Robert The Guitar Guy | Moving To The Beat

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Moving To The Beat

by Robert The Guitar Guy

Folk rock for kids with an infectious beat, catchy music, easy words, and a lot of action. Singable, even for two year olds.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. Bossanova Boo-Boo
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2. Mr. Train
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3. Marching Train
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4. Go To Sleep
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5. Hokey Pokey Blues
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6. If You're Happy And You Know It
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7. One More Cookie, Mama
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8. Blue Food
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9. Really Stepping Silly
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10. Shake and Dance
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11. Mama Shake With Me
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12. Let Bottle Be Bottle
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13. Bye-Bye / How Do You Know?
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14. Cold Oatmeal
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15. Slip, Fall, Boom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
CD BABY "EDITOR'S PICK" FOR CHILDREN'S POP!!!

ALSO . . . BOSSANOVA BOO-BOO (first song on album) included on the 2003, 12 song, CD Baby compilation CD "Recess for your ears."

On the liner notes to "Recess ..." Pamela Rooney of CD Baby says:

"Inventive guitar and vocal parts chug away through songs about things ranging from boo-boos to trains to falling asleep. I love how this guy uses both guitar and voice to create the percussion for the songs."

Hot Off The Griddle Magazine called MOVING TO THE BEAT "imaginative" and "hilarious."

(Now Robert has won the iParenting Media Award for his new album, DON'T SNEEZE CHOO-CHOO TRAIN which School Library Journal called "fun, varied, and upbeat.")


For years Robert has used pre-school classrooms as a

laboratory for developing MOVING TO THE BEAT. Each song

has been a requested favorite in a variety of schools. 

The songs are sequenced to entice children into a half-

hour musical experience of singing, moving, playing

maracas, and cleaning up. The program is designed to teach

basic music competency, both rhythmically and tonally.


An array of teachers have regularly integrated "Moving to the Beat" into their nursery curriculum. Here are some of their comments:

* "Your c.d. is the most popular in our listening center".

* "You can tell the children enjoy the music as they rock to the rhythm."

* "We use Bossanova booboo when someone gets hurt."

* "I can tell that the children enjoy the music because they begin to dance."

* "The children ask for your songs to be played."

* "I really like the C.D. We enjoy it more than Raffi."

* "The tape is effective because of the beat, the catchy music, easy words and a lot of action."

* "The children remember and request the songs. As a teach I loved it."

* "I loved it. I can't wait until your next c.d."

* "As a teacher I feel the pre-formated tape is great. It's the perfect combination of slow, fast, moving, sitting, etc."

* "What makes this tape effective is the rhythm, the themes and the guitar."

* "The children are able to remember and request the songs because they are not too long."

* "We use this tape almost everyday."



Robert The Guitar Guy talks about his style of music-play:

For over seven years I've been visiting nursery

schools, pre-schools, and kindergarten classes, guitar in

hand, teaching and entertaining children.

Initially, focused on beat, movement, and

singing. Gradually, my emphasis evolved into a style of

creative play that incorporated music, rhythm, movement,

humor, role-playing, and props. I was empowering children

to play creatively with the conflicts of their daily

lives. My albums, MOVING TO THE BEAT and PARAKEET WATCH

OUT! are the fruit of thousands of hours of teaching and

performing.

BEAT


A teacher named Chris Patella first taught me how

to teach a music class to pre-school age children. One of

the first things she told me was to keep a steady beat so

that the children would recognize the beat, and be able to

clap, pat, shake, walk, march, dance, run, jump, to the

beat.

Beat is primal. Rare is the child who doesn't

respond to it. Maybe the appeal derives from hearing

Mother's steady heartbeat in the womb. The heart is not

the only bodily function that has a beat. The breath has

one. Walking has one. Even talking. Research indicates

that synchronizing movement to a beat improves attention,

concentration, motor skills, planning and executing

actions, as well as controlling aggression, and improving

academic performance.

Also, by encouraging children to move to a beat,

you give them a vehicle for expression. Moving to a beat

is cathartic. In fact, some children are so pent up with

emotion, energy, conflict, that once they begin to express

it through rhythmic movement, they can easily go out of

control. It was clear to me that there was emotional

benefit in moving to a beat - these emotions and energies

need to be expressed, but there had to be some self-

regulation mechanism to the movement songs.

So, I set out to make up movement songs that

contained a built-in calming element. One of the first

ones I wrote was GO TO SLEEP (MOVING TO THE BEAT ALBUM).

GO TO SLEEP is basically a jumping song. I start the

children lying on the carpet. "Go to sleep. Put on your

pajamas. Get under the covers. Good night." Then comes

the jumping. Driving beat. "I'm gonna jump with my toes,

jump with my feet, jump with my nose, jump with my knees,

jump with my bones, jump with my feet, jump with my heart,

beat, beat, beat." After each eight bars of jumping, back

to the carpet and "Go to sleep, etc." I found it was

useful to introduce the resting place (in this case lying

on the carpet) first so that returning to it felt natural

to the children.

I soon realized that the appeal of this song was

not only a result of rhythmic movement and the built-in

time-out. There were other elements that I'd intuitively

included: daily-life connection, humor, exaggerated

contrast, and power struggle.

In writing music & movement songs for pre-school

and kindergarten children, I felt drawn to exploring chase

games. Various songs based on this principle began to

emerge. The songs resonated with the children and also

satisfied my own creative impulses.

Here are three examples:

ANTS & SPIDER (PARAKEET WATCH OUT! ALBUM) first requires

the children (ants) to hide from the spider. As with GO TO

SLEEP, I immediately introduce the resting place to ease a

return to it later. Then, with a rockabilly beat, I play

and sing THE ANTS GO MARCHING.

Once the children have marched from the hiding

place to me, I introduce myself as the spider and sing the

chorus: "I am the spider, empty inside 'er. Now you are

caught in my web! Hide if you can! Hide if you can! But

I'm going to get you instead!"

I modify the mood and intensity with which I

deliver this to match the age and temperament of a given

group of children. I make it clear that we are playing.

Regardless, the peril is palpable enough to engender

delighted screams from the children making their way to the

hiding area. Once they are hiding, the marching music

begins again, and the ants go marching again toward me.

In PARAKEET WATCH OUT! (PARAKEET WATCH OUT! ALBUM)

the children are coyotes chanting "Parakeet, watch out!" to

a funk beat as they step closer and closer to me, the

parakeet. Once they are close enough, I ask them questions.

Me: Are you coyotes?
Them: Yes.
Me: Are you hungry?
Them: Yes.
Me: Do you like to eat parakeets like me?
Them: Yes!
I sing: Get back! Get back! Get back! Get back!

Once they are far enough back, the process begins

again with chants of "Parakeet, watch out!" I ask the

children whether they would accept edible substitutes.

Peanut butter and jelly, French fries, etc. The answer is

usually "No!" which engenders "Get back, etc." This game

is slightly more challenging than ANTS AND SPIDER because

the children sing.

ANTS AND SPIDER uses the following elements:

rhythmic movement; confrontation; flight; exaggerated

contrast; trickiness; built-in time-out. PARAKEET WATCH

OUT! adds the element of singing or chanting. I AM A DOG

(PARAKEET WATCH OUT! ALBUM) builds on this by adding the

element of improvisation.

In I AM A DOG, I stand at one end of a room, the

children at the other end. I start playing funk-based

rhythms singing "I am a dog, I wag my tail." I wag my tail

and invite the children to do the same.
They approach me, singing and wagging. When they

reach me, I sing/play, "Let me put a leash on you! Let me

put a leash on you!" The children retreat to their end of

the room, and then sing "No, No, No! No, No, No!

There is rhythm and pitch to their singing part and

the children learn it spontaneously. The improvisation

comes in as I ask the children, "What else do dogs do?"

And so we go on to "scratch my flees, chew my bone, woof-

woof-woof" or anything the children invent.

My albums, MOVING TO THE BEAT, PARAKEET WATCH OUT!, and DON'T SNEEZE CHOO-CHOO TRAIN are my way of reaching out to children who don't go to the dozen pre-schools at which I regularly perform and can't come see my shows in the New York metropolitan area. I've invited talented musicians to help bring the fun to you!
In my shows, I alternate between sitting and standing, high energy and tranquility, music and comedy, singing and moving, well-tested original material and old favorites. I've introduced the same mixture into these albums.

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A Music Fan from Arlington Virginia, USA

My kids listen to it more than any other tape.
This is a fantastic kids album. My kids listen to it more than any other tape we have bought. It just drives them to dance whenever it is on. The beat and words are perfect for younger kids and there is a clear sense of fun and positive mischief threaded throughout. Highly recommend.
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Yvette Cadeaux of Hot Off The Griddle, the new music magazine by

Robert The Guitar Guy delivers imaginative music to innocent ears.
Wow! Robert The Guitar Guy really knows how to blast away on those power chords while delivering some imaginative music to innocent ears. The album's first track, Bossanova Boo-boo, stands out for its deceptive silliness. Deceptive? Given its title, listeners may assume they're in for a tale with a Latin twist. What they get is a goofy call and response chorus (Ouch, ouch, ouch, being the response) set to an alt-pop melody that kinda reminds me of the Cars circa 1979. To paraphrase that burger joint lady: Where's the Bossanova? The G-guy takes on a Buddy Holly-ish persona on Go To Sleep, where the musical energy winds and unwinds, like the overtired shenanigans of its past-his-bedtime protagonist. Cold Oatmeal is a hilarious ode to the brute reality of this breakfast treat. And parents will go ga-ga over the Guitar Guy's wry and wicked take on the preschool anthem, If you're Happy and You Know It. But all ends well: Despite a penchant for irony, the Guitar Guy is a man who firmly believes in happy endings.
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Patricia Ratcliffe of Westport/Weston Coop Nursery School (CT)

BOSSANOVA BOO-BOO has become our school anthem
"BOSSANOVA BOO-BOO has become our school anthem. The children learn it so quickly, identify with the words, and sing it with great enthusiasm!"
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Pamela Rooney of CD Baby

Inventive guitar and vocals
"Inventive guitar and vocal parts chug away through songs about things ranging from boo-boos to trains to falling asleep. I love how this guy uses both guitar and voice to create the percussion for the songs."
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Happy Parent in CT

I believe my son is your #1 fan and will possibly start a fan club!
You truly have a gift with children. Parents have asked me where did you find him? He is great. I believe my son is your #1 fan and will possibly start a fan club! Everyday he must list to your tape in the car. He knows all the songs. I even passed your tape on to his teacher as he requests your music there as well. Please let me know when your next tape come out.
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