Tony M. Music

Tony M. Music is a full time children's music entertainer integrating music, literature, and storytelling into an educational, interactive, and FUN experience! 

February's Read, Watched, and Listened List

What did you listen to last month? What did you read? What did you watch?

In February, I dove deep into the history and music of the Beastie Boys! Their albums bogarted my musical intake last month and that was FANTASTIC! I have listened to the Beastie Boys since the late 80’s, but I never truly listened to them until now. The thought and work they put into each album is inspiring.

* The Beastie Boys Book - One of the coolest books I’ve read in a while. Ad-Rock and Mike D document the history of the Beastie Boys with hilarious accounts, awesome history of the music scene in NYC during the late 70’s and 80’s, and tons of illustrations.

* Black Elk Speaks - A first hand chronicle from Nicholas, Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota Medicine Man. He recalls spiritual visions of a unifying world, battles fought with the Wasichus (white men), and the horrific massacre at Wounded Knee. This will be a book that I read yearly.

* Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo’s first
novel! A story about a girl and her dog, making new and lasting relationships, and learning how to navigate life without her mother. My youngest (1st grade) and I read this at bedtime. It’s a great story for kids and adults. That’s one of the reasons I love Kate’s novels so much! Her books reach any age group.

* Marc Maron Podcast, WTF, featuring the Beastie Boys.

* Every Single Beastie Boys album! My top 3 favorite albums are, 1) Paul’s Boutique, 2) Hello Nasty, and 3) Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 (which I was very interested to learn that Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 never released because they lost the original tapes recorded for this album! I hope someone finds them one day and decides to return them!).

* “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” the documentary of Mr. Rogers on HBO. It made me happy to have been able to grow up with this man on television. He was the voice on t.v. that children needed and still today, he is just as relevant!