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Listen to songs by the artists performing in the Week of the Young Child Google Music Fest! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

Summer Is Here

Elena Moon Park

 
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About our music: My album is a festive collection of folk and children’s music from East Asia, reinterpreted to mix traditional and Western instruments and musical styles. The songs hail from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Tibet I hope to open a door to these beautiful, funny, and soulful melodies. The album is dedicated to my parents; it’s an expression of respect for families who have made tough journeys– across borders or cultures or hardships – in search of opportunity and happiness.
 
About this song: The song is a simple homage to summertime, the mountains, and a delicious Korean snack called kimbap. My mother made kimbap, which consists of rice, seaweed, spinach, egg, and pickled radish. The lyricsare simple. You can hear us sing (in Korean): summer is here, let’s go to the mountain, eat kimbap, and sing together. The track — done in a Western style — includes Western instruments (ukulele, guitar, bass, drums, trumpets), but also a gayageum (Korean-style zither) and piwa (Tibetan one-string bowed instrument).
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I wrote Summer Is Here with the hopes that people will be able to sing along, particularly with the ba-ba’s and the ending chorus, yur-rum-I wan-nei (summer is here). I hope that the song conveys a joyful feeling to listeners, inspired by the fundamental pleasures of friendship, nature, food, and music. 
 
© Elena Moon Park
 
Fanga Alafia

Aaron Nigel Smith

 
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About our music: I try to create music that inspires families to sing, dance, play, and learn together. My musical palette is diverse — I enjoy Mozart as much as Bob Marley. As a boy I studied classical music. Over the years I’ve performed and produced pop, reggae, children’s and world music. All of these influences are present in my recent recordings.
 
About this song: “Fanga Alafia” is a song from of Liberia. The translation of the song is “Welcome. We wish you peace.” This is one of the first West African songs I learned. Percussion instruments play a big role in the song’s arrangement. One World Chorus sings this song with me, and the children had a fun time in the studio recording this rhythmic song.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope that “Fanga Alafia” will inspire children and families to smile, sing, dance, and drum together. The simple message of welcoming people into your community and wishing the best for them resonates with me — I try to plant seeds of peace and unity with children and families around the world. 
 
© Aaron Nigel Smith
 
Archaeology

Danny Weinkauf

 
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About our music: I am a songwriter and bassist for They Might Be Giants for I also compose music for TV, film, and commercials. For my children's music, I’ve focused on science and educational themes.
 
About this song: On "Archaeology" I play all the instruments. There's piano, guitar, Hofner bass drums, horns, organ, and glockenspiel. In the bridge there's a melotron — an instrument that the Beatles loved to use. The song changes key a few times, which allows me to sing a more interesting melody.
The song was inspired by They Might Be Giants fans who mistakenly complimented me on my "archaeology song" when they actually meant my song, "I Am a Paleontologist." I’ve always been interested in science, so writing songs on this topic is fun and interesting to me.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: My hope is that listeners are drawn to the music, melody, and groove. Then comes the fun part. I try to mix topical facts and humor,’ hoping that teachers and parents will explore the concepts with children.  
 
© Daniel Weinkauf
 
Dagnabbit!

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

 
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About our music: Cathy and I play american roots music including old time, bluegrass, swing, and blues. Children are interested in everything! They feel proud when learning new things. We love and respect the energy and intelligence of childhood. 
 
About this song: “Dagnabbit!” was inspired by my nephew after he used some colorful and creative language. As he sat drumming his fingers on the arms of his chair, I could feel him studying his words, trying to figure out what went wrong. He clearly needed a new vocabulary. He needed words to express his feelings without getting him into trouble.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope listeners learn how to express their feelings, recognize consonant sounds, hear a 12 bar blues, and appreciate a little mischief!
 
© Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
One URL:  www.cathymarcy.com
 
Farmers Market

Father Goose

 
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About our music: Father Goose music is an energetic, eclectic blend of songs that cross many genres and cultures. These diverse songs encourage of fun and dancing and contain fun comical twists and adventure.
 
About this song: The inspiration for “Farmers Market” came from my childhood experiences at the historical Linstead (farmers) Market in central Jamaica. I was always amazed by the market bus with its produce packed meticulously on top.
 
For this song, I imagined a musical market bus pulled by donkeys. The rhythm was inspired by ska and mento. If you listen carefully you can hear rhythms made from coins in a glass jar, or a screwdriver sliding up and down the sides of a can. Occasionally, pens and pencils rustle in a cup.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: Listeners can learn about my mixed Caribbean American culture. I hope listeners are encouraged to use their imagination. I also hope this song will inspire everyone to explore healthy organic food options and spark more interest in farmers’ markets.
 
© Father Goose
 
Jump Up

Dan Zanes

 
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About our music: My music consists of old and news songs from here and there.
 
About this song: I was thinking about the social dance parties called jump ups and it occurred to me that “Jump Up” would be a great song title. Once I had that, the song wrote itself.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope this song inspires plenty of jumping!
 
© Dan Zanes