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The Littlest Worm

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 Littlest Worm​ is a classic and I wanted to have fun with it and see what could happen. What would it be like as an uptempo tune? How could it fit with the other songs on the album? What new lyrics could I sneak in to make it more current or accessible, or more fun? I also really wanted to capture the ‘emotion’ of this little kid who LOVED his worm. It’s so funny and poignant to me ­and we really went for it! The clarinet solo’s, the gospel breakdown at the end ... it’s got it all.

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

The little worm dies in this song the child is kinda broken up, but then overcomes it. Maybe there’s an element of triumph there... of dealing with emotion and loss. I suspect that kids and families will know this song, ­ and already love it­ and then discover them anew, in this recording.

Photo © Marty Nee