The Chickadees

The Chickadees

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

The Chickadees were hatched out of the tiny little brain of Mary Karlzen, nationally- known singer songwriter on Atlantic, Dualtone & Y&T. A female quartet that sings songs about nature & wildlife. They get kids up dancing with their infectious brand of children's songs! Fun for the whole family!

Biography


SEE THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEOS FOR "THE HIKING SONG" & "AUTUMN LEAVES" AT WWW.THECHICKADEES.NET

NEW CD RELEASE DATE: MAY 27th, 2011

THE CHICKADEES ARE CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION WITH MPTV & MATC FILMING A CHILDREN'S VARIETY TELEVISION SHOW WITH VETERAN CARTOONIST, TIM DECKER (SIMPSON'S & DISNEY)

SEE --THE CHICKADEES TV CHANNEL-- AT http://www.youtube.com/user/ChickadeesTV

RADIO PLAY-

*The Chickadee's first album, “Songs from the Great Outdoors”, has received radio airplay on many of the top children's music shows; including: Paul Stark's MUSICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, KID'S CORNER with KATHY O'CONNELL-WORLD CAFE, Paul Butler's long running THE IMAGINATION PARADE and many others. It is available on I-Tunes.

BIO-

The Chickadees are a female music quartet that record and perform fun and educational children’s songs. Banded together at “the gathering place by the waters,” Mary Karlzen, Anjl Rodee and Carmen Nickerson have been collaborating for some time on “grown-up” music projects, in Milwaukee, when they were inspired to apply their talents in the world of children’s music. Rosie Dempre, born and raised in New Orleans, has recently turned the trio into a quartet. Karlzen, a successful singer-songwriter in the Americana genre, has released cd’s on the Atlantic, Dualtone and Y&T Music labels. She has toured extensively but decided to slow down with the arrival of her first child. Now the mother of two, Karlzen believes, “having kids changed my perspective on everything, including music”.

While her daughters attended the nature-based Schlitz Audubon preschool north of Milwaukee, Karlzen would at times help out in the classroom. “This preschool is set in a vast nature center whose curriculum inspires and nurtures a love of nature and has fun doing it! So writing songs about these school experiences just came naturally.”
Karlzens’ children’s songs combine these themes in an educational way with participation and movement. Songs like ‘Five Shiny Red Apples’ link audience participation with the concept of counting backwards. In “Acorn, Acorn,” a fun story of squirrels and acorns is related while teaching that acorns are seeds from oak trees.

Patti Baillie, the director of the Audubon preschool was an early supporter and fan; “the Chickadees’ songs are really terrific and the kids just can’t get enough”.
When Karlzen decided to take the songs a step further, she enrolled the talents of her friends, Anjl Rodee and Carmen Nickerson. Anjl Rodee is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist who has been a fixture on the Milwaukee music scene for over 10 years. She has performed across the country from Minneapolis and Chicago to Austin, on national television and radio.

Carmen Nickerson is a professional vocalist and has traveled the world. In LA, Carmen recorded sessions for Hollywood Records and has performed on various soundtracks. Nickerson was a little hesitant at first to jump into children’s music. “Our first show was so much fun! Sometimes it’s difficult to win over adult audiences, but the kids were so into it, bouncing around, having fun. It makes it fun for me too!” Nickerson adds. Rodee jumped right into the role. “Its great to just get up there and be silly! How often do you get to do that?”

Lyrics

5 Shiny Red Apples

Written By: mary karlzen

5 Apples

We went to the apple orchard
I climbed up the apple tree
5 shiny red apples I picked for my Mom to see
but I was so hungry
when I came back down

There were 4 shiny red apples
I picked for my Mom to see
We walked around the apple orchard looking at the bumblebees
But I was got so hungry buzzing with those bees

There were 3 shiny red apples left for my Mom to see
The farmer took us on a hayride underneath the apple trees
But I was so hungry as we bounced around

There were 2 shiny red apples left for my Mom to see
As we rode home on the bus
It did occur to me
That I was so hungry as we drove through town

There was one shiny red apple left for my Mom to see
One bite couldn’t hurt
One bite turned into three
But I was so hungry
When I got back home

There were no shiny red apples left for my Mom to see
She said, “How are you dear? Are you hungry?”
I said, “No thank you. I better go lie down.”

There were no shiny red apples left for my Mom to see
No shiny red apples picked from the apple tree
Next time I go there
I think that I’ll pick ten

They’ll be ten shiny red I’ll pick for my Mom to see
Nine shiny red apples picked from the apple tree….

Mystery Pond

Written By: mary karlzen

Mystery Pond

There’s a place by my house called mystery pond
We hear the strangest noises and wonder what’s going on
I’ve never been down there
My friends and I are a little too scared
But one day we said let’s go see
And we tip toed through the trees

Much to our surprise we couldn’t believe our eyes

There were ducks having a birthday party
Frogs jumping over the trees
fish flying through the air
and dragonflies were singing

turtles cart wheeling when we got I got the strangest feeling

so we hid behind the trees
so that they couldn’t see
the singing just went on and on oh what a beautiful pond
we heard quack quack ribet , ribet, glug glug buzz buzz
quack quack ribet , ribet, glug glug buzz buzz

much to our surprise we couldn’t believe our eyes
I couldn’t hold back the sneeze
Suddenly the pond did freeze
They all ran and hid away
But as we walked home that day wee heard

we heard quack quack ribet , ribet, glug glug buzz buzz
quack quack ribet , ribet, glug glug buzz buzz

Owl in the Trees

Written By: mary karlzen

The Owl in the Trees

On one night some friends and me
Went for a walk under the trees
The sun was going down when we strangest sound
We were a little afraid and we didn’t know what to do

When we heard who who who who who who who
who who who who who who
who who who who who who who
there’s an owl in the trees

he only comes out at night
he doesn’t see so well in the light
I heard my teacher said that he can turn his head

All the way around
Can you turn all the way around

now where has he got
let’s put our owl eyes on
look around and around
and you might hear the sound

is there an owl in you too
can you sing, who, who etc

The Hiking Song

Written By: mary karlzen

The Hiking Song

Wear comfy shoes and bring some water
Stay on the trail, you know you outta
Always remember to tread lightly
Won't you go on a hike with me

We love to hike
We love to hike
walk soft and listen to sounds

climb up a tree
climb up a tree
and have a look around
look for the birds
look for the birds
that live up in the trees

HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me
HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me

Sing a song
Sing a song to help us move along
Look for the frogs look for the frogs
They live down by the bogs

Flip a log Flip a log
Oh what sights you'll see

HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me
HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me

oh we like to be out where the air is free
take a ride on a bumble bee ain't life sweet when you're using your feet?

We love to hike we love to hike
and look for animal tracks maybe a fox maybe a fox
maybe he'll be back
I see a deer i see a deer was walking by right here

HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me
HIKING, HIKING, That's the life for me

Oh we like to run out to the lake under the sun
lose our socks and shoes and wet our feet
give those fishes something to eat

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Written By: mary karlzen

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

It's so easy to be green easiest thing I've ever seen so
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Don't just throw that paper away
think of where it goes think of the tree that it came from
and how long that took to grow
throw it in the recycle bin and send it on it's way
to be made back into more paper that we use everyday

how we like to recycle you've got to recycle
easy as fallen' off a log easy as kissing a slimy frog
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

plastics glass and aluminum cans they can be renewed
send em to the recycling plant to get turned into something new
take your old bags with you back to the store
when you go for groceries and when the cashier says, "paper or plastic"
say it's cool to just reuse these.
how we like to recycle you've got to recycle

easy as tying up your shoe easy as eaten' a pile of goo
so Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Composting

easiest way to show you care better than worms in your teachers hair
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Reduce, Recycle & Reuse

Written By: mary karlzen

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

It's so easy to be green easiest thing I've ever seen so
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Don't just throw that paper away
think of where it goes think of the tree that it came from
and how long that took to grow
throw it in the recycle bin and send it on it's way
to be made back into more paper that we use everyday

how we like to recycle you've got to recycle
easy as fallen' off a log easy as kissing a slimy frog
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

plastics glass and aluminum cans they can be renewed
send em to the recycling plant to get turned into something new
take your old bags with you back to the store
when you go for groceries and when the cashier says, "paper or plastic"
say it's cool to just reuse these.
how we like to recycle you've got to recycle

easy as tying up your shoe easy as eaten' a pile of goo
so Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Composting

easiest way to show you care better than worms in your teachers hair
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

Discography

"Songs from the Great Outdoors" *Winner of Parents 2009 Choice award
"The Tadpole Wiggle" due out May 27th, 2011

Set List

5 Shiny Apples
Mystery Pond
Chickadee Song
Acorn Acorn
Grandpa Tree
Sunshine and Rain
Let's make a snowman
Autumn Leaves
Clouds
Tadpole Wiggle
Hiking
Animal Babies
Planet Protectors
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse
Hibernation
When You're Nocturnal
Goldfinches
Maple Syrup Time
This land is Your Land
Caterpillar
Small as a Bug
Rockin' Robin
Shake Your Tail Feather
Cardinal Song