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Jimi & his friend Joe

This story teaches your children the importance of friendship, cooperation, tolerance and team effort with everyone.

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By the time I wrote this forth story, Adie and I had really come into our own with producing Music Audio Stories and we begun to exchange musical ideas, criss-crossing music genres throughout this story. Adie wrote Tyler's theme which can be heard when the character first enters the story. We were joined by Thomas Meadows - who can be found touring the world drumming for some of today's biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue, who recorded the Big Band Drums in Jimi's theme tune, which is one of my favourite songs! The Sound FX in this story were a real challenge. Not only are there the usual background sounds such as the farm animal noises and birds to create the story's atmosphere but there's a fire scene which required many detailed sounds. We had to build an epic soundscape and really use our imagination to create the scene. We make all of our own FX and sometimes we find ourselves looking around the studio for things to record with. One time we even created a Sound FX by rubbing two cheesy Wotsits together! 😂

Story Synopsis

Based on a tabby cat with unusually large ears called Jimi, this is a story about two unlikely friends. The story takes you on a farm yard adventure and features an unexpected twist in the music and unique sound effects throughout.

Story length: 10m34s | Age: 3+

Character voices:

  • Rob Stitch as Jimi the cat
  • Anna-Christina as Winniepeg the chicken
  • Adie Hardy as Tyler the border collie dog
  • Susie Lewis as Moorerag the border collie dog
  • Thomas Meadows as Piggy the Pig and Big Band Drums
Rob Stitch recording Jimi the cool cat in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Rob Stitch recording Jimi the cool cat in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Rob Stitch recording Jimi the cool cat in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image

Rob Stitch recording the voice of Jimi the cool cat.

Thomas Meadows recording Big Band Drums and Piggy the pig in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Thomas Meadows recording Big Band Drums and Piggy the pig in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Thomas Meadows recording Big Band Drums and Piggy the pig in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image

Thomas Meadows recording Big Band Drums and the voice of Piggy the pig.

Susie Lewis recording Moorerag the collie in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Susie Lewis recording Moorerag the collie in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image
Susie Lewis recording Moorerag the collie in our audio book Jimi and his friend Joe image

Susie Lewis recording the voice of Moorerag the collie.

Children's Attention

I will never forget the first time I did this story in Story Time. As this story is longer than the others, I wanted to test how long it would keep the children's attention. To my surprise, they sat and listened for the whole length of the story and remembered many of the scenes. They enjoyed the sounds of the farm animals and clapped along with Jimi's song. But the funniest thing happened! As soon as the fire scene kicked in, they all started screaming!!! I wasn't prepared for this at all and I didn't actually know what to do! The manager came in to see what was going on. I was thinking, Oh no, she's going to tell me off. But instead she started to laugh! The children absolutely love this story and their reactions to it are priceless.

An Important Message

Not only are our audio stories fun but they all instil positive messages too. This story teaches your children the importance of friendship, cooperation, tolerance and team effort with everyone no matter how different they are.

Behind The Scenes

Below you will find fun videos of Rob singing Jimi's theme song and Thomas Meadows recording the voice of Piggy the Pig and performing the Big Band Drums. There's also a little clip of Susie recording the voice of Moorerag. Somewhere, there's footage of Adie and I singing backing vocals in Jimi's song so we'll have to hunt that down and add it for you! 😉

Listen to a sample of the story below

💜Anna-Christina

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