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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.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flaghorn
4:01 $0.99
2. Tugboat Tow
2:44 $0.99
3. Good Manners
1:59 $0.99
4. Hand in Hand in Sorryland
3:55 $0.99
5. Holly's Hickory Tree
2:16 $0.99
6. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
2:41 $0.99
7. Banging All the Pots & Pans
2:14 $0.99
8. Mary Goes Round
4:29 $0.99
9. Yuck Muck & Crud Mudd
3:24 $0.99
10. Just One Little Leaf
3:03 $0.99
11. Choe Chee's Reoccurring Dream (2nd Occurence)
3:00 $0.99
12. Knapsacks & Backpacks - Bonus Cut
4:19 $0.99
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MISTER LAURENCE & His Play Money Band

Full Name: Laurence Bond Miller
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.)

This year (2009) Mister Laurence added a brand new addition to his children's recording and performing presentation: The beauty & brains of Ms. Princess Melinda on keyboards and vocals! Stay tuned!

FLAGHORN is Mister Laurence's first Cd release. This particular "reissue" sports the best cuts off the original version, plus favorites from his 2nd release, TUGBOAT TOW. (Flaghorn is a little toy train that runs on recycled burnt toast...)

"Hey, everyone! Flaghorn's comin'! Get out your burnt toast!"

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).

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.)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Children's Radio Show Broadcasts
Released 9/04
Over 30 cuts on each volume!
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML011 & ML012

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

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

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

MARMALINE (My Music Machine) The Soundtrack
Released 4/09
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML016



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Matt Becker

It's a classic you should know
I was utterly stunned when I first heard this CD. Every song is unique, melodicaly inventive, harmonically rich.
These songs rock! And kids like them too.

Mister Laurence

As clearly stated, this guy is the greatest...
FLAGHORN is an awesome example of an artist's ability to blend multi-generational themes into one thoroughly enjoyable experience for all. Mister Laurence bridges the generation gap like no other performer in history. Who is this guy, anyway?!?

CD Baby

If Weezer put out a children's album, it'd pretty much sound like this. An ironically pleasing track, titled "Good Manners", mixes a ridiculously silly post-punk attitude into a knee-slapping, foot stomping, sing-a-long encouraging kids to be respectful and courteous to their peers and elders.

melanie diana

A refreshing change
A pleasant surprise to be able to share & enjoy some fanciful and imaginative stories/music with my family. A delightful change of pace I even play it sometimes for myself. Definately recommend this CD.