Gary Storm’s much loved album, Songs For Children, was for many years heard only by his family and those within his circle of friends. It is now available to the world. The whole recording consists entirely of Gary’s melodious voice and his acoustic guitar. His singing and strumming are warm, ageless, and reassuring to all.
The full CD is 35 minutes long, and includes a booklet of lyrics and charming illustrations by Gary’s four children. Each song is also available as an MP3 download. Most of the songs on the album are by Gary, created for and co-written by his children. Gary sings about subjects that matter to kids: princesses, princes, wishes, magic, jokes, bathrooms, lollipops, sleepytime, and teddy bears. Among the collection of songs is a sing along version of Ella Jenkins’ “Mary Mack,” a nostalgic adaptation of “Bicycle Built for Two,” and a magical mashup of traditional songs like “Bah Bah Black Sheep” and “Twinkle.”
Gary’s music inspires children to sing and dance. Kids laugh at the chorus of “The Teddy Bear Song,” and always beg to hear it again. They leap up and dance to the “Winter Solstice Song” and quietly dream to “Heartbeat,” a mother’s lullaby. Adults find pleasure in the sophisticated simplicity of the songs that celebrate innocence, and they smile knowingly to the “Diaper Changing Song” and the “Teething Song,” which are written from a parent’s perspective.
Gary follows the spirit of great children’s performers like Burl Ives, Roger Whittaker, Raffi, and Fred Penner. He has a Ph.D. in English and a law degree. He plays viola and guitar and is a member of the rock band “Wes Studi’s Firecat of Discord.” Gary’s wife, Linda Storm, is an artist and a Montessori teacher. You can see her art online and at Last Gallery on the Right on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Gary and Linda were married live on the radio on WUWU-FM in Buffalo in 1983. They have four beautiful accomplished children, April, Nathan, Cadance, and Juniper.