The Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopChildren's Music

The Bee’s Knees is a children’s music duo comprised of sisters Andie Duncan & Cyndi Duncan-Lumsden. They've recorded two award winning albums of original songs entitled What’s the Buzz?! and We Share the Earth, culminating in a 2010 JUNO Award nomination and a Canadian Independent Music Award Win.

Biography

The Bee’s Knees is a Toronto based children’s music duo combining the talents of singer songwriters Andie Duncan and Cyndi Duncan-Lumsden. Since its inception in 2006, this sister act has written and recorded two award winning albums of original songs geared for children ages 2-6. Both What’s the Buzz?! (2007) and We Share the Earth (2009) have received critical acclaim, culminating in a 2010 JUNO Award Nomination for Children’s Album of the Year and a Canadian Independent Music Award Win for Favourite Children’s Group.

Andie Duncan (Actra, AFM) is an accomplished musical artist whose 25-year career has included solo artist performances of her original songs on the Lilith Fair stage, as well as opening theatre dates for a number of higher profile artists including k.d. Lang, Holly Cole, Jann Arden, Paula Cole and Joe Cocker. As well as being the lead vocalist, composer and producer for The Bee's Knees, she also writes and produces commercial music for radio and television. Andie and her husband are raising their two young children in Toronto.

Cyndi Duncan-Lumsden (BA, B.ed) is the co-writer and lyricist for The Bee's Knees. With over 20 years as a teacher, Cyndi knows that kids love high energy songs with great rhythms, and catchy melodies. She captures the interests and experiences of the children she teaches in the lyrical content of her songs. Cyndi's musical experiences include background singing and collaborations with Andie on various musical projects. She and her husband, a fellow teacher, have three teenagers at home.

Lyrics

We Share The Earth

Written By: A. Duncan, C. Duncan-Lumsdem

We share the lakes and the rivers
And the oceans oh so deep
It’s my earth, it’s your earth
We share the earth…everybody
We share the earth

We share the fields and the valleys
And the canyons, wide and steep
It’s my earth, it’s your earth
We share the earth…everybody
We share the earth

(Chorus)

We share, we share,
We share the earth
Whoa, we share we share,
We share the earth

We share the jungles and forests
And the trees, so grand and tall
It’s my earth, it’s your earth
We share the earth…everybody
We share the earth

We share the snow-covered mountains
And the rushing waterfalls
It’s my earth, it’s your earth
We share the earth…everybody
We share the earth

Chorus

This is where we live
A beautiful planet with so much to give
Home to every creature big and small
So let’s care for the earth
It’s home to us all

Chorus

Way To Grow

Written By: A. Duncan, C. Duncan-Lumsden

Anytime’s a good time
To try something nes
Like riding your bike
Or trying to tie your shoe

You can choose your own clothes
Or even brush your hair
And you put away your tears
In the dentist’s chair

Way to grow! You did it!
Now you now, that you can do it
Way to grow
You’re growin’ up now

You can build a castle
Then you can clean up the mess
You can print your name
And you know your address

You say please and thank you
You’re always so polite
And you never fuss
When it’s time to say goodnight

Chorus

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Written By: A. Duncan, C. Duncan-Lumsden

Make your own kind of music
Make your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Everybody sing along.

In the Congo,they play Kalimba,
They shake the rainsticks too
In Australia, you would never believe
They play the digeridoo

Chorus

Well in Cuba, they play the bongos
In Spain it’s the castanets
In Scotland they play the bagpipes
A sound you won’t forget

Chorus

Well, in Ireland, they play the fiddle
In India the sitar
In China you can hear the Erhu
No matter where you are

Chorus

I Can Do It Myself

Written By: J. Gaitanis, C. Duncan-Lumsden

I can read a book, I can tie a shoe,
I can do it myself
I can ride my bike, I can take a bath
I can do it myself
I can write my own name, I can count to ten
I can do it myself
I can hit the ball and make my bed
With nobody’s help

I can do it myself
Do it myself
I can do it my self

I can cut and paste, I can go to school
I can do it myself
I can wash my face, I can get dressed
Yes, I can do it myself
I can rake the leaves, I can shovel snow
I can do it myself
I can swim a length or build a fort
With nobody’s help

Chorus

I can zip up my coat, I can score a goal,
I can do it myself
I can eat my own lunch, I can pour my milk
I can do it myself
I can tidy up, I can brush my teeth
I can do it myself
I can feed the dog and sing this song
With nobody’s help

Chorus

Tiny Rocket Ship

Written By: J. Gaitanis, C. Duncan-Lumsden

Climb aboard now
We’re heading for the stars
We’ll make believe we’re astronauts
Aboard our rocket ship
Can you see the moon
Well, hold on we’ll get there soon
We’ll do it in our tiny rocket ship

Nine planets ‘round the sun
And we can visit every one
The Milky Way is not that far
See comets soaring by
And asteroids that fly so high
Reach out and catch a shooting star

Chorus

Steer the ship and watch us go
Sometimes fast and sometimes slow
A walk in space would be just fine
We’ll see our friends when we return
And tell them all the things we’ve learned
You know they’ll want to come next time

Chorus

Space is dark but I’m not scared
I packed my teddy bear
Hurry now, the countdown has begun
We’ll take a trip, just you and me
Around this great big galaxy
5-4-3-2-1 – BLAST OFF!

Chorus

Peace Begins With Me

Written By: A. Duncan C. Duncan-Lumsden

Peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.
Peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.

Everybody, every nation
Close or far apart,
Join your hands and live together
Peace is in your heart.

Oh, peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.
Peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.

Close your eyes and hear the children
Voices raised in song,
Dreaming of a world of freedom,
Where we all belong.

Oh, peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.
Peace begins, peace begins,
Peace begins with me.

Respect one another, be kind to your brother
What can we achieve if we only believe?
Peace begins with me.

Helpin’ a neighbour and doing a favour and
Loving and sharing and wishing and caring cuz
Peace begins with me.

Peace is music, peace is rhythm,
Peace is harmony.
Altogether let it ring out,
Peace begins with me.

Chorus

Respect one another, be kind to your brother
What can we achieve if we only believe?
Peace begins with me.

Helpin’ a neighbour and doing a favour and
Loving and sharing and wishing and caring cuz
Peace begins with me.

Chorus

Five Senses Boogie

Written By: A. Duncan

Listen everybody
And you’ll understand
About a boogie rhythm
That is sweepin’ the land
With your eyes and your ears
Your nose and your tongue
Whether your skin is old or young
You do the five senses boogie

See, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear
See, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear
See, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear
See, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hear
Isn’t it time you sing this song
And do the five senses boogie

Your eyes are for seeing
Where you want to go
And your tongue is for tasting
Your bowl of Spaghettios
Smell the flowers that bloom
As you’re strolling along
And if your ears can hear this song
Then do the five senses boogie

Chorus

Listen everybody
And you’ll understand
About a boogie rhythm
That is sweepin’ the land
With your eyes and your ears
Your nose and your tongue
Whether your skin is old or young
You do the five senses boogie

Chorus

Knowing you never can go wrong
Isn’t it time you sing this song
And do the five senses boogie

One Little Candle

Written By: Cyndi Duncan-Lumsden, Andie Duncan

Light one little candle for Christmas
And another for joy
For special things the season brings
To every girl and boy

Light one little candle for Hanukkah
And another for friends
For starry nights and twinkling lights
And dreams that never end

One little candle, burning bright
One little candle, light up the night
One little candle clear as the stars above
Light one little candle for love

Light one little candle for Kwanzaa
And another for pride
For faith and trust in each of us
Standing side by side

Light one little candle for Diwali
And another for grace
For a simple song to sing along
And put a smile upon your face

One little candle, burning bright
One little candle, light up the night
One little candle clear as the stars above
Light one little candle for love

Discography

"We Share The Earth" is The Bee's Knees 2nd cd released in 2009. It was nominated for a JUNO AWARD for Children's Album of the Year 2010.

"What's The Buzz?!" is The Bee's Knees debut cd released in 2007, which garnered the band a Canadian Independent Music Award Nomination in 2008 and subsequent win in 2010 for Favourite Children's Group. Multiple tracks from both cds were in daily rotation on CBC's Galaxie Music Network for many months throughout 2008-2009 as well as on Treehouse's MaxTrax digital radio network.

"One Little Candle" is a unique seasonal song released by the band in November 2010 and slated for inclusion in their upcoming 3rd cd due for release in the spring of 2011. Although the song falls under the category of 'children's music', "One Little Candle" had unprescedented cross-over appeal with the adult contemporary market, and as such, was consequently picked up for holiday rotation by19 radio stations across North America, both FM and digital. This was a very exciting accomplishment for The Bee's Knees!

Set List

1. Bumble Dance
2. Traffic Jam Band
3. Penguin Shuffle
4. Big Blue Barn
5. We Share The Earth
6. Brand New Season
7. Five Senses Boogie
8. Little Mouse
9. Boing Boing Boing
10. Bath Time
11. Mama's Makin' Pancakes
12. Whiz Kid