Roller Coaster Bed
You kids are totally Rock Stars!!!
Check it out:
Click here to hear the song, 'Rollercoaster Bed!'
He's just cuckoo!!
What a great metaphor! These kids in Strongsville, OH were particularly adept at writing. But it should be no surprise, because the group of kids I got to work with were the top performers in a reading contest held at Drake Elementary. The more you read, the more you rock...
Click here to hear the song, 'He's Just Cuckoo!'
Candy is my Soul!!
I had a great time today with kids in Venetia, PA. Very bright kids, and the teachers and PTA moms were all incredible.
The kids were full of ideas and moved fast. It was actually tough to keep up with them. Here's what they came up with.
Click here to hear the song, 'Candy is my Soul!'
My Video Games are Candy!
This group of 3rd graders were pretty wild and created an interesting metaphor: 'My Video Games are Candy'.
Click here to hear the song, 'My Video Games are Candy!'
Swimmin' in the Summer
Listen up to hear the rest...
Click here to hear the song, 'Swimmin' in the summer!'
Softball is a Dirty Dive
Click here to hear the song, 'Softball is a Dirty Dive!'
Summer Eats School
Click here to hear the song, 'Summer Eats School!'
Park Elementary in Casper Wyoming
My first group (5th graders) wrote a song about watching a 'Fat Man Jump a Fence' which was outrageous. I might have to finish this one up on my own!
Click here to hear the song, 'See a Fat Man Jump a Fence!'
The 2nd group (5th & 6th grade) went a bit more surreal with a song about a Magical Floating Emu who eats kids & lives with Chuck Norris (not sure if Chuck Norris also eats kids - we didn't address that).
Click here to hear the song, 'Magical Floating Emu!'
Band Instruments Attack!!
Click here to hear the song, 'Band Instruments Attack!!'
Whether you'd rather be shooting cows out of your cannons or eating moldy cheese, I'm sure you'll find something here for you.
Click here to hear the song, 'Shooting Cows out of their Cannons'
Click here to hear the song, 'Purple Cheese'
The biggest Banana in the World
Click here to hear the song, 'Biggest Banana in the World'
I Love Licorice
But we had a blast! Also, made a fun song about Licorice. Thanks to the people at 'Teach Like a Rock Star' for funding this event and making the entire day of fun possible. You can check out their awesome teacher development workshops at www.teachlikearockstar.com
Click here to hear the song, 'I Love Licorice'
Peach Plains Elementary
Click here to hear the song, 'Hockey is a Raging Bull!'
I Once Loved Mexican Refried Beans!!
Click here to hear the song, 'Mexican Refried Beans'
Goodbye my brother... You're so stuck in a cake!
They wrote a song about a poor man who was stuck in a cake. Turned out to be their brother. Wish you could have been there...
Click here to hear the song, 'Stuck in a Cake'
Day before yesterday, I found myself in Rockaway, NJ. And, as you may suspect, Rockaway Rocks!! It also contains some nasty person who's going around stealing burritos right off people's plates.
Click here to hear the song, 'Flying Burritos'
Guitar was Chewed by a Giraffe
Snapped in half and stinky with bad breath!
Click here to hear the song, 'Because it's Broke'
Explode in Laughter
Click here to hear the song, 'Explode in Laughter'
Fireflies on Fire
Click here to hear the song, 'Fireflies on Fire'
The kids were inspired by the Olympics! They really wanted to win. Too bad about all those broken belly buttons...
Click here to hear the song, 'I Wanna Win the Olympics'
Hobo Space Monkies!
First thing in the morning, I met up with the 5th graders and we worked together to write a song. They decided to write about Hobo Space Monkies. The song is very cute, about some poor monkies who live on a distant planet and they realize their little village rests in the mouth of a sleeping giant. He wakes up and sneezes them into outer space.
But the chorus is the best part! I suspect you might find yourself singing along.
Then last night I was able to do a public show for all the school's families. Well it snowed all evening and the roads were slick (and remember we were out in the country) so the attendance was sparse. But this small audience was incredibly enthusiastic and several 5th graders joined me onstage to sing this song for them all.
Thanks to the Dekko Foundation for providing funds to the school that made it all possible. If you know anyone with Dekko, please tell them thanks!
Here's the song we worked so on so hard together::
Click here to hear the song, 'Hobo Space Monkies'
America's smallest state treated us well. The kids were savvy, the teachers were kind and the zombies all stayed in their graves one more day. Phew...
The kids wrote a song about a girl knocking on the door. Not sure what the title is. We haven't really made one yet. Let us know if you have an idea. Perhaps you could steal the secret from a ship! ;)
Click here to hear the song, 'Knocking on the Door'
Then the older kids went with wacky and wrote about Chicken Pot Pie (a pie that made them want to fly, no less). Look forward to seeing you all again soon...
The 2nd & 3rd graders wrote a song called 'Love is Gold'. Nice work on the metaphore guys!
Click here to hear the song, 'Love is Gold'
The 4th and 5th graders wrote a song about Chicken Pot Pie and how much they love it!!
Click here to hear the song, 'Chicken Pot Pie'
Money's a Cherry Pie!!
Here's their song. Hope you like it::
Click here to hear the song, 'Money's a Cherry Pie'
Crashing into Airplanes
Welcome to a song about Flying Donuts!! And you better watch out because they're "They're Crashing Into Airplanes!"
You'll have to list to figure it out. I wrote this with a group of 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Christian Park Elementary in Indianapolis, IN Friday Afternoon.
So sorry for the delay getting this up. I've been travelling non-stop since Friday and am in Wyoming now, rockin' it with the cowboys!! But I grew up in Indiana and that state will always be my true love... Unless, of course, the state is overrun by Rapping Turtles. Or is that Wrapping Turtles? You've gotta listen to find out...
Click here to hear the song, 'Rapping Turtles Wrapping Turtles'
This year I got to work with all the 3rd and 4th graders and they wrote a song about Christmas. It's sweet. I hope you enjoy it...
Click here to hear the song, 'Christmas Will be Fantastic'
Life is Viscious
Just remember... Life can be viscious... Well, just listen to the song and you'll see what I mean.
Click here to hear the song, 'Life is Viscious'
After we finished recording the song, the kids kept coming up with ideas. They wanted to turn their song into a rap, so we did. Which version do you like better?
Click here to hear the song, 'Life is Viscious (rap version)'
But the kids here are fantastic!! I had a blast at William Penn Elem Monday where we wrote a song about Alvin and the Chipmunks. Check it out:
Click here to hear the song, 'Alvin & the Chipmunks'
Today at Sidener Academy, I got to work with the 4th grade and they wrote a song about... Michael Jackson. He's attackin' a troll with hot wings. Very odd, but fun!
Click here to hear the song, 'Michael Jackson was Attackin' a Troll!'
Football is Better than Ballet
Check this out::
Click here to hear the song, 'Football is Better than Ballet'
I love Dirt Bike Pigs!!!
Click here to hear the song, 'Dirt Bike Pig'
My wish came true Tuesday evening, late at night, as I rolled into Holland Michigan. They do have a huge windmill, but I didn't hear much Dutch. No apple pie either this time around. But the kids did write a song about an ornery Television and the woman who fell in love with it... Hope you enjoy!
Click here to hear the song, 'Maybe They'll Marry!'
But this week, in Upper Sandusky, OH I met a group of kids who not only wanted to write about aliens. They wrote about an Alien Elvis!
Hope you enjoy...
Click here to hear the song, 'Alien Elvis'
Love is a Fire Burning
Click here to hear the song, 'Love is a Fire Burning'
My Poor Hippo
Ok, I may have to re-write this song so it's entirely about Blubbernuggets because that one's pretty crazy. But these kids did great. They incorporated alliteration, rhyming, great phrasing and not one, but TWO metaphors!!!
Check it out for yourself::
Click here to hear the song, 'My Poor Hippo'
The kids managed to write one of my favorite metaphors of all time. They wanted to show the listener how scary this situation really was so created the line, "I am a Skeleton Scream".
Hope you enjoy...
Click here to hear the song, 'Skeleton Scream'
ps - No, the principal did not help with this son. The kids did it all on their own. Not to be confused with Lakeville school (previous entry) where the principal came up with the 'Yellow Snow' line. LOL!
Click here to hear the song, 'Yellow Snow'
I Need a Cat!!
I also did a workshop with the kids after the show (while Rock was napping!). The kids came up with some cool stuff. Here's the song they wrote. Hope you like it (best if listened to while petting a cat - LOL).
Click here to hear the song, 'I Need a Cat'
WWII & Twilight...
Next up on the hit parade was the 3rd grade who opted to author a song about World War II. Needless to say, both the 3rd & 4th graders wrote sad songs in a minor key. Here are the results:
World War II
Boone Trail Elem in Wentzville, MO
The kids wrote a wild song about a guitar made out of Tacos. You can listen for yourself right here (My Guitar is Made of Tacos)
Needless to say, some of the kids were using the movie as a reference, but I read the book. I saw the movie. The movie is a real yawner. To be honest, I wouldn't sit thru that movie again if my life depended on it. I'd rather be stuck in the bog of eternal stench with leeches living in both nostrils than have to sit thru the boring boring movie. Why is it that every time I read a book, then see the movie, the movie is terrible??
Goes to show, it's hard to beat a good book (unless you have a good stick!).
Click here to hear about the Vampire Vultures.
This is a Crispy Song
I do my best not to censor the kids for any reason at any time. But because we're in a school, if they come up with something inappropriate I sometimes have to. I figured the Mean Teacher subject would be ok, but they had to write it in such a way that they wouldn't get the teachers mad at me. They succeeded! If there were any mean teachers in the room as we wrote this, I'd have a tough time telling you which ones they were as they all seemed quite nice (except of course for the 5th grade teacher who got hungry and ate 3 kindergartners during lunch... Not sure if that's technically a mean thing to do, but definitely falls well within the realm of the rude!!)
Here's the song about the Mean Teacher. I'll warn you, however, the song wound up being more about fish sticks. You'll just have to listen...
Click here to hear about the Mean Teacher. (It's a crispy song.)
St. Columban School
Click here to hear about their best friend (who is a Hobo [& in charge of Canada])
Captain Cucumber vs. the Caped Cornstalk
I grew up on the river, just 2 hours north. Also, the kids were excited to learn that Lauren Walton, the girl who's poem "Slimy Green & Kind of Funny" inspired my online songwriting contest, also lived in the wabash river valley, a few hours north in Lafayette, IN.
Well, here's the song the kids wrote yesterday. I think I failed to do them justice with my melody, but their lyrics were very clever. Notice how they carried the 'K' sound's alliteration thru most of the song.
Click here to hear the saga of Captain Cucumber and his epic battle with the Caped Cornstalk
Rock on guys!
Cabbages, Grandpa's and The Chicago Cubs!!
Today the 3rd graders at Haines Elem in New Lenox, IL wrote a clever song about 'Rapping with Grandpa'. You can hear the songs below:
'The Cubs Are Hungry' (hear it here!)
'Man Eating Cabbage' Hear it!
'Rapping With Grandpa - Click here to hear it!
A Great week in New Jersey!!
I just made it to Indiana and will be back in Chicago by morning. But wanted to stop off and get these songs posted. I wrote songs with kids in Cranford, NJ and Berkeley Heights, NJ. The kids had some great ideas and I was really impressed with all the arts and theatre programs I saw in Jersey. Amazing, the elementary school stages I saw in Jersey weren't used for storage, or for extra classroom space. Their stages were actually used for rehearsing and performing shows regularly for the school and their families. I saw elementary kids rehearsing plays, learning dance, practicing brass and woodwind instruments. We Mid-Westerners have some catching up to do...
Well, here are the songs they wrote. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Fred is a Hilarious Guy (click here to hear it)
We Want to Live in a Chocolate World (click here to hear it)
Walrus Breath Spray
Walrus Breath Spray - click here to hear it!
Songs from kids in Cincinnati area
OK, here are a couple songs I wrote with kids while there. I'm not sure if the kids are getting smarter, or if I'm just getting better at leading them thru the idea process, but the songs are definitely getting better and better. Won't be long and we'll have some hits out there on the radio...
Just keep writing guys. I can't wait to see what else you make up.
Lil' Wayne Loves the Summer
I Saw a Chihuahua Shopping - with kids
I saw a Chihuahua Shopping - solo version
Purple Elephants, Loving Video Games & more...
Finally made it back to Chicago. Am enjoying being home for a bit. We're heading out to our Indiana home for the weekend, but in the meantime, I had the pleasure of writing two songs this week with some amazing kids. In Coldwater, OH, the kids wrote a love song about a guy who goes on dates with his video game machine (weird guy - Funny song!!). You can listen to it here:
Me & My Video Games
Then in Fulton, IL yesterday, the kids came up with a real humdinger, about a flying purple Elephant. You have to listen to the song to understand, words can't really explain it... Purple Elephant in the Sky
A Bunch of New Songs!!
Manchester Elementary (Manchester, IN)
'Sports with Warts'
'Sports with Warts'
Dillsboro Elementary (Dillsboro, IN)
'The Colts & the Dolphins'
'The Colts & the Dolphins' (electric version)
Moores Hill Elementary (Moores Hill, IN)
'Zombie Pizza Man'
St. Mary's School (Aurora, IN)
'Cute Bug Eyed Girl'
Aurora Elementary (Aurora, IN)
'We Wear Tight Suits'
Sea Isle City, NJ
'The Eagles Play Basketball'
'A Zombie Ate my Brother'
Little Madeleine - mp3