Dan the Music Man | Make a Bridge

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Make a Bridge

by Dan the Music Man

Dan's acclaimed debut album. This is the one that started it all. Upbeat, rocking songs to delight children of all ages.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Make a Bridge
3:52 $0.99
2. Hole in the Tub
2:06 $0.99
3. Back to Back
2:09 $0.99
4. Lucky Star Intro
0:43 $0.99
5. Lucky Star
2:59 $0.99
6. Limbo Dancing
3:27 $0.99
7. ABC
2:32 $0.99
8. Hello, Hello
2:36 $0.99
9. Crocodile Jack
2:34 $0.99
10. Dance Freeze
2:32 $0.99
11. A Dinosaur is Driving the Bus
2:25 $0.99
12. Magic Word
1:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dan Devion is Dan the Music Man, an original songwriter and entertainer whose wonderful recordings and enthusiastic performances have made him a favourite of family audiences all over his native Canada, the United States and as far away as Seoul, South Korea.

Dan was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He moved to Toronto at the age of 12, the same year Dan played his first guitar and began a life long adventure with music. Today, Dan and his family reside in Toronto.

As a young man, Dan traveled from coast to coast in Canada, through the United States and the Caribbean, playing with bands and as a solo singer/guitarist, perfecting his musicianship and developing a unique ability to entertain.

Recalling his first invitation to perform at a young audience event in the early '90s, "For the first time in over ten years of performing, I was nervous and absolutely terrified! I was asked to write a theme song for a Children's Variety Show in Pickering, Ontario. The song ended up on TV and radio as an advertising jingle. Through an unexpected turn of events, I suddenly found myself the M.C. and first act of the live show! I looked out at this sea of young faces and just began to play. I was overwhelmed by the responsiveness of the children and how eager they were to get involved, truly enjoying the fun of it all."

Dan hasn't been nervous since. A fond connection with this new young audience was born. "From the outset, I tried to create a style of music, a show and an atmosphere in which the children, parents, teachers and care givers could all truly enjoy themselves, together. No parents reading paperbacks at these shows! It's fun for the kids but is really fun when we bring out the kids at heart!" says Dan.

Dan has learned the 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration rule of his craft. Starting with Make a Bridge, Dan has constructed a studio, become a recording engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, kids choir director, and reluctant record company president.

The gap between Safety Neighbourhood and Funday was filled with Dan's new gig as a producer and recording engineer on other artists' albums. Dan has produced and recorded three albums for other artists in this period and is currently working on more exciting projects!

Dan deeply respects his audience. His message is one of unity, imagination, merriment and the magic of youth. Dan says, "I love to hear that families enjoy this music together. When I see parents laughing, participating and really having fun at the shows with their children, I see them rediscover a little of what their kids feel every day! It's truly a wonderful thing to be a part of!"



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My family visited Canada this year for a family vacation. We saw Dan the Music Man perform. I was simply amazed. I don't know who loved him more the kids or parents. The songs were original and wonderful to listen too. He had all of us up on our feet dancing along to his songs. All children should see Dan or have one of his CDs.


the best loved CD in the daycare
We play this cd every day because the children ask for it and love it so much the best cd ever for kids

Kim Trainor ECE.C, ECE Link

Some of the most uplifting highly energetic children's music I have heard!
You will start off tapping your toe, snapping your fingers then, clapping your hands and finally before you know it you will be dancing the day away. I speak from experience having had this happen to me at one Dan's performances during Week of the Child.

Make a Bridge has some of the most uplifting highly energetic children's music I have heard. The songs have creative fun lyrics that involve everyone who listens. I know children that bath with Dan's CD playing in the bathroom, children that play it while they're going to sleep. I have a friend who listens to Make a Bridge in the car whether her children are with her or not.

Make a Bridge is the kind of music that energizes you on rainy days or during those grey days of winter. Make a Bridge is a CD that should be added to music collections in child care centres, schools and homes.

Deanne Fisher - Arts & Entertainment, City Parent Magazine

Daycares and kindergarten classrooms will find it a good pick-me-upper.
Dan the Music Man (a.k.a Dan Devion) is a Toronto musician who discovered well into his career his flare for entertaining young audiences. Since that epiphany in 1991, he's been playing and singing for families, day cares and schools in Ontario and has now released his debut album for young audiences: Make a Bridge. Devion has poured everything into this project - he wrote all of the songs himself, plays all the instruments, and even built a recording studio with a partner. Sometimes, that spells disaster as recordings lack the creative synergy that results from a collaboration of diverse talents. But in Devion's case, the album turned out to be a good reflection of his own strengths as an energetic performer. The music is generic pop with inventive and fun lyrics that involve listeners and lend themselves easily to gestures, games or singing along. We particularly liked "Dance Freeze", "Back to Back" and "Hello". Make a Bridge is a good start to what will probably be a long career in recording for families. Daycares and kindergarten classrooms will find it a good pick-me-upper.