MISTER LAURENCE & His Play Money Band
MULTIGENERATIONAL MUSIC FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
Full Name: Laurence Bond Miller
Stage Name: MISTER LAURENCE
An original children's performer from Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S.A. giving concerts in SE Michigan for 10 years, with a variety of CD's and music videos to his credit.
Mister Laurence plays acoustic guitar and accordion while singing karaoke style along to his prerecorded "backup group", THE PLAY MONEY BAND. (Note; All instrumental & vocal backing tracks are original, recorded in his studio.)
This year (2009) Mister Laurence added a brand new addition to his children's recording and performing presentation: The beauty & brains of Ms. Princess Melinda on keyboards and vocals! Stay tuned!
Sweet Dreamworld is a long instrumental piece of music I wrote, designed to put the whole world to sleep. The melody is made up primarily of 3 notes, with slight improvisations around it. This sequence last approximately 6 minutes, and then cycles again ten times total, with more variations each time. I first came up with this simple idea way back when my own children were very small. I would hum this lazy tune to help better prepare themselves for sweet dreams. Now I thought to myself, "Why not share this with the whole world and put them all to sleep? Let everyone dream to his or her little heart's content!" So, in the tradition of my family's all time sleepy fave, I recorded a full music version using my trusty synthesizer. Sweet Dreamworld is truly dreamy, gentle, and soothing. What's more it has been time tested
in daycare centers and homes abroad. The perfect solution to a good night's rest or a fine little catnap ~ money back gaurenteed! Put it on, turn it down, and let it go...
His two music video productions, MISTER LAURENCE IN BUBBLELAND and MISTER LAURENCE – RETURN TO BUBBLELAND, were both awarded 2nd place Finalist at the Philo T. Farnsworth Central States Video Festival (2003 and 2005, respectively).
His original version of I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, was selected and used for the soundtrack for an independent Australian film, entitled IT'S ONLY A GAME. This made it to screening night at Enter The Dragon Film Festival fall 2003, in Hurstville, NDW Australia.
JACK N' JILL'S HILL, a composition of his, was picked by KidAntrim Music to be included on their industry compilation CD. This was distributed nationally to various radio & record labels, in spring 2004.
CHILDREN'S RADIO ~ Mister Laurence currently hosts a children’s radio show in Ann Arbor called KIDS ON STRIKE, at irregular intervals (sharing the show with other dj's). This is aired on WCBN FM 88.3 every Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00 am. Mister Laurence loves to spin rare vintage children’s records from the 40’s & 50’s, mixed with cool music from current artists too, including himself! (Before this, he co-hosted his own radio show every last Friday morning of the month called KIDDIE ROCK RADIO, with his dj friend, Sean Westergaard - 7 years running.)
Mr. Laurence Bond Miller was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, and as youngest in a musical family of 5 was exposed to a variety of music throughout his formative years. Orchestral music, 60’s folk, "British Invasion" R&R, Free-Form Jazz, and New Wave Punk. You will hear a wide variety of influences in Miller’s songwriting styles throughout his performing career.
During his teen years, Miller taught himself how to play the guitar and drums. Being left handed and unable to afford a left-handed model, Laurence learned how to form chords and scales on his brother’s right-handed guitar - upside down. Soon, he was leading and co-leading many of Ann Arbor’s most original bands with musical brothers ROGER MILLER (MISSION OF BURMA/BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC/ALLOY ORCHESTRA), and twin brother BEN MILLER (THIRD BORDER).
Having lost interest in music college, Laurence and his twin brother Ben became instrumental in the makings of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. This band featuring X-STOOGE guitarist Ron Asheton and X-MC-5 bassist Michael Davis. Opening up for the likes of THE RAMONES, DEVO, and PERE UBU, Laurence & Ben left their mark on D.A.M.’s first two singles.
Later in the 80’s, Laurence continued working with his brother, co-leading various bands, most notably Ann Arbor’s post-punk band NON-FICTION. NON-FICTION, a well rehearsed power-trio mixing hard pop with avant-garde, was one of 12 bands picked for Ann Arbor’s 1st compilation LP “Cruzin’ Ann Arbor”. This featured a song written by Laurence entitled "Walkie-Talkie" which received favorable reviews nationwide. For the remainder of that decade, Laurence continued as leader and songwriter for THE EMPTY SET, an offshoot of NON-FICTION. Networking out of L.A., THE EMPTY SET recorded their 4-song EP "WANDERING IN WONDER" and full length LP "LOST IN A RIPTIDE".
The 90's saw Laurence forming his own record label & publishing company. Performing all tracks himself, he recorded fresh originals for his brand new brainchild: LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP. "The Shop" was an unusual theatrical R&R presentation, pulling influences from American composer CHARLES IVES and Brit Pop sensation, ADAM & THE ANTS. Remaining a local cult phenomena only, LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP released 5 recordings.
FINALLY: In the fall of 1998, Laurence found employment in the local children centers as music director. His immediate bonding with the children inspired him to begin writing songs again, this time geared with “the very young” in mind. With children of his own, this proved to be a natural transitional experience. It was then that Mr. Miller came to the revelation that his real target audience was children!
As all teachers in the pre-school community are addressed by their first name, Laurence had the chance to reinvent himself yet one more time. MISTER LAURENCE and his Play Money Band! Since then, Mister Laurence has written, recorded and released 6 major works as well as several Novelty Cd’s, a compilation cassette, and a bound collection of original children's stories illustrated by Mike Mosher. Performing his new wave brand of Kiddie-Rock throughout the Detroit Metro area, Laurence is now turning on a whole new generation!
Mister Laurence & his Play Money Band ~ DISCOGRAPHY
12 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML01
14 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML02
Mr. Laurence "Unplugged"!
12 song CD ("Live" Radio Broadcast)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML03
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN
22 song compilation cassette (FLAGHORN & TUGBOAT TOW with bonus cuts)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML04
60 minute ambient composition (nap time!)
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML05
15 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML06
15 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML07
12 Song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML08
(All the best cuts from my first two CD's, FLAGHORN & TUGBOAT TOW)
15 song CD w/hidden track
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML09
MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE -- "Live" @ The Detroit Zoo
9 song CD
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML10
OVER THE AIR WITH MISTER LAURENCE -- Volume One & Two
Children's Radio Show Broadcasts
Over 30 cuts on each volume!
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML011 & ML012
12 song CD w/hidden track
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML013
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML014
MARMALINE (My Music Machine) A Musical Adventure Story
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML015
MARMALINE (My Music Machine) The Soundtrack
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music BMI ML016