Learning Basic Skills Through Music – Volume I
Hap’s first recording made in 1969 while teaching special education in East Los Angeles California. Simple and sparely produced, this classic has been a favorite with early childhood educators for many years.
Designed for use in a special education and early childhood classroom settings, the songs feature easy to understand and follow directions that help children learn colors, numbers, letters, vocabulary and body awareness.
The recording was made on a 4-track magnetic tape machine at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood California. Founded by Jesse Hodges in 1960’s, a strip mall has replaced this studio but the legend lives on. (See article below)*
Vocals, guitar, recorder, saxophone, percussion – Hap Palmer
Bass – Tom Perry
Engineer – Tom Perry
Cover – Yvonne Wood
Illustrations – Lianna Kelley
Updated versions of many of these songs are available for digital downloads. Titles and source recordings are listed below:
Colors / Colors in Motion
From CD “Can Cockatoos Count by Twos?”
Put Your Hands Up In The Air
From the CD So Big
From the CD Early Childhood Classics
Marching Around The Alphabet
From the CD “One Little Sound”
From the CD “So Big”
What Are You Wearing?
From the CD “Learning In Two Languages”
*So Long, Hollywood Sound Recorders
by Michael Lee
January 24, 2012
I was on a session yesterday at Hollywood Sound Recorder, and it was more than a little bittersweet. If you aren’t familiar with it, Hollywood Sound Recorder is one of the great old A rooms in Los Angeles, right off of Sunset Blvd. Everyone from The Doors to Jackson Browne made records there. I was playing piano on what will be the final album recorded there; at the end of this week, all the gear is being boxed up and moved out, and the owner of the building is turning it into a strip mall. In one sense, I get it. The studio is sitting on a prime stake of real estate right near Sunset and Vine, and I’m sure the numbers just don’t add up. The income you can churn at a bodega selling cheap souvenirs to sweaty tourists is certainly more than you can generate by making albums these days. I also know that I’m part of the problem. Even on projects where I have the budget to track rhythm or overdubs in a big room, the turnaround time is usually so short that I can’t. When you have 36 hours to deliver a 5 minute cue, there’s not enough time to write the piece, book the band, track it, mix it, and deliver it. You have to use samples. So, it was a good session, but hard to see the brutal reality of the new musical economy. A little bit of history fading into the past, and a handful of people on hand to give one last musical benediction.