This is a really fun way to get your kiddos energized. Steve teaches while keeping the music pumping. Exercise, learning and fun abound in these catchy songs. Children learn they are important and have a place in society where they can succeed if they try. I think this is a great CD for uplifting your kids and keeping them entertained. Love that Steve shows that all of us are important no matter what sort of background we come from. My favorite song is MLK where he explains “We Are All In This Together”.
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’s The 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 on Orangutan 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 the PBS KIDS preschool destination that features the popular shows Curious 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.
ORANGUTAN VAN TRACK LIST:
“A” is for Silly
Orangutan Van (and Banana Transit)
Brush, Brush, Brush
All In This Together (MLK)
Soaring with Reading
Song Without a Rhyme
Want to See Steve Live? Here’s the List
November 2012 – January 2013 SteveSongs Show Highlights:
Nov. 17 The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Nov. 18 CPTV Benefit Shows, Hartford, CT
Dec. 1 Parker Damon Building, Acton, MA
Dec. 2 Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton, MA
Dec. 7 & 8 The Village Theatre, Canton, MI
Dec. 31 First Night, Middletown, CT
Jan.19 Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
Jan. 21 Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA
Ready to buy? Head on over to Steve’s website and get ya one of these CD’s Pre-orders will be taken via Steve’s website — starting Thanksgiving week (next week) with delivery in mid-December, in time for Christmas.