Lyrics for “Big Backyard” -Montessori Songs for Children

Lyrics by Mark Galasso  ©2013

Will Mr. Will

The will is a special thing

You don’t wanna SMASH it!

That wouldn’t be nice

But will as of when it began

It isn’t perfect & that’s alright

 

The way it began as a will

It was lifeless, until the sky

With the wind and a wish for a will

There was brightness

So “I” Began

 

Will Mr. Will don’t wash away, my self

C’ause Will Mr. Will wants honey bee, his side kick

Wanna be me, see’s after will

It’s a well drawn line for the road to myself

Mr. Will, my likeness

Armadillo

There’s an armadillo sittin’ in my big backyard

He’s gotta lotta ripples on his back and they’re hard

 He moves kinda funny but he pulls his weight

Next think ya know he meets a friend along the way

 

It’s Saturday, WE ROCK!

The froggies and the crickets and the rats

It’s quite a day, WE ROCK!

Armadillo’s in my big backyard

 

There’s a kitten with a mitten in my big backyard

The thing about a mitten is it won’t get far

 It needs the right hand to be comfy all day

An armadillo’s mitten is his shell by the way

 

It’s Saturday, WE ROCK!

The doggies and the cheeta and the nat

It’s quite a day, WE ROCK

Armadillo’s in my big backyard

 

It’s Saturday, WE ROCK!

Armadillo’s in my big backyard!!

Ferris Wheel

There’s a ferris wheel at home in my backyard

And the only place it goes is to the stars

 

There’s one way to be sure the stars will all stay

You make them your friends they color your day

It’s frosty at night the penguins will stay

They look very silly and proud

 

There’s a ferris wheel at home in my backyard

And the only place it goes is to the stars

I’m So Over It

I’m so over It

I’ll never be sad

I’m so over It

No fun being mad

 

So I pitched my tent

Made my fire

Sleep tight in my bed

 

Now, I’m so over It

I’ll never be sad

I’m so over it

I’ll always be glad

 

So I hug my friends

Make ‘em smile

Sleep tight in my bed

 

Now I’m so over It

I’ll never be sad

I’m so over it

What fun we have had

Since I got over it…

 

I made my new best friend

I made my new best friend

I made my new, yes I’m so over it

 

I’m so over it, I’ll never be sad

I’m so over it, I’ll never be sad

I’m so over it, I’ll never be sad

‘Cause I made my new best friend

Nice to meet ya!

Alligator Instigator

Alligator Instigator, Trouble’s on the way

He swims along the bayou in a sneaky kind of way

 

Don’t go near, an Alligator Perpetrator

Once is all it takes & then you’re dinner on a plate!

 

Alligator Instigator watch out for his tail

He whips it when attacked & then you’re on you’re back

Oops!….You’re dinner in the belly of an…

 

Alligator Instigator, Trouble Mr. Percolator

Mountains on his tail, Jaws like Jail

 

Alligator Instigator can you spot a Hungry Gator

Alligator Instigator don’t go near the Percolator

Lest you’ll get a Whack! & then you’re on you’re back!

 

Jaws Like Jail, Teeth Like Nails

Stuck inside the Belly of an…

 

Alligator Instigator don’t go near a Hungry Gator

Alligator He’s a Traitor he’s a Mr. Percolator

Once you get a Whack! You’re never coming Back!

Forever in the Belly of an Alligator Instigator!

Smiles Miles Johnson

Smiles Miles Johnson was a really good man

He built a big house made of peanuts & bread

It all came down you can guess what they said

Smiles Miles Johnson & his peanuts & bread

 

Smiles Miles Johnson, peanuts & bread

He smiled a Lot, he got peanuts & bread

 

Smiles Miles Johnson was a really good man

He built a big house made of peanuts & bread

It all came down you can guess what they said

Smiles Miles Johnson & his peanuts & bread

Peanuts & bread

Peanuts & bread

Get a Grip

Get a grip buddy now

Gotta make good somehow

Gotta do good you always should 

And hold your head up proud

 

Get a grip buddy now

Make your moma proud

Gotta do good you always should

I kicked my Troubles Out!

Goooood Bye!…

Stay Occupied

Stay occupied, get busy

So satisfied, this living

I’m gratified, I’m grateful

I’m level eyed & playful

Stay occupied, get busy

It’s wonderful & graceful

Stay occupied with good

Stay occupied, it’s good

Let go!

That Makes My Times Go Good

I give out my best & I like it that way

The times go better with the work I say

Wipe out the blues when I’m workin’ on a dream

That makes my times go good

 

That makes my times go good

That makes my wings okay

What makes the times so good

I give out my best that day

Role Model

I wanna Be, a Role Model

Set you on your Feet

A Role Model

Keep it Really Sweet

You’ll Get More Smiles & it’s True

You Do~

This Magic can happen for You

A Role Model

Much More Melody

Ten Times More Melody, Wanted in My Home!

I want more melody to sooth my soul

I want more melody to make me whole

 

I want more melody inside my home

I want more melody to sing my songs

 

How much more melody, sing song remedy

Music’s gotta be, playin’ in my home

 

Much more melody, sing song remedy

Ten times more melody, wanted in my home

 

I want more melody to move my soul

I want more melody to make me whole

 

I want more melody inside my home

I want more melody to sing my songs

 

I want more melody, sing song remedy

Music’s gotta be, playin’ in my home

Ten times more melody, sing song remedy

Much more melody keeps playin’ in my home

Listen Listen

Listen, listen all is well

I won’t speak so you can tell

Words are such they matter now

This is what I say

 

This is what I say

Listen this is how

I can always tell

Words are working well

 

Big Backyard – Montessori Songs for Children (CD)

Created deep down in Louisiana bayou country, these catchy children’s songs are imbued with Montessori Method. Delightfully fun, yet sophisticated songs built to last with ethical lyric themes woven into playful tapestries of ear candy enjoyed by adults and children.

Big Backyard was created by Mark Galasso during his tenure teaching music to pre-school children at Montessori Children’s House (Circa 1968), the oldest private Montessori School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The songs bloomed naturally from direct experiences working with the children in a joyful and productive environment. Having been affiliated with Montessori since childhood, the songs are imbued with educational and ethical principles of the Montessori Method. Many of them are quite short by design as they were written with pre-school aged children in mind. But, they are also sophisticated enough that adults will like them too.

Lyrically, the songs are infused with linguistic aspects that deal with rhyme, diction and verbal/melodic memory training. For example, in the up tempo song “Armadillo”, the lyric requires rapid enunciation and diction:  “There’s a kitten with a mitten in my big  backyard. The thing about a mitten is it won’t get far. It needs the right hand to be comfy all day, an armadillo’s mitten is his shell by the way.”

With consideration given to preserve the timeless nature of these special songs, the instrumentation on Big Backyard  was performed with real instruments: Voice, acoustic guitar, brushes/drums, bass, chromatic & bass harmonica, Dobro, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Strings, Bassoon, Slide Whistle, Juice Harp and Percussion (Tambourine, Maracas, Shakers, Woodblock, Cowbell, Castanets, Hand Bells).

Big Backyard’s production and orchestration is manifest with cohesive and intricate parts woven into playful tapestries of ear candy for children.

Montessori students  have performed all of these songs for music class and graduations for the past five years. It is safe to say the songs have been put to the test; they are a hit with children and parents alike.

The goal with “Big Backyard” was to create some new “standard” children’s songs that would endure the test of time and empower children through the liberating philosophical principals of Montessori.

***For more Big Backyard  information, songs samples, videos & merchandise please visit: alligatorinstigator.com

 

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Lyrics for “Big Backyard” -Montessori Songs for Children

 

Songs/Tracks List

  1. Will Mr. Will 
  2. Armadillo
  3. Ferris Wheel
  4. I’m So Over It
  5. Alligator Instigator
  6. Smiles Miles Johnson
  7. Get a Grip
  8. Stay Occupied
  9. That Makes My Times Go Good
  10. Role Model
  11. Much More Melody
  12. Listen Listen

CD Credits:

Vocals & Instruments performed by Mark Galasso. Except where indicated.

Troy Davis: Drums/Brushes – Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

David Ellis: Electric Bass – Tracks 8, 9 + Chorus Outro Bass on “Will Mr. Will”.

All songs composed, produced, recorded & mixed by Mark Galasso.

© 2013 Daddy’s Tutti Music, BMI.

All Rights Reserved.

Cover Art by Taylor Wells

Additional Graphics & Layout: Mario Alessi

CD/Album Release date April 4, 2013.

The “Brocato Piece” Composed for 1998 “Alternative Hair Show” at Royal Albert Hall, London

The “Brocato Piece.”

This was composed for Brocato International’s 1998 appearance at the “ALTERNATIVE HAIR SHOW”, at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON.

Every year a video of the show is made and distributed throughout the world wide hair industry. The “Alternative Hair Show” is one of the biggest Leukaemia fund raisers in the world.

Brocato Piece – iTunes Song Link

Brocato Piece – iTunes Radio Link

Lottery Jingles
Lottery Jingles/Brocato Piece

Professional Musician with C’vello

Mark Galasso was a keyboardist, bassist and singer with the RCA recording artist C’vello.  He performed frequently with the group throughout the 1990’s.

At the height of C’vello’s popularity they became a regional phenomena culminating with the innovative techno rap song, This Jam is Cold.

Perchaplectic (CD)

Perchaplectic
Released: 1997
℗ 1997 Daddy’s Tutti Music, BMI

Perchaplectic is a one of a kind collection of songs & recordings reflecting this artist’s range of musical interests. Presented in an album format, the CD is 74 minutes long.

All of the material was recorded & mixed by Galasso in his home studio and the musicians playing on the CD are all exceptional. Many of them were child prodigies, and all of them are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

New Orleans’ “Offbeat” magazine called PERCHAPLECTIC:  “A Perfect Piece of Ear-Candy… Perchaplectic does have its share of expert playing, tasteful while exploratory, especially Gary Don Smith’s blues licks and Galasso’s own Prince-like mastery of almost every instrument he puts his hand on. Imagine a Double Fantasy-era John Lennon transported to the Nineties and blissfully ignoring the Alternative and Electronica explosions and you’ll get some idea of what’s going on. And the sole break with convention-the medley of “I’m Comin’ Over/Perchaplectic” and “Heaven”-works so well that one realizes even this is not the limit of Galasso’s talents. Where are the A&R suits when you need ’em. – The best local pop record of this new year.”

 

In 1999, Galasso singed on with Labrador Records in England where Perchaplectic was the featured CD on Audiostreet.com who called the CD, “a stunning eclectic collection of 17 songs”.

In 2001 his song “Let’s Make it Work Somehow” charted at #14 on the garageband.com “Pop” charts and was featured as “Song of the Day” based on enthusiastic reviews by listeners from all over the world.

Two songs off of Perchaplectic, the Bowie-ish “Blonde & Fair”, and his Epic “10 Miles Away” were licensed by Shockwave.com for use in their Photojam application.

Purchase at: iTunes

Purchase the CD at:  Amazon

Purchase the MP3 at: Amazon

 

Pop CD

“Pop” is an enigmatic CD. None of the songs are anything alike,
other than that they are all bound by strong back beats.

This limited CD release is primarily targeted for the Global Digital Download Market. You can buy the CD or single songs on music websites like: Spotify, iTunes,  Rhapsody  or CDbaby.

***CD Notes and Commentary***

FIRST: There are 3 Slammin’ Club Songs:

-Cut #4 -“Come Feel My Love” is a humorous, super-frank techno song.

As expressed by a contemporary composer: “It’s a testosterone driven, everybody wants to do it, to the point, lyrical composition. The entire thing just stayed in my head. I woke up the next day and it was the first thing I thought of…a very controversial creation. I love it.”

-Cut #12 – The CD ends with an extended “Come Feel My Love” -(CLUB-MIX) for DJ’s to work into their sets easily.

-Cut #7 -“Chote’ Vi” is a high energy instrumental with a really cool swing to it. Feels like it’s pushing the beat the whole time. You will dance!

** The rest of the CD is songs about all kinds of things:

Cut #1 – “Love When You Want It” is an over the top, keyboard oriented, super/pop/funky song that is dramatically orchestrated, laced with lust and fairy tale ideas about love that never comes when you want it to….

“Felt like I was flying I was half way ’round the world
She sat still & listened to my stories about everything
Suddenly I was wishing I could hold her for a while
And I stood there unwilling to be lonely once again let’s face it…
Love when you want it never comes on time”…

Cut #2 – “Think for Yourself”, is a fantastical concept piece originally documented as three separate spontaneous vocal improvisations. They were edited together into a song and all of the production was built around what you hear.

“Take a long ride on a pirate ship somewhere beyond the sea
Get your life in a sailor cap & set your soul free
Yea say I’m sailing, nothing left to do
Big wide gropin’ sails, across for me & you

Nobody really saying much of anything, Think for Yourself”…

“Think for Yourself” readdresses a topic that has always been a problem especially now that unprecedented global media access has produced “Group Think” issues on a new scale. Fanaticism & the repetitive nature in peoples thinking is the greatest enemy to humanity. Simply stated, the most important thing humans can do is make informed decisions for themselves, independently of peer groups and external pressures.

Cut #5 -“Kiati” is an acronym for “Kind is all there Is”.
The song is about hope and forgiveness when you lose your foot hole to the world:

“Part of they sky will open when it’s dark
There’ll be a time when hope will resolve and love renews
The promise is made when you fall
When you fall be kind is all there is”…

Cut #6 -“Functional Dysfunctional”. This is a song about all of us who are dysfunctional by many standards, as some would have it. And then there are the people who are “Functional Dysfunctional’s”. The song is about the cycle of dysfunction in families/society… The kid is dysfunctional because his dad messed him over, kid grows up, has kids, beats his son and the cycle of dysfunction keeps on going through generations of families. etc…

Cut #9 – “Please Don’t Smoke I’m Singin'”. I was cutting a vocal track one night and a friend was smoking in the studio, blowing it right in my face, and I turned and asked him… “Please Don’t Smoke I’m Singin’!” That’s how this funny song came to be.

There is a very ethnically mixed line-up on this song. Two Italian Americans, two Black Americans (add..Creole & Italian) and one redneck! This makes for a good Louisiana Creole Funk Gumbo!

Cut #10 – “Luv Talk”  Is a Funk/Pop song.

Cut #11- “Space Dock 9”. This is an improvised instrumental recording. The ending is in direct contrast with the material that preceded it. It is as if a “Light” came on to bring order from chaos.

-Cut #12 – The CD ends with an extended “Come Feel My Love” -(CLUB-MIX) for DJ’s to work into their sets easily.

Lottery Jingles CD

Lottery Jingles CD is a compilation of commercial Lottery Jingles.  It contains nine radio spots composed and produced by Mark Galasso, aka Antifluff Superstar.

The first four of the jingles on the CD have won National & International awards in advertising.

“Pick 4” the first cut on the CD, won BEST RADIO SPOT at the NORTH AMERICAN LOTTERY AWARDS, in Halifax Nova Scotia, 1999. There were 47 Lottery companies at the competition, from all over North America.

Also included on this CD is the “Brocato Piece.” This was composed for Brocato International’s 1998 appearance at the “ALTERNATIVE HAIR SHOW”, at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON. Every year a video of the show is made and distributed throughout the world wide hair industry. The “Alternative Hair Show” is one of the biggest Leukaemia fund raisers in the world.

The CD ends with a re-mastered version of “ANTIFLUFF SUPERSTAR”.

This CD will make you dance and funk ya up and leave you with a smile. If you want to hear what fresh, Louisiana-Mardi-Gras Party- Funk sounds like, you’ll get ya some on this fo’ sho’!