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Highland Park

by Johnny Only

Refreshing children's music with a grown up sound that gets kids moving physically and mentally.
Genre: Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive
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1. Highland Park
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2. Ross Park Zoo
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3. This Little Piggie
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4. When the Saints
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5. Eldo the Elephant
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6. Itsey Bitsey Teapot
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7. Ring Around the Rosies
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8. Twinkle, Black Sheep, E.F.G.
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10. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Story Behind Highland Park:

The First Time I was put in front of a pre-school audience, there had been a mis-communication with the person who hired me. I was horrified because I had planned a program for school-aged kids. I struggled through it and swore I would never again work with a pre-school aged audience. But the next year, that same group called to hire me for a repeat performance and got me thinking. I thought I had done a terrible job. Now I was curious. What would they think of me if I actually prepared a few traditional nursery songs? I took the job and got through it much better, but I was still amazed at how difficult it was hold a two or three year old's attention. While I was pondering all of this, my own school-age children, Ashlen, Mikayla, and Jaime Marie, were looking for an allowance. What could they do to earn it? I suggested to them that they help me entertain pre-schoolers. I would book some work and they would help me perform. Interestingly, the first place I visited booked us for six shows. It was Highland Park in Endwell, NY. I didn't try to book any more work after that because my childrens' schedule suddenly changed. I would now be forced to work Highland Park alone. I was dismayed and considered backing out of the contract. But that was not really in my nature so, instead I learned a few more nursery songs. I figured I would have a different audience each time; how many different songs would I really need? When the first show started I was trembling with nervousness, but I played every nursery song I knew. Breathing a sigh of relief as the show ended, I figured I could just repeat the same show six times and I'd get through it. But to my horror, as the parents walked past me toward the exit, they kept saying, "We'll see you next week!" "We'll be back next time!" What was I going to do now? It was too late to give up. My only option was to come up with a new show in only 7 days. The children in my audiences could tell you the rest. They've seen hand puppets, string puppets, heard stories that were acted out, nursery ryhmes adapted and combined in new ways, they've seen juggling, ventriloquism, finger plays and finally they began to hear songs that I wrote just for them. In short, those pre-schoolers brought out a "Best" in me that I didn't even know existed and Highland Park made me a regular. Thankfully, the next year, my daughters -along with their friend Caroline, were able to join me on stage as the "Only Girls" and our growing audience was clamoring for a CD. I only had enough money to record it from my living room. I wanted my own children's voices on the CD, but they were too young for the discipline of traditional recording techniques. After numerous tears and tantrums from both Daddy and Children alike, I learned that recording while eating, giggling, or rolling about on the floor could get the job done far better than good posture, perfect pitch and other traditional measures of professionalism. If you listen closely, you can even hear my parakeet, Jacques, in the background on a few tracks. If there is one thing I love about these recordings, it is that they are of real people with real imperfections. They mirror childhood. Children don't care about perfect, but they love to experience the real thing, and it is even better if Mom and Dad are with them. That's what Highland Park is all about. Come and share your adventure of childhood with us; for the first, or for the second time. ~Johnny Only


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Daniel Miller

Superstar
Johnny Only's album is simply a must if you have children. He is on the level of Laurie Berkner, Dan Zane,... When I first took my son to see Johnny it was like walking into a magical world. Devin was drawn in completely. Johnny's music moved him and tickled his soul. We listen to Johnny's albums all the time. Devin sings his songs as he plays his "Johnny Only" guitar. Their are many people who write and perform childrens music, but not all of them so uniquely connect with them. Johnny's music is fun, exciting, and brings classic songs back to life with and exciting twist. His new songs stick with you. I often find myself singing Johnny Only songs to my patients. Whether you are a grandparent, parent, or child, Johnny's music will put a smile on your face and a tap in your toe.

Debbie

FRC Coordinator
Johnny Only is endlessly filled with musical entertainment and on-going energetic fun, for people of all ages. He is a master of songs, intruments, juggling, puppets, webkinz, story-telling, voices, and more. Johnny keeps his audience wiggling, giggling, jiggling and moving to the beat and lyric of the music. Most of all, Johnny has heart, and by the end of his shows, he captures all of yours.

Jeannette Hampp

We LOVE Johnny Only
My girls are big fans of Johnny Only's Highland Park show and his music always puts a smile on their face. Even my 19 month old knows who Johnny Only is and races to put her shoes on when we tell her we're getting ready to go to his show. I always wondered about the CD when we went to his shows, and I love that I found it online so I can preview the songs. My girls are definitely getting a copy for Christmas this year!

Even if you've never been to the Highland Park shows your kids will love these songs. They are such catchy tunes that my 4 year sings them over and over again.

Barry Downing

Author, Pastor
The Highland Park CD is a wonderful combination of original music written by Jon Wright, as well as lively renditions of old favorites like "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have seen Jon and his daughters perform live at Highland Park. The voices of his daughters add a sweetness and joy that children find attractive and safe. My own grandchildren have enjoyed the CD a lot, and I am thankful that music like this is available for children.

Sherry M.

Thank God for Johnny Only!
Your kids will love this CD and so will you! Experiencing Johnny Only in person or by CD guarentees a cheerful mood by all. His ability to capture the spirit and joy of early childhood through his music and story telling is very original. It's obvious that he loves children and is so generous in sharing his gifts. The Only Girls add so much with their sweet voices and energy. My son has been obsessed with Johnny Only for two years and he's also star-struck by his daughters! It's great for the car, dancing, and anytime the family needs some energy or a mood turn around!

Kimberly Kunkel

Yep - we're groupies!
There is a lot of children's music out there, but there truly is only one Johnny Only! No doubt about it, his music engages and inspires kids! Their excitement and response to hearing him speaks for itself!
As children, they are gaining an appreciation for music and a love of learning without even knowing it! Listening to my daughter sing the songs, watching her interact and follow directions in some of his songs like Ring Around the Rosies, seeing her joy and excitement as she dances to the beat - it's priceless!
As a parent, it is refreshing to hear some new twists on traditional songs and his original works are great too! It is music that you can listen to over and over again (as kids often request)and still find yourself happily singing along!

Liz

awesome music for kids
My daughter loves Johnny only. She started listening when she was two and at 5, still listens to him more than to anyone else. The nice thing is, he has so many thoughtful songs I can enjoy, too. Gave a CD to my nephew and he and my niece are now huge fans as well. The songs range from fun to thought provoking to touching to rousing. Our favorite of course is Hi Lily Hi Lo, so we'll look for that on the next CD...... and maybe a story or two, told as only J.O. can!

Russ Swanger (Father of 2 girls)

Your kids (and you)deserve this CD treat!
It is obvious that Johnny Only loves what he does! His presentation of each song shows his joy and it's great fun to listen and imagine him and the "Only Girls" in the studio (or living room?) The lyrics seem to be written so parents and older siblings can also enjoy the songs without getting bored. I don't know how to describe it. The song lyrics and compositions don't seem dumb like some kids' music. I heard another CD he produced and it had clever songs too. You can't go wrong for the price. I'm giving one to my friends' 4 year old. She will be tickled and I know her mom will like it too.