The Baby Growlers Music Series
Kids Music for ages 2 - 6
Baby Growlers is much more than meets the ear.
Join us for a musical rollick in Growlerville for the very young ages 2-6 years old. These children's music albums have very cool grooves, smart lyrics, and funny stories, all sung and performed by the famous Growlerville Repertory Troupe. That would be the usual suspects - Papa Huhu, Growler Fred, Mother Huhu, Sammy, The Dutchess of Hu, Brother Huhu, etc.
These are children's songs designed to grab those little ears with the amazing world of highly produced audio. We have all the Huhu and Growlers singing, plus real musical creatures, lots of sounds, and foot stomping danceable beats galore.
Each Baby Growlers album features it's own animal stars, a mystery, a dinosaur event, and humor throughout, all in the context of really great kids songs. Like all things Growler, these are fun listening experiences "tricking" kids into learning by exposing them to nontraditional ideas, a challenging vocabulary, and an appreciation of the unexpected.
Baby Growlers is a refreshing, nourishing treat that is guaranteed to become part of the conversation with your children / child.
Click on the Baby Growler Album images or the titles below to learn more and listen the album's tracks.
Baby Growlers 1: Beat of the Spoon
Baby Growlers 2: Wild Baby
Baby Growlers 3: No Laughing Allowed
Baby Growlers 4: Too Hip To Hop
Baby Growlers 5: Shoelace Blues
A Message From The Creator Of The Baby Growlers Music Series
Bob Sakayama, composer/producer
Before creating any of the Growler programs, I composed and produced music for clients - songs, program themes, promos, ads, documentaries. I have a recording studio and the tools that enable me to apply very sophisticated techniques to the production of music and audio. It is very common in the tv world to use 100+ sound elements, plus multiple tracks of music on a 30 second commercial. But, unfortunately, the application of this high a level of audio production was never used on children's audio programs when I started creating this series.
When my children were born in the 1980's, as I searched the marketplace on their behalf, I made a very disappointing discovery. Despite the rapid advances in the recording technologies, very little of it was evident in programs for kids.
That's when I committed to creating our two storytelling series, The Growler Tapes (Classic Series) and Growler Radio. The idea was to use the power of the new technologies to manipulate both music and sound to tell stories more impactfully. I wanted to create stories that were listening experiences - audiodrama - performed rather than narrated, in an audio rich context.
After a number of years of fine tuning the techniques that made The Growler Tapes unique, Baby Growlers was finally ready. It's a music series for kids 2-6 that is innovative in the ways that distinguish all Growler programs: intelligent content, nontraditional thinking, and very high production standards. In this series, it's all in the music.
I know that children respond to music of all kinds. But music that specifically speaks to children does so by showing them that they are connected to what they are hearing. Baby Growlers does this, not by limiting the vocabulary, but by expanding the audio palette to include a world that they are already familiar with - sounds. Each cd is packed with kids songs subversively written from a kid's point of view, sung by our unusual characters, and produced with an eclectic potpourri of instruments.
On each album, I made an effort to introduce a few songs in which animals and sounds are used as surrogates for instruments. You can always expect at least one dinosaur event, and there's always a musical mystery. It's all adds up to a fun musical experience like no other.
My goal with Baby Growlers is to get kids dancing, laughing, thinking, and especially, listening carefully.
Kids Songs? Why Can Alzheimers Victims Remember Kids Songs?
She could sing every kids song on the recording she had listened to 60 years ago.
When doctors explain differences between short and long term memory, what becomes clear is that our abilities as children were special. Our brains were wired differently, and our perception was instinctive. We were powerful learning machines.
She not only remembered the lyrics to every kids song, but the melody was precisely imprinted as well, and she knew it all by heart - all the minor details, every dynamic and stylistic change. But she could not remember what she had for lunch.
There's something truly amazing about long term memory - being able to recall distinct events from one's youth with clarity. As we age, we lose many of these old recollections, but some remain with a vividness that is astonishing. And for many individuals, this long term memory is imprinted in ways that make it more durable than the short term memory of daily events in the present.
And after each kids song ended, her memory was so good that she could announce the next one, singing each in the order it appeared on the recording through all 16 songs. Yet she was unable to recognize her own daughter.
This poor woman's story has a powerful message that those of us who write for children must acknowledge. It is clear that kids' minds are special. That kids are empowered in ways that adults are not. Young children far surpass their parents in the ability to learn new languages, melodies, and other audio stimuli.
If we recognize these unique abilities of young minds, as creators of music and songs for kids, we take on some special responsibilities. We must make an effort to never underestimate the intelligence of the child. It is our duty, when creating kids songs to implant smart ideas, and to encourage discovery outside the box. Those littlle ears are taking it in and learning it cold. Perhaps 60 years or more later, they will still remember what we piped in when they were young.
So yes, it's kids songs. And these kids songs are more important than you realize. Rattling around in our brains are all those unique memories associated with melodies, implanted at a time when we were better able to handle cognitive stimuli. And when over time, we forget everything else, we'll probably still be singing some kids songs. We want them to be worth remembering.