited for the clock to strike 10:00 am to buy tickets. We were especially restless because he was set to play over my birthday weekend and what could make a birthday weekend, and who could make a birthday weekend more spectacular than McCartney?

If you hadn’t already guess . . .

We got the tickets!

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“WTF? WAIT WHAT?!,” is right.

The anticipation built over the entire summer. Everyone I spoke to who had seen Paul before kept saying things like “He’s going to absolutely blow your mind,” and “The man is a machine. His bandmates who are 20 years his junior take more breaks than he does,” and so on and so forth.

My birthday weekend was already off to a great start by the time August 10 rolled around. Drinks with friends, the beach, a fancy dinner, karaoke—a weekend worthy of the title “Best Birthday Weekend Ever” already, but the best was yet to come.

We arrived about two hours before the show, early enough to each snag a Dodger dog and a beer.

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Post-Dodger dog!

As the sun set, and the Supermoon that made an appearance that night rose, our eagerness grew.

Paul McCartney, a Beatle for cryin’ out loud, stepped onstage with his Höfner bass in tow, waving and nodding in thanks for the thousands of cheers that welcomed him. Paul McCartney was IN FRONT OF US. Without a single word, just a nod to his bandmates, they went right into it; a near 40-song set, including two encores.

After two songs, he shouted “Los Angeles! Dodger Stadium? Haven’t been here for a while . . .” He hadn’t played at Dodger Stadium since 1966 with his Beatle cohorts. The crowd, us included, went nuts.

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Pyrotechnics for “Live and Let Die”

He played for nearly three hours but it felt like a 20-minute blur that I made up in a dream. We screamed our lungs out to favorites like “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da“ and “Live and Let Die,” pretended not to cry during “Blackbird” and his tribute to George Harrison with a ukulele version of “Something,” and felt like we were ascending into the heavens while 50,000-plus people chanted along to “Hey Jude.”

The entire night was electric. I didn’t see him take a single break, not even for a sip of water. To say it was memorable would almost be a disservice to his legacy. It was unforgettably spectacular.

 

So, it goes without saying that closing out my birthday weekend with my best friends and Paul McCartney is one for the books. I still don’t believe it actually happened.
Check out all of Ms. Rockabye’s posts HERE, including the ones below:

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And check out our Beatles collection in the Rockabye Baby store:


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What’s your favorite way to use your Rockabye Baby CDs? Playing softly in the background during your little one’s naptime . . . to cool down a toddler tantrum . . . to rock your baby back to sleep at 3 a.m.?

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Sure, our CDs are great at coo’ing babies big and small to slumber, but there are many alternative uses for Rockabye Baby CDs​. Like…

 

As a fan

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As a coaster

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For a doorstop

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The possibilities are endless, really! What alternative uses do you have for your Rockabye Baby CDs?

Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you could see your pictures shared!

And check out all our must-have 2014 releases that include more than just a CD! Surprises await inside beyond the many things you now know you can do with the CD.

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 Buy Good Baby, Bad Baby now! 

 

This Art Deco building was the location for one of the Beastie Boys’ most famous videos.

 

Can you guess which video it was?

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Los Feliz Manor, Los Angeles

Built in 1924

 

We’ll reveal the answer next week. Meanwhile, visit the band’s YouTube channel to check out all their memorable videos.

 

Need a baby-friendly treatment of Beastie Boys? We’ve got a lullaby version of “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” that rocks gently.

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We’re feeling nostalgic for the nineties. Can you tell whom Ms. Rockabye is channeling?

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If you can, we’re proposing not waiting until the weekend for movie night, and renting that 1995 movie that celebrates the indie spirit, has a great soundtrack—and received one star on Rotten Tomatoes.

But you know what we say to that…

Damn the man    (fill in the blank)  !

Can you guess what movie is on our mind? Check out our other Rockabye Baby Movie Night picks below.

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If you could write one word over and over on a wall

RIGHT NOW what would it be?

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Warner Dr. and Hayden Ave., Culver City, July 2014

 

And would it be in cursive . . . or not?

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years if cursive handwriting — or handwriting, period — should be taught in schools anymore. Is it really that bad if the next generation didn’t know how to handwrite? Does a typed “love” mean more to you than a handwritten “love?”

Yeah, I thought so.

Now here’s a little love for you from our upcoming release. Enjoy.

Lullaby Renditions of Maroon 5 arrives August 19!

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Last week we kicked off Monday with the Story Behind the Photo of an iconic Jackson 5 photo with photojournalist Lawrence Schiller.

Today, we’re putting you all in the spotlight! Our question is simple:

 

What’s the Story Behind Your Name?

Post your answer in the comments below by Sunday, August 3, 8 pm PST for your chance to win this awesome prize package: You Name It Bundle!

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The winners get to choose from one of the whopping 500-plus bundle options in our store. Three (3) winners will be randomly selected. For extra entries, share the image above on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and tag with #MyNameStory.

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Which one do you want? The Good Baby, Bad Baby CD & Picture Book + Toddler T-Shirt or the Good Day, Goodnight 2-CD Compilation + Mug? There are so many options!

We look forward to hearing your stories!

 

There’s a saying that goes, “It isn’t what you play, it’s how you play it . . . ”

For many of our favorite guitarists, the saying rings true. Honestly, most of them could shred gold on a shoebox rubber band guitar without any of us being too surprised.

But for many of the players themselves, there’s always that one special guitar whose fame rises with the guitarists themselves, making that particular instrument just as iconic as their masters.

So to honor our favorite “axes,” here’s an ode to the legendary guitars (and guitarists) responsible for some of our favorite riffs in rock ’n’ roll.

Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat”

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What happens when you combine a Fender Stratocaster body, Gibson pickups, some paint and masking tape? Well it seems for Van Halen’s guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the answer is the iconic “Frankenstrat.” Eddie thought he’d try his hand at creating the Gibson sound with a $50 Fender and by golly we’re glad he did.

B.B. King’s “Lucille”

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After a fire broke out in an Arkansas dance hall, a 24-year-old B.B. King ran back inside to save his $30 Gibson. He found out later the cause of the fire was a dispute between two men fighting over a girl named Lucille. As a reminder to never fight over a girl (or run into a burning building) he’s named every Gibson he’s owned (usually similar to the ES-355 model above) “Lucille.” Watch King and “Lucille” here.

 

Brian May’s “Red Special”

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Queen’s searing, harmonic guitar tones, created by guitarist Brian May, can be attributed to the one and only “Red Special” (also known as “The Old Lady”). The guitar was designed and handcrafted by May and his father between 1962 and 1964, largely from pieces of an old fireplace mantel, to produce a distinct sound that May could hear in his head, but couldn’t find in any other guitar.  Thus “The Red Special” was born.

Jimmy Page’s EDS-1275 Double-Neck Gibson 

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Famous for its 12-string neck on top and a 6-string neck on the bottom, Page’s double-neck Gibson is famous for not only its obviously unique look, but for being the force behind the multifaceted Led Zeppelin epic “Stairway to Heaven.” Two heads are better than one.

Slash’s Gibson Les Paul(s)

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Slash of Guns N’ Roses has never hidden his adoration for Gibson guitars . . . He’s even collaborated with them on 12 signature Les Paul models. But his “main” guitar will always remain the 1959 Gibson Les Paul, which he used to record the majority of his sessions with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and his own solo albums.

And speaking of Slash . . . it just so happens to be his birthday today!

Celebrate with a free download of “Sweet Child O Mine” from our Lullaby Renditions of Guns N’ Roses.

P.S. We know there are more than a handful of iconic guitars we missed on this list. That just means we’ll have to do a Part 2. ;)

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and our bear is celebrating with a visit to one of L.A.’s most treasured landmarks. Does this scene look familiar? Think 2007.

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For you film enthusiasts, we’ll send Rockabye Baby stickers to the first 10 people to post the name of another Hollywood film that was shot at this famous site. Show us your pop-culture knowledge in the comments below.

And here’s your chance to win a little Bowie. 

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