Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Us!” because today’s episode is the one-year anniversary of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! It is Episode 28! I called it a little minute about us because I love us, you and me together, so much! I have loved sharing my songs and stories and joy with you, my dear listeners. And we’ve been doing that for a whole year! Can you believe it? A whole year of fun for your kids at bathtime, bedtime, car time and family time. Find more April Eight at aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusicFacebook.com/aprileight If April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast was a one-year-old baby whale, it would be almost 43 feet long even though it is still practically a baby! (or 13 meters for those of you who measure that way). But instead of growing I’ve been writing! I’ve written 24 stories, shared 5 different little minutes with you, well six including this one, sung lots of silly and sweet songs and come up with as many different voices as I could think of for a whole bunch of characters I hope you’ve enjoyed, from opossums to fairy queens, gnomes to woodsman to falcons, grouchy brothers who turn into kind brothers, and a small mouse with a whole lot of attitude. Do you have a favorites character? Stop by my April Eight Facebook page and let me know. Oh, how I would love to hear about that! So I’d like to send a big shout out of love to Sander and Emerson, Victor and Vivia and their Grandma Susan, to Bonnie, my mom, to Hunter and Mae and Elsie, to Griffin and Nathan and Jonathan, Neala and Taylor, Kaya and Shae, to Annarose and Elias, to Ethan and Verity, to Izzy and Liam, Summer and Annabel, Matia and Ezra, Carolyn and Ollie, Aliza and Nez, Noah, Liam and Theo, Noah and Audrey, Grace, Charlotte and Adelynn and Stone and Solen. And a big thank you to the Cincinnati Waldorf School - you've been such a big inspiration to me. And to my kids-podcasting pals at KIDSLISTEN.ORG, I get to hang out with the coolest people in podcasting. And all of you who have been listening in Iceland - I wrote a report on Iceland when I was in the 6th grade and I’ve been in love with it ever since, so HELLO! Ireland, and Scotland, Australia, Germany and Vive La France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan and our neighbors from in Canada. My friends in India, Israel, and Spain, Hola Mexico! and The United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Chile Bangladesh and Nepal, Bahrain and Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Switzerland and here in the USA in Ohio and California, Tennessee and Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, New York and Michigan, Texas and Washington, and Washington DC, Oregon and Indiana, where I was born, Missouri, Massachusetts, Utah, Pennsylvania, Georgia and New Jersey, Iowa, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas and Wyoming, Rhode Island and Oklahoma, and NEVADA! Louisiana, Vermont, Florida, and Utah! Hi, Matilda and Ada! Minnesota, Colorado and Maryland, and oh my goodness, if I forgot your special spot on the globe, well, tell me about it and I’ll give you a shout out next time. Send me an email at april @ aprileight.com. I have a celebration of a song for you. I wrote it with a bunch of kids who called their band The Peaceful Narwhals at my April Eight Songs for Peace Camp. This song I’m about to play for you was the first song we wrote at my first camp, so it seems like a perfect one to sing hooray for the first year of the April Eight Songs and Stories Podcast. --- "Hello Friend" a song by April Eight and the Peaceful Narwhals c 2012 Here it is: Hello good morning, good afternoon It’s good to see your smile, my friendMy best friend, forever and alwaysI haven’t seen you in awhile, but your smile makes me happyMy friend The way your eyes sparkle I can see you really shineWhen you share your heart with me and I can share back mine. It’s your personality, your joy, your kindness and your laughterYour trust and your hugs keep us happily together, my friend! I la la la la la la la la love being your friend, my friend! Hello good morning, good afternoon It’s good to see your smile, my friendMy best friend, forever and alwaysI haven’t seen you in awhile, but your smile makes me happy,My friend. I la la la la la la la la love being your friend, My friend! --- I guess that is all I really have to say to you today, I love being your friend. Thanks for listening to my podcast! Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. Come back next time and I’ll tell you a story right here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. I’ve been laughing the whole time I’ve been writing the next one, and I hope it will make you laugh too… that Brizbane!