Billy Jonas | What Kind Of Cat Are You?

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What Kind Of Cat Are You?

by Billy Jonas

Sing-alongs, bang-alongs, and funky folk music for the whole family. Everybody's in the band...
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. What Kind of Cat Are You?!
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2. Tongo!
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3. Some Houses
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4. Old St. Helen
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5. Alien in My Lungs
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6. Bear to the Left
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7. Pharaoh Pharaoh
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8. Watermelon
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9. Nine-foot Dragon and a Four-foot Boy
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10. Nocturnal
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11. I Spy
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12. Lean On Me
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13. Make a Joyful Noise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The main instrument is YOU when you sing and bang along with Billy Jonas' new "family/young audience" CD "What Kind of Cat Are You?!" (His 'adult/general audience' CD's are listed separately). Billy Jonas' fans will make music in all new ways as they enjoy this award-winning (2002 Parent's Choice Gold Star) collection of 13 interactive songs. Like a virtual song leader at a lively campfire, "What Kind of Cat Are You?!" encourages everyone to use their own voices and any handy item to "sing, dance, snap, tap, clap their hands and join the band!"

As with all of Billy's music, the main instrument for "What Kind of Cat Are You?!" is the audience: call-and-response lyrics, open-ended questions, and quiet instructions that inspire movement and imaginative thought. Nearly every song on "What Kind of Cat Are You?!" was inspired by and developed in performances with live audiences.

"What Kind of Cat Are You?!" features an amazing amalgam of musical styles, sure to pique the interest of everyone in the family. Each piece employs a mix of traditional instruments and lively "Industrial Re-percussion" (homemade instruments fashioned from found and recyclable objects). Children's voices provide just the right backdrop for singing along.

"What Kind of Cat Are You?!" engages listeners on many levels - physically, musically and intellectually. The songs simultaneously invite the listener to dance, do hand motions (learned in concert, or from Billy's video "Bangin' & Sangin'!" or made up by you!), sing the lyrics, answer musical riddles, or bang on a drum or box top. The combination of music, rhythm, and participatory lyrics creates an irresistible oscillation in the mind and body.

Billy's unusual outlook on life comes to the forefront on each song, where listeners can get involved in the increasingly hilarious self-exploratory answers to the question "What Kind of Cat Are You?!" "Aliens in My Lungs" makes a convincing case for the extraterrestrial experience of anyone invaded by a bad cold. The slurpy deliciousness of "Watermelon" is completely conveyed by Billy's juicy sound effects. When "Old St. Helen" explodes, people find "pieces of the mountain" in their noses, and feel the "rumble" as they become one with the mountain. A new rendition of the happy classic hit "Lean on Me" will be the perfect sing-along to share among friends, as they "stomp, clap, stomp stomp clap" along with hundreds of people making the catchy beat. Most of the songs are energetic, but the imaginative story-song "Nine-Foot Dragon" encourages quiet listening.

At the end of the recording, Billy invites everyone to make a joyful noise with friends and family - using whatever instruments are handy - whether it be "a bucket or a garbage can." "These are powerful tools for concouraging creativity and creating connectedness among people," as Billy says.

Billy Jonas is based in Asheville, North Carolina. He won national acclaim with his first "adult/general audience" album "Life So Far." A series of live performances with hundreds of children led to the release of the music video "Bangin' and Sangin'" which won a Parents' Choice Gold Award. Billy was previously a member of the critically acclaimed funky folk duo The Billys, which released two recordings, "The Billys" and "The Time Has Come."

Since 1987 Billy has been featured at prestigious festivals and venues nationwide (see selected venues below), and has shared stages with some of the world's favorite acoustic artists, including Patti Larkin, Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox, Richard Thompson, and Pete Seeger.

Billy Jonas' performances will inspire, inform, and enlighten. His work is born out of respect and reverence, and seeks to honor the creative energy in everyone. Billy provides performances and workshops for adult audiences and/or family audiences. Billy is accompanied by a full ensemble of singers and re-percussionists at larger venues.

SELECTED VENUES: Philadelphia Folk Festival Merle Watson Festival Kerrville Folk Festival The Kennedy Center The Bottom Line Club Passim Bele Chere Lake Eden Arts Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia Museum of Art Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park " . . . exquisite craft!" - Sing Out! ". . . a standout." - Chicago Reader ". . . wild-winded word MAGIC!" - Dirty Linen ". . . you can't help but sing along!" - Performing Songwriter Magazine


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lucas

wonderful!
this is a favorite of all four of my children, ages 5-12. they have all memorized "some houses"!!

mind y graham h.

awesome
loved every bit of it.,...all my friends' kids love it too...our kid is grown now so all he listens ti is rap crap....what a nice,refreshing burst of childhood energy!

spoole

My Child loved this CD!! It was awesome!
This CD was wonderful, and very child friendly. A must have for ages 4 and up. My 8 year-old nephew loved it along with my 5 year old. A great find.

Bonnie Rochman (News)

Witty word play
What a fun CD! Let this sum it up: My husband and I like listening to it as much as our 2-year-old (who now knows what "nocturnal" means and can use it correctly in a sentence!)

The Vogel Family

CATegorically GREAT!
This quickly has become our family's new favorite bedtime/anytime/singing in the car music! We bought this right after seeing Billy in concert - ever since we've been singing and teaching the songs to our friends. This CD is CATegorically GREAT!

Susan Laine

My daughter knows all of the words...
Perfect combination of fun, instrumentation, vocals and wild lyrics. My daughter took to it immediately. We got it when she was 2. She's 4 now, still loves it and knows all of the words. It's my holiday gift to all kids this year.

mari nealson

Children's Music that Doesn't Make Grown-ups gag!
I love Billy Jonas! He is one of those rare musicians who does great children's music and great music for older audiences. We own everything he has released.

Nancy (step-mom to Megan)

My step-daughter Megan absolutely LOVES this CD! Plays it all the time!
My step-daughter Megan requested this CD after hearing Billy Jonas at her school assembly. Her teacher also has the CD and plays it frequently for the kids. She ALWAYS asks to listen to this CD and even takes the boom box outside to play it.

Heather Retberg

CAT-chy........
From our 9 month old to the three y.o. to the 7 y.o, they are making music and dancing along. No spatula, measuring spoons, wood spoon is safe--I'm getting scolded for cooking and using their musical instruments. Great fun and singing along and music making for all. Oldest son found out a lot more about Mt. St. Helens and volcanoes after Old St. Helens became a favorite. We're loving it--even after it was played non-stop. Still looking for musical instruments and rhythms everywhere....

Hollis Adams


Very educational CD for my children ages 8 and 10. They learn something new each time we sing it in the car. We like it so much that we are giving it as holiday presents.
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