Greg Cooney

Greg Cooney

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Greg Cooney performs family/kid oriented music as well as songs adult can appriciate. For Kid's shows, he performs original songs and stories with LOTS of audience participation. He has learned that adults love to have fun as well so he captivates audiences of all ages.

Biography

www.gregcooney.com

Greg Cooney performs family/kid oriented music as well as songs adult can appriciate.

For Kid's shows, he performs original songs and stories with LOTS of audience participation.

He has learned that adults love to have fun as well so he captivates audiences of all ages.

As an entertainer, Greg Cooney performs his original fun filled music for a wide range of family audiences. He involves the entire audience in his performances.
Greg’s songs can also be heard on the Internationally Telly Award winning children’s PBS TV show “Li’l Rhody” on Rhode Island PBS.

Greg travels throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States performing concerts and presenting workshops related to music , laughter, education, and the environment.

As a songwriter, Greg Cooney has written over 120 songs for a wide range of listeners and has released four albums of original songs for children and the young at heart.

"If my songs were too obnoxious, parents wouldn't want to listen to them." Cooney said. "I write my music for the parents as well."

Greg’s newest album “Won’tcha Get Off The Couch” was released in May of 2005.

Bio:
Greg Cooney grew up in Maryland and has been singing for over thirty years. He started his career performing in coffee houses with his twin brother at the age of thirteen. Greg's life has been surrounded with music. His mother was a Rockette and his father was the captain of the men's glee club at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the 1940s. From 1979 to 1986, Greg entertained primarily for college audiences. He was often billed as a stand-up musical comedian. Since earning his Bachelors degree in music education in 1986 he has been composing, recording and performing his original children's music in the Mid-Atlantic stated and New England. Despite his life long struggle with learning disabilities, Greg earned his Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in media and technology from Salisbury State University in 1994.

Greg has been teaching music in public schools for 25 years. In 1999 Greg and his family moved to Rhode Island. He is currently teaching high school choir and drama at a private school in Rhode Island. Cooney teaches with the philosophy that through music, young people can develop a positive self-image and learn how to get along with others as they discover their inner gifts and talents.

In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, Greg performed as a touring artist for the Rhode Island Summer Program in 60 libraries throughout RI and MA.

Greg used stories, songs, movement, and plenty of fun activities as he guided kids through adventures in reading.
He is currently writing the music for and co-producing a children’s TV show for Rhode Island PBS called Li’l Rhody.

Lyrics

Rusty The Rooster

Written By: Greg Cooney

Rusty was a great Big Round Rooster
a Large "Rhode Island Red"
Nobody knows how he got so chubby
It Must have been the food he was fed.

Rusty was a good singer
But he Never learned to Cock-a-doodle-doo
So Every morning at sun rise
He Sang an operatic tune

Well All the other roosters made fun of him
But it never made Rusty Blue.

And they were singing….
“Your cock-a-doodle-do
Is just an Operatic Tune
Your Cock-a-doodle will never do.”

Refrain:
Rusty…… The Rooster……
The Great Big Rooster from a Great Little State
Oh Rusty….. The Rooster
Your Cock-a-doodle-do will never do.

Verse 2
In Rusty’s town there was a big celebration.
To honor the Rhode Island Reds.
They had a contest to chose a rooster
To Model for the Monument’s head.

Rusty was a good singer
But he Never learned to Cock-a-doodle-doo
When the Judge made the decision
He said we can’t use a rooster like you.

“Your cock-a-doodle-do Is just an Operatic Tune
Your Cock-a-doodle will never do.”

Spoken:
Well Needless to say, the judges voted in favor of another rooster to be the model for the Rhode Island Red Monument.

Rusty went home disappointed, but was content to be back on his farm at the edge of town.

Well…. 10 days later something really big happened that Rhode Islanders would remember for a very long time.

On the morning of August 31, 1954,
Rusty noticed something strange about the color of the sky.

Instead of seeing a normal sunrise of bright yellow and a sky of blue, Rusty saw dark clouds and a sky of red.

It reminded him of a saying he learned from an old sailor..

“Red sky at night, Sailor’s delight.
Red sky at morning, Sailors take warning”.

“Warning?” Rusty said, “I’ve got to warn everyone on the farm that a storm is coming”.

Well, Rusty was right. It wasn’t just any storm, It was a Hurricane!… It was Hurricane Carol.

Singing:
All The Roosters jumped up high on the fence posts.
To warn the folks in the Town.
The storm kicked up and got so windy
It blew all the roosters back down.

But Rusty had the advantage
He used those extra pounds
The wind didn’t knock him to the ground
So he made that marvelous sound. Cockadoodle do re mi fa…

Well All the town’s People got up and ran
to a Place that was safe and sound. Rusty…

Your Opera-doodle-doing saved the day

Read Yourself Silly

Written By: Greg Cooney

Read Yourself Silly © 2004 Greg Cooney

Verse 1
What am I gonna do if it’s raining outside and
All of my plans get washed out with the tide?
I’m gonna ask my Mamma to give me a ride
and take me to the Library.

I’m gonna get a book right off of the shelf
and Sit with a buddy, or all by myself.

I’m gonna read myself silly.
Read myself silly.
Read myself silly at the library.

I’m gonna read myself silly.
Read myself silly.
Read myself silly at the library.
Come on and read yourself silly.
Read yourself silly.
Read yourself silly at the library.

Verse 2.
I went to the children’s room and what did I see?
A whole bunch kids and they were trying to read,
But on the display right in front of the room
There was a JOKE BOOK starin’ at me.

Well all the kids were good,
they could do nothin’ wrong.
But I started readin’ and laughing along.

I read myself silly
Read yourself silly.
Read yourself silly at the library.

Boom chicca pup pow……….

Bubblegum Blues

Written By: Greg Cooney

Bubble Gum Blues

My Poppy and I were coming out of the store
We passed a bubble gum dispenser right there by the door.
I sadly looked at Poppy and I started to cry.
He said "What's the matter buddy? You've got tears in your eyes?".

I said I'm blue, I gotta chew
I've got that gotta chew some bubble gum blues.

Poppy knew exactly what was on my mind.
He put a quarter in that crank and started to wind.
Out rolled the biggest gum ball in the North or in the South.
But I still felt like crying cause it wouldn't fit in my mouth.

And now I'm blue, I gotta chew
I've got that gotta chew some bubble gum blues

Refrain:
Gotta chew, some gobely goo.
Some rubbery pinkish bubblyishis sugar stew.
I Gotta twirl it round my finger.
I Gotta hang it from my nose.
I Wanna look cool with my bubble gum pose.

Well havin' that great big gum ball made me feel really cool.
I put it in my nature box to show my friends at school.
When they saw the world's great largest gum ball they all began to drool.
They said "Come on Buddy, Please give me some, Now don't be cruel.

And now They're blue,
They Wanna Chew
They've got that please gimmy some of that bubble gum blues.

When my teacher saw that gum ball she said, “Now throw it away!”
But after some sweet talking she just put it on her tray.
When the class saw what I had gotten away with they all began to cheer.
She said, “Now just for that I think I'll keep it till the end of the year.”

And now I'm blue, I gotta chew
I've got that gotta chew some bubble gum blues.

I Gotta chew, some gobely goo.
Some rubbery pinkish bubblyishis sugar stew.
I Gotta twirl it round my finger.
I Gotta hang it from my nose.
And I don't care if it gets on my clothes.

Now it's the last day of school and my chewing time has come.
I think I'll open my mouth and just pop in that gum.
hmmm hmmm hmmm.......Pop! oops Ah man it's all over.

Now I've got Bubble gum on my fingers,
I've got Bubble gum up my nose
It's pickin' up new flavors as I scrape it off my toes.

I've got Bubble gum in my eye brows,
And It's on the clothes I wear
I think they'll have to freeze my head to remove from my hair.

Now I'm blue, I don't wanna chew
I've got this Please Remove this Bubble gum ........blues.

Discography

CDs
Won'tcha Get Off The Couch?" 2005
A Reason to Sing 1996
Adventures with Greg Cooney and Friends 1994
Young Again 1992

Set List

Depends on the audience.