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New Concert Series Launched in Santa Barbara! - March 26, 2015

Lanny Sherwin continues to perform for children in Santa Barbara, CA ... children who might not otherwise be able to get out and hear live music. Thanks to grants from the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and The Writer Family Foundation, he coordinates a series of concert performances for children in Cottage Hospital and for two special needs classes at Hollister Elementary School.

The concert series is part of Pickleberry Pie, a childrens' music nonprofit of which Lanny is a board member.

 "I've been participating in the Los Angeles Pickleberry Pie program for a couple of years and wanted to establish something similar in Santa Barbara," says Sherwin, a Santa Barbara resident.

 Sherwin and three other performers rotate each month to play for children in the common area on the Pediatrics floor, NICU, in clinics, and in individual rooms of the hospital. Santa Barbara's Putnam Gillespie ("Putnee") and Dave Kinnoin and Dan Crow of Los Angeles are the other performers.

The Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concert Series is a program sponsored by Pickleberry Pie, Inc.

Lanny is President Of Sandman Records, a children's record label whose 50 music awards he attributes to his company's motto: "Don't Drive Parents Crazy!" his label contributes to several nonprofits nationwide.

As he explains, "Music is such a great way to reach across cultures, ages, and genders. It's a delight to see the kids' faces light up when we come in to perform. And the music is enjoyed by families, nurses, and staff, as well -- they all need a much-deserved break!"

 Pickleberry Pie: http://www.childrensmusic.org/annrep05.html

Santa Barbara Bowl: http://www.sbbowl.com/

Cottage Hospital: http://www.sbch.org/ /

Airport Blues Turns Gold - December 13, 2011

He Turns the Airport Blues Into Gold
Children’s recording artist, Lanny Sherwin, lands 4 awards

(Santa Barbara, CA) - Ever been stuck in an airport, on your way to a vacation, flight’s delayed, nerves are frayed, kids are dazed ...? That’s pretty much a universal dilemma these days. And it’s probably why children’s recording artist, Lanny Sherwin, won a GOLD AWARD for his song, “Airport Blues”, in the 28th annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. “We were stuck in the Denver airport,” Sherwin recalls, “And every hour an announcement would come over the loudspeakers saying that our flight was still delayed and they’d have an update in another hour. This went on for 5 hours. Cell phones and iPods dying, patience dwindling, stomachs complaining - I knew if our family survived, I get a great song out of it.”

Lanny’s not really feeling too blue, though, since he won three other awards in the international competition as well. His song, “No Tomorrow”, co-written with Nashvillian, Burton Collins, took Silver in the Pop Category. And Sherwin’s “Too Many Animals” and “I Like Being Me!” took Finalist and Honorable Mention respectively in the Children’s Category. The contest is sponsored each year by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington (www.saw.org).

“Airport Blues” appears on Sherwin’s 5th children’s CD, “Meltdown”. President of Sandman Records (www.SandmanRecords.com), Lanny’s songs have been licensed by Continental Airlines, Fisher-Price, Triple Scoop Music, and have garnered over 50 music awards.

When he’s not contemplating investing in Amtrak, Lanny teaches songwriting to elementary school students, performs in schools and hospitals, coordinates a Pickleberry Pie Very Special Hospital Concert series in Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital, and writes personalized songs for seriously ill children through the Songs of Love Foundation.

Sherwin’s, motto is: “Don’t Drive Parents Crazy!”, and his songs appeal to parents as much as to their children. “As a songwriter and a parent, I’m aware of what parents have to go through in listening to their children’s music. It can be painful. I just try and write in styles of music that I love – The Beatles, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett. That’s what I grew up with, and I think it’s pretty timeless music.”

Lanny Sherwin’s CDs are online at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Kidzmusic, and the Sandman Records website. For more information, visit www.SandmanRecords.com or call 805-565-5524. A portion of Sandman Record’s proceeds benefits numerous charities, preschools, hospitals and children’s fundraisers nationwide.

Lanny Sherwin Summer 2010 Newsletter - June 29, 2010

Lanny's Song is Overall Winner in Dallas! - June 28, 2010

Children's Song Tops All Entrants in Dallas Songwriter's Contest

Lanny Sherwin's children's tune, "I Can't Rhyme", beat out all Pop, Rock, Country, and R & B categories to win the Grand Prize in the Dallas Songwriter's Association Song Contest.

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) June 6, 2010 -- Who says kid's songs have to be boring, rinky-tinky, mind-numbing pablum? Not Lanny Sherwin, singer-songwriter from Santa Barbara, CA. His clever children's song, "I Can't Rhyme", won the Grand Prize in the Dallas Songwriter's Associations' annual Song Contest. This is the 1st time in the DSA's history that a Children's Category song took Overall honors beating out all Pop, Rock, Country, and R & B entrants.

Sherwin, who is President of Sandman Records and has released 5 children's CDs, also took 1-2-3 in the Children's Category. Those winning songs were "I Can't Rhyme", "Stinky Feet", and "A Cappella".

"Although I'm totally shocked by winning the overall prize," says Sherwin, "It does confirm that the kind of grown-up music I try to write for kids is working." Sandman Record's motto is "Don't Drive Parents Crazy!" Perhaps that explains why Sherwin has won over 50 songwriting awards.

Among the DSA Grand Prize winnings was a $1,000 Tradition S200 Gold Top electric guitar featuring a pair of PAF humbucker pickups. "It's a gorgeous guitar," Sherwin says. "I can't wait to crank it up!"

"I Can't Rhyme" twists the "writer's block" stereotype sideways and portrays a songwriter who has rhymer's block:

"I think I caught a strange disease,
Maybe got stung by a hive of ... wasps.
I can't make rhymes anymore,
Feels like someone closed the ... window."

Winter 2010 Newsletter - January 15, 2010

Lanny Sherwin Has an “Outstanding” Meltdown - September 4, 2009

Lanny Sherwin’s motto is: “Don’t Drive Parents Crazy!” Perhaps that explains why he has just won his 36th children’s music award. Disney’s iParenting Media has awarded Sherwin, a children’s singer-songwriter, the “Outstanding Products of 2009” Award for his new “Meltdown” CD.

“Meltdown”, for 4 - 12 year olds, is the all-original, all-groovy, positive, fun, and thought-provoking addition to Sandman’s award-winning series of children’s CDs. Featuring 12 songs by Sherwin, President of Sandman Records (www.sandmanrecords.com) “Meltdown” goes from rock to pop to Caribbean to R&B … even an a cappella tune with Lanny singing eight parts!

“Meltdown” has clever lyrics, catchy melodies, and is designed for slightly goofy preadolescent fun. But the new CD also delivers many positive messages for children. Lanny says, “I’m really pleased with iParenting’s recognition of ‘Meltdown’. They’re committed to helping parents make informed decisions as they choose products for their families, and I appreciate being included in their recommendations.”

“Meltdown” is full of Sherwin’s unique take on the everyday experiences in a child’s life. These include airport boredom, science class, expressing feelings, doing your best, embracing creativity, and much more.

“Meltdown” is the 5th children’s music CD from Sandman Records and Lanny Sherwin. His other best-selling CDs are: “Dream With Me Tonight—Lullabies For All Ages”; “Dream With Me Tonight, Volume 2—A Father’s Lullabies”; “Turn Up The Music!; and “I Like Being Me”. All told, Lanny’s songs have won over 35 music awards.

Why so many? Sherwin says “I think the phrase ‘Don’t Drive Parents Crazy’ really sums it up. As a songwriter and a parent, I’m aware of what parents have to go through in listening to their children’s music. It can be painful. I just try and write in styles of music that I love – The Beatles, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett. That’s what I grew up with, and I think it’s pretty timeless music.”

“Meltdown” is available nationwide in retail stores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, and wherever music is sold. It’s also available online at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Kidzmusic, and the Sandman Records website. For more information, visit www.SandmanRecords.com or call 805-565-5524. A portion of Sandman Record’s proceeds benefits numerous charities, preschools, hospitals and children’s fundraisers nationwide.

iParenting Awards, a Disney Interactive Media Group property, is part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio. iParenting Awards is the leading family products evaluation program (www.iparenting.com).

Sometimes a "Meltdown" is Good for You! - June 25, 2009

“Don’t Drive Parents Crazy!” That’s the whimsical, yet serious, motto of Lanny Sherwin and his Sandman Records. And that’s just the attitude that accompanies the launch of “Meltdown”, the fun, upbeat, and thought-provoking addition to Sandman’s award-winning series of children’s CDs.

And ... the CD has already won a Creative Child Magazine "preferred Choice Award"!

The all-original CD is geared for children ages 4-12 and their parents. Featuring 12 songs by singer-songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, President of Sandman Records (www.sandmanrecords.com) “Meltdown” goes from rock to pop to Caribbean to R&B … even an a cappella tune with Lanny singing eight parts!

“Meltdown” has clever lyrics, catchy melodies, and is designed for slightly wacky preadolescent fun. But the new CD also delivers many positive messages for children. “My lyrics are usually a combination of silly and serious – there’s often a lesson in there somewhere, but way in the background,” says Lanny. "I just try to write for the whole family—kids, parents, and grandparents. Also, there’s plenty of humor in ‘Meltdown’, something we all need more of in today’s world.”

“Meltdown” is the 5th children’s music CD from Sandman Records and Lanny Sherwin. His other CDs are: “Dream With Me Tonight—Lullabies For All Ages”; “Dream With Me Tonight, Volume 2—A Father’s Lullabies”; "Turn Up The Music!”; and “I Like Being Me!” All told, Lanny’s songs have won over 30 music awards.

The songs on Sherwin’s “Meltdown” reflect his own unique humor and take on life with songs like “Granny’s Got a Guitar”, “I Can’t Rhyme”, “This is Not a Guitar”, “Harmonica Veronica”, and “Meltdown”. He also continues a tradition of crafting an a cappella song on each CD – so “A Cappella, Part 3” features Lanny on no less than 8 vocal parts.

"Stinky Feet" Tickles French, Wins Big at Casino - November 20, 2008

(Nov. 20, 2008 – Santa Barbara, CA) - You gotta admit - the French love their smells. Think perfume, cheese, the bouquet of a vintage burgundy. And now we can also add that the French adore … stinky feet. Oui – c’est vrai! That is to say, they love Lanny Sherwin’s “Stinky Feet”, the children’s song which has earned 5 international music awards.

The song, from Sherwin’s award-winning “I Like Being Me!” children’s CD, was unanimously elected to receive a Special Award in “Les Vignes D’or” International Singing Competition & Songwriting Contest (www.lesvignesdor.com) this month in the town of Santenay, Bourgogne, France. A prize of $250 was granted by the Casino Of Santenay, “as a tribute to the charming and humorous” “Stinky Feet”.

Sherwin is a Santa Barbara, CA, singer-songwriter and President of Sandman Records (www.SandmanRecords.com), which has released four children’s CDs and won over 30 music awards. The reason? Sherwin credits his company’s whimsical motto: “Don’t Drive Parents Crazy!” He says, “That pretty much sums up where I’m coming from when I write and produce music. As a Dad, I listen to all kinds of kid’s music, and it’s hard to find songs that we can stand for very long.” The father of an 11-year old son, Alec, Sherwin says, “My inspiration usually comes directly from whatever is going on in Alec’s life … including stinky feet!”

“I guess you could say when it comes to “Stinky Feet”, I’m definitely #1,” says Sherwin. The CD “I Like Being Me!” is geared towards 4 – 9 year olds and addresses such topics as acknowledging the differences in people, valuing alone time, respecting the environment, and making mistakes, as well as dealing with odoriferous toes.

Les Vignes D’or International singing competition & songwriting Contest began in 2006. Founded by a group of passionate music lovers, this contest is above all a vibrant tribute to all singers, songwriters, lyricists, composers and performers.

Lanny Sherwin’s children’s CDs are available nationwide including Borders, Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and the Sandman Records website (www.SandmanRecords.com). Sandman Records has been creating children’s music since 2001. A portion of Sandman Record’s proceeds benefits the Spina Bifida Association of America, numerous preschools, hospitals and children’s fundraisers nationwide.
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We've Got the "BEST" Stinky Feet! - May 31, 2008

-- May 24, 2008 --
W-a-a-a-a-y back last year I asked my customers to vote for one of my songs in the Independent Music Awards competition. Guess what? Their votes put my song, "Stinky Feet", over the top! Yep, when it comes to "Stinky Feet", I'm now Number 1.

Each year, the IMA assembles a panel of judges to determine the Winners & Finalists of the Independent Music Awards. Recognizing that ultimately it's the voice/choice of the people that matters most to an artist's career, the IMA "Vox Populi" poll was added in 2006 to allow music fans to pick their favorites.

This year, over 37,000 votes from around the world were cast in the "people's choice" component of the IMAs -- including the Fans of Lan. The irreverent "Stinky Feet" (from the I Like Being Me! CD) was named "Best Children's Song."

Of the 31 awards Sandman Records has won, this is definitely smells the sweetest!

New Children's Concert Series for Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital - May 31, 2008

Lanny Sherwin, children's performer in Santa Barbara, CA, helped obtain a grant from the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation to create a series of concert performances for children in Cottage Hospital.

Children in Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital will have something cheery to
look forward to every month thanks to a grant obtained by singer-songwriter, Lanny
Sherwin.

The "Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concert Series" is being funded by the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. The program consists of monthly performances at Cottage Hospital by Sherwin and other regional children's performers.

"I've been participating in the Los Angeles Pickleberry Pie program for a couple of years and wanted to establish something similar in Santa Barbara," says Sherwin, a Santa Barbara resident.

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and Cottage Hospital both said an enthusiastic "Yes!", and the program was launched in April of this year.

Sherwin himself played the inaugural concert for children in the common area on the Pediatrics Floor, in clinics, and in individual rooms. Santa Barbara's Putnam Gillespie ("Putnee") played in May, and Dave Kinnoin of Los Angeles will perform in June.

The Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concert Series is a program sponsored by Pickleberry Pie, Inc.

Lanny Sherwin is President of Sandman Records, a children's record label whose 31 music awards he attributes to his company's motto: "Don't Drive Parents Crazy!" His label contributes to several nonprofits nationwide.

As he explains, "Music is such a great way to reach across cultures, ages, and genders. It's a delight to see the kids' faces light up when we come in to perform. And the music is enjoyed by families, nurses, and staff, as well -- they all need a much-deserved break!"

Pickleberry Pie: http://www.childrensmusic.org/annrep05.html
Santa Barbara Bowl: http://www.sbbowl.com/
Cottage Hospital: http://www.sbch.org/
Dave Kinnoin: http://www.songwizard.com/
Putnam Gillespie: http://www.putnee.com/

Why Fathers Need To Learn To Express Tenderness - May 31, 2008

“A Father’s Lullabies” helps Dads, children to bond

By Drew Walen


Much work has been done to document the role of the mother in raising children by social scientists. But in all the history of fatherhood, only in recent years have researchers placed their focus on the impact a male role model has on the development of a child.

“So many of us did not grow up with models for nurturance, tenderness and affection” says John Badalament, Ed.M., creator of the acclaimed PBS documentary All Men Are Sons: Exploring the Legacy of Fatherhood. For those of us who are trying to be more nurturing and emotionally present, we’re trying to accomplish this in a cultural context that still teaches boys and men to despise vulnerability. Most fathers today grew up with fathers who adhered to a pretty rigid definition of masculinity unless they were outside of the mainstream. Those definitions are ‘be strong, be need-less, be independent.’ I think that still goes on today.”

Fathers’ roles in raising their children have increased in importance even as many men struggle to communicate their love. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 2 million stay-at-home dads now, a sharp rise from decades past and a telling statistic.

For those that are successful and communicative fathers, their children are significantly more likely to have healthy self-esteem, positive social behavior, exhibit empathy, and avoid damaging behavior such as drug use, truancy and criminal activity as found by research done by the National Fatherhood Initiative.

“Children with fathers who are affectionate and emotionally present and able to express vulnerability are psychologically healthier,” adds Badalament. It not only helps children, but according to fatherhood specialist and author
Richard Luov, fathers find their lives more satisfying when such nurturing bonds exist. The Glueck Study, a four-generation study of fathers, found that men who have connected, emotionally-present relationships with their children are more satisfied with their marriages at midlife, have higher career satisfaction and are overall healthier. The benefits are truly a two-way street.

Many tools are becoming available to help teach fathers how to express their love such as Badalament’s All Fathers are Sons video and workshop, Terrence Real’s Relational Recovery Institute, and popular media products like videos and CDs, such as Sandman Records’ new release Dream with Me Tonight, Vol.2 – A Father’s Lullabies.

"My main goal, of course, is to lull children to sleep with beautiful and meaningful songs that their parents will love too,” said Lanny Sherwin, creator of the award-winning CD series and President of Sandman Records. “But I also hope that the songs will subconsciously teach children and fathers that it's okay – even good – for a man to express his emotions openly. That's very important for children, and families, to hear. So many men have a hard time showing the softer side of themselves that seems to come so naturally to mothers— I know I grew up that way.”

Sherwin suggests that listening to and singing along with the lyrics may help dads begin to feel comfortable with the flood of emotions that a new baby evokes. “The birth of our son marked a significant change in the way I began to open up emotionally, and it would be wonderful if A Father's Lullabies encouraged other fathers to learn to speak with love and tenderness to their children.”



Drew Walen is a Nashville-based freelance journalist with publications in The City Paper-Nashville, The Tennessean, DiG Magazine, MC2 Magazine, and is a full-time father to George Roman Walen and husband to Jennifer Walen. He's also a published singer/songwriter who secretly wants to be Michael McDonald.

The Sweet Smell of Success! - May 14, 2008

Sherwin Enjoys Sweet Smell of Success with "Stinky Feet"

Children's Song Wins ISC Award


(Santa Barbara, CA, April 14, 2008) - Here's some news that really stinks ... in a good way!

Lanny Sherwin's song, "Stinky Feet", (from the "I Like Being Me" CD) has won Second Place in the Children's Music category in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition.

Renowned for its prestigious celebrity judges, the ISC received over 15,000 songs from amateur and professional songwriters from 100 countries worldwide.

You can hear "Stinky Feet" in the "Music" section of this website.

The ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world. Some of them included Tom Waits; Loretta Lynn; Nelly Furtado; Ray Davies (The Kinks); Ornette Coleman; Jerry Lee Lewis; Robert Smith (The Cure); Cassandra Wilson; John Mayall; Joe Satriani; Michael W. Smith; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); and many more.

For a complete list of 2007 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to www.songwritingcompetition.com

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