This is the first in a series of albums that I manically created and sung at my children during the period of their infancy and childhood.
ABOUT THE SONGS:
* One Sock Kid was written for my two-year-old son to celebrate the fact that he spent an entire day wearing only one sock.
* That's Your Frog was written for my son in honor of his devotion to a small fuzzy frog with plastic chew rings and a bead inside.
* Open Up Your Eyes is for my daughter, written during a time when she actually slept through the night into morning and would rise only reluctantly.
* I'm In a Boat was written for my son and nieces as they splashed around in a giant bathtub and threw plastic reindeer at each other.
* Ordinary Girl is for B and HB and Lillian.
* Radio Jane Dance Party comes from a story about Radio Jane and AROT12O, her robot sidekick. They were invited to a dance party, but Radio Jane was too shy, so AROT12O composed this song for her to help get her ready to dance.
* Best Little Girl is about my daughter and the dream of her infancy that is rapidly segueing into new and ever surprising dreams.
* Captain Hook's Lament is taken from my son's erstwhile rejoinder of choice: "You shall be the first to walk the plank!" which he launched whenever presented with a situation with which he did not approve.
* I'm So Sad is my take on the deep caverns of grief into which my children are thrown whenever their water isn't sufficiently cold, or the eggs are touching the melon on their plate.
* There Was a Prune is a song that I co-wrote with my son. He came up with the initial lyrics and melody, and I overproduced it!
* Mushy Girl is what I sometimes call my daughter, who is very fond of mushing herself up against grownups in full-body hugs.
* That Not How You Do It, the title track, is taken from a didactic exchange between my son and my daughter, on the occasion of her trying to "play" with his trains by eating the tracks.
* We Went to the Zoo is a song I wrote while walking back from the Prospect Park Zoo with my children in Brooklyn.
* Your Belly is fairly self-explanatory. My children's bellies were very mushy, and rumbly and full of jelly -- and they were always quite generous about letting me see them.
ABOUT THE RECORDING
All instrumentation was recorded and arranged on an iPad in half-hour slices as I traveled to and from work on the New York subway.
Vocals were also recorded on the iPad -- during phantom moments late at night or early morning.
All songs are by Joey Fortuna except: "There Was A Prune" - by Luca Fortuna and Joey Fortuna
Cover illustration by Bernd Wagenfeld.
Cover design and composition by Joey Fortuna.