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Little Animals

by Mark Weakland

Blending Raffi with James Taylor, Little Animals offers an acoustic mix of folk, reggae, blues, witty word play and just plain silliness on 15 songs (including the award winning Bed Bug Bounce) that are sure to captivate both kids and parents.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. What Is the Sound?
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2. I Am a Worm
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3. Squirrel and Nut
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4. Teeny Tiny Turtle
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5. Big Fat Groundhog Blues
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6. The Eensy, Weensy Spider
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7. There Was An Old Lady
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8. The Platypus Song
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9. Little Mouse
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10. Buzz,buzz,buzz
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11. Here Comes a Shark
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12. Dolphins Dancing
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13. Froggy Went a Courtin'
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14. Bed Bug Bounce
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15. Little Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Winner of the Parents' Choice Approved Medal and containing "Bed Bug Bounce", finalist in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest,and "Squirrel and Nut", finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, Little Animals is the latest children's CD from singer/songwriter Mark Weakland. Mark's work with the Family Arts Theatre helped the group earn a Parent's Choice Silver Medal for their CD "Pajama Jammin'".

"Listening to Bed Bug Bounce is one of my first-graders' favorite rewards. They know every word.  They're always happier once they've had their time to dance and sing along with this song."
-- Vida Birkhead, first-grade teacher, Geneva, Illinois

"Julia loves the CD, especially "Teeny Tiny Turtle" and the one with all the animal noises which she demands we repeat endlessly in the car!"
-- Bill Maruca, father, musician and lawyer, Pittsburgh, PA


Playing everything from jazz to rock to funk to classical, Mark has played for and recorded with over 40 artists and performing arts groups in Western Pennsylvania. He's helped open for national artists such as Merle Saunders, Rusted Root, The Band, Dave Mason, and jazz greats John Faddis, Emily Remler and John Blake. Currently, his music can be heard on WYEP's (91.5 FM) award-winning public radio program, The Saturday Light Brigade.

Mark is also a teacher and educational consultant. He's worked with children and the educational system for almost 15 years. He's recently presented on ways of using music, drama and movement in the classroom at The Pittsburgh Summer Institute, The 15th Annual Early Childhood Conference, and the Western Pennsylvania Conference for Middle and Secondary Teachers.

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Mike Buebel, Pittsburgh

Catchy tunes, actually tolerable for adults, even after 50 times
My 3 kids (ages 17 mos to 5 yo) love this. We have listened to it over 50 times in the car so far. It still doesn't bother me like so many other ones do.
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Bill Maruca, Father, Musician And Lawyer

Can't leave home without it!
My nearly two-year-old daughter absolutely loves this CD, and demands it every time we get in the car. Her favorites are "Buzz Buzz Buzz" (which she calls "The Animal Song"), "Dolphins Dancing," "Teeny Tiny Turtle," and "Little Lullaby." The originals are extremely clever and will get laughs from kids and parents alike, and the traditional songs are given some unique twists. The musical settings vary from folk to blues ("Groundhog") to reggae to a Paul Simon-esqe world-beat take on Eensy Weensy Spider. Just the sound effects rival Spike Jones and Frank Zappa. Your kids will love it. You may need to get one for each family car.



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Henry Baron, Director, Small Business Owner And Father, Jennerst

CD has broad appeal
This is my son’s absolute favorite CD. He’s one and a half. It also happens to be mine – and I’m forty-nine! Mr. Weakland’s wacky sense of humor permeates every song. Whereas the clever wordplay and comedic performances appeal to me, my son Nicholas gets off on the very sophisticated – yet somehow traditional arrangements. He just can’t stop dancing. The variety in Mr. Weakland’s musicianship is truly exceptional! I’d classify the style of music as country/folk/rock/bluesy/pop/jazz/modern. This CD can be enjoyed on many levels – it’s educational, raucously funny and just plain toe-tapping fun. I’d love to see these songs put to some animated videos. They’d be hysterical!
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Eric Lee

Our little one LOVES this CD
I can't count the times our little one has fallen asleep, awoken, danced, and played to this wonderful album. Thank goodness you can't wear a CD out! The songs are creative and varied, and the artist has a great understanding of what makes little ones tick. There are songs for jumping around and songs for calming down. Our 15-month old never gets tired of it, and it's witty and musically complex enough that we never do either.
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