Pobba | My 'Magination

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My 'Magination

by Pobba

In his songs for clever kids (ages 3-9)...and grown-ups who can keep up, Pobba (he's like a treasured grandpa) combines really funny, imaginative lyrics with music by Grammy Award winner Doug Cotler.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My 'Magination
4:11 $0.99
2. I'm Making Dinner
3:15 $0.99
3. The Worst Day of My Life
4:05 $0.99
4. Marshmallows
3:25 $0.99
5. I See What I See at the Sea
3:03 $0.99
6. Pb+j
2:33 $0.99
7. I'm Proud to Be Me
2:00 $0.99
8. Buttering Bread
2:39 $0.99
9. If I Had a Pet
3:21 $0.99
10. Wonderful World
2:19 $0.99
11. I Don't Sleep Anymore
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pobba is an energetic, exciting grandfather who has never forgotten what it was like to be a kid. His songs, stories, and concert performances connect to kids...and their parents. Pobba captures the way kids think and talk...and challenges them to imagine!

Pobba was recently interviewed by his alter-ego, Steve Cotler, retired educator, scientist, screenwriter, and banker.

Steve Cotler: Why do you write and sing children's songs?
Pobba: As a kid, and still today, I love those "discovery" moments when children find something new. I put those moments in every song and then watch the faces open up with surprise and laughter.

SC: How did you get started singing?
Pobba: I grew up around music. My father was a cantor. He couldn't walk from one room to another without breaking into song. He'd pass Mom in the hall, sing out, "I'll be loving you always..." and then make a sandwich.

SC: You're a grandfather...and "My 'Magination" is your first album. What took so long?
Pobba: I started writing rhyming stories for my own children in 1975. My brother Doug, a Grammy Award-winning composer, put music to some of them, but we were just too busy on other projects. The children's songs stayed within my family...in a file drawer. Years passed. I continued to write songs. Then I became a grandfather...that should explain it.

SC: Where did the name "Pobba" come from?
Pobba: My kids call me Dad, Pop, and Poppa. Then the last name morphed into "Pobba"...and I liked it. I hope the name "Pobba" connotes warmth and a good sense of humor, because that's who I am.

SC: Whom do you admire?
Pobba: Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss for their writing and art, Frank Loesser for his words and music (is there a better Broadway show than "Guys and Dolls"?), Danny Kaye for his antic performance, Maury Wills for base stealing excellence, and my five children for letting me express myself as a parent.

SC: How do you say your name?
Pobba: "Pobba" should be pronounced to rhyme with Jabba the Hutt. Say PA-Bah, not POOH-Bah or POE-Bah. If you're from Boston, however, I guess it's okay to say Pa-Ber.

SC: Tell us about your music.
Pobba: I consider it a privilege and an obligation when parents invite my music into their children's lives. For that reason (and because I remember how much fun being a kid can be), these songs do not talk down to kids. All the songs on "My 'Magination" were originally written to be picture books or videos. Every song tells a story from a child's point of view. Funny, stimulating, and different, these tunes, as the CD title announces, encourage imagination, visualization, and participation.
--The title song, "My 'Magination," sets the tone. It encourages listeners to explore imaginary possibilities.
--"Making Dinner" is a child's desire for culinary self-actualization...and a parent's worst nightmare.
--"The Worst Day of My Life" lets kids see that even if "every single thing went wrong, wrong, wrong," the day can still turn out great if a little love is added.
--"Marshmallows" is a participatory counting song, with an irresistible opportunity to yell "yuk!"
--"I See What I See at the Sea" is a trip to the beach...interpreted as only a child could.
--"PB&J" makes the inevitability of stickiness synonymous with being a kid. Mothers know all about this.
--"I'm Proud to Be Me" was a song I first heard when I was four. It was on an album entitled "Little Songs on Big Subjects" (out-of-print for decades). Its title says it all.
--"Buttering Bread" celebrates all those kids who like what they do even if it doesn't look like what everyone else expects.
--"If I Had a Pet" tests parents with a child's request for a primate, an insect, a marsupial, and a fish.
--"Wonderful World" is a medley of two tunes that celebrate how great life can be. Snippets from the song Louis Armstrong made famous are wrapped around another song from "Little Songs on Big Subjects."
--Every parent has heard why kids don't want to go to bed. "I Don't Sleep Anymore" takes the explanations to imaginative heights...and ends the CD on a restful note.

SC: One last question--Has anyone actually prepared the meals described in "I'm Making Dinner"?
Pobba: I hope not!



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Miki, recording artist and Creative Learning Therapist

really fun, quirky and wacky songs...
Pobba knows what its like to see the world from the magical kingdom of childhood. These songs are fun and wacky and should inspire adults to lighten up and not take life so seriously all the time. Yay!!!


Great lyrics and catchy tunes
The kids request this CD every time we get in the car. It's traveling music that doesn't get old; even for adults!


Finally, a kids' CD that parents won't get sick of
My daughter has a lot of CDs, and this is the only one I can listen to over and over again without clamping my hands over my ears and wishing for a black hole to swallow me up. The music is great and catchy (without being annoying) and the words are clever and fun for both kids and adults.

My daughter loves to dance and sing along with it, and she especially loves saying, "Yuck!" in the marshamallow song. (Doesn't every kid love to say, "yuck?")


Best Kids' Songs We've Ever Heard
Incredibly catchy tunes and clever lyrics. Our grandchildren ask to hear this CD constantly, and they know many of the songs by heart. This is a warm and wholesome and fun collection of songs from some amazingly creative guy.


one of our very favorites....
My kids (2 and 4) love this album -- and I like it too. It's upbeat, bouncy, fun. Pobba's lyrics cleverly see the world through the eyes of a child (probably ages 4-10 would appreciate them most). Not just any child, either but one who is curious, adventurous, not afraid to try something new. The melodies are memorable and the arrangements are interesting, never boring.

We hear a lot of children's music ... Pobba is one of our very favorites!