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Featured Artists and Songs

We're excited to feature a fun selection of songs to sing along, dance, and learn with young children at home or in the classroom!

Thelma the Cow and Bozo the Dog

Connie Kaldor

 
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Tell us about your music:

Connie Kaldor is a Juno award winning artist who has sung for royalty (Joni Mitchell, the Queen) and is a member of the Order of Canada. Her touring has taken her across North America and around the world. She has fourteen albums to her credit; three award winning children’s book-CDs, a musical and more.

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

The song was initially written in French in the 1990s for Carmen Campagne, a children's performer who was very popular in Canada, and known as the "Quebec's Daycare Diva"! It's a tongue-and-cheek hurting country flavoured tune about lost love and yearning for the one in your heart. The English version of this song is featured on the book with music: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs (The Secret Mountain).

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

That the song will bring parents and children together so that they can have a bit of fun singing along. Hopefully, they'll dare themselves to imitate Thelma or Bozo, and end up laughing those blues away!

 http://www.thesecretmountain.com/ItsRainingCatsAndDogs

The Bumble Bee Song

KB Whirly

 
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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 ​

www.kbwhirly.com

If I Were An Octopus

Michael and the Rockness Monsters

 
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Tell us about your music:

Music is our vehicle. A vehicle that can take us on a variety of journeys and teach us many things along the way. When we are writing material for children, their ideas and curiosities are guiding the song lyrics, as well as the structure. A hook, a great chorus and thought provoking lyrics (as silly as songs may get - like this song) are integral in grabbing the attention of the young child, the parent and the teacher!

This band is a spin off of Preschool of Rock, an award winning early childhood education program combining STEM, Movement, Language and Emotional Development that serves many NAEYC schools in NY and NJ. Although the Preschool of Rock catalogue of music is targeted primarily at children under 5, we hope you hear small lessons and similarities poking through Michael & the Rockness Monsters from our preschool based enrichment classes.

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

This was a fun song to work on. It’s silly and it’s simple. There is a library of really cool sounds coming in to set the underwater scene. You can hear some twinkling synthesizers and organs creating a vibrating underwater setting. If you listen close you will hear the lyrics supported by very subtle sound effects in the background. Like all of our songs, this song was inspired by a child. In this instance the child asked me to make the sound of an octopus. Obviously this led to the discussion of - “If you were an octopus, what would you be like?” - and there we have it!

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

This is a fun, silly ditty. Some of our songs have very clear messages. In this song we want the listener to dance and have a good time. That’s it!

There is always a hidden message though. This song is an exploration of imagination. The drifting melodies, countermelodies and variety of sounds bring us to this magical place where anything can happen. “If I were” can be applied to many imaginary contexts. Where can you picture yourself? In Space? On a mountaintop?

In the end, we can do anything we put our minds to - just as the octopus in this song can do anything: wear purple pants, sing, and play in a rock-n-roll band. Obviously the octopus may have a problem with these tasks, yet we can do anything we put our minds to - can’t we?! We would like our listeners to enjoy the song, enjoy music, and inspire a new generation of musicians and music aficionados.

Photo © Audrey Blake

http://www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com/

Rainbows

Michael & The Rockness Monsters

 
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Tell us about your music: We are a funky, alternative rock family band created by Preschool of Rock™ founders and teachers. We have tons of experience working with parents and children of all ages - it helps when writing music for all of them! Our latest record, Funny Faces, presents the perfect balance of silly and serious. The record sends message of unity and friendship and we hope you laugh along the way!

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): The world is filled with beautiful experiences and little moments that truly need to be embraced. This song reminds you to live in the moment, and notice the little characteristics of this world we live in. Whether it be a rainbow, a pizza pie, or your family or your friends - give them a hug - though the rainbow may be tough. We always create a fun and most silly experience together recording with our buddy Dean Jones. Our favorite instrument on this track is the slide guitar. Funny, it was a little out of tune, and fit just perfect.

What you hope children & families will get from this song: The goal of all of our music is to blur the line between 'children' and 'adult' music. We hope the listener leaves feeling a little more love. We tried to target everyone's interest in this song whether a toddler or a grandfather. We hope everyone identifies with with one of the items in the song. I'm feeling toddlers will go for the pizza pie. We would!

http://www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com

Say Say My Playmate

KB Whirly

 
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Tell us about your music:

KB Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance, one-man band who sings with passion, charm, and humor, resulting in irrepressible fun for the whole family. A blend of folk, blues, and Americana - KB Whirly adeptly juggles multiple instruments and performs with a youthful exuberance aimed at cultivating a shared passion for music.

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

This is one of the "classic" songs that I remember from my childhood kid - and what was so great about this recording - is that I was able to bring in over a dozen other kindie artists to record themselves joining in on the chorus. It really brings together the "hootenanny" vibe that I was going for - and the it reinforces the ideas of community and collaboration, which are 2 really important things to me. 

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

FUN FUN FUN! And dancing. This song isn't so much about a moral, or a lesson -- though I do pepper the lyrics with the idea of good sportsmanship (something you learn at camp!) It's much more about coming together and hootin' and hollerin' with friends and family. It's an invitation to celebrate the joys of summer, of childhood, of camp.

www.kbwhirly.com/music

I Spy

JoJo & The Pinecones

 
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Tell us about your music:  JoJo & The Pinecones bring their skillful musicianship and love of jazz to the family audience. Our first kids album, “Night & Day” is a collection of inspired original songs and thoughtfully curated and reimagined, family-friendly jazz standards. The themes of the album reflect mindfulness and awareness of our daily life including being present for the moments that make up your day from beginning to end and the people that you share that time with. The 'Day' portion of the album is meant to feel energizing and exciting with faster and more upbeat songs to listen to while preparing for and participating in your day where the 'Night' part provides a more soothing and relaxing element, something you might to get ready for bed and go to sleep to.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): Written by Joelle Lurie & Ben Gallina (vocals & bass in the band), we brought in 2016 Grammy winner, Tim Kubart, to be a special guest on this song and made it a fun duet!

What you hope children & families will get from this song: This is a song about the beloved children’s game that definitely promotes our goal and theme for mindfulness in a busy world. It’s important for us all to take the time to notice all the special things among us -- either in the busy city or in the peaceful country.

www.jojopinecones.com