Steve Weeks | Alphabet Songs Vol. II

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Alphabet Songs Vol. II

by Steve Weeks

Not just children's music. Music for children. Upbeat folk-based songs for families.
Genre: Kids/Family: Kid Friendly
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1. Ivan Idea
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2. Jabberwocky
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3. Kiki Kangaroo
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4. Look, Look!
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5. Monkeys
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6. Never Take a Naked Mole Rat to Norway
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7. The Ostrich and the Owl
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8. Professor Poindexter P. Puggleston's Prepostrapercopopulataporta
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9. Quiet!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Alphabet Songs Volume II (Ivan Idea) is the second CD in the Alphabet Songs series and is a 2005 Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner and a NAPPA Honors Award winner. It has received regular airplay on radio programs across the country , including XM Kids (XM Satelite Radio Channel 116) where the song "Kiki Kangaroo" reached the #1 spot on their top ten list. Like the first volume, it dedicates a single song to each letter of the alphabet and covers the letters I through Q. The songs are upbeat, catchy, folk-based tunes about the things that are important to kids and their parents.

BIOGRAPHY

Singer/songwriter Steve Weeks was born in the rural countryside of the Carolinas. He spent his summers in the bucolic fields of....

Okay, it's me... Steve. Here I am writing my own biography. Most musicians' bios seem to be written from some adoring, anonymous person, but it just feels kind of funny talking about yourself that way, so I thought I'd just reveal myself up front. Here's my bio straight from the horse's mouth.

I actually was born and raised in the Carolinas, South Carolina to be specific. I spent my summers mostly playing around in the woods and in abandoned cotton fields. Occasionally in the mountains, occasionally at the beach... the Carolinas are beautiful in that way.

As young as I can remember, music was everywhere. It rang out in church. It was passed from person to person at the community bluegrass jams in the old abandoned one-room schoolhouse up the road. It breathed out of the furnace vents at night when someone in the house was plunking on our old upright piano. It was quietly hummed on the front porch swing, shouted out during long car trips, and whistled in the garden. I guess it’s no wonder that I turned out to be a songwriter.

I sang in the choir, played in the school band, and tinkered around with just about any instrument I could get my hands on. In college at the University of South Carolina, I started playing the guitar, mainly because I had no access to a piano and my roommate wouldn't have appreciated trumpet recitals. I played in a couple of bands, collaborated on various recording projects, and discovered the joy of writing songs.

I now live in Colorado with my beautiful wife and our two wonderful kids. I write, record and perform original music for children and their families. Being a father myself, I find that this music comes naturally and from the heart. It’s always easiest to write music from a place of sincerity. I have a huge interest in musical diversity that also finds its way into my songwriting. Although my songs have a strong footing in folk music, I just can’t resist squeezing that reggae bass line, 50’s rock riff, African thumb piano or even a tin can into one of my tunes.

Alphabet Songs is a series of CDs of original music that dedicates a single song to each letter of the alphabet. The songs are upbeat, catchy tunes about the things that are important to kids and their parents, things like courage, tolerance, pancakes, kangaroos, patience, and, most of all, friends. The first two volumes cover the letters A through Q; Volume III, which will cover the rest of the alphabet, is due for release in 2006.

My songs receive airplay on various radio stations across the US and are regularly featured on XM Kids (XM Radio Channel 116). The music has received rave reviews from DJs, music critics and parents alike. Kenny Curtis, program manager of XM Kids, called them “...honest, well-crafted songs that appeal to kids, parents... and anyone who doesn't mind having a pleasant melody bouncing around in their head for a day or two.” I perform at music festivals, schools, bookstores, coffe shops, radio stations and private concerts and volunteer at a local elementary school teaching songwriting workshops.

By far, the most rewarding part of being a musician is when people tell me that they listen to Alphabet Songs as a family. For me, music has always been about bringing friends, family and community together, and I’m very proud to be contributing to this tradition. I love performing for a group of children and watching as the parents gradually shift up into the circle to hear a little better... and spend some time with their kids.


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Laura Boyer

These Alphabet songs ROCK!
The only two CD's in this family that are enjoyed by young and old alike (Alphabet Songs Vols I and II)! We absolutely love I through Q. With such clever lyrics, catchy tunes, and good messages, they make our trips in the car so much more enjoyable. My eight year-old can even sing along to the "P" Song, which is no small feat. (although I have to take his word for it - I can't actually follow: Prepostrapercopopulataportapipplephone!)

RJ Nicolosi

Greta CD
Great CD, it has become our family favorite!

Nancy Lecky

Another Awesome CD from Steve! Bye Bye Wiggles!
This CD is another wonderful collection of children songs that are fun, intelligent and a joy to sing along to...if you dare try (the "J" song is a tough one!). As with Vol I, the best thing about the CD is that I enjoy the songs as much as my children. I am in the car 1 hour 3 days a week with my children. Listening to this CD puts a hop into our morning and helps us unwind at the end of the day. Keep them coming Steve. Sure hope he doesn't stop after 'Z'!

Cheryl

It's never too early to introduce music!
We love this CD as much as volume 1. Each song has something wonderful about it - the witty lyrics, the melody, the message, or all of the above (as is usually the case!). My daughter is only 3 months old, and we play these CDs as part of our nighttime routine. Singing and dancing as a family both entertains and calms her. She coos through the 1st one and is usually asleep before the 2nd is finished. It's my favorite part of the day. THANKS!

vanessa n. passman

alphabet songs vol.2
haven't listened to it yet. i bought it as a Christmas gift for my youngest granddaughter. she's 7. have listened to steve weeks on xmradio and we love everything he sings.

Diane Newcomer

Catchy phrases, very entertaining!
My boys and I really love this CD, too, along with the other volume. I'm starting to believe that I'm Kiki Kangaroo ;)

Sybilla

wonderful, fun music
We bought this because of Kiki Kangaroo. We got tired of waiting for it to come on XM radio. Now we have more to sing along to. Ivan Idea. Love the puns

Karen Clink

Alphabet Songs Vol.2
We love all the songs but Ivan Idea and Kiki Kangaroo are our favorites! We had the privledge of seeing Steve in concert in Ft. Collins! It was Terrific! This CD is our grandson Stephen's Favorite! He is 8 months old! We will add more to our collection!
Thanks Steve!
The Clink Family

Rona Hunter

Loved every song! Brilliant. Steve is REALLY insightful when it comes to childre
Music is catchy and upbeat. Lyrics are insightful and intelligent. Great variety. Loved by children and adults.

blatcher family


Mom fell in love with the song KIKI and now the whole family
loves all your songs. When we ae having a bad day we listen
to you and we all get in a better mood.....THANKS
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