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The Bumble Bee Song

KB Whirly

Tell us about your music:

My music is “feel good” music! It’s clap your hands and dance, music. Hopefully it makes you smile, makes you laugh, and it warms your heart. For the adults, I want the songs to reflect the joys and struggles we all feel as parents. For the kids, it celebrates the amazing wonder that IS being a kid. Both of us, old and young ­ are in this amazing thing together called “Family," and music is that universal language where we can talk about, and share with one another our feelings and experiences.

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

The Bumble Bee Song​ ­ is another “one of those songs” ­­ and my daughter was singing it a lot over the summer. If you listen closely you can hear this instrument “buzzing” in the background... it’s called a Rhumba Box ­and if you can imagine a “thumb piano” ­ this thing is 10 times the size! .... While Pat and I were working on the song (Pat Hanlin from Josh and the Jamtones produced the album) ­ we wanted some fun ideas from other kindie folk ­ so we sent the track to (producer and ‘Dog on Fleas’ founder) Dean Jones ­­ who added that rhumba box ­ and also the trombone line.

My favorite things about that song ­ is you REALLY FEEL like there’s bee buzzing around. Pat’s Bumblee Bee sound that he makes is amazing! It’s also another example of trying to capture a vocal performance that has “real emotion”, and hoping that the emotion translates, and adds a dimension of fun and adds another dimension to the “character” who is singing.

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

In a weird way, this is a sad song because The Bumble Bee gets squished! But just like "The Littlest Worm" the child overcomes the sadness. This too is a familiar song that I think families will love and discover anew in this version.

Photo © Marty Nee ​