Pete Sinjin | House of Song

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House of Song

by Pete Sinjin

All original music for the whole family by Brooklyn singer/songwriter americana artist, celebrates community, family, diversity, creativity and the enduring human spirit.
Genre: Kids/Family: Kid Friendly
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1. House of Song
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2. Crank 'Er Up!
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3. Sunflower Serenade
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4. Luckiest Man (The Ballad of Lou Gehrig)
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5. Mermaid Parade
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6. Bigger'n I Usta Was
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7. Poem for Pete Seeger
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8. Grow a Song
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9. Mockingbird
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10. Olly Ollie Oxen Free
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
House of Song is a record for families, as opposed to a ‘kids’ record. It’s a record designed to inspire and to motivate, to dance to and sing to. The songs on the album feature a big sound with full instrumentation as well as an emotional range that is wide and diverse. Pete explains, “The original inspiration for House of Song came about while walking the streets of NYC and recognizing the diversity of its people. From there came the notion of a house that invited and celebrated ‘all people, all races, all colors, all faces’. A gathering place where everyone could find themselves singing in harmony and raising the rooftop with the spirit of love and acceptance.”

The album starts off with Pete’s solitary voice singing,” I’m gonna build myself a house of song” and he is shortly joined by a banjo then drums, accordion and handclaps fall in line to build into a full-on New Orleans style street parade and we are all encouraged to join in. Pete leads the parade through songs with universal themes that encourage hope and creativity, a trip to Coney Island for the “Mermaid Parade” and odes to Pete’s heroes Pete Seeger on “Poem for Pete” and Lou Gehrig, “Luckiest Man (The Ballad of Lou Gehrig)”. The album ends with a big dance party to “Olly Ollie Oxen Free,” using that call from childhood games to encourage everyone to be who you are, cast off your fears, and don’t be ashamed of what you are inside…in other words, come out! Celebrate that person and join the party.

Pete states, “This album invites all of us, big and little, old and young, to find our spirit to grow, to create, to make friends, to celebrate and honor life’s heroes, to honor your own self, whoever that may be, and to take part in making a better world.”

House of Song was co-produced by Sinjin and Riley McMahon, and recorded at Riley’s New Warsaw studio in Bushwick. Sinjin and McMahon were joined by Liam Hurley (Josh Ritter) on drums, Shane Endsley (Ani Difranco) on trumpets, Jay Foote (Lone Bellow) on bass, and Tony Lauria (Spottiswoode and his Enemies) on accordion.

ABOUT PETE SINJIN
These days Pete Sinjin is best known as "Hootenanny Pete" around the Brooklyn neighborhood where he and his family have operated the 'Hootenanny Art House' since 2007.

Pete has shared his love of music with thousands of kids over more than a decade of teaching classes from California to Brooklyn.

He's played a wide variety of music his whole life, from punk to rockabilly to folk and country, and he's played it all for both adults and kids. You'll hear all these elements make their way into his own music, from Woody Guthrie's folk art stylings, to New Orleans street parade music, to the bass and groove of Kingston, Jamaica.

Pete's also had the great honor of appearing on Sesame Street, and performing in concert with Sesame's own Bob McGrath. He's even led kids through a Cuban inspired kids song in the Scarlett Johannson film, The Nanny Diaries.

Pete's first family album, Hoots, Hollers and Rooftop Serenades was released to coincide with his Americana inspired grown up album 'Better Angels Radio' in 2010. Mirroring that, 'House of Song' will be followed up closely with Pete's next music entry titled 'The Heart and the Compass’.


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Elijah Sivin

GREAT ALBUM. Don't miss it.
My family and I have listened to a lot of what they call "family music." To me, this term refers to music that is innocent and accessible enough for a child to love, but smart and interesting enough for adults to hear repeatedly without suffering from nausea, rage or temporary insanity. We've tried Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald, John Denver and the Sugar Hill Gang. Obviously, those are all great artists, but none of it works as well for our whole family as this album by Pete Sinjin.
It's hard for me to summarize what makes this album so great, but you'll get it when you hear it. Pete's lyrics are thought-provoking and fun and the music always works. But more than anything, the album is buoyed throughout by Pete's personality. The album is uplifting, smile-inducing, energizing and occasionally tear-producing because of what Pete brings to it. I live in his neighborhood, and I've seen his shows, so I know that the experience works as well live as it did in this studio production. This artist deserves a wider audience, and I hope this album will get him there.
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Elijah Sivin

Great family album - don't miss it!
My family and I have listened to a lot of what they call "family music." To me, this term refers to music that is innocent and accessible enough for a child to love, but smart and interesting enough for adults to hear repeatedly without suffering from nausea, rage or temporary insanity. We've tried Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald, John Denver and the Sugar Hill Gang. Obviously, those are all great artists, but none of it works as well for our whole family as this album by Pete Sinjin.
It's hard for me to summarize what makes this album so great, but you'll get it when you hear it. Pete's lyrics are thought-provoking and fun and the music always works. But more than anything, the album is buoyed throughout by Pete's personality. The album is uplifting, smile-inducing, energizing and occasionally tear-producing because of what Pete brings to it. I live in his neighborhood, and I've seen his shows, so I know that the experience works as well live as it did in this studio production. This artist deserves a wider audience, and I hope this album will get him there.
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Kira

I love the House of Song!
Every time I hear the opening track "House of Song" my spirit lifts and my heart opens. It makes me want to dance and sing with my family and friends. This whole album makes me grateful for the human spirit, all that we do right in loving one another, and it reminds me to celebrate that love. Sunflower Serenade is the perfect summer sing along. The poem to Pete Seeger and the Ballad to Lou Gehrig are heartbreaking and epic. From start to finish, great songwriting, perfect melodies, timeless music for all to enjoy.
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