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I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N

Walter Martin

 
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Tell us about your music:

I write music that tells stories. Some stories are from my life and some are imagined. Either way, they are designed to entertain people and make people feel good.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N is about the power of one's imagination. The second verse is about is about a dad singing to a kid as he falls asleep. The dad in the story, like most dads, doesn't have a great voice but the kid feels a warmth in his voice that he loves. But essentially the song is a celebration of creativity (and of making fun of your dad's singing voice).

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I hope the song will spark a creative feeling in kids. I hope they will listen to the words and picture the images in their heads. I got the idea for the bell-chime solo from a 1920's carousel near my house in Brooklyn and approximated the sound by hitting a glockenspiel with metal butter knives. To me that sound has a magical feeling of innocence and joy. I try to capture that feeling through different means in loads of my songs (not always with butter knives).

Photo © Tom Allen

 waltermartinmusic.com

Magic Elevator

Hot Peas 'N Butter

 
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Tell us about your music:

We make world music for families. We love to use instruments from around the globe and to sing in different languages. A lot of our songs are in Spanish and English and use Afro-Caribbean rhythms as well as other traditional rhythms.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

Magic Elevator is a song that comes from dreams of flying and transporting ourselves anywhere we want to be in a flash! Why take a boring old elevator that only goes up and down when you can be in one that goes every which way? And besides, as the song says, “YOU ARE THE NAVIGATOR!” so this elevator will follow your directions and you follow your dreams ;)

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

We hope anyone who listens to Magic Elevator will feel that there are no barriers, walls, or other obstacles that should stop you from following your dreams getting where you want to go. Be the Magic Elevator for yourself!

Photo © Danny Lapidus  

http://hotpeasnbutter.com/

Dream Too Much

Amy Lee

 
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Tell us about your music:

This album represents a connection to my having a son, being a mother and reconnecting with old own childhood. My 2-year old son Jack was my test audience for these songs. After first recording them, I’d bring them down to him, and we’d listen together. It’s been really fun because a big part of the creative process has been observing his interests, spinning them into songs, and watching this reaction.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

The song literally came from Jack’s words. I was sitting down with a guitar and he was just making these weird combinations of words and phrases like, “monkey in the band” = which became the first line of the song. Then, “muffins are sleeping.” All of this creative nonsense that he really said. It’s been so cool to watch him imagine something, hear it back as a song, and then get to see it visually.

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I want to inspire both children and adults to dream big.

Photo © Drew Reynolds  

www.amazon.com/dreamtoomuch

Life's A Real Dream

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy

 
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Tell us about your music

I am the Human Lard Dog—also known as the alter ego of artist Steven Erdman—and I’ve made music with one thing in mind: FUN! I am inspired by Robert Benchley, Nina Simone, Monty Python, Barbara Hepworth, Marcel Duchamp, Ernie Bushmiller and so many others. Know that just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you also don’t always need an explanation for why something is the way it is. Our music is a bit nerd rock, a bit catchy sing-song jingles, and a bit total absurdism. We use lots of wordplay in our lyrics, such as “I’m just a hepped up, flap jack, mop top hurricon” or “slurp the noodle of life!” We also use many different instruments including trombone, Hammond organ, bongos, cello, and handclaps. It’s our hope that our music will inspire you to dance, sing, smile, or scratch your head—or all of the above!

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.)

“Life’s A Real Dream" was originally composed while walking down the street in New York City on the lower east side. I sang it into my iPhone voice memo over and over again, until I got it just right—which eventually took a few months! I wanted it to sound like a song from my favorite Beach Boys record, “Friends.” The song serves an important role in our live concert performance to explain to the audience the meaning of LARD, which is an acronym for "Life’s A Real Dream” (and no, nothing to do with that cooking product!). We always sing the song in four-part harmony and on this studio recording my pal Boz Boorer (Morrissey’s musical director & guitarist) plays beautiful ukulele.

What you hope children & families will get from this song

I wrote this song for my own children, (ages 6 and 9) to remind them that things are not always as they seem. It’s important to imagine all the alternative possibilities and to never give up because Life is a Real Dream and happy are those who dream dreams. I think it’s a helpful song to listen to especially in times of rejection and hardship. We can all make any dream happen if we never give up, that is, until your last—shyin’ day!

http://www.houseoflard.com/

Elephant

Priscilla Ahn

 
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Tell us about your music:

My music is folk-based with a little bit of 'quirky' whenever I can manage it. This is my first foray into children's music. I tried to make the songs sincere, positive, and imaginative.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

I was pregnant when we recorded this song, and Charlie's newborn baby girl was cooing in the background as we recorded his vocals. To me, this is a song about remaining in touch with nature and enjoying how fun and awesome it is!

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I love dancing with my baby to uptempo songs, so I hope other families can enjoy dancing with their kids to this one too. I hope the lyrics inspire kids to use their imagination and also to experience nature and learn more about it.

Photo © Casey Curry

www.priscillaahn.com

Me and My Kangaroo

Justin Roberts

 
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Tell us about your music:

I write songs for families that explore the joys and sorrows of growing up. I try to celebrate the little moments in childhood that connect the child to the adult. I hope that the songs resonate with kids but also help adults reconnect with their youth.

About your song:

This song was recorded live in a room with acoustic guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and percussion on cardboard boxes and paint cans. I didn’t think too much about what I wanted to write a song about. I just came up with the first line and it made me laugh. I wanted to make a somewhat silly song about supposedly being bored that celebrated the imagination and the joys of making up your own world.

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I hope it will make families laugh as they imagine a person who has a pet kangaroo and is bored. Hopefully, they will be reminded that the world is magical and filled with possibilities.

Photo © Todd Rosenberg  

www.justinrobertsmusic.com