Posts Tagged ‘children’s personalized music’

“The Great Penguin Rally at Antarctica” by Ty Curtis

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Well they march out in the snow in black and white tuxedos, and they come together in an icy valley. The weather there is cold; about 45 degrees below. But that’s the way that they like it at the penguin rally. Almost sounds like a party in the snow, doesn’t it? Well it is a get-together of sorts, with lots of slipping and sliding, and cold birds colliding!

These natives of Antarctica have adapted to some of the harshest conditions imaginable. Oddly enough that is where penguins are most suited to survive. It is not that they don’t have any challenges down there. No, they do indeed. They are actually part of the food their chain. But you won’t find any complaining penguins. They seem to like their chances in this environment.

Penguins are equipped to handle the subfreezing temperatures of Antarctica. They have a thick layer of fat below their feathers. This layer serves two main purposes; to insulate their warm bodies against the cold temperatures, and to serve as a food store when locating food becomes difficult. So the next time you see a chubby penguin, don’t laugh. This guy is probably one of the most likely penguins to survive the long winters of the South Pole.

A great deal has been written about the way penguins travel through the snow. Some videos and documentaries refer to their movement as a march. However, if you watch them carefully for any length of time, you will see that most penguins move rather clumsily on the ice. The way they move would best be described as waddling. They walk on the snow at about 1 km per hour. Sometimes they even propel themselves along on their bellies. That’s alright by them. This type of movement saves precious energy. When in danger, Penguins can easily pick up their pace. A penguin in its home environment can easily move faster than a man through the snow.

Where this fine-feathered bird truly excels in movement, is in the water. All of its in-the-snow awkwardness is replaced with graceful flight when it is in the water. While in the water some types of penguins can swim at speeds of up to 12 km per hour. At these speeds they can leap out of the water and glide for about half a second. Most types of penguins will only do this when they are being pursued by a predator from below.

With all of its humorous peculiarities, the penguin was an easy selection when deciding which animal to include on our personalized children’s music CD called Sea Animal Adventures. From their unique, tuxedo-like appearance, to their awkward waddling on the ice, these birds of Antartica have no problem capturing the interest of adults and children alike. One of the personalized children’s songs on the Sea Animal Adventures CD is called “Penguin Rally.” In this personalized child’s song we have shown how much like us the penguins sometimes behave. Or, is it that we sometimes behave like the penguins? After all, who was here first, humans or penguins?

“Personalized Children’s Music Can Be Helpful for Children Who Don’t Like Their Name” by Ty Curtis

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I have been writing and recording personalized children’s music for a few years now. It has been exciting to say the least. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the this business is seeing the different names that are ordered on a day to day basis. Sure, the largest part of the names ordered are the names you would expect; names such as Hannah, Emma, John, etc. Those are very common names. But then there are a group of names that we call the special order names, or custom names. These are children with first names like Elizabeth-Ann, Mary-Liz, Anne-Smith, or James-Breelin. Those names are not the typical names that you would find in a group of five hundred or so people. Those names are the ones that are composed of two or more names.

Then there is another group of names that are special order names. These are the names that are fairly unique, or would not occur on a list of over a thousand names. These names are sometimes as unique as the passwords that you have to create these days for a bank account. I recall one day I received a custom order for a child’s name to be used in a personalized children’s music album. I will not disclose the name of the child because I am quite certain that no one else on the planet has the same name. I remember asking the parent how they came up with the name for their son. The mom told me that she wanted to name her child after herself, but when she gave birth to a boy instead of a girl it threw a monkey wrench into her plans. After thinking about it for a while, she said that she decided to reverse the letters in her name and let that be the name of her son! 

That brings us to the main reason for this article. Some children are not as confident in themselves as other children are. Some children just lack self-esteem. For those children, an unusual name can add to the weight of a low self-image. There are some children who feel almost victimized by the name they were given. I bet some of you may remember that old Johnny Cash song called “A Boy Named Sue.” That song was about a boy who hated his name. Not only did he dislike his name, but the song also talks about how he was picked on by other kids and taunted about his name. When a child’s name is “a bit on the unusual side,” the child may feel a little less than sure about how others perceive it. That is the perfect time to show the child how cool their unusual name really is. “How can I do this?” you may ask. Well, personalized children’s music would be an excellent way to show a child how special their name is. In our songs at ChildsPlayMusic.com we embed the child’s name at just the right moment in each song. The music doesn’t sound phony or contrived. The songs are really cool sounding, and the words to the songs are well thought up lyrics. (When your children are in their formative years you don’t want them to be bombarded with mediocrity, and we don’t either.) That is why we take the time to get our songs right. The songs are so catchy that your child will be singing along with the tunes in no time. In many instances the children get so excited about hearing their name in the songs they want to let others listen to their album of personalized music. You don’t have to take my word for it. Read comments from our customers.

This music can definitely useful in helping a child feel good about his or her name. We have found that even parents find themselves singing along. The next time you want to give a gift to a child who has an unusual name, personalized children’s songs might be just the right inexpensive gift with most value for the child.

Check out the music samples today at ChildsPlayMusic.com. We think you will like what you hear.

The Wonderful Effects Music Can Have On People

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

For many years now I have witnessed the positive effects of music on people. I have had a fairly unique vantage point from which to observe. You see I have been a bi-vocational type of person for quite sometime. I have been a schoolteacher for 25 years. But before becoming a teacher I was a young, professional musician. I played the guitar and sang. I performed for many events and occasions. I have played at more restaurants and bars than I care to remember. I have played in classrooms, dorm rooms, and hospital rooms. I have performed for birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, and divorce celebrations. I have played for christenings of newborn babies, debutant parties for young ladies, and for funeral services, as families said their final farewells to loved ones.

On a few rare occasions my presence playing music seemed to have a minimal effect on those listening. However, that was more often the exception, and not the rule. I understood very early on that music usually has some impact on people who are listening to it. Sometimes the effect is profound, and other times it is minimal. But nonetheless the effect is real.

I have noticed that little babies, sometimes before they can even talk, respond or react cheerfully to the rhythm of a peppy song. I have seen my on children, when they were toddlers, start bopping up and down as they interacted with the beat of the music of my guitar. The sight of them dancing around at such a tender age would never fail to put a big smile on my face.

One summer, when I was on school vacation I was asked to play for a group of elderly Alzheimer’s patients. I played for them for one hour every week during that summer. The effect of the music on those kind folks was both encouraging and therapeutic for them as they sang along with me. Somehow they could go beyond the bounds of their illness for a short period of time and fix their trains of thought onto happy melodies that they had locked into their memories many years earlier. During the songs you could see their faces brighten as they found a rare moment in which they could interact with each other in a group sing-along.

As a classroom teacher I have seen the surprised, delight on the faces of many of my students as I created personalized songs for them. I did this by singing their names into songs I made up for them. And at the end of each song, without fail, every other child in the class would always say, “Make up a song with me in it.” The reaction of the children to the songs was so popular that I later formed a small music business called ChildsPlayMusic.com. As you may have guessed the main thing that I do in this business is compose and record personalized children’s music. This has been very popular among my students. It has also provided an opportunity for parents to share special musical moments with their children.

I have seen clearly that music of all kinds certainly does have an effect on people, and the most profound musical impact that I have seen is when children hear their names sung in a song that was created especially for them. You can hear examples of personalized music for children at ChildsPlayMusic.com.