Monty Harper | Songs From the Science Frontier

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Songs From the Science Frontier

by Monty Harper

Battle bacterial biofilms! Help build the bat family tree! Dance like an Acrocanthosaurus! Celebrate science with songs inspired by current scientific research! Featuring Boom and Dr. Rock of the Sugar Free Allstars.
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1. Science Frontier
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2. What Is the Shape of the Molecule?
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3. Acrocanthosaurus
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4. Super Scientist
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5. Microbe Hunter
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6. Bat Man
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7. Born to Do Science
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8. My Molecular Eye
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9. It's Not Fair
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10. Wind Energy
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11. Grain of Sand
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12. Ain't It Beautiful
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13. Science Frontier Reprise
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What People Are Saying:

"I have 5 kids, ages 6 months to 9 years old. They love this CD and want to play it over and over and over again. It gives kids a real sense of what science is and what scientists do in a fun way." - Justin, Parent, McAlester, OK

"Joy and happiness exude out of the speakers. It's become our official wake-up music in the morning, replacing Veggie Tales." - David, parent of two (ages 5 & 7), Midwest City, OK

"I feel very proud to have helped this CD get made! It reminds me of the kid-friendly albums They Might Be Giants has put out in the past decade. If you like smart songs for kids that adults will also like, you need check it out." - Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D., Scientist, Edmond, OK

"Some of your best songs yet! (and I am not just saying that because I love science)." - James, age 11

"As a Biological Scientist, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My very favorite is 'It's Not Fair!' Keep up the great work! We are proud of you and enjoy your music!" - Margaret Mantooth, Stillwater, OK, Parent

"Thank you for making so many songs about bacteria!!!!!! This is a fabulous CD. I love the details in 'Super Scientist'! I'm a microbiologist, and I love how the song explains what I do. As soon as my friends begin to reproduce, I am getting them copies." - Eli, Scientist, USA


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Judy Pancoast

Up There with the Best of Children's Music!
Monty Harper is a singer-songwriter from Stillwater, OK, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a gathering of The Children's Music Network about twelve years ago. He impressed me then as a very creative and energetic guy with a knack for clever, melodious songwriting. This past week I received my copy of Monty's new CD and have been listening to it while preparing "Judy's Tune Room" radio show for March. Bravo Monty!! It's FANTASTIC!

Judy Pancoast, singer-songwriter
2011 Grammy Nominee



Monty's concept was to take current scientific research and knowledge and craft it into clever, creative and memorable songs that would not only educate, but entertain as well. Sounds like a daunting task to me, but apparently there is a science geek hidden in Monty Harper who has decided to come out to play, and we are better for it!







Monty's songwriting has come so far in the years that I've known him, and he's really reached new heights with this one....and he had to work with some seriously complicated words, terms and concepts. Consider the song "My Molecular Eye," with lyrics like "I spin my flagella" and "I am a phototaxic bacterium." (forgive me if I spelled that wrong Monty). But with his catchy melodies and clever, creative lyrics he has fashioned an educational CD that will bring a new and fun dimension to any science classroom. Every elementary school teacher (and even middle and high school teacher) who ever looked for a way to make the often difficult concepts of science more appealing to students should zip right over to CD Baby and order a copy NOW. In fact, I might just send it in to my daughter's high school Chemistry teacher. I think she'll love it! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/montyharper7/from/montyharper



In a really smart move, Monty hired the producer of The Sugar Free Allstars, one of my favorite children's music groups, to produce this CD, and Boom and Dr. Rock from the band helped out as well. The result is a fresh new sound for Monty that revs up the boogie in his beats. As I listen I hear traces of The Beatles, The Monkees, Devo, Queen and more. It's eminently listenable.



I get a lot of CDs from musicians all over the children's music spectrum, and I would stack this up there among the top three percent.



Monty raised funds to record this project from family, friends and interested bystanders.

I'm so proud to have done my little part to help finance such a work of musical genius.

Gregory J. Crowther, Ph.D.

How scientists think and what they actually do, tied up into little pop packages
The vast majority of science songs simply deliver textbook facts, and there's nothing wrong with that. "Songs from the Science Frontier," however, is a true rarity: an album by a lay person that really captures what it's like to be a practicing scientist in the 21st century. Monty Harper has apparently spent a lot of time talking to the scientists whose work he portrays here, and his songs include details that go well beyond the generic textbook stuff. The catchy folk/pop melodies make it all very listenable, however. I especially admire "Wind Energy," which has a "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly" song structure, (i.e., A, BA, CBA, DCBA, etc.) that reinforces the key concepts without ever getting boring. Bravo, Monty!

Kimberly Chapman

Science FTW!
I heard about this album from a skeptic parenting podcast and played the sample on that for my then 5-year-old. She immediately wanted her own copy so I bought it and we've loved it ever since. The apparent ease with which Monty weaves complex scientific concepts and jargon into music that makes sense to kids is mind-boggling. I've learned from this album and I am just as prone to singing along in the car over and over as my daughter, who is now 7 and still in love with this album.

This is a must-have for any family that values STEM subjects. Why is this not a national best seller? Buy one for your kid and then extras for your friends' kids because the world needs more science-literate families!

Amy A.

Super Songs
Thanks for making this cd. We bought it when it first came out. My 8 and 6 year old love it. Their favorite song is number 4. Super Scientist . I wish it was number one on the cd because we have to fast forward to it every time we listen. They are super hero fans.

Barb Tilsen

Great songs from a great songwriting!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Monty Harper and enjoying his wonderful songwriting for many years and this latest cd shows once again what a creative and inventive songwriter he is! I love the whole concept of this cd firmly grounded in its connection to science and scientists in the most imaginative and playful ways! I highly recommend it!