Tis Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, and that means two things. Well, more than that, of course, but here at Team Pirate, we've got two things on our mind.
First, gather with your loved one around the cozy glow of the computer screen and give a look at our youtube video, "Wooing Wenches." Even if you've seen it before (and we hope you have) you'll get a real, warm romantic feeling as you watch Mad Sally show Ol' Chumbucket the way to a wench's heart. It'll certainly put you in the mood for ... well, something.
Second, it's a day to offer huge congratulations to our friends (I'll bet lots more people call them that now) Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson, of our favorite six-piece pirate rock band, Cap'n Bogg & Salty.
They've hit the very big time!
Beginning today, Feb. 14, the Disney Channel will feature the work of Loren and Kevin (Cap'n Bogg and First Mate McGraw in the band, but they have new pirate personae for the show) in it's new series, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." The two have long been Disney fans – it's one of the things that first brought them together, and there's nothing like the band's version of "Part of Your World," nothing. You have to hear it to believe it. So this is the culmination of a dream for them on several levels.
The network describes the show as "a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that introduces a crew of kid pirates ... and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Smee, from ... 'Peter Pan.' Each episode features two adventures as Jake and team and their lookout parrot, Skully, sail on the good ship Bucky, miles from their Pirate Island hideout on a lost treasure hunt. Along the way, they model teamwork, problem-solving and physical activity as they learn to maneuver around Hook and Smee, earning gold doubloons as they conquer tasks including crossing a muddy swamp, swinging on vines and sliding down waterfalls."
Now here's the best part – "The series features original 'pirate rock' music performed by The Never Land Pirate Band – comprised of Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson, whose animated alter egos, Sharky and Bones, pop up to sing pirate ditties throughout every episode. The pirate rockers also provide the title track, 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates,' and the musical score. Each episode concludes with a live action music video featuring The Never Land Pirate Band performing a song including 'Talk Like a Pirate.'"
You can bet Cap'n Slappy and meself can't wait to hear *that* one!
The show will air daily at 8:30 a.m. as part of the Disney Channel's "learning focused programming block for kids 2 to 7." Which to us sounds like, "don't let the nippers know we're teachin' 'em somethin' while they're havin' a wee bit o'fun!"
Congratulations and three cheers, boys! It couldn't happen to two nicer guys. (Well, Slappy and I are pretty nice guys and we certainly hope it could happen to us, but you know what we mean.)
Seriously, they deserve every bit of success they get.
And keep a weather eye out for the next issue of the Poopdeck, coming soon. Two publishers have sent us copies of new books coming out for the middle school set, and they're both really good. I'll have reports on them for an installment of "Ol' Chumbucket's Book Club" in the next week or two.
So share the video above with someone you love, and tune in to "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." No matter how old you are, it's never too old for a little pirate-based edumacation.
Until then, fair winds and following seas!
- Ol' Chumbucket (editor)
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