Quit While You’re Ahead

Here’s a throwback to an online collab I did in 2004 with Fred E. Jam, a great drummer and producer in Michigan who’s been highly dedicated to collaborating online. We also got Mike Mililo to lay down some killer sax riffs and Dennis Wieand to add some great texture with his Hammond organ. And of course, my wife Amy gave the song its character with her spoken parts at the beginning and end.

This song is the true story of that time I was in Atlantic City and blew all my available money for gambling within the first 15 minutes there! I was left with the rest of the day to wait and think about the quick losses while my family managed to nurse their money over the course of the day – ultimately I won, because I came up with this song!

Quit While You're Ahead by Jason DidnerLyrics:

There’s no clock in this gambling house
No window on the fading light of day
My better judgment says “Get up, get out!”
But greed is standing in the way, yeah

My lucky hands they held the winning cards
I felt the ride would never end
Who thought saying no would be so hard
When you think a win’s around the bend, yeah

So have you got a couple bucks to lend?

Green light, go for the money
Now I’m running through the red
I’ve had my run on the table
Now I’m in above my head
I was sitting pretty
But now I’m broke instead

I’m telling you I should have quit while I was ahead

My next big win is on the credit card
I’ve got to make back everything I lost
This ain’t no foolin’ now, I’m playing hard
I will break even at all costs, yeah

I was the highest roller in the place
I pushed my luck a little bit too far
I’ve got to get myself back in the race
And play the chips on one more lucky star, yeah

So how much would you pay to buy my car?


Better quit, better quit while you’re ahead
Better quit, better quit while you’re ahead
Better quit, better quit while you’re ahead
Better quit, better quit…

(spoken) Coffee, soda, juice?

Concert Window Highlight: You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey

Tonight I gave my first official Concert Window show outside the family music act (Jungle Gym Jam). And I chose “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” as the show’s highlight to give you a brief sampling of the 30-minute show.

Did you like “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey?” Can you relate to it?

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Thanks for watching! Hope to see you online soon!

Musically yours,


Jason Didner - energetic, acoustic classic rock on Concert Window

Jason Didner’s Grown-up Music Concert – Live, Online

Before I made music for kids, I had an album of rock-n-roll for the grown-up world. I had a comedy music single “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” that was on NPR’s Car Talk. I played coffeehouses, book stores and sometimes bars. Now, I’m putting together a live, online concert for the grown-up set. I’ve been building up to this with a series of Facebook Live videos.

Join me on Monday night, February 13 at 9:30 PM for a live, online concert via Concert Window! I’ll play my original tunes full of Jersey rock spirit and humor, plus covers of the artists I consider influences: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, The Temptations and more…

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Here’s a highlight from Saturday night’s “soft opening” on Concert Window:

See ya Monday night!

Musically yours,


Robert Drake on Kindiecomm 2016

Kids’ music radio producer Robert Drake, co-organizer of Kindiecomm, the annual gathering of children’s musicians in Philadelphia, PA, is my guest on this podcast. We discuss some of the new twists added to this year’s event as well as the contents of the breakout sessions, special guests, performers and some great tips for networking in a way that makes other people comfortable and happy to get acquainted with you. When discussing this podcast online, use the hashtag #MakeKindieHappen

BamDing – Chris Seth Jackson on Booking More Gigs

Make Kindie Happen podcastMusician, author and software developer Chris Seth Jackson shares how his online gig booking service, BamDing, will help you build up your gig schedule while freeing you up to grow your kindie music business. Get an exclusive risk-free offer to try out BamDing and get some gigs at http://www.bamding.com/kindie.

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Mista Cookie Jar Talks Collaboration

On this episode, kindie rapper, singer and multi-instrumentalist Mista Cookie Jar talks about what drives him to collaborate with so many other kindie artists, how he goes about working with others and what it’s meant for his career and creative life.

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When he co-hosted a breakout session for KindieFest 2013, a precursor to KindieComm, Mista Cookie Jar had collaborated with Rachel Loshak on this very useful guide he wants you to see. Two years later, this advice is relevant as ever.
Download his career guide booklet here.

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Jason Didner on Artist Community

Make Kindie Happen podcastIn this solo podcast episode, I reflect on the previous, eventful discussion with Tor Hyams about defining and pursuing music industry success, one in which Tor rejected the notion that engaging in the kindie artist community could lead in the direction of a successful entertainment career. Having given that interview some time and space where I could engage with the ideas it yielded, I offer my detailed, experience based counterpoint to Tor’s assertions.

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Tor Hyams and a Career Success Gut Check

Make Kindie Happen podcastGrammy-nominated producer and festival promoter Tor Hyams attained his phenomenal kindie success after having already established a career in the entertainment industry and built relationships with celebrities which opened up avenues for his kindie endeavors that are not available to most do-it-yourselfers.

In this podcast interview, Tor challenges you to take stock in what you’re trying to accomplish in your career, gives you pieces of what worked for him that can be applied to what you want to do, and puts you through a real gut check as to whether this is a career for you, a passion project or a hobby. There’s in-depth discussion of the major players in the children’s entertainment world (Disney, Nickelodeon and PBS) and what it may take to put your work in a position to be of interest to these players.

We also discuss the gap between what kindie artists expect as career gains from time and effort spent among communities of children’s artists and what they actually get.

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