Uncle Devin Submits Children’s Book with CD for Grammy Consideration!


That’s right, Uncle Devin’s new children’s book, “The ABC’s of Percussionwith children’s music CD, has been submitted and received by the Recording Academy to be considered for a Grammy nomination in the 58th Grammy Awards under the Children’s Music category.

This is only the first phase of the process, which begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Academy’s Voting members (myself included) then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process, which determines the GRAMMY winners.

Last year’s winner of the Children’s Music Category was Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World, which, incidentally, did not have any children’s music in it. While this book deserves award recognition for its inspiration and courage, many in the children’s music industry did not feel that it belonged in the children’s music category.

The ABC’s of Percussion is an educational and fun way for children to learn about some of the oldest musical instruments in the world – percussion instruments. This picture book identifies and discusses one percussion instrument per letter of the alphabet – that’s 26 different percussion instruments from around the world.   The accompanying music CD brings the book to life through world beats and rhythms, highlighting each instrument.

The Voting process, here’s how it works:


Reviewing sessions by more than 150 experts in various fields are held to ensure that entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields such as Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Gospel, New Age, Rap, Classical and Latin, among others. The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category.


First-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. To help ensure the quality of the voting, members are directed to vote only in their areas of expertise; they may vote in up to 20 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.

Special Nominating Committees

In craft and other specialized categories, final nominations are determined by national nomination review committees comprised of voting members from all of The Academy’s Chapter cities.

Final Voting

Final-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. The finalists determined by the special nominating committees are also included in this ballot. In this final round, Recording Academy members may vote in up to 20 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots again are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.


Results of members’ voting are not known until the GRAMMY Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes. GRAMMY Award winners are revealed during the GRAMMY Awards telecast.

How you can help me win a Grammy?

There are several ways you can help me:

  1. Purchase a copy of my book.  Click here to purchase the book with CD or click here to purchase the CD only. The more books sold, the more people will hear about it and generate a buzz throughout the industry.
  2. If you have already purchased a copy of our book, leave us a positive review on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ABCsOfPercussionBook) or our website at http://www.theuncledevinshow.com/, under the Review section.
  3. Share my book and our promotional music video below on your social media pages, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  You can even leave a message on the YouTube video as well.  Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd.  The more people who share and talk about our book/CD, the better the chances that voting members will become familiar with our book.


11 Ways to Raise a Child Who is Entitled and Rude

Entitled Child


I’ve been re-reading Amy McCready’s excellent parenting book, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic. In so doing, it’s occurred to me that our generation of parents may be best remembered for our spectacular ability to give our children what they want when they want it.

Need a lesson in promoting entitlement? Look no further.

  1. Make sure your kids have access to all the latest iDevices anytime they want. For example, they can be playing games on an iPad in the car while you are chauffeuring them around. That way, they won’t even respond when you ask them about school or point out something interesting to them. (They won’t even know where they are, or where they are going, and so they won’t ask you those annoying “Are we there yet?” questions! You’ll probably have to nag them to get out of the car they’ll like being there so much!) Similarly, if they have their phone at dinner, they won’t ever have to stop texting their friends, or engage in dinner table conversation – and so they will never be bored or antsy!
  1. Do everything within your power to prevent your kids from feeling pain. This includes any sort of discomfort, difficulty, or disappointment. Cover for them when they make mistakes. Insist teachers raise mediocre grades. That way, kids won’t learn how to rise to challenges or handle their mistakes themselves, and they will feel entitled to a life free from discomfort or disappointment. And when the going gets rough in the future, they’ll be more likely to find a way to lie or cheat their way out of the situation — or they’ll instantly start blaming others.

Click Here to read more!


Now On Sale: The Church Usher’s Dance Single!

It’s official!  The Uncle Devin Show has released the single to our new line-dance song for children, “The Church Usher’s Dance!”

Purchase your download today by clicking on one of the icons below:

Get a single for only $.99 or buy all four (4) versions for $3.96.

  1. The Church Usher’s Dance (Radio Version) 5:16 – As heard on our Youtube music video.
  2. The Church Usher’s Dance (Extended Version) 7:43 – Great for group outings and cookouts!
  3. The Church Usher’s Dance (Instrumental) 7:44 – In case you want to tell the story yourself!
  4. The Church Usher’s Dance (The March) 3:32 – Perfect marching music for Church Usher’s everywhere!

Check out our video, which has received nearly 3,000 views in three weeks, by clicking the image below!

Update on Our Children’s Book, “The ABC’s of Percussion!” June 4, 2015


They’re Here!  We received our books back from the printer and they look marvelous.  I cannot tell you how happy I am on how they turned out.

The books should be available for sale later this month; however, for those who made a donation to our Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign, you should be receiving your perks within the next few weeks.  Thank you again for your support and Happy Reading!

For more information about our book, click Here!

5 Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator | Houston Style Magazine | Urban Weekly Newspaper Publication Website

Culturally unconscious teachers don’t know that they are in a state of cultural comatose. They are completely unaware that any deficits or biases exist in their world, including their teaching world. They are sweet, well-intentioned people that cause academic harm because they are completely unaware that their very own unconscious behaviors may be a contributing factor to teaching and learning achievement gaps. 5 symptoms of the culturally unconscious:

Source: 5 Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator | Houston Style Magazine | Urban Weekly Newspaper Publication Website