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Bubbleland

by Mister Laurence & his Play Money Band

Creative Children's Music -- rated CG (Childrental Guidance strongly suggested.) This is multi-generational entertainment, geared towards bridging the gap, children ages 2 thru 200. Sometimes wild, sometimes surreal, sometimes heartfelt, Brit-influenced p
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1. Bubbleland
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2. My Tricycle Built For Two
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3. I'm A Little Teapot
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4. Man On The Moon Balloons
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5. Mr. Yes & Mrs. No
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6. I Won't Be Afraid
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7. Gladdy, Saddy, Maddy, Baddy
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8. Little Flower
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9. Sea Anemone
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10. Paging Mister Dumpty
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11. Mom & Dad Are Teething
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12. Bubbleland (Alternative Re-make)
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13. Choe Chee's Reoccurring Dream -- 3rd Occurrence
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14. Sweet As Whispers
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15. Carbon The Copy Cat Live [BONUS CUT]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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MISTER LAURENCE & His Play Money Band
www.misterlaurence.com
MULTIGENERATIONAL MUSIC FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Full Name: Laurence Bond Miller
Stage Name: MISTER LAURENCE
An original children's performer from Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S.A. giving concerts in SE Michigan for 10 years, with a variety of CD's and music videos to his credit.

Mister Laurence plays acoustic guitar and accordion while singing karaoke style along to his prerecorded "backup group", THE PLAY MONEY BAND. (Note; All instrumental & vocal backing tracks are original, recorded in his studio.)

Mister Laurence added a new member to his presentation in 2009. Ms. Princess Melinda, who plays keyboards and sings harmony vocals.

BUBBLELAND is Mister Laurence's 3rd major work. This collection inspired his music videos MISTER LAURENCE IN BUBBLELAND and RETURN TO BUBBLELAND, both recieving awards.

"Living in Bubbleland we, rise above our troubles and we, set sail over the sun as we bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble on!"

CREDITS;
His two music video productions, MISTER LAURENCE IN BUBBLELAND and MISTER LAURENCE – RETURN TO BUBBLELAND, were both awarded 2nd place Finalist at the Philo T. Farnsworth Central States Video Festival (2003 and 2005, respectively).
STAR FISH won 1st place in 2009 at both the West Branch Children's Film Festival and Philo T. Farnsworth Central States Video Festival.

His original version of I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, was selected and used for the soundtrack for an independent Australian film, entitled IT'S ONLY A GAME. This screened at Enter The Dragon Film Festival fall 2003, in Hurstville, NDW Australia.

JACK N' JILL'S HILL, a composition of his, was picked by KidAntrim Music to be included on their industry compilation CD. This was distributed nationally to various radio & record labels, in spring 2004.

CHILDREN'S RADIO ~ Mister Laurence currently hosts a children’s radio show in Ann Arbor called KIDS ON STRIKE, at irregular intervals (sharing the show with other dj's). This is aired on WCBN FM 88.3 every Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00 am. Mister Laurence loves to spin rare vintage children’s records from the 40’s & 50’s, mixed with cool music from current artists too, including himself! (Before this, he co-hosted his own radio show every last Friday morning of the month called KIDDIE ROCK RADIO, with his dj friend, Sean Westergaard - 7 years running.)

MUSICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Mr. Laurence Bond Miller was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, and as youngest in a musical family of 5 was exposed to a variety of music throughout his formative years. Orchestral music, 60’s folk, "British Invasion" R&R, Free-Form Jazz, and New Wave Punk. You will hear a wide variety of influences in Miller’s songwriting styles throughout his performing career.

During his teen years, Miller taught himself how to play the guitar and drums. Being left handed and unable to afford a left-handed model, Laurence learned how to form chords and scales on his brother’s right-handed guitar - upside down. Soon, he was leading and co-leading many of Ann Arbor’s most original bands with musical brothers ROGER MILLER (MISSION OF BURMA/BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC/ALLOY ORCHESTRA), and twin brother BEN MILLER (THIRD BORDER).

Having lost interest in music college, Laurence and his twin brother Ben became instrumental in the makings of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. This band featuring X-STOOGE guitarist Ron Asheton and X-MC-5 bassist Michael Davis. Opening up for the likes of THE RAMONES, DEVO, and PERE UBU, Laurence & Ben left their mark on D.A.M.’s first two singles.

Later in the 80’s, Laurence continued working with his brother, co-leading various bands, most notably Ann Arbor’s post-punk band NON-FICTION. NON-FICTION, a well rehearsed power-trio mixing hard pop with avant-garde, was one of 12 bands picked for Ann Arbor’s 1st compilation LP “Cruzin’ Ann Arbor”. This featured a song written by Laurence entitled "Walkie-Talkie" which received favorable reviews nationwide. For the remainder of that decade, Laurence continued as leader and songwriter for THE EMPTY SET, an offshoot of NON-FICTION. Networking out of L.A., THE EMPTY SET recorded their 4-song EP "WANDERING IN WONDER" and full length LP "LOST IN A RIPTIDE".

The 90's saw Laurence forming his own record label & publishing company. Performing all tracks himself, he recorded fresh originals for his brand new brainchild: LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP. "The Shop" was an unusual theatrical R&R presentation, pulling influences from American composer CHARLES IVES and Brit Pop sensation, ADAM & THE ANTS. Remaining a local cult phenomena only, LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP released 5 recordings.

FINALLY: In the fall of 1998, Laurence found employment in the local children centers as music director. His immediate bonding with the children inspired him to begin writing songs again, this time geared with “the very young” in mind. With children of his own, this proved to be a natural transitional experience. It was then that Mr. Miller came to the revelation that his real target audience was children!

As all teachers in the pre-school community are addressed by their first name, Laurence had the chance to reinvent himself yet one more time. MISTER LAURENCE and his Play Money Band! Since then, Mister Laurence has written, recorded and released 6 major works as well as several Novelty Cd’s, a compilation cassette, and a bound collection of original children's stories illustrated by Mike Mosher. Performing his new wave brand of Kiddie-Rock throughout the Detroit Metro area, Laurence is now turning on a whole new generation!


Mister Laurence & his Play Money Band ~ DISCOGRAPHY


FLAGHORN
Released 4/99
12 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML01

TUGBOAT TOW
Released 3/00
14 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML02

Mr. Laurence "Unplugged"!
Released 8/00
12 song CD ("Live" Radio Broadcast)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML03

WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN
Released 3/01
22 song compilation cassette (FLAGHORN & TUGBOAT TOW with bonus cuts)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML04

SWEET DREAMWORLD
Released 9/01
60 minute ambient composition (nap time!)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML05

PANCAKE HEAVEN
Released 5/02
15 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML06

BUBBLELAND
Released 8/02
15 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML07

FLAGHORN (Reissue)
Released 8/02
12 Song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML08
(All the best cuts from my first two CD's, FLAGHORN & TUGBOAT TOW)

PURE GIBBERISH
Released 10/03
15 song CD w/hidden track
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML09

MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE -- "Live" @ The Detroit Zoo
Released 6/04
9 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML10

OVER THE AIR WITH MISTER LAURENCE -- Volume One & Two
Children's Radio Show Broadcasts
Released 9/04
Over 30 cuts on each volume!
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML011 & ML012

RECESS FOREVER
Released 5/05
12 song CD w/hidden track
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML013

HOLIDAY STOCKING
Released 12/07
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML014

MARMALINE (My Music Machine) Musical Adventure Story Version
Released 4/09
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML015

MARMALINE (My Music Machine) Full length Collection of Song Titles
Released 4/09
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML016

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Thomas Knox

The most creative Children's CD available!
This is the most creative children's CD available. I have researched a lot of children's music in my day (it's my job), and nothing compares to Mr. Laurence's BUBBLELAND, especially the title cut. It's a cross between Dr. Seuss and They Might Be Giants. Genuine wit, flawless technique and unique charisma; Mr. L has it all -- in abundance.
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Lyra Vahn

"...Mister Laurence rides out, into the sunset again!..."
"...with a decidedly show-biz flare, Mister Laurence charms his audiences both young and old, with his eclectic mix of original songs & stories for kids. His refreshing approach to children's entertainment pushes the envelope of the mainstream, luring us into a world of sing-song antics, both children AND their caregivers can enjoy! Original arrangements of kiddie-classics keep the little ones glued, while his own songs are sophisticated enough to satisfy the most discerning ear! Yes -- Mister Laurence rides out into the sunset again, only this time he's in the air -- floating on a stream of bubbles along with everyone else in the world! How cool is that?!? When will this lad ever stop!?!
-- November 2002 Lyra Vahn
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