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“‘Danny The Dancing Dolphin’ – The Playful, Thriller Of The Seas” by Ty Curtis

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Ty Curtis

The dolphin is the perhaps the most amusing animal in the sea. In their ocean environment they are just as intelligent as they are spectacular to watch. They sometimes leap into the air above the water’s surface, performing acrobatic feats. Using their special sense of echo location, they can zip through dark water with great speed, fully aware of their surroundings.

Dolphins are very playful animals. They play with other dolphins acting as if they are fighting; sort of like two kids rough-housing. Sometimes they seem to enjoy harassing other sea animals. They have been known to nose sea turtles along as they easily out swim this sea neighbor. They also will occasionally bug seagulls for no apparent reason other than for amusement. At times, they have been known to playfully interact with people who are swimming. Dolphins can be found in all of the oceans, and are regulars to beaches where people enjoy boating and swimming. Because they are found in so many places, they are easily identified by people from every culture.

Dolphins are envied by water sports enthusiasts. They effortlessly surf waves at sea, and at times those waves are enormous. They often swim in the bow waves created by large boats, leaping out of the waves’ crest for no other reason than having fun. They are indeed amazing creatures. That is why they have starred in countless television series and movies. Some such as “Flipper” are a common household name.

When Ty Curtis composed the song “Danny the Dancing Dolphin,” one of the songs from his personalized children’s CD, Sea Animal Adventures, he knew it would call up exciting images of the life of a dolphin. As he did in his other songs about sea animals, Curtis brought human qualities to this good-natured sea creature, and portrayed it as a friend. There is also a very well-thought up rhyme scheme in the lyrics. In this song, Danny is a dancing spectacle: Well he’s grinning’ ear to ear, swimmin’ circles near the pier; he does the cha cha on the waves. And when he takes a notion, he races to the ocean, and that’s where he’s really the rave. All the little dolphins start to squeaking and a squawking when Danny starts to flapping his tail. And all the other creatures say he’s really quite the feature; even Little Baby Bella Blue Whale. By infusing alliteration to this up-tempo song, Curtis made sure that it would stay on the mind of any child who hears it. Curtis likes to use plenty of literary tools when he writes a song. He feels that children need to be exposed to high quality lyrics, and he wants parents to know that when they let their children listen to personalized children’s music from ChildsPlayMusic, they are exposing them to high quality music and lyrics that are child-tested several times before being recorded.

“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?