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Would You Like to Be a Mermaid

by Neal Learner

A musical celebration of what it means to be a kid. The 12 smart, finely-crafted songs take listeners (young and old) on a harmony-filled journey across a musical universe of pop, rock, folk, bluegrass, doo-wop, classical and choral singing.
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1. Secret of Life
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2. Eat Good Food
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3. Rock & Roll Girl
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4. Me in You
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5. Spring
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6. My Kind of Heaven
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7. Lullaby Your Eyes
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8. Get Up
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9. Hush
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10. Pretty Birdy
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11. Hubcap Heaven
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12. Would You Like to Be a Mermaid?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Neal Learner announces the release of his debut album, Would You Like to Be a Mermaid? 2011 © (BMI). A musical celebration of what it means to be a kid, Mermaid takes listeners (young and old) on a melodic, harmony-filled journey across musical genres of pop, rock, folk, bluegrass, doo-wop, classical and choral singing.

The 12 finely crafted songs speak to an age of innocence and a future of endless possibilities. The songs are alternately smart, touching, inspiring, thought-provoking, toe-tapping and just plain silly. The music is complex and melodic and Neal takes full advantage of his wide-ranging voice and love for choral music to create soaring harmonies and snazzy doo-wop background vocals.

The first track, Secret of Life, explores questions of what makes life good and real, while Eat Good Food offers some sound advice that anyone might want to follow. Rock & Roll Girl paints a lively musical portrait of Neal’s younger daughter Nina (age 9), and Me in You is a touching personal note to his older daughter Nadia (age 10). Spring is about the simple joys of this wonderful season, and My Kind of Heaven captures the joys of being alive at any time of year. Lullaby Your Eyes starts as a simple song to put young-ones to bed and ends with a surprisingly powerful and uplifting finale. Its companion song, Get Up, is a doo-wop wake-up call that can’t be denied. Hush details every parent’s desire to keep their children safe and secure, and Pretty Birdy is about the support and encouragement that parents give their children as they grow. Hubcap Heaven is just plain silly! And Would You Like to Be a Mermaid? rounds out the CD with some intriguing choices that every child has probably pondered at some point or another.

When not strumming a guitar, bowing a violin or plunking a piano key, Neal earns his living as a journalist and communications professional in the Washington, D.C., area. Born in 1966 in Nashville, Tenn., Neal moved at a young age with his parents to Battle Creek, Mich., where he grew up along the banks of the Kalamazoo River. As a young man, Neal developed a love for music, and excelled as a classical violinist, choir vocalist, jazz bassist and rock guitarist, among other things. In high school, he soloed with various regional youth orchestras and played fiddle in country western bands. He spent a year the University of Michigan’s School of Music as a violin performance major before receiving a degree in anthropology. During his university years, he was a member of the UM Men’s Glee Club and sang bass in the popular UM a cappella octet known as The Friars.

Neal was a prolific songwriter throughout high school and college, but let that skill slide for many years after graduation. The 2004 tsunami disaster in South Asia inspired him to sit down at the piano once again with pencil in hand. He hasn’t stopped writing music since.

He lives with his wife Montse and two daughters, Nadia and Nina, in Alexandria, Va.

Visit his website at www.learnermusic.com.

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