“Bill Harley has the uncanny ability to reaffirm life for listeners, be they five or fifty. Humor, empathy, intelligence and reality all radiate from his work and from him.” - Penguin Books
A Grammy award winning artist, Bill uses song and story paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author and performing artist.
With these considerable talents, Bill considers his real work to be using these skills to encourage his audience to see the world anew and to experience “live art”, to honor the emotional lives of children and adults and finally, to pass along a love of language and music.
“Bill Harley takes his life and turns it into art. Sounds simple until you actually try to do it. That Harley’s art seems so effortless only underscore his mastery.” -Nuvo Newsweekly
Praise for Weezie and the Moonpies:
"Both stories are geared toward a juvenile audience, but adults won't have any trouble placing themselves in Harley's usually quaking shoes." Booklist
"Mesmerizing and entertaining, this CD will captivate kids of all ages with the tales "Mrs. Lunchroom Lady" and "Weezie and the Moonpies." To try and recount any apart of either tale in print is an impossible task, for so much of the story's charm is in how it is related - simply and eloquently, using different vocal timbres and inflections." Dirty Linen Folk & World Music
"Our entire family are new fans ! Our boys (4 & 2) LOVE the stories. We just spent a car trip listening to "Weezie & the Moon Pies" & "Mrs. Lunch Room Lady" -- we listened to the tapes for hours & hours -- and never got bored! Thanks for making the trip more enjoyable !" Julie & Family
"I am a pre-school teacher of 4 and 5 year olds and every day they ask for these two stories. I have gotten them down to twice a week. I am sure that soon they will be able to tell the story at home word for word." Doris