Brian Vogan | Little Songs

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Little Songs

by Brian Vogan

Fun children's music that encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child's world.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. That's How a Pumpkin Grows
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2. Racecar
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1:32 album only
3. Animal ABCs
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3:48 album only
4. Chess
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1:17 album only
5. We Call It Fall
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2:36 album only
6. The Listening Song
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7. Firefighter
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8. Say Hello
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9. Happy Valentine's Day
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10. Spring
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11. High Five
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Brian Vogan is a songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator in Seattle, Washington. His debut recording ‘Little Songs’ is a collection of eleven songs that were directly inspired by the interests and ideas of the children Brian visits each week as a music educator.

As a former pre-kindergarten teacher, Brian has always been an advocate of the philosophy known as emergent curriculum, which is a system of creating lesson plans that are based on student’s passions and interests. Observation, creative brainstorming, patience and flexibility are the basic ingredients used to create a healthy enviornment for each child to flourish. Rather than start with a curriculum plan that requires a ‘hook’ to get the children interested, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests.

It was through this process that each song was crafted. Every tune became it’s own little project that the children would look forward to working on every time Brian taught a music class. Soon the children were busy offering lyrical ideas and tips on arrangement, eager to hear their ideas evolve over the course of weeks ahead. Brian soon realized that the idea of making a recording of children’s songs had grown into something much bigger than he could have ever imagined.

“For those of us working with young children, we know that children learn through repetition; hands-on experiences; their senses; in play-based settings and through child-directed and child-focused environments and programs. Brian’s CD, “Little Songs”, encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world; and reinforces kindergarten readiness skills and concepts through music and movement. Brian’s voice is calm and soothing and he is gifted in engaging young children through rhythm and rhyme. Two of our children’s favorites are “Race Car” and the “Listening Song”! Brian’s music is original, special and very unique.”

-Cheryl Iverson- Program Supervisor for Childhaven-Lake City in Seattle, Washington

“Little Songs” is produced by Barrett Jones, who is known for his work with the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Melvins, John Doe and Brad to name a few. It also features musician, composer, and educator Jeremy Reinhold as well as long time friend and drummer, Kory Christian, and early childhood teacher and singer, Kari May.

Brian currently resides with his wife, Nikki, in Seattle, Washington. For information regarding live events near you, please check out his website, www.brianvogan.com.


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Susan S.

Little Songs
I find that I enjoy this album right along with the kids. We all sing along in the car to the songs and dance together at home. I catch myself humming the songs when the kids aren't around.

Lindsay

We Love Little Songs
What a Wonderful CD My 1 1/2 Year old loves it and askes for the "Pumpkin song" as soon as we get in the car. We all sing along. Its nice to have music that the whole family can enjoy. Thank You Mr. Brian.

Sydney Heiman

love those lil' songs
It is a great kids album. I played it at my one year olds birthday party, which was mostly adults, and everyone loved it.

Keir Graff

Top Notch!
Little Songs sounds like a cross between They Might Be Giants and Ween--but is more original than that description suggests. Like the best kids' music, it hits the kids right in their dancing shoes without wearing out the adults' ears. Brian Vogan has tons of talent and a heart as big as a whale.

Wendy Wiltfong

You had us at "Nutria"
Little Songs rock! My 5 year old son, Crew, and I listen daily; we sing, dance, and laugh all the way to school, running errands, or just on a drive. I must admit, that I listen long after my son is dropped off at school! It's well done and I give a huge thumbs-up to the very talented Mr. Brian! Finally a kid's cd that I enjoy listening to! When's the next one coming out?

Farida Dowler

Tuneful
A recent email from Red Tricycle brought my attention to “Little Songs,” the first CD released by Seattle early childhood-music educator Brian Vogan. We just received our copy from CD Baby, and have listened to the album a number of times already. Favorite songs include the elegantly simple “That’s How a Pumpkin Grows,” “Animal ABCs” and “Racecar.” Most of the songs have a quiet, vibrant energy that invite the listener both to reflect thoughtfully and dance around the room. When listening to “Little Songs,” I was reminded of Woody Guthrie, not in terms of genre or voice, but in the delivery of deceptively simple, memorable melodies that sound new and familiar at the same time. I appreciated the lyrics to “Animal ABCs”, too: there are a number of standard and unusual animals in the lineup, but when he gets to X, Vogan sings, “X doesn’t have one” rather than being arch and trying to fit the x-ray fish or xiaosaurus (a teeny-tiny dinosaur) into the list.