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The Loog Father’s Day Playlist

Father's Day Playlist

It’s been a while since we’ve done a playlist with you, so we thought we’d brainstorm some of our favorite father-and-kid songs just in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. As usual, feel free to add yours in the comments and we’ll swiftly get it into the original playlist for everyone to listen!

So, in order to celebrate your dad or the ongoing mind-blowing realization that yes, you’re a dad now, here’s 10 songs inspired by musician’s kids and their wishes for them 🙂

Loog Guitars Father's Day Playlist by Loog Guitars on Grooveshark

Did we miss any? Let us know! PLUS: dads love Loog Guitars as well! Let him know he should leave his kids’ Loog alone by getting him his own here 😉

6 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make This Weekend

DIY InstrumentsOne of the things we love about the Loog is that parent and kid need to work together and build it before playing any kind of music. It creates a relationship with the instrument and helps kids understand how the different parts come together to create the sounds he or she will later make to create music.

The concept isn’t new, and we’ve covered cigar-box guitars in the past. Yet every single instrument can be stripped down to its most basic form and created at home for just a few bucks. Sure, it might not sound exactly the same and quality varies… but the lesson remains the same, and kids actually get a better understanding of how music works and how tinkering here and there with materials can create different sounds. Plus, you just spent an entire day doing something fun – with your kid!

We searched the web to find some arts-and-crafts-like instruments you can make with your kids as soon as this weekend. So here are some of our favorite DIY musical instruments we found:

Straw Pan Flute

From Learnvest.com

1. Straw Pan Flute
We were skeptical that this easy DIY Pan flute would work, but hey – surprises are awesome! Experiment around by flattening the straw tips. Find full instructions here.

 

 

 

Pin Strummers

From Piikeastreet.com

2. Pin Strummers
This is as basic as it gets and it’s great fun to experiment with different items and the sounds the bobby pins generate on each one. Full instructions here.

 

 

 

 

Tin Can Drums

From Handsonaswegrow.com

3. Tin Can Drums
Everybody needs a little percussion in their lives – and this is the easiest way to beat your own drum. Full instructions here.

 

 

 

 

Homemade Tambourine

From Kiwicrate.com

4. Homemade Tambourine
Excellent to pair up with your kids’ Bob Dylan skills 😉 Full instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Rainstick

From Theimaginationtree.com

5. Rainsticks
This might be the South American side of us speaking but rainsticks are AWESOME. And really easy to make. Full instructions here.

 

 

 

 

Soda Can Theremin

From Hackaday.com

6. Soda Can Theremin

And if you’re looking to up it up one more step, this is the perfect way to go. Nerd and music cred in just one craft. Enjoy! Full instructions here.

Here’s What the Electric Loog Guitar Sounds Like

The Electric Loog GuitarBusy is an understatement if we’re describing the last couple of days here at Loog Headquarters. But what an amazing understatement it is! For starters, the Electric Loog Guitar Kickstarter project is slowly but steadily growing in funding and we’re getting more and more excited as every day goes by.

The good news just keeps piling up! Apart from everything that happened last week, the Electric Loog was featured on CrowdLifted yesterday and also made it as Kickstarter’s Project of the Day over the weekend – all in just 7 days! And this has all been thanks to you – we feel like we have no words to show how much we appreciate it. Thank you, you guys really rock at making some noise!

(Just a quick reminder: if you’ve been meaning to pledge but haven’t yet, you can do so on our Kickstarter page – the minimum pledge for the Electric Loog is just $1. Or, if you’d like to help us out, feel free to share that same link on your own social media accounts. Thanks!)

THE SWEET, SWEET SOUNDS OF THE ELECTRIC LOOG
And speaking about noise, here’s something to give all those pictures we’re sharing a voice. As our Kickstarter video said, the Electric Loog is a small, tiny instrument with a huge, serious sound. But we’re not going to let you take our word for it – we’re going to show you in this blog post right here.

The Electric Loog Guitar - neck

Keep in mind that even in the SoundCloud tracks, there are no shenanigans going on: all sounds, loops, licks and riffs were played exclusively with an Electric Loog Guitar – this is the real deal.

Turn the volume up, sit back and start daydreaming about what the Electric Loog will finally sound like in your hands:

Electric Loog Guitar Blues

Electric Loog Guitar Clean Sound. from Loog Guitars on Vimeo.

Electric Loog Guitar Slide

Electric Loog Guitar Slide from Loog Guitars on Vimeo.

(A huge thanks to Dinamita Pereda who’s playing in these two videos – this guy seriously knows his guitar.)

And now for some SoundCloud goodies:

(Speaking about knowing his guitar – another huge thanks to Pablo Faragó, the genius behind the Electric Loog Land track.)

Dan Navarro, Freebo, Fiona and a Loog Guitar

Freebo, Dan Navarro, Fiona and a Loog

It had been a while since we heard from David Mills, our favorite music teacher from the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. But some weeks ago we finally did get something – and surely David is now spoiling us rotten with the goodies he sends.

This time around, watch as Fiona (one of David’s students) gets serenaded at a folk fest by none other than Freebo and Dan Navarro. Fiona took her Loog Guitar to the folk fest for some fun times and ended up with front seats for this little impromptu serenade.

Watch the video yourself:

The look on Fiona’s face is probably our favorite part. Thank you David for the video, but also a huge thank you to Dan, Freebo and Fiona for creating such a great moment! We heart you all <3

Kids Are Awesome: Exhibit C (for Cheerios Commercial)

You guys have probably all seen the new Cheerios commercial. Just in case you haven’t, we’ll take a second and wait for you to do so:

A pretty funny ad, right? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’re well aware of the huge controversy surrounding the fact that the ad features interracial parents.

Cheerios Commercial

In fact, Cheerios was forced to shut down the video’s comments on YouTube after a lot of them turned a bit, um, racist. We were actually relieved to see a couple on television that better reflected today’s multicultural reality, and it’s really sad that in 2013 something like this can even cause a stir, let alone racist comments.

But not all hope is lost! TheFineBros, the account behind the popular Kids React channel on YouTube, decided to get some kids to watch the commercial and record their reactions to it. The silver lining? Not one of them could figure out what was ‘wrong’ about the commercial nor why people were angry at it.

So here’s the video that finally restored our own faith in humanity. Thank god for kids – they never cease to amaze us 🙂

Jane Elliott’s Experiment: The Only Video You Need to See Today

Jane ElliottYesterday we shared a video we found that blew our minds. Aired in the ’70s, the 14 minute-long video shows elementary teacher Jane Elliott teaching her third grade students about prejudice in a really unconventional way.

The video is from a documentary back then called The Eye of the Storm. Perhaps many people have already seen it; many might have not. It’s definitely something to watch. Mrs. Elliott basically separates her classroom into blue- and brown-eyed groups and tells her students one group is better than the other. The next day, she pulls the switch and makes the other group better. The results are really astounding. Watch the video here:

Today, we found a new video that shows what happened to these students 17 years later and how Mrs. Elliott’s little experiment has been used across the nation to teach kids AND adults what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a change. Or, like a black man who watched the experiment says half-way through: “It really shows you how prejudice is really just something that’s in people’s minds and not real”. See for yourself – or bookmark it for later. The video is 55 minutes long (you can skip to the 17:56 mark if you watched the other video).

Prejudice is still very much alive in the US and in the world and goes deeper than skin color. People today discriminate based on looks, on sexual orientation, even on gender. We have made much progress as a society –as this week’s milestone proves it– and at least these issues are widely talked about and acknowledged today. Still, and despite the controversy surrounding Mrs. Elliott’s method, there is a long way to go and this video is always a good watch. Take it as our little contribution for Pride Month this year 🙂