About the Songs - Fred's Back! CD
CD Name: “Fred’s Back!”
Release Date: Dec 2012
Music: 13 tracks. Original music. Humor/education.
Variety of styles and topics. Vocal and instrument
performance by Peter Apel.
About the songs: See below.
Listen/Buy: visit our music store.
All songs copyright Peter Apel 2012
1. M-O-M Spells Mom (AKA "Things Everyone Should Know"): When kids listen to this song, they quickly learn to spell key words like “Mom,” “Dad,” “Mother,” “Father." They also learn a touch of Spanish and are reminded of some other important facts (“Wash your hands before you eat”). This song was inspired by Apel's own youngster who was doing homework and didn’t recognize a very important word.
KEYWORDS: SING-ALONG, SPELLING, SPANISH
2. The Boring Song: This song was created spontaneously to engage a child complaining of boredom at the start of circle time. After the song, the child, determined to complain, shouted, "That song wasn't boring!" The music alternates between suspenseful lyrics and lively polka sections where kids are encouraged to hop and jump. KEYWORDS: MOVEMENT, FLAMENCO, POLKA
3. Dozen Donuts: This counting song counts to a dozen rather than 10 with the goal of teaching the "dozen" concept and to give kids a reference for the placement of those tricky numbers eleven and twelve. NOTE: This song and The Dozen Waltz started as the same song. Peter included both songs on the album to demonstrate how two ideas can start in one place and evolve (through the song-writing process) to be two completely different songs.
KEYWORDS: COUNTING, DOZEN, TWELVE, SING-ALONG
4. Lipstick Blah Blah: A super-danceable nonsense song. Peter promised his kids they could each say one thing into the microphone, and he would write a dance song based on their input. His daughter said, “Lipstick.” His son, disappointed in her choice, said, “Blah Blah.” KEYWORDS: MOVEMENT, DANCE, ELECTRONIC, NONSENSE, SILLY
5. Bombones (Marshmallows): Fred Pinsocket Spaceman is back! He's out looking for bananas when he finds a bag of marshmallows. He has a little trouble absorbing the sugar rush, and the song speeds up each time he gobbles another marshmallow. He even starts speaking Spanish.
KEYWORDS: STORY SONG, MOVEMENT, ADVENTURE, FANTASY, MARSHMALLOWS, SPANISH
6. The Other Dinosaur Song: Relaxing, lullaby-like passages interleaved with rock-n-roll passages featuring a dinosaur and a chicken. This song is the oldest original song from either album. It was recorded and included on the “Fred’s Back!” CD for the benefit of Peter’s God-son and God-daugher who remembered it as part of their childhood.
KEYWORDS: DINOSAUR, CHICKEN, MOVEMENT SONG
7. (I Love You) Too, Too Much: This song is sung from the point of view of a young child reflecting on the value of love from moms, grandparents, fathers who travel (verse 3 was written in honor of military dads), and siblings. Inspired by Peter’s own mom, who regularly tells her kids & grandkids that she loves them “Too, too much!” KEYWORDS: LOVE, MOM, DAD, GRANDMA
8. Mary Had a Little Lamb: Peter’s arrangement of the childhood classic.
This is the only non-original song on the “Fred’s Back!” album.
KEYWORDS: NURSURY RHYMES
9. I Love Sopaipillas: A patron in a restaurant breaks into song about sopaipillas, the delicious, puffy bread served with New Mexico cuisine (Peter was born and raised in NM). The waitress is played by Peter’s daughter. This song has been adopted by a New Mexico restaurant and is heard frequently in their radio ad campaigns.
KEYWORDS: SOPAIPILLAS, FOOD, NEW MEXICO, FOOD, CARNE ADOVADA
10. Ring-a-Ding-Ding: Instrumental with a driving beat highlighting lots of drums, guitar, and rock ‘n roll. Inspired when Peter’s kids were toddlers and he’d play a simple, made-up game with a stuffed guitar-shaped pillow. This song is used as background music in Peter's magic show. KEYWORDS: INSTRUMENTAL, DRUM SOLO
11. Five Little Leprechauns: Created for preschool visits, this song was originally used as a sound-track for a preschool (flannel-board) video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJfLj7gNSY , The song was embellished and re-mastered for the Fred’s Back! CD.
KEYWORDS: ST. PATRICK’S DAY, HOLIDAYS, LEPRECHAUN, COUNTING, FIVE, 5
12. The Dozen Waltz: A gentle waltz emphasizing movement and counting to twelve. The song shares the same origin as track #3 "Dozen Donuts." KEYWORDS: COUNTING, DOZEN, TWELVE, SING-ALONG, CLAP, HOP, DANCE, WALTZ
13. The Grapefruit Song: A toddler is enjoying breakfast with is family when he becomes the victim of a stray grapefruit squirt in the eye. This is the country-rock version of the song, inspired by an Apel family story. KEYWORDS: GRAPEFRUIT, BREAKFAST, NUTRITION