Peter McCory | The Big Blue Ball

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The Big Blue Ball

by Peter McCory

Upbeat, toe-tappin' FUN music for kids and families, from a real one-man band.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Big Blue Ball
3:22 $0.99
2. Godzilla
3:36 $0.99
3. Hi-lo
3:21 $0.99
4. Grandma Needs a Cat
4:17 $0.99
5. Ooh, Gross!
3:10 $0.99
6. The Limbo Stick
5:21 $0.99
7. The Duel
3:24 $0.99
8. 9-1-1
2:51 $0.99
9. The Rabbit Song
2:39 $0.99
10. Rockin' Rocket Ship
2:56 $0.99
11. Get a Little Exercise
3:02 $0.99
12. Warm Summer Nights
5:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Here's a lively collection of original songs by Peter McCory, a real one-man band! His first CD for children, "The Big Blue Ball" features unique and fresh sounding songs for kids 3 to 10. It's playful and positive, full of humor that will be appreciated by parents as well as children.

"The Big Blue Ball" won a 2001 Parents' Choice Recommended Award, as well as positive reviews in School Library Journal, Booklist and Washington Parent magazine. Some of the reviews appear below.

True to his live performances, Peter played all the instruments on this recording himself (though not all at exactly the same time!). He plays guitar, harmonica, steel drum, ukulele and many rhythm instruments. Kids love to sing along and dance to the songs.

About Peter McCory

Peter McCory is known around Northern Virginia as "The One-Man Band for Kids and Families!" He's an accomplished singer and guitarist... and a whole lot more. With his feet he plays the kick drum, snare, cowbell and high hats. Then he adds harmonica, kazoo, train whistle, and whatever else he can find. His songs are upbeat, interactive and fun.

Peter performs at schools, libraries, festivals and child care centers all around the Washington, DC area. Older siblings, moms and dads, teachers, even grandparents love his music just as much as the children. There's something for everyone to appreciate. His performances are a little bit traveling minstrel show, a little bit hootenanny, and a whole lot of silly. He's been making kids and families smile with his songs since 1996.

Peter's music is a tapestry of musical styles and colors. It's acoustic folk and pop based, with twinges of rhythms from around the world. A prolific
songwriter for many years, his tunes and their lyrics are often inspired by what he hears from the kids for whom he performs.

What People Say About "The Big Blue Ball"

School Library Journal, July 2001.

This delightful first recording by children's entertainer Peter McCory will keep toes tapping and children laughing. A wide array of subject matter is covered. There are educational songs such as "The Big Blue Ball," a song about Earth and the environment, and the easy-to-learn "9-1-1" which teaches listeners to find the numbers on the phone, when to dial them, and what to do after you have. There are fun songs like "Hi-Lo," about what would happen if you combined the words hi and hello, "Godzilla," about a young boy who calls on the monster because his brother is bullying him, and "Ooh, Gross!," about all the truly gross things you could be forced to eat instead of broccoli. Finally, there is the nostalgic "Warm Summer Nights" for parents as memories of childhood summer evenings are invoked in this gentle song. An excellent choice for all collections. - Veronica Schwartz, Des Plains Public Library, IL.

Booklist, March 1, 2002.

This cheerful, upbeat collection is a tour de force. A "one-man band,"
performer Peter McCory plays six instruments and sings 12 entertaining songs that cover such subjects as Grandma's visit ("Grandma Needs a Cat"), unusual
food combinations ("Ooh Gross"), and summoning help ("9-1-1"). "Warm Summer Nights" stirs feelings of nostalgia, and "Godzilla" strikes a note of revenge for oppressed younger siblings everywhere. The imaginative tunes (10 are original McCory compositions) feature a backup children's chorus on two selections. A winner for young listeners. - Laurie Hartshorn



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Michelle Smith

Get ready to laugh and dance!
Both my kids 4 and 8 love this CD and so do I! From earth friendly to sibling fighting to eating well or gross! This CD has a great variety of music that is all great. We have had this for a year and none of us have tired of it, we still listen to it all the time. Lots of fun to have!


We love this CD!
We love this CD and give it as a gift all the time. We have driven 5 hours in the car with my 2 year old saying "again" everytime it ends - yes, for the whole trip! His lyrics are quite witty, the lessons are great, and it's lots of fun to listen to. After we sent this to my nephew, my sister called me the next day to tell me that she can't get the words to "Big Blue Ball" out of her head (in a good way)! Definitely buy this one!

C Clair

We all sing Mr. Peter's songs!!
When my son was getting into music, we came across The Big Blue Ball. He's now 6 and our 1 and a half year old is dancing to it too. I guess we will have to get the Cd version as the tape is nearly caput. We love singing the catchy tunes and walk around saying, "Hilo" to eachother. We can't wait for the next release.

Carolyn Morley

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
My grandchildren, aged 2 and 4 loved the two CD's. They heard them for the first time in the car and were swaying with the rhythm and even singing along. They wanted to hear several of the songs over and over.

Carolyn Morley

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
My grandchildren, aged 2 and 4 loved the two CD's. They heard them for the first time in the car and were swaying with the rhythm and even singing along. They wanted to hear several of the songs over and over.

julia hatcher

FABULOUS CD for children of pre-school and primary school age.
We purchased this CD after hearing Peter McCory play at a school picnic this past Fall. Every song on this CD is a delight for children of pre-school and primary school age, with catchy tunes and great lyrics that convey "life lessons" ranging from environmental responsibility to the importance of exercise to the joys of childhood (and of just being plain silly sometimes). After playing this CD for friends, we purchased two more copies (from CD Baby) to give as gifts. We anxiously await Peter's next CD.