The following is by Jennifer of Swing, Whistle, Zing.
Okay, is your “math brain” ready? How many orangutans can you fit in a van? If you count the number of times we’ve repeated that song in our own car, it could be well over 100. But if you’re asking Mr. Steve, it’s a little it closer to 11.
This quirky math based song is one of many that we’ve come to love off of the just released album of the same name, Orangutan Van, by Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs.
While you may also know him as Mr. Steve, co-host of PBS KIDS preschool destination, don’t stop there thinking his music is strictly for the preschool set. He writes songs to educate and entertain with an emphasis on humor that is not lost on the more sophisticated ears in the room.
This album will bridge the gap between preschool and grade school with songs that appeal to kids in both age categories.
In fact several of the selections are well written with the early elementary age kid in mind in an appropriately witty, grown up kind of way – you can get your grove on with “Recess Rocks,” travel the world with “Flat Stanley” and fly as you listen to “Soaring With Reading.
With guest appearances by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and Glen “Big Baby” Davis of the Orlando Magic, this album is packed with star power that appeals to a mainstream pop music crowd.
I didn’t know much about Mr. Steve prior to receiving this album for review. So, I was able to listen without already formed expectations, and what I found is an album true to the spirit of who Steve is, a dad, an immensely creative songwriter and an all around nice guy who truly cares about making a difference in the lives of the children who enjoy his music.
Want to know more about Mr. Steve? Join me over on Swing Whistle Zing today for the final installment of my Meet the Band 2013 Wish List Series. Today’s interview features, you guessed it, Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs, who shares why he loves writing and performing for children, where you can see him live this year and what he’s wishing for musically in 2013.
Do you drive a van? What kind of animals do you find yourself driving around town?