No School Today
Studio album by Danny Weinkauf
|First released||April 29, 2014||Tracks||16|
|Label||Idlewild / Megaforce <IDLE133>||Length||32:50|
No School Today is Danny Weinkauf's debut solo album for kids. On November 15, 2013, Weinkauf launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the album. The initial funding goal was met in only five days and the campaign closed at 160% of its goal. The album was released on April 29, 2014 on Idlewild Recordings and Megaforce Records with distribution by Sony/RED.
The cover art was created by EG Design, who also made a video for the song "Marsupial".
Weinkauf wrote and recorded all of the music himself, with mixing and mastering assistance from Jeff Thall and Tom Durack. The album features acoustic and electric guitar, electric and stand up basses, piano and keyboard, drums, percussion, vibes, glockenspiel, horns, ukelele, banjo, and mandolin. Weinkauf's wife Michelle, and kids, Kai and Lena, contributed vocals, as did some of the kids from his neighborhood. Children's music star Laurie Berkner appears as a guest singer on the song "Our Love Fits." Danny also recorded a bonus track called "The Kidney That Lived In Four People" with Hank Green of the VlogBrothers, which they co-wrote.
To date, official videos have been released for seven of the songs on the album:
- "Archaeology" by Yvonne Grzenkowicz
- "Champion Of The Spelling Bee" by Vanessa Appleby
- "The Ballad of Ben" by Suzanne Luna
- "Marsupial" by EG Design
- "Ice Cream (Healthy Eating)" by David Cowles
- "No School Today" by Ryan Hanrahan and Jaydn Turley
- "Cast My Vote" by Tim Labonte
- "The Kidney That Lived In Four People" by Jasha Minkjan, official music video contest winner
No School Today received a "Silver Honor" in both the 2014 Parents' Choice Awards and the 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards. The album also placed #6 in the 2014 Fids and Kamily Music Awards. Two songs off the album charted on Sirius XM Kids Place Live's 13 Under 13 countdown, with "The Moon Is Made Of Cheese" reaching #5 and "Champion Of The Spelling Bee" reaching #1.
|3||Our Love Fits||Danny Weinkauf||1:34|
|4||Champion Of The Spelling Bee||Danny Weinkauf||2:10|
|5||The Ballad Of Ben||Danny Weinkauf||3:13|
|8||Ice Cream (Healthy Eating)||Danny Weinkauf||2:59|
|9||No School Today||Danny Weinkauf||2:59|
|10||The Moon Is Made Of Cheese||Danny Weinkauf||1:45|
|11||Whipped Cream||Danny Weinkauf||1:08|
|12||Cast My Vote||Danny Weinkauf||2:07|
|13||Oh No, Oh Yeah||Danny Weinkauf||1:09|
|14||Together We Can Fly||Danny Weinkauf||3:44|
|15||Lullaby For Quinn||Danny Weinkauf||1:09|
|16||The Kidney That Lived In Four People||Danny Weinkauf||3:05|
- The song "The Ballad of Ben" is about Ben Folds.
- "The Moon Is Made Of Cheese" was originally written as a potential TMBG song, during the recording of Here Comes Science, but "I Am A Paleontologist" was selected for that album instead.
- "Champion Of The Spelling Bee" was used in the ESPN broadcast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2011. Weinkauf also composed all of the incidental music for the broadcast.
- The song "Archaeology" was inspired by fans telling Weinkauf they loved "that Archaeology song", when they actually meant Paleontologist.
- The lyrics for both "Our Love Fits" and "Together We Can Fly" were written by Suzanne Luna, director for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and a longtime friend of Weinkauf's.
- Weinkauf's son Kai sings lead vocals on "Champion Of The Spelling Bee", "Ambivalent", "Cast My Vote" and "Together We Can Fly".
- The song "The Kidney That Lived In Four People," written and recorded with Hank Green, is based on a true story.