Mayor of Storyville | "Now This Is Fun"

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"Now This Is Fun"

by Mayor of Storyville

2012 Parent's Choice Award, "A smorgasbord of musical fun, from a barnyard polka to a kitty seranade, plus orchestrated tales imparting tender lessons—learn to Mouth Tap and gargle a whistle too. Awesome and wholesome fun." Lou Carlozo, Christian Century
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1. Mayor's Theme / Barnyard Fun
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2. Don't Let Those Chickens Run Away
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3. The Loneliest Crayon
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4. The Fish That Didn't Go to School
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5. Rumpa Dumpa
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6. Kitty Delight
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7. Trembellona
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8. Mouth Tap (Live)
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9. The Squirrel That Shared
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10. Gargling a Whistle/Peepalot
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11. A Gorilla in Love
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12. The Elf in Yourself
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13. The Redheaded Rat
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14. Meep-Meep Moop-Moop
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15. Let the Music Stay
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It's a treehouse that even parents get to play in. Listen to The Loneliest Crayon and see for yourself. The download is FREE. As a matter of fact, 7 TRACKS are FREE!

Why?

Because the Mayor of Storyville is an experience, not just an album. The Mayor inspires children to use their creativity and brings families together. And that's why these stories need to be shared. So please, download your 7 FREE tracks—Mayor's treat!

The Mayor’s first album is the result of thousands of children and teacher requests, all tested in the classroom and crafted through LIVE performances. You’ll laugh, sing and even moo right along with us. Yes, moo! It’s a gift you'll be delighted to share with children ages 4-12. And, watch it inspire their creativity! At the same time, it's also for the 10-year-old that is still inside of all of us. Grandparents say it reminds them of old time radio. Grab some cookies and enjoy the ultimate Road Trip CD! Are you ready to be a kid again? It’s time for the Mayor of Storyville® — “Now THIS is FUN”

Also, you'll see Inside the CD is an IDEA MAP. It's a Candyland type experience to show you graphically where my stories came from. Here are the stories behind the stories:

Mayor’s Theme—This is my alarm clock. It makes me grab my tie and suspenders to get the day started.

Don’t Let Those Chickens Run Away—When I was little, on my Grandpa’s farm (in Arma, Kansas) we had an evil, one-eyed rooster. It would chase me around the barnyard and peck the back pockets on my jeans as I ran. I used to leave the gate open so I could escape, and was always warned, “Don’t Let Those Chickens Run Away.”

The Loneliest Crayon—In first grade I was so shy nobody knew my name. During a game of Red Rover in gym class, the only two left were me and the kid who wore his pants inside-out to school. This story is dedicated to anyone who’s ever been picked last in gym class.

The Fish That Didn’t Go to School—My Dad and Uncle Frank always took me on fishing trips. They gave me a candy bar and pop for breakfast once. It was great! We caught a lot of fish. My Mom asked what was the best part of the trip? I said, “Eating Mounds bars and Dr. Pepper for breakfast!” Then Mom yelled at my Dad. This story is dedicated to all teachers, fishermen, and moms and dads everywhere!

Roompa Doompa—This is how most of my songs start out—me humming a melody or making noises marching around the kitchen. Try it yourself. You might be surprised to find a special song lurking somewhere inside of you!

Kitty Delight—I had a sweet little kitty named “Stinky.” Who was always trying to escape. One day, I left the door open and he got away. Each night I walked around the neighbor hood yelling, “Stinky! Stinky! Stinky!!” This song’s dedicated to Stinky.

Trembellona—My Nonna (Italian grandmother) used to sing all the time in the kitchen when she was baking biscotti. She was a little woman who always seemed a lot taller whenever she sang.

Mouth Tap LIVE—My tap teacher always told me, “You’ve got to put more sole in your souls.” Tap dancing is about making music with your feet, not noise. You can’t tap dance in the car, but anyone can have fun Mouth Tapping! Give it a try!

The Squirrel That Shared—My Nonno (Italian grandfather) was one of the smartest and most generous people I have ever known. And he fed a lot of squirrels. His last name was Buti, so in my story I named a squirrel “Buddy” in his honor. The limping squirrel is me. I used to sprain my ankles a lot.

Peepalot—There’s a little bird in all of us that tells us to keep trying just when you feel like quitting. One morning, when I felt like quitting, I wrote this story to cheer myself up. It’s still one of my favorites.

A Gorilla in Love—"Love you with all my might, though sometimes I hug too tight, but what did you expect from a gorilla in love.” I think we've all been a gorilla in love at times. It’s about a woman who falls in love with a gorilla, then wants to change him. Lots of luck with that!

The Elf In Yourself—We all need to tune in to our inner Elf. That is the little guy inside of you who will always believe in you, no matter what. You’ve got magic inside of you. So keep trying. The Elf believes in you. And so do I!

The Redheaded Rat—One day I was thinking . . . what would a rat be willing to do to get himself a beautiful head of hair? Answering that question gave me the story.

Meep-Meep Moop-Moop—One warm summer night, as I sat down to tell my girls their bedtime story, the crickets outside were so loud that all I could think about were . . . the crickets! So I decided to sing along!

Let the Music Stay—Some schools are canceling their music programs due to budget cuts. But what if the instruments said, “No”? School bands build confidence in students and create a “can do” attitude. With this little song I pray that all the music programs can be saved.

Check out more Mayor of Storyville fun on YouTube.

Have fun, be kind to one another and be good. And I will be seeing you real soon in Storyville.

Now Download those Tracks !!
Love,
Kenny Haas #25
Mayor of Storyville


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Lou Carlozo, lead music critic, Christian Century magazine, form

"Wholesome & Awesome
The genre of "kids music" deceives most listeners because, like jazz, it really encompasses many things. It may mean the gentle, folk-inspired songs of pioneer Ella Jenkins, or the robust rock of kids' music star Justin Roberts. And surely, between those poles, a lot of bad stuff gets released: records that pander to children like they're in arrested development, or else invoke tired clichés of trains that toot and animals that are incessantly cute.

Enter Chicago's Kenny Haas, a children's artist who's first and foremost a storyteller, but also a very talented musician who's tough to pin down. Pigeonholing him is downright impossible, though it might help you to know he was a finalist in the 1,000-man search to be the "New Captain Kangaroo." Now he comes with his debut album -- released by his alter-ego, the Mayor of Storyville -- entitled "Now THIS is FUN." You might also call it "fun for all," as this album won't send parents screaming once their kids play it over and over: In fact, they might sneak a listen when junior isn't around. It's 100% lovable.

Haas' watchword might as well be "eclectic," as "FUN" mixes it up between live storytelling, pre-recorded stories and songs that display a smorgasbord of genres, from polka ("Don't Let Those Chickens Run Away") to silly acapella doo-wop ("Kitty Delight," which recounts the story of a lost cat as though it were a forlorn '50s love song). Among the highlights on the storytelling side, "The Loneliest Crayon" recounts how a gray-violet crayon finally gets her turn coloring in the gown of the princess, while "The Squirrel That Shared" imparts a tender lesson in generosity that could dent even the hardest adult heart.

Another centerpiece of the disc is "Let the Music Stay," which balances a playful tone with somewhat serious subject matter: a plea to save music programs at schools everywhere. In creating an infectious piece where the instruments take on lives of their own, Haas makes an argument more potent than any Mozart Effect: Music brings joy, imagination and possibility into the all-too-structured lives of 21st Century kids. Where some might aim such a message for the head, Hass goes for the heart and scores a melodic bullseye.

Haas' self-stated goal on "FUN" is to bring back the days when entertainment brought families together, and that alone recommends this album for repeated listens. In an age when too many kids disappear into the solitary worlds of video screens and iPod listening, Haas has made a disc that whole families can enjoy. This reviewer experimented with his own kids, who listened to it once all the way through, then immediately cued it up again--making up their own dances and routines to the songs and story monologues.

The Mayor of Storyville has, one would hope, a larger narrative to write in the years to come. Because with talent like this, he's bound to qualify for a promotion, a larger role where he becomes a king of kids' entertainment. Lou Carlozo

Ronald Dawson

My child was enthralled
After attending a small CD release party and seeing the Mayor Of Storyville perform, my daughter who is seven and I listened to the CD all the way home. My daughter laughted aloud at many of the stories and songs. Her favorite was "Meep-Meep Moop-Moop." It was also my favorite! My daughter asked me how the Mayor was able to create all of the stories, songs, and characters on the CD. I looked at her and said " he never allowed the fun, child, side of himself to go away; and I would give the same advice to you." Truly a wonderful, creative, and entertaining experience for children and childlike adults.

Lisa VanderSchaaf

Mayor of Storyville "Now THIS is Fun"
I use this CD over and over in my classroom. The kids love listening to this CD. The message of "Let the Music Stay" is priceless. I have used "The Loneliest Crayon" for a character education lesson. As the CD is playing, you see the kids bopping their heads to the beat. GREAT stuff!!!!

Lucius44

A Labor of Love
Here's something unique - The Mayor of Storyville delivers on a campaign promise - You and your kids WILL have a hoot listening and joining in on his first foray into the CD world.

While your children may know nothing of Captain Kangaroo, Danny Kaye, or other timeless entertainers, they will know the infectious fun delivered by the Mayor. The songs are sing-a-long great and the stories will leave a warm feeling in everyone's tummy. There's no question the Mayor loves what he does and he loves to entertain. If he isn't one of your kids' favorites, he will be soon.

This mayor will take no kickbacks; will take no graft; will only take your children on a marvelous ride of fun, music, and self-discovery. Get this CD today!

DrBob2112

Fun for kids and parents alike!
As kids go thru phases listening and watching various kids programming as they grow up, parents are often drowned with the relentless repeat of remixed media. At LAST something new is afoot, and it's fun for kids AND parents! After listening to this CD you will find the children singing them on their own while driving, and parents will join in as well as it's just plain fun!! The Mayor of Storyville has scaled to the precipice of prototypical kids music and stands atop as a primary source of not just kids music, but FAMILY entertainment. Well done!