Orangutan Van -- the first new SteveSongs album of full-length songs in six years -- continues the SteveSongs tradition of great melodies, catchy lyrics, and playful humor, all wrapped up into what WERS-FM'sThe Playground called "a lovingly created concoction of fun and smart."
"Smart" captures the essence of the respect shown to Steve's work. Steve Roslonek, who performs as SteveSongs, is committed to entertaining while educating, laughing while learning.
Steve explains, "Laughter is important, and a lot of the songs onOrangutan Van are really fun. There's a subtraction song about Dan, Stan, flanana flavored flan and an 11-seat orangutan van, and Silly Vanilli (from my album Marvelous Day) is back to explain why 'A is for Silly.' But as hilarious as many of these songs are, they're imbued with lessons that I hope will resonate with kids, reinforcing similar messages that they hear from parents, teachers, or mentors."
A highlight of Orangutan Van is "All In This Together (MLK)," with lyrics inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and music driven by the masterful rhythm section of Paul Kochanski and Sturgis Cunningham, Anand Nayak's amazing, raw, wah-wah pedal guitar, and the sensational Matt Steckler on sax. Special guest Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is heard on "Superhero You," which talks about how kids can be heroes in small but super ways if they make a point of looking out for others. "Soaring with Reading" features a cameo from Glen "Big Baby" Davis of the Boston Celtics/Orlando Magic, who helps motivate young listeners to G-O anywhere they want to go -- through reading.
Since May 2008, Steve Roslonek, as "Mr. Steve," has co-hosted thePBS KIDS preschool destination that features the popular showsCurious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, Super WHY! and Martha Speaks. Steve regularly makes appearances nationwide at PBS station events, and, along with other notable PBS KIDS characters, such as Hooper, he is a featured visitor at libraries across the country, encouraging kids to read through the JetBlue and PBS KIDS collaborative "Soar with Reading" program.
Steve Songs is one of my girls' favorite shows to watch when we do watch PBS (which is often especially Sid The Science Kid and Super Why?). His music is catchy, fun, and covers many different themes. Orangutan Van is the first full album I have owned of his and I will definitely be looking to buy more of his music in the future.
Our family favorite tracks included Flat Stanley, Bubbles, A Is For Silly and Superhero You. All the songs on Orangutan Van appealed to the girls, as well I found that I enjoyed it as well.
If you have preschoolers in your home that enjoy PBS, then Steve Songs Orangutan Van is the perfect gift idea for then this Christmas season!
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: Orangutan Van will be available for purchase as of January 29, 2013
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