When my son was just born (six years ago now — agh!), I started taking him out to explore the local kids music scene (affectionately called the Kindie Rock scene). There were so many to choose from — Mo Phillips, The Alphabeticians, Mr. Ben — each with their own distinct style. Van Oodles (aka Dave Olson) entered the scene shortly thereafter. His songs were original, his performances were legendary, his videos nearly ridiculously amazing. His song Flossophy 101 to this day makes me floss even when I don’t want to.
Needless to say, when Van Oodles left Portland for Korea, the entire Portland music scene felt his absence. Yet even from afar, Van Oodles continues to give back to our music scene. Wanting to make his music available to everyone for free, Dave has agreed to let us include all of his songs below for streaming or free download. Check him out. Dance along. And enjoy!