Leeny and Tamara

Leeny and Tamara

 Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Kids' music that's funducational! "Parents and children will love learning, giggling, and singing along" to "Sharing the Same Stars" by Leeny and Tamara. Their "sunny tunes" in diverse styles are "funny, educational and uplifting." "One of the best albums of children's music on the market today."

Biography

LEENY AND TAMARA
Fasten your seat belts for the first collaboration between award-winning children's music artist Ilene (Leeny) Altman and New York City singer/ songwriter Tamara Hey. "Sharing the Same Stars" (2009) by Leeny and Tamara is poised to become a kids' music classic, already being dubbed by parents as "the new 'Free To Be You and Me' for the next generation." The CD features 14 original, funny, intelligent, and catchy songs about topics including ladybugs, seat belt safety, the epidermis, shyness, the USA, and kindness. Tamara says, "It's an album about feelings, about respect for yourself and the world around you, and..." Leeny interjects, "It totally rocks!"

Keep an eye out for live performances by Leeny and Tamara in the northeast where they are based. "The thing parents like most about our live shows is that the kids become a big part of the performance," says Tamara. "We get the kids involved, asking questions and teaching them vocals right there to sing along." Leeny adds, "It helps make the songs and the shows even more memorable and special for everyone. And the parents end up having as much fun as the kids!" Leeny and Tamara are also available for school and educational programs, and writing custom songs for special projects.

Leeny's debut CD, "Be Nice" (2008) by Leeny and Steve, garnered several honors including a Parents' Choice Award and a Children's Music Web Award as Best Recording for Preschoolers, and was named to the Best Music of 2008 Recommended List for Your Family from Common Sense Media. Tamara has released three albums -- "Miserably Happy" (2008), "Right This Minute" (2005), and "A Little Space Left" (1998) -- independently under her own name and label, and has been hailed by NY critics as "one of the best songwriters in town." The pair first met at Berklee College of Music in Boston as songwriting students in the early 90s. "Sharing the Same Stars" reunites Tamara with producer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Art Hays, who produced her previous two albums. Leeny lives in Gloucester, MA with her big bald husband Nick, and Tamara resides in New York City with her husband, keyboard player, producer, and composer Henry Hey.

A LITTLE ABOUT LEENY AND STEVE
Leeny and Steve are a couple of middle-aged rockers who took career advice from Leeny's persuasive four-year-old nephew and released their debut kids' CD, "Be Nice." Ilene (Leeny) Altman and Steve (still Steve) Equi met at Berklee College of Music back in the day, but this is their first collaboration. "It's a little bit Sesame Street, a little bit Schoolhouse Rock, and a whole lot of fun!" Steve is a winemaker and lives in Allentown, PA with his helicopter pilot wife Stacia and an inordinate number of animals.

Lyrics

Stinky Diaper

Written By: Ilene Altman and Steven Equi

I got a stinky diaper
That's what I'm talkin' about
I got a stinky diaper
You better change it now
I got a stinky diaper
Stinkin' up my pants
You better change it now
You better change it fast

I got a stinky diaper
There's nothin' I can do (stink, stink)
I got a stinky diaper
So I'm dependin' on you (stink, stink)
I got a stinky diaper
And I need a change
I bet you're wishin' now
That I was potty-trained

It's movin' around
It's smellin' so foul
It's bringin' me down
This stink, stink
I'll scream and I'll cry
Till you ask me why
And you're gonna find
This stink, stink
Then you'll know it's true
My stinky diaper blues

I got a stinky diaper
I'm beggin' on my knees
I got a stinky diaper
Get out the baby wipes please
I got a stinky diaper
Givin' me a rash
You need to change it now
Throw it in the trash

It's movin' around
It's smellin' so foul
It's bringin' me down
This stink, stink
I'll scream and I'll cry
Till you ask me why
And you're gonna find
This stink, stink
Then you'll know it's true
My stinky diaper blues

I got a stinky diaper
That's what I'm talkin' about (stink, stink)
I got a stinky diaper
You better change it now (stink, stink)
I got a stinky diaper
Stinkin' up my pants
You better change it now
You better change it fast

If you just change my diaper
You can change my mood
Come on and rescue me from
These stinky diaper blues!

Mammals

Written By: Ilene Altman and Steven Equi

M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
Mammals, mammals, mammals

M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Mammals are warm-blooded animals
Their bodies maintain constant temperature
In the freezing cold or the desert sun
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Mammals are covered in fur or hair
They all have spines and they all breathe air
Get milk from their mamas and loving care
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Mammals are fast and mammals are slow
A cheetah is speedy, a sloth crawls
They live in their mothers before they are born
With some exceptions

Dolphins, horses, and porcupines
Hippos, rhinos, cats, dogs, and swine
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Camels, zebras, and kangaroos
Beavers, monkeys, giraffes, and moose
Elephants, meerkats, and humans too
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Mammals are big and mammals are small
The blue whale can grow to 100 feet long
A bumblebee bat is just one inch tall
So many mammals

M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
Mammals, mammals, mammals

M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
M-A-double M-A-L-S
Mammals, mammals, mammals
Mammals, mammals, mammals
Mammals, mammals, mammals

Your Epidermis Is Showing

Written By: Ilene Altman and Tamara Hey

Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S, E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S
Your epidermis is showing

It's all over you, it's all over me
It's all over everybody that we see
Keeps the outside out and your insides in
Each of us has three layers of skin
Epidermis, dermis, subcutaneous fat
The largest organ that we have

Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S, E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S
Your epidermis is showing

It knows when you're hot, it knows when you're cold
It gets a little wrinkly when you get old
Got tiny pores where the sweat comes through
It stretches and it freckles and it's waterproof
We shed dead skin cells every day
But replace them right away

Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S, E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S
Your epidermis is showing

Epidermis we slough ya
Every two weeks
We'll take good care of ya
Gonna keep you clean and use sunscreen
The dermis has a lot of nerves
It can tell when you've been hurt
Senses touch and temperature
Giving you goose bumps

Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S is showing
Your E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S, E-P-I-D-E-R-M-I-S
Your epidermis is showing, knowing, glowing, growing
Your epidermis is showing

Ladybug, Ladybug, Ladybu-u-ug

Written By: Ilene Altman and Tamara Hey

Ladybug, ladybug, ladybu-u-ug
Ladybug, ladybug, ladybu-u-ug

Let's go find a ladybug
They live in gardens, weeds, and shrubs
There are 5000 species worldwide
The number of spots identifies the kind
Ladybugs are beetles with six legs
Ladybugs can be yellow, orange, pink, brown, black, white, blue or red

Ladybug, ladybug, ladybu-u-ug

Ladybugs have two sets of wings
Antennae help them smell, touch, and taste things
Ladybugs chew from side to side
If it's cold or dark, they might not fly
Ladybugs roll over and play dead
Ladybugs release a chemical that tastes terrible in self-defense

Ladybugs have important jobs
Eating aphids that destroy our crops
We need lots of different kinds
But some species are now hard to find
Ladybugs, they need us to conserve
Ladybugs, we will protect your habitats and take care of the earth

Ladybug, ladybug, ladybu-u-ug
Ladybug, ladybug, ladybu-u-ug
Ladybug, ladybug, ladybug-u-u-ug
Ladybugs!

I Used To Be Shy

Written By: Ilene Altman and Tamara Hey

I, I used to be shy
I'd run and hide
When someone would just say hi
I, I don't know why
Sometimes I'd cry
I was so scared inside
And I, I never looked up, just at my toes
Trembled and whispered when I spoke
Played all alone so no one would notice me
I used to be shy

I wanted to jump
I wanted to shout
I wanted to let what's inside out
But I would freeze
From my head to my knees
Too afraid to join the crowd
I thought everyone would laugh and tease
If I didn't do something perfectly
I didn't realize I could just be me

Now when I feel shy I take it slow
Start with a smile and say hello
Make a new friend and do things we like to do
I used to be shy

It may be hard to believe that things can change
With every brave little step you take
Today will be easier than yesterday

I, I used to be shy
And it's all right
Everybody gets scared sometimes

Put On My Seat Belt

Written By: Ilene Altman and Tamara Hey

Climbing in the back seat
Safety first, before you turn the key
Listen for the click
Make it nice and tight
When everybody's buckled up
We’ll drive, drive, drive, drive, drive

Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
We're goin' for a ride

Beep, beep, beep, ba-beep!

Driving through our neighborhood
Singing songs, strapped in and feeling good
Waving to our friends
Passing by the school
Check it Mr. Traffic Cop
I'm cool, cool, cool, cool, cool

Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
We're goin' for a ride

Buckle up, buckle up -- Every single time
Buckle up, buckle up -- Or the driver will get fined
Buckle up, buckle up -- That's what my seat belt’s for
Buckle up, buckle up -- It's safe and it’s the law

Beep, beep, beep, ba-beep!

Making lefts and making rights
Counting trucks and following the signs
A red light means stop
A yellow light means slow
Everybody knows a green means
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go

Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
Put on my seat belt
We're goin' for a...

Put on my seat belt - please!
Put on my seat belt - come on!
Put on my seat belt
We're goin' for a ride
Put on my seat belt we're goin' for a ride!

What Have You Done With All the Penguins?!

Written By: Ilene Altman and Steve Equi

I went to the aquarium
With my family
We saw jellyfish and crocodiles
Sharks and manatees
But those birds in their tuxedos
Were who I wanted to meet most
I could not believe my eyes, the sign said:
"This Exhibit Closed"

What have you done with all the penguins?!
What have you done with all the penguins?!
We came to see them
Did someone free them?

Did you fire them
Cause they weren't performing up to snuff?
Were they eating too much fish
Or did they play a bit too rough?
Or have they gone on vacation
To visit family far away?
Kicking back, taking a break
But why'd it have to be today?

REPEAT CHORUS

Let's vocalize like a penguin
Waddle side to side like penguin
Belly slide like a penguin
Swim and dive like a penguin

REPEAT CHORUS
Penguins!

Discography

"Sharing the Same Stars" by Leeny and Tamara, released September 2009.
"Be Nice" by Leeny and Steve, released May 2008.

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes long and is a combination of songs from both CDs, "Sharing the Same Stars" and "Be Nice." Depending on the venue, event, and audience, we can do longer sets and/or multiple sets, whatever the client requests.