Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Merry Christmas to one and all!
As we draw closer to the end of 2009 and the beginning of a New Year, I want to take this moment to extend to all our Shushy fans and their families, friends and associates a healthy,
happy and prosperous 2010.
So many of our friends have shared with us the joy Shushybye has brought to their families, even during these challenging times. We at Shushybye are working together with our wonderful partners at BabyFirstTV to bring all-new Shushybye Baby programs for you and yours to enjoy on this wondrous channel that is seen in the U.S. and throughout the world.
In 2009, I am so proud to have begun an exciting new relationship with Phoenix Pictures, one of the most respected entertainment companies in Hollywood, for the production of Shushybye television programming, DVD's - and even feature film projects! Our friends at BabyFirstTV, Phoenix Pictures and I look forward to producing an array of fun, educational and musical Shushybye offerings for your entire family to enjoy. There are a lot of Shushybye all-new entertainment surprises in store for 2010 – so please stay tuned! (One hint: Shushybye School will be in session this year for your child who will soon be entering preschool!!).
2009 also saw the release of two new music CD’s, Shushybyes: Close Your Eyes and Shushybye & Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition. In the latter part of this year, I’ve written a number of new Shushy songs that we have begun producing for release in 2010. Michael North and the band are doing their usual awesome job in recording the new songs which will make their debut on our next group of all-new Shushybye Baby episodes for BabyFirstTV.
Perhaps the biggest question of all this year has been, when we will be touring Shushybye for live concerts. Among the coolest achievements of 2009, is that we’ve just signed with the biggest and most acclaimed music management and touring company in preschool. The great company (that reps several of the most distinguished artists in preschool music entertainment) will soon finalize live concert appearances for The Shushybyes (as everyone calls our music band!) in cities across the country through 2010. I look forward to unveiling the concert itinerary as soon as it becomes available.
My deep appreciation goes to all of our Shushy fans – from babies, toddlers and preschoolers to parents, grandparents and great grandparents - for your emails and phone calls to the Shushybye office, for joining with us at our concerts (including the recent holiday extravaganza event at the beautiful Geffen Playhouse which was so much fun) and for your continued support and encouragement.
I truly hope to have the chance to meet you this coming year as we bring The Shushybyes to cities across our country (and even internationally). And please don't hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or questions you may have.
3...2...1..Happy New Year!
Shushybye and Goodnight,
Saturday, October 31, 2009
We’re rehearsing for our upcoming holiday concert event at the beautiful Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California (by the campus of UCLA). In addition to performing a number of our Shushybye Dream Band ‘hits,’ we are all excited about debuting three new Shushy songs including “Wake Up Zeez” (a ‘Cars’-inspired rock song),“The Dream Coach Song” and a real rocker entitled “Dream On” (not the Aerosmith song, but a fast and fun rocker nonetheless – I love playing that one on my guitar!).
With ‘Wake Up Zeez,’ Shushies SNOOZLES and DOZIE will be asking the children in the audience for their help to wake Zeez up to start the show (parents: bring ear muffs!). The Shushybye King will be joining our awesome Shushybye Dream Band vocalist Michael North to sing “The Dream Coach Song – and transport the entire audience to Shushybye via the King’s Dream Coach (you can see Frank Caruso’s illustrations of the King’s Dream Coach in our first storybook, “Shushybye: Close Your Eyes”). Of course, we’ll need you to use your imagination for this to actually work – so please make sure you bring it with you…
Conductor McCloud will also be joining SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ for some interactive fun with the audience’s children (making Dream Wishes for the Shushies leading into “You Gotta Send Your Dream Wish”).
I am also pleased to report that Santa is taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to join all the Shushies and the Shushybye Dream Band on stage for “The Shushybye Christmas Song,” a pop rocker with a cool message.
Tickets for the Shushybye Geffen Playhouse Holiday Extravaganza are available from Ticketmaster (man, I love saying that!!!) by clicking on: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&q=Shushybye
Or you may purchase your family’s tickets from the Geffen Playhouse box office (I don’t mind saying that either!) by calling (310) 208-5454.
My sincere thanks to our incredibly talented cast, brilliant choreographer, Michael and the wondrous Shushybye Dream Band musicians and our director, technicians and management team from the Geffen.
I look forward to seeing you Saturday December 5 at the Geffen Playhouse - the magic begins at 11am!! (And don’t forget the event is also a pj party!).
Shushybye and Goodnight,
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Can 2009 really be winding down?
While this has not been the easiest year for so many (too many), we count our blessings (which will always outweigh the challenges if we know how to properly count) and look forward to the future.
The holiday season is itself a gift to all of us. We each have our own reasons for looking forward to the holidays - may you savor each day.
For me, the holidays are about family, friends, joy, love, warmth, reflection, charity, hope, renewal and...the Shushybye Dream Band performance at the beautiful Geffen Playhouse. This year we are putting together a concert event not to be missed! Part concert, part musical, all holiday magic and cheer!
As many of our friends know, Sky-TV in the UK is bringing Michael North and the Shushybye Dream Band to Liverpool for a series of concerts in this extraordinary city. In addition to performing in a specially-built outdoor bigtop, Michael, the Shushies (and me!) will be holding a concert at the fabled Cavern Club. Now for those of you younger than me (and that's starting to become almost everyone I meet!) the Cavern Club is where it all began for our beloved Beatles. First performing at the Cavern Club in August 1957 as The Quarrymen, John Lennon upset then-owner Alan Sytner when he rocked out with “Don’t Be Cruel” (Sytner frowned on rock and favored country-flavored Skiffle music). The Cavern Club is where Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles performing, in November of 1961. From 1961 to 1963 The Beatles made 292 appearances at the club, with their last occurring on 3 August 1963, a month after the band recorded "She Loves You" and just six months before The Beatles' first trip to the U.S.
In addition to working with the Cavern Club, Shushybye has also forged an alliance with the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) which is providing dancers to perform onstage as the main Shushy characters SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ. LIPA’s original building housed the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, which was the boyhood school of Sir Paul McCartney. Coming into disrepair in the mid-1980’s following its closure, Sir Paul helped establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts which utilizes the building as its headquarters. Officially opened in 1996, LIPA has burgeoned into a world class performing arts higher education institution and offers degree courses in acting, community drama, dance, music, theater and entertainment management, theater design and technology and sound technology. It also offers a weekend performing arts academy for four to nineteen year olds.
I wish to express my total appreciation to Sky-TV, the management of the Cavern Club, the faculty at LIPA and our television home BabyFirstTV for helping to make this dream concert event a reality for all of us at Shushybye.
The concerts will take place the weekend of October 10 and 11 (The Cavern Club performance will occur on Sunday October 11 at 11:00AM. We invite our UK fans to email info@shushybye for more info).
Shushybye and Goodnight!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Dear Shushy Fans,
Here it is! Our newest Shushybye Dream Band music CD created for discerning Shushy music lovers everywhere!
Shushybye & Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition features a whopping 16 tracks - all 12 tracks from our debut Shushybye & Goodnight CD, plus four Shushybye originals favorites never-before-released on CD, including "Shushy Sharin," "How I Love To Play (With My Shushybye Toys)," "In A Land They Call Shushybye" and "Here Comes the Shushybye Train."
As of now, The Deluxe Edition is available only via The Shushybye Shoppe located on the official Shushybye Website located on the web at http://www.shushybye.com/. The Shushybye Shoppe price is only $8.99 (more than 30% off the suggested retail price of $12.95).
Viewers of our television programs across the U.S. and throughout the world have been asking when the four Shushy songs would be made available saying, "We love these songs on TV - and want them on CD!" -- therefore Shushybye & Goodnight The Deluxe Edition was really produced by our fans!
Shushybye Records has 'pressed' (an old vinyl record expression) a limited quantity - so we encourage (urge!) everyone to call The Shushybye Shoppe toll-free at 1-866-shushybye (1-866-748-7492) or email us at email@example.com and a Shushy rep will call you back for your order (most likely...me!).
Shushybye & Goodnight!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I am excited to announce the availability - beginning August 1 - of our newest Shushybye Dream Band music CD, "Shushybye and Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition." This CD was produced in response to the huge global requests for original Shushybye songs that appear on our TV shows and DVD's, but were not as of yet part of our music CD's.
Shushybye and Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition presents 16 tracks - including four Shushy favorites never before released as well as 12 Shushybye hits.
For the first time ever on CD, Shushybye and Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition features the much-beloved (and much-requested) Shushybye songs Shushybye Sharin’, Here Comes the Shushybye Train, In A Land we Call Shushybye and How I Love To Play (With My Shushybye Toys) – added to the tracks that appear on the original "Shushybye and Goodnight CD" - The Shushybye Theme Song ("Oh My My Shushybye"), The Shushybye Dream Song, On Our Way (To Shushybye), Now's the Time (To Go Shushybye), A Night Time Prayer, A Shushybye Lullaby, Snoozles Won't You Come Out To Play, We Love the Shushies, The Dream Wish Song, Do the Shushy Dance, Snoozles In My Room and the title track, Shushybye and Goodnight.
For the present, Shushybye and Goodnight: The Deluxe Edition will only be offered expressly for Shushy fans through the Shushybye Shoppe, located on the Shushybye website (http://www.shushybye.com/). The Shushybye Shoppe price for the music CD is only $8.99!
Call 1-866-Shushybye (1-866-748-7492) for your copy! (Or we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your day time telephone number and we will call you for your order).
Two of my own personal favorite songs are the Beatlesque How I Love To Play (With My Shushybye Toys) and the lullaby In A Land We Call Shushybye - I can hardly wait for Shushy families everywhere to be able to enjoy these songs on music CD!
Shushybye and Goodnight!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We join with all who mourn the tragic passing of Michael Jackson.
At his memorial service, a brilliantly talented and stunning singer brought the world together as she performed the service's closing song "Heal The World." Michael Jackson discovered Judith Hill and selected her to perform 4 duets with him for his London concerts.
Judith - as the entire world is now discovering - is one of today's most awesome singers.
She is also the daughter of Robert and Michiko Hill, the bass player and keyboardist/arranger for the Shushybye Dream Band.
Shushybye & Goodnight,
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Lots to talk about…
TOUR TALK: As you may have seen via our Website (http://www.shushybye.com/), the Shushybye Dream Band goes on tour beginning this fall as Waterlicious (http://www.waterlicious.com/) presents the full version of the Shushybye Dream Band in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. We’ll shortly be announcing the schedule dates & times and opening up advance ticket sales. We're so excited to be meeting many of our Shushy families in the Northeast as well as Southern California and Nevada. In 2010, the Waterlicious-Shushybye Dream Band tour will add several more cities and we look forward to providing you with the itinerary soon. While in Washington DC, our awesome lead singer Michael North and the band (along with SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ) will pay a visit to our national radio home, Sirius/XM satellite radio’s all-new KIDS PLACE LIVE, for a fun-filled performance on the channel’s popular RUMPUS ROOM hosted by Kids Place Live’s ultra-talented morning personality (and official Shushybye storyteller) Kenny Curtis.
Plus...all of us at Shushybye are thrilled to return this December to the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Calif. for what is becoming a holiday tradition - the Shushybye Dream Band Christmas Concert! Santa emailed us to say he'll definately be back on stage with us!
On Saturday July 18, the Michael North, SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ will be heading for London as the Shushybye Dream Band headlines the annual Sky-TV "SkyFest." Sky-Tv has been incredibly kind to allow us to invite UK-based Shushy families to join us at his gala event for free as our guests - but reservations are extremely limited. If you would like to have your family join us for the Shushybye Dream Band London SkyFest event, please email us at email@example.com, and provide us with your name, how many people in your party and a phone number for us to call. Again, resevravtions are limited - so email us as soon as you can so we can definately include your family. And thank you, UK - for your outpouring of love and support and for watching BabyFirst!!
...And our September concerts at the historic Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park, Calif. are fillin' up fast - so to all So Cal fans - be sure to get your family's tickets!!! Acclaimed lead singer Michael North will be backed by the 5-piece Shushybye Dream Band – and joined on-stage by the fun-filled Shushy characters SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ - and each concert is one huge pajama party!
Here's the Madrid Theater concert schedule:
Friday September 25 – 7:00PM
Saturday September 26 – 3:00PM and 7:00PM
Sunday September 27 – 1:00PM and 5:00PM
All tickets are $15 dollars and can be purchased from the Madrid Theatre box office at (818) 347-9938 or online at www.culturela.org/madridtheatre
BLOG TALK: A number of moms are blogging about Shushybye – and we are so honored by their warm recognition! In addition to saying such wondrous things about the Shushybye songs, books, DVD's, TV shows, dolls and sleepwear, the moms have zeroed in on the exact mission of Shushybye with pin-point accuracy: Shushybye is sleep-themed entertainment designed to encourage children – during the day - to look forward to bedtime. Our up tempo rock, jazz, R&B and Latin-style songs are to be enjoyed by children in the afternoon or early evening, so that nighty-night time becomes an event! Shushybye believes that the actual bedtime itself is a precious time - a loving ritual reserved solely for parent and child.
TWITTER TALK: I like to ‘twitter’ often – and encourage you to sign up to ‘follow’ my twitterings. Visit http://www.twitter.com/ and you can find me @shushybyeguy. Plus, if you haven’t already, I invite you to email us to receive your free Shushy-Gram e-newsletter. The first one went out last month and the second one will soon be on its way. To get your free Shushy-Gram, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSICAL TALK: In addition to the Shushybye Dream Band live music tour, I am excited to share that we have begun production on Shushybye: The Musical that will make its premiere next spring at the wondrous Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California. Based on our first storybook/ReadAlong and Sing Along audio CD Shushybye: Close Your Eyes, the musical features several songs I’ve written exclusively for this show. While the Geffen will be the L.A. home for the musical, we look forward to touring the show as well!
SHOP TALK: Every day Shushy fans from the U.S. and from countries around the world ask where they can purchase the award-winning Shushybye plush dolls, music CD’s, sleepwear, books and DVD’s. Here’s the current info (hope it helps!!): Our trio of bedtime storybook/CD’s (Shushybye: Close Your Eyes, Shushybye: Sleepover Surprise and Shushybye: Where Is Christmas?; our debut music CD “Shushybye & Goodnight”; and DVD’s “Shushybye Dream Band Live On Tour and Shushybye Baby can be purchased through a number of top e-tailers, including Amazon.com, WalMart.com, Target.com and Barnes & Noble.com and Borders.com, to mention a few. Our DVD “Shushybye Baby” is available in-store via such retailers as Target, Barnes and Noble and Borders.
For the present, the beloved Shushybye plush dolls and blockbuster second music CD The Shushybye Dream Band: Close Your Eyes can only be purchased via the Shushybye Website’s very own “Shushybye Shoppe.” The highly popular (and incredibly adorable) official Shushybye sleepwear is also available only through the Shushybye Shoppe. Plus, for our wondrous fans throughout the world, I'm pleased to share that we ship everywhere!
The Shushybye Shoppe will also be the exclusive source for our next music CD, when we will soon release a deluxe version of the debut Shushybye Dream Band CD Shushybye & Goodnight. This special version of our hit debut music CD will feature never-before-released original Shushybye songs including “Shushybye Sharing, Snoozles Won’t You Dance with Me, Here Comes the Shushybye Train plus two all-new songs that will soon make their premiere on our global TV show Shushybye Baby.
ROCK TALK: Thanks to our marvelous maestro of mixing Michael North, 17 new original Shushybye songs are all mixed, mastered and ready for production into the all-new episodes of SHUSHYBYE BABY for BabyFirstTV. I can hardly wait for Shushy families to hear them – especially a real rocker called “Dream On” (quite different from the classic rocker with the same song title from Aerosmith!)…”The Dream Coach Song,” “You’re Sure Lookin’ Ready (To Go To Sleep)” and “Wake Up Zeez!” – along with all of the others. The new SHUSHYBYE BABY shows are scheduled to make their TV debut this fall.
Shushybye & Goodnight!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I am thrilled to share that the Shushybye Dream Band will perform its catchy rock ‘n roll music live and in-person for five concert events at the historic Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park from September 25-27, 2009. Starring our awesome lead singer Michael North and backed by the 5-piece Shushybye Dream Band, the concerts will also feature on-stage the beloved Shushy characters SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ. Of course, each of the concerts will be big pajama party events! Here's the schedule:
- Friday September 25 – 7:00PM
- Saturday September 26 – 3:00PM and 7:00PM
- Sunday September 27 – 1:00PM and 5:00PM
All tickets are $15 dollars and can be purchased from the Madrid Theatre box office at (818) 347-9938 or online at www.culturela.org/madridtheatre.
In other Shushy news, we will soon be in-studio to produce 13 new episodes of SHUSHYBYE BABY for BabyFirstTV,featuring all-new Shushybye bedtime stories and 16 new Shushybye songs. A few rather major surprises are on tap for our Shushy families for these new episodes (and I'll share the details with you very soon!).
I am anxious for everyone to hear the new songs (and see the new episodes!) which will debut in the summer on BabyFirstTV (http://www.babyfirsttv.com/).
Shushybye & Goodnight!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We’re just about set with our first Shushy-Gram e-newsletter (if you haven’t yet signed up, it’s all for free by sending your email address to: email@example.com) and the lead story will be (drum roll, please…) The Shushybye Dream Band will be performing 5 shows at the historic Madrid Theater the weekend of September 25. Tickets will go on sale soon (we’ll notify everybody when they do). Showtimes for the #1 band in all Shushybye will be: Friday evening September 25 at 7PM (pajama apparel highly recommended); 3PM and 7:00PM Saturday September 26; and 1:00PM and 4:00PM Sunday September 27.
You might remember that last summer, Sky-TV in the UK brought the Shushybye Dream Band to perform for their annual Sky-TV Family Appreciation Day. I am delighted to share that Sky has invited the ever-popular band to perform again in the great city of London this summer! Details to follow…
Now, many of you have called our toll-free number (1-866-shushybye / 1-866-748-7492) to ask when the Shushybye Dream Band will be coming to your city. Well…we’ll be bringing you news on our multi-city tour, so I totally appreciate your patience!
Are you familiar with Twitter (www.twitter.com)? It’s a fast-growing Web site where people join to tell everyone things they’re up to at any given moment. Anyway, if you happen to go on the site, I am pleased to invite you to ‘follow’ (a Twitter term) my posts (Under ‘Steve Syatt’ or ‘ShushybyeGuy’). It’s kind of fun. I noticed that one of my all-time heroes, radio legend Shadoe Stevens is ‘following’ my posts – that was rather extremely cool!
Finally (for the moment!), in April The Shushybye Dream Band will be recording 19 new songs for our next BabyFirstTV SHUSHYBYE BABY shows at the famous Shushybye Recording Studios located in Snore Shore (run by an ultra hip engineer by the name of Mixin’ Shushy). Among them is a country tune I wrote after listening to (and getting inspired by) Randy Travis’ incredibly beautiful Forever & Ever Amen. I played my song for Michael earlier this week and the verdict is: he loved it!
Shushybye & Goodnight!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This just in! Summit Entertainment, the ultra-cool distributor of the BabyFirstTV DVD line - which includes SHUSHYBYE BABY - has placed our esteemed release onto WalMart.com (http://www.walmart.com/). We thank the good folks at Summit (which, by the way, is the studio behind the mega box office blockbuster 'Twilight'), BabyFirstTV, WalMart and - you! (for purchasing SHUSHYBYE BABY via WalMart.com!).
Just type in 'Shushybye' on the search line when you visit http://www.walmart.com/ and SHUSHYBYE BABY the DVD will soon be on its way to your family. Featuring 7 complete episodes plus three bonus music videos (for a total of 17 original Shushy songs, plus the colorful bedtime stories and Shushybye & Goodnight and Dream Wish features), SHUSHYBYE BABY is the ultimate solution for families who want to take the hit BabyFirstTV televison show with them wherever they go!
And now, the news....
Later this month, BabyFirstTV – the global television home of our baby and toddler TV show SHUSHYBYE BABY – will debut their official channel song in a specially-produced on-air promo that is truly adorable. The music and lyrics for the song, a sort of country-rock tune called ‘My Child, Me and BabyFirstTV, was composed by…me! And singing the song, which will make its debut on BabyFirstTV at the end of January, is none other than the incredibly talented lead singer of the Shushybye Dream Band, Michael North.
Writing this song was very much like writing the Shushybye songs – a true labor of love. BabyFirstTV is an extraordinary channel that is making a real positive difference in the lives of young families across the US and in countries throughout the world.
Everyone at Shushybye feels it every single day when we receive emails, letters and calls from BabyFirst parents and grandparents living in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Spain, Turkey, and so many other countries who take the time to share their family’s loving and warm experiences watching SHUSHYBYE BABY as well as other high quality BabyFirst child development shows together with their babies and toddlers.
I look forward to your hearing the channel song, watching the promo and letting me know your thoughts – I hope you like it!
My thanks to the BabyFirstTV family for allowing Michael and me the opportunity to join with you in furthering the cause of quality television for babies, toddlers and their loving families!
While on the subject of quality…our high-quality (and highly colorful) 16” SNOOZLES, DOZIE and ZEEZ Shushy dolls are on schedule for delivery in March. Pre-orders are coming in daily, so we invite you to call us at the Shushybye Shoppe to insure delivery of your family’s Shushybye dolls!! Pre-ordering is as simple as dialing a toll-free phone number (which in this case is 1-866-748-7492) or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and daytime phone number. It's as easy as that!
The Shushybye Shoppe is also the only place anywhere you can purchase the second Shushybye Dream Band music CD, CLOSE YOUR EYES. The CD contains ‘Feels Like Magic,’ ‘Shushybye Blues,’ ‘It’s Evening,’ ‘Pillow Park Rock,’ ‘Shushybye Boogie Tonight,’ ‘Send Your Dream Wish,’ ‘Who’s Makin’ Dreams,’ ‘Beyond the Stars and Past the Moon,’ Close Your Eyes’ and more. I’m so proud of these songs, and thrilled to have them brought to life by Michael North and our talented group of world-class musicians.
Shushybye & Goodnight!