Brian Vogan

Brian Vogan

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Winner of the Children's Music Web Award for Best New Artist for Preschoolers and rated as one of the Top Ten Best Children's CDs of 2008 by Cookie Magazine and About.com, Brian Vogan's music is fun children's music that is both entertaining and educational and a hit with kids and parents alike.

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Biography

*"Little Songs" was just rated one of the Best Kids Music CDs of the DECADE by Wired.com's blog, GeekDad!

*Check out Brian's youtube hit animated music video,"That's How A Pumpkin Grows"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT6rtAcV3Ko

Winner of the Children's Music Web Award for Best New Artist for Preschoolers and rated as one of the Top Ten Best Children's CDs of 2008 by Cookie Magazine and About.com, Brian Vogan is a songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator in Seattle, Washington. His debut recording ‘Little Songs’ is a collection of eleven songs directly inspired by the interests and ideas of the children Brian visits each week as a music educator.

"Brian has a very sweet and upbeat way with kids. He had them all up on their feet, wiggling and dancing, from the first song! He and his bandmates create quality, fun music, along with good messages for kids."

- Mary Cutler, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Everett

"It was great to have Brian perform today. He has a rich voice and an easy way with the kids. He got them involved in the songs and they really responded well to him. I definitely recommend him as a children’s performer."

- Kass Holderman, Chairperson of the Duvall Cultural Commission

"We hosted Brian Vogan in Kent, Washington as part of our summer concert series for kids on August 5, 2009. Brian and his band put on a great show that was fun, educational and engaging for kids and adults alike. Brian is a top-notch musician and he clearly knows kids. In addition to the quality of the show, Brian and his group were great to work with – professional, flexible and friendly. We are looking forward to inviting Brian Vogan to perform in our community again soon."

-Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent

As a former pre-kindergarten teacher, Brian has always been an advocate of the philosophy known as emergent curriculum, which is a system of creating lesson plans that are based on student’s passions and interests. Observation, creative brainstorming, patience and flexibility are the basic ingredients used to create a healthy enviornment for each child to flourish. Rather than start with a curriculum plan that requires a ‘hook’ to get the children interested, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests.

It was through this process that each song was crafted. Every tune became it’s own little project that the children would look forward to working on every time Brian taught a music class. Soon the children were busy offering lyrical ideas and tips on arrangement, eager to hear their ideas evolve over the course of weeks ahead. Brian soon realized that the idea of making a recording of children’s songs had grown into something much bigger than he could have ever imagined.

“For those of us working with young children, we know that children learn through repetition; hands-on experiences; their senses; in play-based settings and through child-directed and child-focused environments and programs. Brian’s CD, “Little Songs”, encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world; and reinforces kindergarten readiness skills and concepts through music and movement. Brian’s voice is calm and soothing and he is gifted in engaging young children through rhythm and rhyme. Two of our children’s favorites are “Race Car” and the “Listening Song”! Brian’s music is original, special and very unique.”

-Cheryl Iverson- Program Supervisor for Childhaven-Lake City in Seattle, Washington

“Little Songs” is produced by Barrett Jones who is known for his work with the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Melvins, John Doe and Brad to name a few. It also features musician, composer, and educator, Jeremy Reinhold as well as long time friend and drummer, Kory Christian, and early childhood teacher and singer, Kari May.

Brian currently resides with his wife, Nikki, in Seattle, Washington. For information regarding live events near you, please check out his website, www.brianvogan.com., or if you would like to contact Brian Vogan for booking or additional information please feel free to contact him at brianvogan@hotmail.com or call (206) 715-1069.

Lyrics

Racecar

Written By: Brian Vogan

Racecar

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

No slowing down, no turning back

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

Put on your helmets

Tighten up the straps

Pedal to the medal

No going back

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

No slowing down, no turning back

Vroom, vroom goes the car down the racecar track

Put on your helmets

Tighten up the straps

Pedal to the medal

No going back

Chess

Written By: Brian Vogan

Chess

The bishop moves diagonal

The rook takes a straight line

The knight makes an ‘L’ shape

The queen goes anywhere she likes

The pawn kills diagonal

But moves only straight ahead

The king’s the important one

You must move him when the kings in check

Oh chess

I play it with my pet monkey Wes

Oh chess

Though I’ve beat him once or twice he’s won all the rest

Oh chess

When it comes to playing chess old Wes he’s the best

And every time he beats me

Wes always says…

OOH OH oh oh oh OH OOH OOH oh oh oh OOOH OOH!!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day

Written By: Brian Vogan

Happy Valentine’s Day

Smack dab in the middle of the month

There’s a day and it’s all about love

And we like to call it Valentine’s

A day for celebrating all the love in your life

Listen up now here’s what you do

Get yourself a piece of paper and some glue

Cut out a heart, glue on a star or two

Write a secret message to the one who amazes you

Happy, happy, happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day-ee-ay-ee-ay-ee-ay-ee

Won’t you be my Valentine today?

I though it over and I just want to say

Happy, happy, happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day-ee-ay-ee-ay-ee-ay-ee

Won’t you be my Valentine today?

Happy Valentine’s Day

(Repeat)

Spring

Written By: Brian Vogan

Spring

See the flowers rise and sing

In their gowns of red and green

See them swaying in the breeze

See them dancing in the spring

And as every mother knows

Feed them

Watch them as they grow

Mother Nature is the same

Rain falls

Bringing life again

(Repeat)

Sing a Little Song

Written By: Brian Vogan

Sing a Little Song

I’m walking in the rain
Hey
But there is still a smile upon my face
Oh yeah
I wave at passersby
Hi
And whistle out a tune stuck in my mind
Oh yeah
And when the sky is dark and gray
I grab my green umbrella
You may say “hey he’s lost his brain”
But if you ask I’ll tell ya’

Sing a little song
You can sing along
Rain or shine
Hum a little tune
You can do it to
Maybe
In the sun or snow
I’ll be good to go
I’ll be fine
Come on sing along
Sing a little song
Baby!

I’m walking in the snow
Bro
Yet I still feel the opposite of low
Oh yeah
I count the folks I see
3
I wave at each and I sing my melody
Oh yeah
And when the sky is dark and gray
I grab my green umbrella
You may say “hey he’s lost his brain”
But if you ask I’ll tell ya’

(Chorus)

How to Fly

Written By: Brian Vogan

How to Fly

Clap your hands like this
Now stomp your feet and wiggle at the hips
Hold your hands up high
Now bring ‘em back down, wave them at your sides
Give a little spin
Now we can begin
So here we go
Free lessons how to fly

Stretch your arms out wide
You’ll need some space, be careful don’t collide
Point them up like this
We’ll blast off like a hundred rocket ships
Give a little spin
Now we can begin
So here we go
Free lessons how to fly

Jump so high we touch the sky
Fly on to the moon
Leaping, sweeping way up high
When I’m here with you
I know I can fly away!

OK just a sec
I’m kind of tired, let me catch my breath
Alright I’m refreshed
Now let’s prepare for one more final test

Give a little spin
Now we can begin
So here we go
Free lessons how to fly

Jump so high we touch the sky
Fly on to the moon
Leaping, sweeping way up high
When I’m here with you
I know I can fly away!

Cross the Street

Written By: Brian Vogan

Cross the Street

Here come the trucks, the cars, the bus
Here come the bikes, the ambulance
Here comes the cycles the fire trucks
Watch them as they go, watch them as they go
Here come the vans, the trains, the jeeps
Here come the hummers, the SUV’s
Here come the crawlers, the Harley D’s
Watch them as they go, watch them as they go
When you cross the street you’ve got to look both ways even if the sign says it’s OK

Discography

Debut Children's CD, Little Songs -2008 Children's Music Web Award, Best New Artist for Preschoolers.

Set List

Seasonally appropriate songs off CD, "Little Songs" such as:

That's How a Pumpkin Grows
Racecar
Animal ABCs
We Call It Fall
The Listening Song
Firefighter
Say Hello
Happy Valentine's Day
Spring
High Five

As well as additional originals:

Sing a Little Song
Gray Dog
Wash Your Hands
When You Cross The Street You've Got to Look Both Ways
One Tiny Little Frog
Dinosaurs
Paleoscincus
Last Thanksgiving
27
Crazy Carl’s Caterpillar Stew

And some classic children's songs. Set time is typically 45 min to 1 hour.