Max's Family Band

Max's Family Band

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaChildren's Music

New York Jazz pianoman Gary Negbaur and his wife, singer Yvette Negbaur, front Max's Family Band - a 5-piece group that plays jazzy, grooving children tunes. Check out: www.maxsfamilyband.com (or find us on Facebook and MySpace). For ages 2 and up.

Biography

Max Negbaur turned 4 this summer. He is the muse for the band, and a little ray of sunshine.
Gary Negbaur (Max's Dad) is a pianist/singer/songwriter who has performed his jazzy, often humorous, songs across the U.S., Europe and Australia. He also writes for musical theater. For info: www.garynegbaur.com
Yvette Negbaur (Max's Mom) is a musical theater and cabaret singer who has performed across the U.S.
Our musical friends include guitarist Stew Cutler, bassist Roy Holland and drummer Nat Seeley.

Lyrics

Gobbledygookster Baby

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Gobbledygookster Baby
Gobbledygookster. Gobbledygook.
Gobbledygookster baby.
Who put the gook in the gobbledygook?
It was the Gobbledygookster Baby.

Who put the gook in the gobbledygook?
Who put the gobble in the gobble? Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Who put the ster in the gobbledygookster?
The Gobbledygookster Baby.

Who put the gook? Who put it?
Who put the gobble? Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Who put the ster? Sterdle-dee der.
The Gobbledygookster Baby.

Who put the gook in the gobbledygook?
It was the Gobbledygookster Baby.
You put the gook in the gobbledygook.
You’re the Gobbledygookster Baby.

Who put the gook in the gobbledygook?
Who put the gobble in the gobble? Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Who put the ster in the gobbledygookster?
The Gobbledygookster Baby.
That’s you. That’s you. That’s you. That’s you.

I'm Glad That You've Discovered M

Written By: Gary Negbaur

I’m Glad that You’ve Discovered M
When children first begin to speak
They start with letters P, B and M.

I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered M.
It’s a useful letter you will use again.
If you want to play with monsters in the mud,
Be a monkey in a zoo or mop when there’s a flood,
I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered M.

I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered B.
It’s a helpful letter you will surely see.
If you get a bagel and you take a bite,
Want a bath or your blankey when it’s nighty-night,
I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered B.

And once your learn the alphabet,
The letters are your friends.
You’ll learn to make so many words
That the fun will never end.

I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered Z.
It’s a special letter. I know you agree.
If you ride a zebra and you want to zoom,
Have a bowl of zesty ziti in the dining room,
I’m Glad That You’ve Discovered
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P,
Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, and Y and Z.

Picky

Written By: Gary Negbaur

I’m Picky. So Picky.
I’ll only eat specific foods and those depend upon my mood.
If I’m not happy, I’ll get rude.
Peanut butter has to fill the surface of the bread.
I’ll only eat a strawberry if it’s completely red.
You can serve a salad to me but it must be
Shredded veggies cut just right could satisfy my appetite.
The answer might be creamy dressing.
Maybe I’ll just keep you guessing.

I’m Picky. So Picky.
The only thing you have to do’s exactly what I want you to.
And if you don’t then I’ll turn blue.
If I have a grilled cheese it’s diagonally sliced.
When I eat the chicken stew, there can’t be too much rice.
I will have a lemonade if there’s a lot of
Ice cream is my favorite treat with sliced bananas that are sweet.
And chocolate sprinkles must complete it.
Otherwise I will not eat it.

Some kids are not hard to please.
Cooking for them is a breeze.
There’s no fuss, and there’s no fight.
But when you serve a meal to me, I might not take a bite.

I’m Picky.

Grandma Time

Written By: Gary Negbaur

My Mom is looking mad and Dad’s not looking better.
I’ve got to change my clothes and put on a sweater.
I have to clean my room and I have to wash my face,
But I know who to talk to so I will be safe.

CH)
It’s Grandma Time.
I call my Nana, and it’s all fine.
She says come over right now, and we can play.
We’ll jump up and down on the bed and eat ice cream all day.
We can do anything and it will be cool
Because it’s Grandma Time.

They tell me to leave the park and climb down from the trees.
I’ve got to take a bath and eat ten peas.
I have to sit in my chair and I have to wear a bib,
But I know how to get out and that is not a fib.

CH)

CH2)
It’s Grandma Time.
I call my Nana and it’s all fine
Because it’s Grandma Time.

One Sock Octopus

Written By: Gary Negbaur

A One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
An Octopus with only one sock.
If you were a One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
Which tentacle would you put it on?
The left, the left, the left, the left
The right, the right, the right, the right.

A One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
An Octopus with only one sock.
If you were a One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
Which tentacle would you put it on?

And if you were a water buffalo
Or an elephant that’s always on the go,
A porpoise who was swimming in the sea, fiddledy-dee,
Would you wonder what it’s like to be?
To be

A One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
An Octopus with only one sock.
If you were a One Sock Octopus, a One Sock Octopus
Which tentacle would you put it on?
Or would you not?

We Are Traveling

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Pop the trunk and put in the stroller.
Watch your hands and watch your molars.
You gotta step back when they close the trunk
Until you hear it shut, kerplunk. Kerplunk.

Open the door and put in the Björn.
Fold the straps so they won’t get torn.
If you’re scared of the dark, then bring a night-light
And snacks for your appetite.

CH)
Oh We Are Traveling,
Traveling down the road.
Oh We Are Traveling
Out of our own zip code.

Slide open the roof, and pack the Pack ‘n Play.
You’ll need one wherever you stay.
Grab your blankey and your teddy bear,
Your clothes and your underwear. Underwear!

Roll down the window. Throw in some toys.
Try to take some that don’t make noise.
When your folks are driving all around
You might have to quiet down.

CH)

CH)

Haircut Time

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Into everyone’s eyes some bangs must fall
That is when you have to go to the barber shop.
Though you’ll hear children scream and call. Help!
It’s not bad at all. Not at all.
When you arrive you’ll remove your cap,
And you will put on a smock. It’s a pretty smock.
Then you will hear the barber rap:
Climb on up. Get in my chair because I know

CH)
It’s time for you to get a haircut.
Indeed it is time for you to cut your hair.
It’s true. It’s time for you to get a haircut.
It’s Haircut Time.

Then the barber will take a scissors out.
And he will clip while you sit in the barber chair.
Though you will see your hair get cut,
It won’t hurt a bit. Not a bit.
After the barber’s chopped your mop,
You will spin ‘round in the chair. In the barber chair.
And you will get a lollipop.
It’s so fun, you’re gonna run when someone says

CH)

Just a special note about scissors. Scissors.
They are used by barbers, Moms and Dads. It’s true.
Never use them when you are by yourself.
Using them unsupervised is bad.

CH)

Kiss All My Boo-Boos Away

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Any time I scrape my knee
If I’m stung by a bumblebee
When it’s not easy being me
And I feel the tears start to flow
I know where to go.

CH)
I find Mama, and it’s all okay.
All my troubles start to melt away.
She can make a smile from tears
‘Cause when I’m with Mama, my hurt disappears.
Mama’s kisses make me feel so good.
I could fly around this neighborhood.
When I feel bad, I won’t stay that way
‘Cause I know my Mama can Kiss All My Boo-Boos Away.

When somebody takes my lunch.
When my favorite toys goes crunch
Or when I feel the bully’s punch
And see that I’m all black and blue
I know what to do.

CH)

Some boo-boos are on the skin.
Some boo-boos are deep within.
But there’s no pain that I will face
That Mama can’t erase.

Mama’s kisses make me feel so good.
I could fly around this neighborhood.
When I feel bad, I won’t stay that way
‘Cause I know my Mama can Kiss All My Boo-Boos
I know it’s true too
She’ll Kiss All My Boo-Boos Away.

Rockin' Zebra

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Some kids ride on a rockin’ horse.
Is it fun? Of course.
Others go on a merry-go-round,
Going in a circle digging the sound.
When I want to make my move,
I can travel in the groove.

CH)
Rockin’ Zebra
Rockin’ Zebra
Rockin’ Zebra
Rockin’ Zebra
It’s a super sonic flight.
Nothing’s faster than black and white.

Hop on his back and it’s a blast.
And I’m gonna get their fast.
Across the globe or around my room,
I know how I like to zoom.
I can even reach the moon.
I got the way to get there soon.

CH)

Hello Mr. Diaper Hello

Written By: Gary Negbaur

Everybody has to put on clothing.
Everybody has to try.
Some like wearing a dirty t-shirt.
Some like wearing a tie.
In the jungle they wear pith helmets,
Army boots and camouflage.
In the ocean, there’s a rule:
You have to wear a bathing suit.
You have to wear a bathing suit.
There’s lots of different clothing
And all types of style.
There’s lots of outfits,
But it’s yours that makes me smile.

Hello Mr. Diaper Hello.
I love the way you dress each day.
So please don’t ever change
Unless you really have to.
Diaper style is here to stay.

Were you born to be a snappy dresser
Or are you a little hot?
Do you like the feel of synthetics
Just because they’re what you got?
Is the ‘cause you like simple living?
Is this how you keep it real?
When you look inside your closet,
You can’t find a thing to wear.
No you can’t find a thing to wear.
Whatever the reason for this,
Whatever the plan.
You’ve got a special taste
And I’m your biggest fan.

Hello Mr. Diaper Hello.
I love the way you dress each day.
So please don’t ever change
Unless you really have to.
Diaper style is here.
Don’t let it disappear.
The diaper style is here to stay.

Discography

Max's Family Band -- our self-titled debut CD.
Listen to tracks at: www.maxsfamilyband.com or myspace.com/maxsfamilyband

We received a Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award for our CD!

Reviews have been great:
From Kids' Music that Rocks:
http://kidsmusicthatrocks.blogspot.com/2009/06/maxs-family-band.html

From the Boston Children's Music website:
http://www.bostonchildrensmusic.com/maxs-family-band/

From Out With The Kids:
http://outwiththekids.blogspot.com/2009/07/maxs-family-band-kids-cd-review.html

From L.A. Parent:
http://losangeles.parenthood.com/LA_CD_Corner.php

Set List

A mix of mostly originals and a few classics (Old McDonald, I Wanna Be Like You) all done with a jazzy flair.